Straight A Nursing https://straightanursingstudent.com/blog/ Educational podcast for nursing students featuring Nurse Mo, MSN, RN. Sun, 05 Dec 2021 12:00:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Get useful tips, clinical wisdom, nursing inspiration and exploration of key topics from Straight A Nursing. Join Nurse Mo to learn about a wide range of topics ranging from the basics of nursing care to complicated cases seen in the ICU. Straight A Nursing clean episodic Straight A Nursing maureenosuna@mac.com maureenosuna@mac.com (Straight A Nursing) 2021 Learn more. Stress Less. Straight A Nursing https://straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SANS-Podcast-Teal-2021B-1.png https://straightanursingstudent.com/blog/ TV-G Weekly My Fave Online Tools for Nursing School Success: Episode 184 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode184/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:00:48 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43743 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode184/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode184/feed/ 0 In this episode, I’ll take you through my eight favorite online tools for nursing students that help set you up for success. Thanks to ATI for sponsoring this episode! If you are preparing for the ATI TEAS exam, be sure to use promo code STRAIGHTANURSING for 15% off ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial and their online practice assessments (offer valid until Dec 31, 2021). Get Google Drive with a free Google account: Google Drive. Say goodbye to password frustrations with LastPass. Take your notes for nursing school into digital format with GoodNotes and Notability. Improve your writing with Grammarly Start your online search for research articles with Google Scholar and PubMed. Manage your bibliography and make writing scholarly papers easier with Zotero Demystify APA formatting and scholarly writing with Purdue Owl APA. Reclaim your focus and embark on powerful work sessions with the Focus Keeper App for iOS or Clockwork Tomato for Android. View the blog post and references on this topic here. -- ATI offer details: Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Promotion only available on ATI TEAS Prep products, cannot be applied to TEAS testing fees or transcripts.  Promotion cannot be applied to past purchases.  Offer ends 12/31/21. In this episode, I’ll take you through my eight favorite online tools for nursing students that help set you up for success.

Thanks to ATI for sponsoring this episode! If you are preparing for the ATI TEAS exam, be sure to use promo code STRAIGHTANURSING for 15% off ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial and their online practice assessments (offer valid until Dec 31, 2021).

Get Google Drive with a free Google account: Google Drive.

Say goodbye to password frustrations with LastPass.

Take your notes for nursing school into digital format with GoodNotes and Notability.

Improve your writing with Grammarly

Start your online search for research articles with Google Scholar and PubMed.

Manage your bibliography and make writing scholarly papers easier with Zotero

Demystify APA formatting and scholarly writing with Purdue Owl APA.

Reclaim your focus and embark on powerful work sessions with the Focus Keeper App for iOS or Clockwork Tomato for Android.

View the blog post and references on this topic here.

ATI offer details: Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Promotion only available on ATI TEAS Prep products, cannot be applied to TEAS testing fees or transcripts.  Promotion cannot be applied to past purchases.  Offer ends 12/31/21.

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In this episode, I’ll take you through my eight favorite online tools for nursing students that help set you up for success. Thanks to ATI for sponsoring this episode! If you are preparing for the ATI TEAS exam,


Thanks to ATI for sponsoring this episode! If you are preparing for the ATI TEAS exam, be sure to use promo code STRAIGHTANURSING for 15% off ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial and their online practice assessments (offer valid until Dec 31, 2021).

Get Google Drive with a free Google account: Google Drive.

Say goodbye to password frustrations with LastPass.

Take your notes for nursing school into digital format with GoodNotes and Notability.

Improve your writing with Grammarly

Start your online search for research articles with Google Scholar and PubMed.

Manage your bibliography and make writing scholarly papers easier with Zotero

Demystify APA formatting and scholarly writing with Purdue Owl APA.

Reclaim your focus and embark on powerful work sessions with the Focus Keeper App for iOS or Clockwork Tomato for Android.

View the blog post and references on this topic here.

