Tag Archives: basics

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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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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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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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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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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