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Anticoagulants: Episode 37

anticoagulants

In this podcast episode we talk about the main medications used to prevent and treat blood clots.

  • Lovenox
  • Heparin
  • Coumadin
  • Eliquis and other new-generation anticoagulants
  • Brilinta and other platelet inhibitors
  • TPA

In the clinical setting, you’ll see anticoagulants used for a wide variety of patients, including those with acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke and DVT.

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Surviving nursing school sim lab

Nursing school sim lab

Nothing produces anxiety and dread quite like sim lab. Sure, your exams can be terrifying if your’e not prepared, but sim lab is different…and what makes it different is that it’s happening in real time IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS! The fear of looking stupid, doing the wrong thing, “killing” your simulated patient, looking like a fool in front of your professor are all very valid…but with a little advance preparation and the right attitude, you can turn a dreaded experience into a valuable learning opportunity. Here’s how:

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Nursing school time management tips

nursing school time management

Nursing school time management is one of the biggest hurdles you will have to conquer. Time and time again nursing students lament their out-of-control schedules, late night study sessions, lack of sleep and vanishing social lives. But, with a solid time-management strategy, you can be the boss of your schedule, get to bed on time and still see your family and friends. Here’s how you do it.

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The nose of a nurse: dealing with bad smells in the hospital

bad smells hospital

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!

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Sodium and Phosphorus: Podcast Episode 29

Electrolytes nursing school

When it comes to learning electrolytes in nursing school, sodium is one you’ll probably talk about a lot and phosphorus is one you might not talk about much at all. But once you start working, especially if you’re in critical care, you’ll be talking sodium AND phos all the live-long day. Well maybe not ALL day, but probably MOST days 🙂

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Dialysis nursing basics you need to know

dialysis nursing

When you think of dialysis, you probably think of patients who have chronic renal failure who go to the dialysis center three days a week, sit there for a few hours, then go home. But wait…there’s more! In this post we’ll cover the main types of dialysis, indications for urgent dialysis and the nursing care of these often-complex patients.

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The basics of stroke nursing: podcast episode 25

stroke nursing

In Med/Surg 1, you learn the basics of stroke nursing and how rewarding and challenging it can be to care for these patients. And, because the human brain is an extraordinary thing, the manifestations of stroke and the nursing interventions are enough to make your head spin!

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How to thrive in your nursing school preceptorship

It’s here…you’ve finally made it to your fourth semester and the clinical rotation you’ve been dreaming of (hopefully) since Day One. Your nursing school preceptorship. Making the most of this very valuable time can pave the way to a successful transition from student to new-grad RN. And, chances are, you’ve got a lot of questions. Lucky for you, you’re in the right place.

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Things you might dread about nursing school clinicals

nursing school clinicals

You either love nursing school clinicals or you dread them. With a few tips, you can approach your nursing school clinical rotations as awesome learning opportunities that will inspire you and set you up for maximum learning opportunities. We asked a bunch of nurses what they dreaded most about nursing school clinicals, and here’s what we found:

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