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Bulletproof IV Medication Administration: Episode 183 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode183/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:00:25 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43740 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode183/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode183/feed/ 0 In this episode, we’re talking all about safe administration of IV medications. For more tips on safe medication administration, check out my free download Bulletproof Medication Administration resource sheet. Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is the only prep course that teaches you how to be a successful nursing student. Lauren says, “I feel CCB is really preparing me for nursing school, so I won't be like a "deer in the headlights". It is really helping me to lower my anxiety levels as well! I love hearing all the insights and wisdom from Nurse Mo as well, since I really have no experience in the clinical setting yet!! So glad I came across this program! View the blog post and references on this topic here. In this episode, we’re talking all about safe administration of IV medications.

For more tips on safe medication administration, check out my free download Bulletproof Medication Administration resource sheet.

Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is the only prep course that teaches you how to be a successful nursing student. Lauren says, “I feel CCB is really preparing me for nursing school, so I won’t be like a “deer in the headlights”. It is really helping me to lower my anxiety levels as well! I love hearing all the insights and wisdom from Nurse Mo as well, since I really have no experience in the clinical setting yet!! So glad I came across this program!

View the blog post and references on this topic here.

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In this episode, we’re talking all about safe administration of IV medications. - For more tips on safe medication administration, check out my free download Bulletproof Medication Administration resource sheet.
For more tips on safe medication administration, check out my free download Bulletproof Medication Administration resource sheet.



Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is the only prep course that teaches you how to be a successful nursing student. Lauren says, “I feel CCB is really preparing me for nursing school, so I won't be like a "deer in the headlights". It is really helping me to lower my anxiety levels as well! I love hearing all the insights and wisdom from Nurse Mo as well, since I really have no experience in the clinical setting yet!! So glad I came across this program!

View the blog post and references on this topic here.]]>
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Making a Good Impression in Nursing School: Episode 182 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode182/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:00:10 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43719 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode182/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode182/feed/ 0 If you’re like most nursing students, you’re a high-achieving individual with big goals and a dedication to doing your absolute best. Chances are, you were a star student in your prereqs, but in nursing school, you’re surrounded by other star students who are just as dedicated and driven as you are. Add to that the fact that many of your classes may be fully or partially online. How in the world do you stand out and make a good impression in this environment? Well, the good news is, it’s entirely possible. Just follow the tips in this episode to shine like the bright star that you are! Start nursing school prepared and ready to conquer! Check out my nursing school prep course, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp. Bootcamp student Megan says, “Hey all, my name is Megan! I’ve completed CCB, and am halfway through my ADN program! I just love Nurse Mo and ALL of her products! I only wish that I had found her before I started my program; now, I praise her to anyone who will listen! She makes concepts easy to understand and the little quizzes help reinforce the concepts. Also, nursing school is expensive and it can be a challenge to invest in other tools, but Nurse Mo’s products are so affordable and a sound investment!” View the blog post and references on this topic here. If you’re like most nursing students, you’re a high-achieving individual with big goals and a dedication to doing your absolute best. Chances are, you were a star student in your prereqs, but in nursing school, you’re surrounded by other star students who are just as dedicated and driven as you are. Add to that the fact that many of your classes may be fully or partially online. How in the world do you stand out and make a good impression in this environment?

Well, the good news is, it’s entirely possible. Just follow the tips in this episode to shine like the bright star that you are!

Start nursing school prepared and ready to conquer! Check out my nursing school prep course, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp.

Bootcamp student Megan says, “Hey all, my name is Megan! I’ve completed CCB, and am halfway through my ADN program! I just love Nurse Mo and ALL of her products! I only wish that I had found her before I started my program; now, I praise her to anyone who will listen! She makes concepts easy to understand and the little quizzes help reinforce the concepts. Also, nursing school is expensive and it can be a challenge to invest in other tools, but Nurse Mo’s products are so affordable and a sound investment!”

View the blog post and references on this topic here.

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If you’re like most nursing students, you’re a high-achieving individual with big goals and a dedication to doing your absolute best. Chances are, you were a star student in your prereqs, but in nursing school,


Well, the good news is, it’s entirely possible. Just follow the tips in this episode to shine like the bright star that you are!

