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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Why the QT interval matters

QT interval

When you begin taking care of patients who are on cardiac monitoring (AKA “tele monitoring”) you’ll need to chart a few key ECG measurements once per shift and any time there is a change in the rhythm. These are the PR interval, the QRS, the QT and the QTc. You probably are already very familiar with the PR interval and QRS measurements…but what is a QT and why do you need to measure it?

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Nursing School Paperwork Hacks

nursing school paperwork

Even before your first semester of nursing school classes start,  you will be OVERWHELMED with the amount of paperwork. That’s why I quickly realized I needed to come up with a foolproof system for organizing all of it for easy reference and keeping my sanity intact. Turns out, I’m not the only one who realized this…here’s a note I received recently from a reader in St. Louis:

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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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Podcast Episode 6: Neuro Essentials PodQuiz

Neuro assessment

The first “PodQuiz” was so well-received that we’re continuing it this week with an audio quiz about neuro essentials.

In this PodQuiz, you’ll get a chance to review neuro assessment (including all the cranial nerves), Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and Stroke. Not sure what a PodQuiz is? In a nutshell, it’s a way to review and quiz yourself on material using audio…I ask a question, there’s a pause while you answer, then I state the answer. It’s like doing flashcards with your ears!

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Reasons for an elevated lactate

elevated lactate

If there’s one thing that will separate the rookie nurse from the seasoned pro is how an elevated lactate is interpreted. The gut reaction in many cases is to scream SEPSIS from the rooftops. After all, sepsis is very serious and catching it early plays an enormous role in reducing mortality. And yes, one of the signs of sepsis IS an elevated lactate. However, loads of other things can cause it to be high, and knowing what these are will not only make you come across as incredibly competent, you’ll be prepared to take even better care of your patients.

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Mailbag Monday: Skills Checkoffs!

skills checkoff

The one thing that is MOST dreaded in nursing school is the skills checkoff. Sure, the exams can be downright terrifying, but skills checkoffs are where you go one-on-one with your professor as they scrutinize your every move. Make too many mistakes (or even just one “fatal” mistake) and you fail…but the good news is, you get to re-take it! The bad news is, if you fail the checkoff a second time, you very well could  be out of the program. Here’s an email from a reader about this very topic:

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Podcast Episode 5: ICP Management

ICP MANAGEMENT

Managing ICP (intracranial pressure) is a complex balancing act. In this podcast you’ll learn the basics of ICP monitoring and management, what to watch for, when to intervene and HOW to intervene.

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Podcast Episode 4: Basic Respiratory Quiz

respiratory system

This episode debuts something I’m really excited about….if you’ve ready my book, Nursing School Thrive Guide, you know that I am a big fan of learning in a variety of ways. So…one of the things I did when I was a student was to record audio quizzes so I could basically quiz myself on topics while I went for a walk, did the laundry, cleaned house….whatever. It freed me from the prison of my desk and used a different part of my brain as well. Win-Win!

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