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Worst Case Scenario: Head and Neck

Download! What to do if your patient has a seizure, vomits blood or self-extubates, etc. In this crazy job called nursing, everything that can go wrong WILL go wrong at some point in your career.  I am dedicating this post to some worst case scenarios. WORST CASE SCENARIOS: HEAD AND NECK 1.  Your patient begins […]

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ABG’s and Vents for Dummies

Download! This AUDIO only version will cover the following topics: ABG interpretation made easy! ABG in the real world: the ICU What do you NEED to know about Ventillator Settings? great link for practice ABG’s: http://www.realnurseed.com/abg.htm

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Songs and Dance to help you Learn Dysrhythmias

Two great videos that are entertaining and informative! Learn about 2nd Degree AV Block: Type 1 (Mobitz 1)/Wenckebach Living Arrythmias I love this next video too. There are versions of this on youtube that play music over the video but I like the soundless version better…have you ever wondered what it would look like if […]

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Packed Red Blood Cells and Ionized Calcium

The Preservatives in Packed Red Blood Cells eat our Calcium! This post is pertinent for patients receiving multiple units of Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC’s). Some examples are cardiac surgery patients, trauma patients who are hemorrhaging and patients with GI bleeds. Packed Red Blood Cells contain a preservative called citrate. The citrate binds to calcium […]

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ICU for Dummies!

Download! What every new nurse wishes he/she knew. In this AUDIO ONLY version, I will blow your mind and tell you everything you need to know about: ICU Dayshift vs ICU Nightshift Traveling with your patients to CT/MRI Lab results, CBC, BMP & Coags: what is really important?

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Podcast News!

Great news fans!  New Nuse Blog just added a podcast.  Now you can listen to some of your favorite blog posts in Audio format. Click on the Audio Header above to view posts that have optional audio downloads. Coming soon to iTunes as well!  Keep an eye out for an iTunes Header. Now remember, I […]

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Chest Pains in an ICU Patient: What the Nurse Should Know

This is just a very light touch on the topic of an ICU patient complaining of Chest Pain…I want to emphasize that while it may sound scary to think your patient is having a heart attack…unless it is a massive MI (in which most cases end in death and there is not much you can […]

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Staying Awake as a Night Shift Nurse

As a new nurse you will likely be asked to work the night shift at some point in your career. When you are brand new, however, it is more beneficial to work days because there are usually more orders and procedures so you gain experience more quickly. I have worked nights for the majority of […]

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End-Stage Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

What I learned and what you might be able to learn from my 4/10 and 4/11 nightshift in the ICU. Room 1: 82 year old male with pneumonia that had been extubated 3 days prior to my shift and he had transfer orders to move out of the ICU. He waited for a bed all […]

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Pneumonia and Symptoms & Antiphospholipid Syndrome

What I learned and what you might be able to learn from 4/3/11 in a nutshell. Room 1: 43 y/0 female with Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), which is apparently quite rare and can cause clots to form in your arteries and veins secondary to your body attacking its own phospholipids; a component in cell membranes.   […]

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