Start nursing school prepared and ready to conquer! Check out my nursing school prep course, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp.
Bootcamp student Megan says, “Hey all, my name is Megan! I’ve completed CCB, and am halfway through my ADN program! I just love Nurse Mo and ALL of her products! I only wish that I had found her before I started my program; now, I praise her to anyone who will listen! She makes concepts easy to understand and the little quizzes help reinforce the concepts. Also, nursing school is expensive and it can be a challenge to invest in other tools, but Nurse Mo’s products are so affordable and a sound investment!”
View the blog post and references on this topic here.]]>
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Secret #2 of Successful Nursing Students: Episode 181 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode181/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 12:00:40 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43714 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode181/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode181/feed/ 0 To continue our series on the secrets of successful nursing students, in this episode we talk through secret #2 of successful nursing students. Hint...it’s all about time management! Read the show notes here. Get the planner made specifically for nursing students here. Start nursing school prepared and ready to conquer! Check out my nursing school prep course, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp. Want all 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students? Get the free guide here. To continue our series on the secrets of successful nursing students, in this episode we talk through secret #2 of successful nursing students. Hint…it’s all about time management!

Read the show notes here.

Get the planner made specifically for nursing students here.

Start nursing school prepared and ready to conquer! Check out my nursing school prep course, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp.

Want all 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students? Get the free guide here.

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To continue our series on the secrets of successful nursing students, in this episode we talk through secret #2 of successful nursing students. Hint...it’s all about time management! Read the show notes here. -


Read the show notes here.

Get the planner made specifically for nursing students here.

Start nursing school prepared and ready to conquer! Check out my nursing school prep course, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp.

Want all 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students? Get the free guide here.]]>
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Taking Care of Patients with Burn Injury: Episode 180 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode180/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 12:00:03 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43709 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode180/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode180/feed/ 0 In this episode, we talk through the pathophysiology of burn injury and the basics of caring for these highly complex patients. See what warrants a burn center referral on the AmeriBurn website. Review the concept of third spacing in episode 113 and the basics of burns in Episode 149. Did you love the PodQuiz at the end of this episode? Then you’ll absolutely flip for Study Sesh. View the blog post and references on this topic here. In this episode, we talk through the pathophysiology of burn injury and the basics of caring for these highly complex patients.

See what warrants a burn center referral on the AmeriBurn website.

Review the concept of third spacing in episode 113 and the basics of burns in Episode 149.

Did you love the PodQuiz at the end of this episode? Then you’ll absolutely flip for Study Sesh.

View the blog post and references on this topic here.

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In this episode, we talk through the pathophysiology of burn injury and the basics of caring for these highly complex patients. See what warrants a burn center referral on the AmeriBurn website. - Review the concept of third spacing in episode 11...


See what warrants a burn center referral on the AmeriBurn website.

Review the concept of third spacing in episode 113 and the basics of burns in Episode 149.

Did you love the PodQuiz at the end of this episode? Then you’ll absolutely flip for Study Sesh.

View the blog post and references on this topic here.]]>
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How to Prepare for the ATI TEAS Exam: Episode 179 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode179/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 12:00:25 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43696 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode179/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode179/feed/ 0 If you’re applying to nursing school (or even thinking about it), your head may be swimming with all the information out there about entrance exams and application requirements. Never fear, my friend, I’m here to clear up some of the confusion around one of the most commonly used entrance exams, the ATI TEAS. In this episode, I’m talking with Tami Kelly from ATI about the exam and answering your most burning questions. Be sure to use promo code STRAIGHTANURSING  for 15% off ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial and their online practice assessments (offer valid until Dec 31, 2021). Read about the ATI TEAS exam and download the Straight A Nursing TEAS tracker here. -- Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Promotion only available on ATI TEAS Prep products, cannot be applied to TEAS testing fees or transcripts.  Promotion cannot be applied to past purchases.  Offer ends 12/31/21. If you’re applying to nursing school (or even thinking about it), your head may be swimming with all the information out there about entrance exams and application requirements. Never fear, my friend, I’m here to clear up some of the confusion around one of the most commonly used entrance exams, the ATI TEAS.

