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 🙂
When your patient has a tracheostomy, being prepared for the worst that could happen is crucial. There are three basics types of tracheostomy emergencies: occlusion, dislodgement and hemorrhage.
Tracheostomy Emergencies: Occlusion
Let’s say your patient has a trach, is on a trach mask and you heard in report that they have thick, copious secretions. Suddenly, the monitor alarm goes off, and you see that your patient’s O2 saturation has dropped to 62%. Whaaaaat? Knowing what you do about their thick secretions, you hurry in to the room pretty confident that you know what the problem is.
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.
We get so many readers of the blog asking about nursing shift routines. How do you start your day? How do you stay organized? The key to getting and staying organized is having some consistent routines such as the ones outlined in this podcast:
- Start of shift routine
- First assessment routine
- “Spot-check” routine
- End of shift routine
Armed with a few nursing shift routines, you will immediately reap the benefits of having a more organized approach to time management and your ever-changing priorities as an RN or student nurse.
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:
This podcast covers my best advice for being a rockstar in your nursing school clinicals. If you’re like me, you are VERY nervous about starting clinicals…whether it’s your first semester or your last. Making sure you are prepped to do and BE your absolute best ensures you get the most out of this very valuable time.
If you’re a nursing student (or about to be) there’s one thing that comes up over and over and over…electrolytes. Having an understanding of how electrolytes work, why they’re important, and what to do when they’re off-kilter is a huge part of your job. In this guide, we’ll take a quick look at some electrolyte pearls of wisdom.
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!
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!)