How to know your patient need intubation: Podcast Episode 18

intubation

In this podcast, we talk about the very important skill of understanding when your patient is in respiratory distress and how to know if intubation is needed.

  • Normal respiratory parameters and assessment findings
  • Abnormal findings and what to do about them
  • The nurse’s role in the intubation process
  • Taking care of your patient post intubation

You can also read about this process here.

And something we don’t cover in the podcast, but that’s super helpful to understand is the P/F ratio, which you can check out here!

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Nursing school supplies you never knew you needed

nursing school supplies

If you’re a nursing student (or about to be), you already know that you need a stethoscope, tons of pens and highlighters and a reliable alarm clock. But here are a few nursing school supplies you may not even know you need (but you’ll absolutely LOVE life more if you have them!)

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Being a nurse with a chronic illness

chronic illness

Just a few months after starting my first nursing job in the ICU, I was diagnosed with a chronic form of blood cancer. To say I was stressed is putting it mildly. On top of that, in 2013 I began having issues with my joints. They were swollen, painful and made it impossible for me to do my job. I went out on medical leave numerous times, cut my hours and even quit nursing for about a year while I pondered what my future options were.

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Hyponatremia: Podcast Episode 17

Hyponatremia

In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of hyponatremia:

  • What is hyponatremia?
  • Common causes including neuro injury, psych disorder, even just plain ol’ poor judgment
  • The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia
  • How you treat it a

As usual, this podcast and blog are not intended to replace current evidence-based practice or your institutions policies and procedures. It is intended for educational purposes only.

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The most common types of difficult patients and families…and how to deal

difficult patients

Are you heading into your 4th semester preceptorship, or perhaps you’re a new grad getting ready to start out on your own. By now you’ve seen a glimpse of some of the types of difficult patients/families that the RNs have had to deal with. Sometimes the challenge is subtle and easily handled…like the patient with 10 family members who all call for separate updates (that one’s easy…designate ONE spokespserson), or it could be more overt with hostile, aggressive behavior that makes you question the continuity of your own personal safety.

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Developing your nursing intuition: Podcast Episode 16

nursing intuition

Developing your intuition as a nurse takes time, experience and exposure to LOTS of patients and LOTS of different situations. Learning which 5 assessments you’ll need to get you there is key! Over time (and after you’ve assessed a lot of patients and dealt with multiple scenarios) you’ll start to develop an intuition and be able to “sense” when your patients are in trouble. And it all starts right here with five basic (and easy) assessments.

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The basics of prone positioning for ARDS

prone positioning

Prone positioning is likely to be one of the most intimidating things you’ll encounter in the ICU…the beds are big, they don’t provide instant access to your patient and the risk for complications is higher than in a standard bed. But, with excellent nursing care you can keep your patient safe without biting your fingernails down to the quick!

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Arrhythmia Basics: Podcast Episode 15

arrhythmia basics

Let’s review basic arrhythmias, what causes them, how to identify them AND what you are going to do about them. Ready?

In this podcast, we cover loads of goodies:

  • PACs
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • SVT
  • V-Tach
  • V-Fib
  • Idioventricular rhythms
  • Pulseless rhythms

This episode is a great review if you’re in Advanced Med/Surg, heading into your 4th semester preceptorship or starting out as a new nurse. For even more information about arrhythymias, check out this post or this one on heart blocks. 

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Studying for nursing school exams and finals

study nursing school

Well, it’s that time of year again…time for finals (for most of  you, anyway…I honestly have NO CONCEPT of how the quarters-system works…I’ve only ever done semesters). Anyway…time to buckle down and study up! Which is why I want to share with you today one of my BEST study tips and a key way for how I stayed confident throughout all my nursing school exams…including finals!

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PodQuiz Pediatric Nursing Part 1: Episode 14

Pediatric nursing

In this PodQuiz we cover three very common pediatric nursing topics!

  • Peds nutrition (how many calories in an ounce of breast milk?)
  • Peds assessment (at what age can you assess a radial pulse?)
  • Peds psychosocial (how do you help a school-age child adapt to hospitalization?)

What’s a PodQuiz? It’s essentially flashcards for your ears! Nurse Mo asks a question, pauses while you answer, then states the answer…it’s a fantastic way to study while you’re on the go, exercising, commuting, folding laundry, making dinner, feeding the baby, getting your nails done….you get the idea.

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