In this episode, I’m talking with Tami Kelly from ATI about the exam and answering your most burning questions.

Be sure to use promo code STRAIGHTANURSING  for 15% off ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial and their online practice assessments (offer valid until Dec 31, 2021).

Read about the ATI TEAS exam and download the Straight A Nursing TEAS tracker here.

Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Promotion only available on ATI TEAS Prep products, cannot be applied to TEAS testing fees or transcripts.  Promotion cannot be applied to past purchases.  Offer ends 12/31/21.

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If you’re applying to nursing school (or even thinking about it), your head may be swimming with all the information out there about entrance exams and application requirements. Never fear, my friend, I’m here to clear up some of the confusion around o...


In this episode, I’m talking with Tami Kelly from ATI about the exam and answering your most burning questions.

Be sure to use promo code STRAIGHTANURSING  for 15% off ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial and their online practice assessments (offer valid until Dec 31, 2021).

Read about the ATI TEAS exam and download the Straight A Nursing TEAS tracker here.

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Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer.  Promotion only available on ATI TEAS Prep products, cannot be applied to TEAS testing fees or transcripts.  Promotion cannot be applied to past purchases.  Offer ends 12/31/21.]]>
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BONUS: Decreasing ICU Delirium with Kali Dayton https://straightanursingstudent.com/icu-delirium/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 12:00:36 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43727 https://straightanursingstudent.com/icu-delirium/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/icu-delirium/feed/ 0 In this episode, I am joined by Kali Dayton, host of the Walking Home From The ICU podcast. Kali is a nurse practitioner who is passionate about reducing the incidence of acute delirium by decreasing sedation use in intubated patients. If you're also passionate about improving patient outcomes, and open to looking at critical care in a different way, you'll love hearing from Kali! You can get more of Kali's wisdom on her podcast, Walking Home From The ICU, and through her blog here. In this episode, I am joined by Kali Dayton, host of the Walking Home From The ICU podcast. Kali is a nurse practitioner who is passionate about reducing the incidence of acute delirium by decreasing sedation use in intubated patients. If you’re also passionate about improving patient outcomes, and open to looking at critical care in a different way, you’ll love hearing from Kali!

You can get more of Kali’s wisdom on her podcast, Walking Home From The ICU, and through her blog here.

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In this episode, I am joined by Kali Dayton, host of the Walking Home From The ICU podcast. Kali is a nurse practitioner who is passionate about reducing the incidence of acute delirium by decreasing sedation use in intubated patients.


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Foundations of Feeding Tubes: Episode 178 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode178/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 11:00:54 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43556 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode178/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode178/feed/ 0 In this episode, we talk through the foundations of feeding tubes including why we use them, the different types, the various routes they take, and some general safety considerations. I even share with you the “real world” tips on inserting a nasogastric tube so you can feel so much more confident the first time you perform this important skill on a real patient. ** Ready to get organized for nursing school? Grab your nursing school planner here. In this episode, we talk through the foundations of feeding tubes including why we use them, the different types, the various routes they take, and some general safety considerations. I even share with you the “real world” tips on inserting a nasogastric tube so you can feel so much more confident the first time you perform this important skill on a real patient.

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Ready to get organized for nursing school? Grab your nursing school planner here.

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In this episode, we talk through the foundations of feeding tubes including why we use them, the different types, the various routes they take, and some general safety considerations. I even share with you the “real world” tips on inserting a nasogastr...


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Ready to get organized for nursing school? Grab your nursing school planner here.]]>
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How COVID has Impacted Clinical: Episode 177 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode177/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43551 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode177/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode177/feed/ 0 Recently I asked the students in my Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group how COVID has affected clinical, their feelings toward clinical, and their outlook on their chosen profession. The results were eye-opening, inspiring, and yes, heartbreaking at times. In this episode I’m discussing the general themes and offering some insight and advice that I hope helps you feel better about your clinical experience, even with it changing so much due to the pandemic. Many of you have said you’re afraid you’ll be terrible nurses because your clinical hours have been so limited, and I just want you to know that you will NOT be terrible nurses. You are going to be some of the most resilient, resourceful and driven RNs to enter the workforce and I, for one, completely and totally believe in you. Read the responses here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/covid-clinical-experience/ Recently I asked the students in my Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group how COVID has affected clinical, their feelings toward clinical, and their outlook on their chosen profession.

