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PodQuiz Fundamentals: Episode 8

Hey there first semester students…are you stressing about your Fundamentals class or your skills check-offs? In this PodQuiz we go over some basic nursing fundamentals, including:

  • restraints and fall risk
  • skin integrity
  • oxygen administration and O2 sat monitoring
  • respiratory assessment
  • digestion and elimination

Our PodQuiz episodes are essentially flashcards for your ears…I read a question, then pause so you can answer it, then follow up with the answer. It’s THE BEST way to study while still getting out and doing SOMETHING productive. I guarantee you’ll love it!

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Podcast Episode 7: Giving End-of-Shift Report

end of shift report

In this podcast we talk about giving a succinct, flawless and informative end-of-shift report. Sounds simple enough, right? It should be, but you’d be surprised how often a bad shift report can leave you with more questions than answers. But, if you follow these guidelines, you’ll be someone that all the other nurses LOVE getting report from…and yes, you will be giving report as students, too!

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Mailbag Monday: admission requirements

admission nursing school

Nursing school admission requirements can be confusing, and it’s even worse when you can’t find the guidance you need.

I recently stumbled upon your website for my anatomy and physiology class and have told my classmates about it. I do have a question though in regards to getting into nursing school. I have tried to talk to my academic advisors about my concerns, but they haven’t been exactly helpful. I am finishing up my last 3 classes before I am able to apply for nursing school. Do you know if nursing schools look down upon students who have taken classes over for a better grade? Also, I should graduate with a 3.4 GPA (I also have been working almost full time and I’m a single mom). Do the schools take into account these things while going through applicants? Thanks so much for your time! -Heather

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Podcast: Diabetes

DKA

Hands-down, diabetes is probably THE most common comorbidity you’ll see in the hospital setting. Understanding┬áthe two “big daddy” diabetes complications should help you take care of these very sick patients. DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and HHS (hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome) are deadly serious conditions that require a diligent RN and a solid grasp of the pathophysiology and treatment plans.

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Emergency or Not?

emergency nursing

As a student nurse or even a brand new nurse, you may find that you are often perplexed if the situation your patient is facing is an actual emergency or not. In this episode we cover some basic scenarios that need to be evaluated quickly so that you can intervene appropriately and swiftly.

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Even better nursing school notes for YOU!

nursing school notes

Cover page….so pretty!

I am SO EXCITED and wanted to share with you all something I’ve been working on tirelessly for months and months! I am in the process of upgrading ALL of the nursing school notes into works of art. No seriously…they are fabulous!

I will SOON have all of Med/Surg I complete and then I’ll dive into Med/Surg II, then Peds, OB and Mental Health. I can’t wait…can you???

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Dosage Calculations that Trip You Up!

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In the past few days, I’ve received a few desperate pleas from nursing students struggling with dosage calculations. In each case, the problem has been the exact same, so┬álet’s clear things up!

Answer the right question!

Yes, you can use dimensional analysis to solve ANY dosage calculation problem. However, you have to be super careful that you are solving the RIGHT question. Some questions will be written to trick you into automatically solving a completely different question, and thus getting the answer wrong. Take the question below, for instance. At very first glance, a rushed and nervous student might solve the problem as though they are trying to determine the ml/hr rate to program on the pump. NOT SO! Read it through carefully and then determine what the question is actually asking:

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Mega Binder!

Mega Binder is Mega Awesome!

Here’s a quick video I put together to introduce you all to the fabulous, wonderful, brilliant, simple and humongous MEGA BINDER! If you’ve read my book, then you’ve heard all about this beast…here’s what he looks like and how this super simple yet super effective system works to keep your notes organized and accessible throughout nursing school.

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