In the clinical setting, nurses come across all manner of sights, sounds, and yes…smells. But beyond the obvious ones that people complain about (which I never understand…you DID know what you were getting into, right?), certain smells can tell you a thing or two about your patient’s health. In this post we’ve compiled a list of a few disease states that come with a special odor all their own. So, while bad smells in the hospital probably aren’t your favorite part of your job, there are times when they can come in handy. Don’t worry…we’ll get to how to handle them in a minute!
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!
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.
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!
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:
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!
Compartment syndrome, in the clinical setting, is considered an emergent situation that requires immediate treatment. Note we’ll be talking about acute compartment syndrome here, and not the chronic variety which is usually caused by muscular exertion. What we’re talking about here is a limb-threatening condition that, if left untreated, could result in loss of the affected body part, kidney failure and even death.