The results were eye-opening, inspiring, and yes, heartbreaking at times. In this episode I’m discussing the general themes and offering some insight and advice that I hope helps you feel better about your clinical experience, even with it changing so much due to the pandemic.

Many of you have said you’re afraid you’ll be terrible nurses because your clinical hours have been so limited, and I just want you to know that you will NOT be terrible nurses. You are going to be some of the most resilient, resourceful and driven RNs to enter the workforce and I, for one, completely and totally believe in you.

Read the responses here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/covid-clinical-experience/

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Recently I asked the students in my Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group how COVID has affected clinical, their feelings toward clinical, and their outlook on their chosen profession. The results were eye-opening, inspiring, and yes, Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group how COVID has affected clinical, their feelings toward clinical, and their outlook on their chosen profession.



The results were eye-opening, inspiring, and yes, heartbreaking at times. In this episode I’m discussing the general themes and offering some insight and advice that I hope helps you feel better about your clinical experience, even with it changing so much due to the pandemic.

Many of you have said you’re afraid you’ll be terrible nurses because your clinical hours have been so limited, and I just want you to know that you will NOT be terrible nurses. You are going to be some of the most resilient, resourceful and driven RNs to enter the workforce and I, for one, completely and totally believe in you.

Read the responses here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/covid-clinical-experience/]]>
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The Basics of Inducing Labor: Episode 176 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode176/ Thu, 21 Oct 2021 11:00:24 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43553 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode176/#respond https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode176/feed/ 0 This episode covers the indications for inducing labor as well as the pharmacologic and mechanical methods commonly utilized. Interested in L&D nursing but aren’t sure where to start? Check out Episode 134 to hear my interview with an L&D RN who started her career working on a maternal-newborn unit. If you’re unsure if you can hop right into a specialty as a new grad, I am here to say YES YOU CAN! Read the article and get references here. ** Ready to get organized for nursing school? Shop our planners here! Does this podcast help you study while you do other things? Then you’ll love Study Sesh, which uses PodQuizzes and other auditory learning techniques to truly change the way you study. Get access to all episodes with one payment here. This episode covers the indications for inducing labor as well as the pharmacologic and mechanical methods commonly utilized.

Interested in L&D nursing but aren’t sure where to start? Check out Episode 134 to hear my interview with an L&D RN who started her career working on a maternal-newborn unit. If you’re unsure if you can hop right into a specialty as a new grad, I am here to say YES YOU CAN!

Read the article and get references here.

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Ready to get organized for nursing school? Shop our planners here!

Does this podcast help you study while you do other things? Then you’ll love Study Sesh, which uses PodQuizzes and other auditory learning techniques to truly change the way you study. Get access to all episodes with one payment here.

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This episode covers the indications for inducing labor as well as the pharmacologic and mechanical methods commonly utilized. Interested in L&D nursing but aren’t sure where to start? Check out Episode 134 to hear my interview with an L&D RN who s...


Interested in L&D nursing but aren’t sure where to start? Check out Episode 134 to hear my interview with an L&D RN who started her career working on a maternal-newborn unit. If you’re unsure if you can hop right into a specialty as a new grad, I am here to say YES YOU CAN!

Read the article and get references here.

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Ready to get organized for nursing school? Shop our planners here!

