Tag Archives: clinicals

What the heck is the P/F Ratio: Episode 33

PF ratio

In this podcast we talk about one of the MOST useful and EASIEST, QUICKEST calculations you can do to determine just how sick your respiratory-compromised patient is…the PF ratio! Check out some of the amazing things you’ll learn:

  • What the P and F stand for; what is PaO2 and what is FiO2?
  • Difference between PaO2 and SaO2
  • Optimal PaO2 ranges and levels of hypoxemia
  • How to calculate the PF ratio and what the heck it means
  • What the numbers tell us and how it applies to the overall clinical picture

For more information on ARDS, check out this post, this awesome podcast episode or this SUPER awesome reference sheet. (if your podcast platform does not support links, please visit the website for total linkage at www.straightanursingstudent.com)

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Ventilator weaning starts at intubation: Episode 32

ventilator weaning

In this episode of the Straight A Nursing podcast, we talk about ventilator weaning, which is actually a process that starts the moment the patient is intubated. If you are entering your advanced Med/Surg clinical rotation or are new to the ICU, this podcast will provide you with the basic knowledge you need to advocate for your patient and help guide them toward extubation.

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Trauma case study: Episode 31

trauma case study

As I’ve said many times before, nursing is all about solving problems. You SEE something, you DO something…it’s so simple. But, at the same time, putting it into practice can be quite complex. The patient problems you start out with at the beginning of your shift, are not always going to be the same problems you’re dealing with a few hours in. As a nurse, your ability to adapt, reprioritize and reevaluate is the MOST ESSENTIAL thing you can do.

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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 šŸ™‚

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Tracheostomy Emergencies

tracheostomy emergencies

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 hasĀ a trach, is on a trach maskĀ 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.

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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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Nursing shift routines: Podcast Episode 24

nursing shift routines

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.

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