Beyond insulin in the treatment of diabetes

insulin

At the time of this writing there are a handful of new-fangled diabetes medications out there. Maybe you’ve seen the commercials showing impossibly happy people managing their blood sugar with complete and total ease (this is my favorite!) Or, perhaps you’re seeing these meds pop up in the hospital (or wherever it is that you care for patients). The fact is, there are a LOT of treatments for diabetes that go beyond insulin…but since that’s what we use the most in the clinical setting, let’s start there then we’ll branch out to the fancy stuff. Ready?

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Psychopharmacology Simplified: Podcast Episode 13

psychopharmacology

Is psychopharmacology causing you mental distress? So many drugs, so many side effects…it’s a LOT to keep track of! Lucky for you I came up with a goofy way to remember key facts about these complex medications…and now I’m sharing it with you in this week’s podcast!

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Name the Diagnosis: Podquiz Episode 12

study ATI

In this PodQuiz, we have a LOAD of fun! You’ll listen to a list of signs/symptoms and then try to name which diagnosis/disease they refer to. How fun is that? It’s a great way to study for your comprehensive ATI or whatever exit exam you use at your school.

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Blood thinners – what you need to know

blood thinners

Blood clots are a serious business. They can restrict or even completely block blood flow to organs and extremities, causing things like pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, ischemic bowel and even loss of limbs. So, it makes perfect sense that we want to prevent blood clots AND treat them when they occur. How do we do this?

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Liver Failure Basics: Podcast Episode 11

liver failure

In this episode, we go through the basics of liver failure using my ingenious, wonderful, amazing LATTE method, which breaks down any patient condition into the “need to know” info.

  • L = How will the patient LOOK?
  • A = How will you ASSESS the patient?
  • T = What TESTS will be ordered?
  • T = What TREATMENTS will be provided?
  • E = How do you EDUCATE the patient/family?

Amazing, right? For more resources, visit www.straightanursingstudent.com. For LATTE resource sheets, look under “resources” in the top nav bar. Enjoy!

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PodQuiz Fundamentals 2: Episode 10

Nursing Fundamentals

Think you know your nursing fundamentals? Listen to this PodQuiz and find out!  In this episode, we cover:

  • Bowel elimination
  • Ostomies
  • Enemas
  • Occult blood and pH testing
  • Urinalysis
  • Latex allergies
  • Sterile field

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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Clinical calculations

clinical calculations

As an RN, you’ll find that you need these four basic calculations almost every single shift you work. In this post we’ll cover what they are and why they matter.

Anion Gap

The anion gap will usually come into play when you are taking care of a patient in diabetic ketoacidosis. However, to be totally accurate, it is actually used to alert us that the patient is in ANY kind of metabolic acidosis and can even help us differentiate what caused it.

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NCLEX strategies that work

NCLEX strategies

Even though you graduate from nursing school, it doesn’t mean all your hard work is over. Nope. You still have countless hours of studying ahead of you…sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Of course, we’re talking about the NCLEX and if you’re a new graduate, then it’s on your mind…just like it is on this  new-grad’s mind as seen in this email:

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Renal Failure Basics: Podcast Episode 9

renal failure basics

Renal function is one of the most important AND most common things you’ll keep an eye on as an RN…that’s because so many things can cause it to take a dive: the meds we give, hypotension, contrast dye, decreased volume states, hemorrhage, dehydration, infection, crush injuries and on and on and on.

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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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