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Preparing for NCLEX?

A good chunk of the readers that find this blog are nursing students who are looking for some insight into how to study for and pass the NCLEX-RN.  I receive questions on a fairly regular basis asking how best to prepare and my answer is always the same- do a lot of practice questions! Preparing […]

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Guest Blog: Staying Late at Work: You’re Going to Have to

I’m going to interview myself about a subject that I never thought about as a student: staying after your shift ends to get things done. I’ll also tell you why this is a positive thing! How often do you stay later than your shift demands? In my workplace, staying later than your shift ends feels […]

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Do you ever have tape when you really need it? Now you will!

Hey Nurses, Check this out.  Great new product (I have two!) that makes life a little easier for us when we’re taking care of patients.  You can only put so much stuff in your scrub pockets and it always seems like you never have tape (or scissors for that matter) when you need them.  Now […]

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How to Become a CRNA- Nurse Anesthetist

Bad News: CRNA is no longer the Best Kept Secret in Healthcare! Yep..Nurse Anesthesia is no longer the best kept secret- a lot of your co-workers in the ICU are thinking about applying and they are going to be your biggest competition.  Do you want to get a million  steps ahead of them?  Sign up […]

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Sepsis Demystified

Why do our ICU patients get sepsis? They are likely on antibiotic therapy, making our patients susceptible to resistant organsims. Plus, our patients are already sick and possibly immunocompromised. Just being in the hospital is a risk as patients deal with the threat of hospital acquired pneumonia, urosepsis from foley catheters and skin infection from […]

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Worst Case Scenario 3: Chest Tubes!

Chest tubes are not as scary as they sound. If the chest tube is already in place and there are no immediate problems, chances are your 12 hour shift is going to be ok. If not, we’ll teach you exactly what to do. Chest tubes can be placed in a pleural space or a mediastinal […]

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Death in the ICU

Download the related podcast about Death in the ICU! When physicians have decided there is nothing more they can do for a patient, they will often speak with the families and encourage them to withdraw care. Our facility actually says “Comfort Measures Only (CMO)” instead of “Withdrawing Care” because withdrawing care implies that we will […]

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For the Podcast Fans!

Sincere apologies for my podcast fans!  I promised to get the Arterial Lines podcast up by July 5th and failed miserably.  I’m in the process of a big move and time was not on my side.  I promise I will podcast as soon as I get settled.  I will still be checking e-mails from the […]

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Worse Case Scenario 2: Intubation

Download to learn more about respiratory failure, and what the nurse does before, during, and after intubation. Causes of Respiratory Failure Sepsis, Pneumonia (aspiration), COPD Exacerbation, Trauma, Pulmonary Embolism, Pneumothorax, and Pleural Effusion What is a pleural effusion? A pleural effusion is an abnormal collection of fluid in the pleural lining which disrupts oxygen exchange […]

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Random Thing I Learned about Low CO2

This is very random, but last night I learned something new.  When your patient in on a ventilator and their CO2 levels are running low, one of the options to help normalize CO2 levels (besides decreasing the respiratory rate) is to add DEAD SPACE to the ventilator circuit.  The order in the chart literally read […]

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