Does this podcast help you study while you do other things? Then you’ll love Study Sesh, which uses PodQuizzes and other auditory learning techniques to truly change the way you study. Get access to all episodes with one payment here.]]>
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Cardiac Pharmacology PodQuiz – Episode 175 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode175/ Thu, 14 Oct 2021 11:00:31 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43545 Have you tried a PodQuiz before? If not, you are in for a treat! PodQuizzes are a great way to study using auditory learning that’s not just passive listening..it’s active and super engaged. Here’s how it works...I ask a question and then pause to give you time to think of and say the answer. Then, I tell you the answer. It’s essentially flashcards for your ears! And, the best part is...you can study while you exercise, fold the laundry, organize a closet or take the dog for a walk. In other words, you don't have to sit at your desk 24/7. Cue the confetti, folks! To get MORE PodQuizzes, check out my members-only podcast, Study Sesh at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh  Use PROMO code SSOCTOBER21 to save $15 off your subscription to Study Sesh! Offer valid until end-of-day, October 17th, 2021. This episode covers cardiac pharmacology...so get up from your desk, pop in those earbuds and let’s get to studying! Have you tried a PodQuiz before? If not, you are in for a treat! PodQuizzes are a great way to study using auditory learning that’s not just passive listening..it’s active and super engaged. Here’s how it works...


To get MORE PodQuizzes, check out my members-only podcast, Study Sesh at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh 

Use PROMO code SSOCTOBER21 to save $15 off your subscription to Study Sesh! Offer valid until end-of-day, October 17th, 2021.

This episode covers cardiac pharmacology...so get up from your desk, pop in those earbuds and let’s get to studying!]]>
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Secret #1 of Successful Nursing Students: Episode 174 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode174/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 11:00:32 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43543 Nursing school success is about SO MUCH more than making the grade. It’s a complete mindset shift that helps you actually thrive, not just survive in nursing school. In this episode, we’re talking about Secret #1 of the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students. To get the whole set in a downloadable PDF, just go to https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc. Nursing school success is about SO MUCH more than making the grade. It’s a complete mindset shift that helps you actually thrive, not just survive in nursing school. In this episode, we’re talking about Secret #1 of the 20 Secrets of Successful Nu...


In this episode, we’re talking about Secret #1 of the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students. To get the whole set in a downloadable PDF, just go to https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc.]]>
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The ABCs of DIC: Episode 173 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode173/ Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:00:45 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43540 Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a consumption coagulopathy that can be devastating for your patient. In this episode, learn the pathophysiology of DIC, how to recognize it, and what we do to address it (hopefully before it results in life-threatening hemorrhage). As a bonus, there are a few PodQuiz questions at the end to test your understanding. If you love quizzing in this way, then check out my private podcast, Study Sesh! For show notes and references, view the article here. Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a consumption coagulopathy that can be devastating for your patient. In this episode, learn the pathophysiology of DIC, how to recognize it, and what we do to address it (hopefully before it results in li...


As a bonus, there are a few PodQuiz questions at the end to test your understanding. If you love quizzing in this way, then check out my private podcast, Study Sesh!

For show notes and references, view the article here.]]>
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Key Tips to Prioritize Nursing Care: Episode 172 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode172/ Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:00:11 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43442 In this episode, Nurse Mo shares key tips for how to prioritize nursing care in clinicals and on the job. View the show notes and links here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode172/ In this episode, Nurse Mo shares key tips for how to prioritize nursing care in clinicals and on the job. View the show notes and links here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode172/ In this episode, Nurse Mo shares key tips for how to prioritize nursing care in clinicals and on the job. View the show notes and links here: <a href="https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode172/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode172/</a> Straight A Nursing 24:08 BONUS: Demystifying the EMR with Chance Reaves https://straightanursingstudent.com/bonus-emr/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:00:30 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43580 In this Bonus episode I talk with Chance Reaves, the founder of My Nursing Note. Join in on the conversation as I ask Chance the things students should know about working effectively with an electronic medical record (EMR). Yes, it can initially be overwhelming, but with a few tips you can be navigating and charting like a pro in no time! In this Bonus episode I talk with Chance Reaves, the founder of My Nursing Note. Join in on the conversation as I ask Chance the things students should know about working effectively with an electronic medical record (EMR). Yes, My Nursing Note.



Join in on the conversation as I ask Chance the things students should know about working effectively with an electronic medical record (EMR). Yes, it can initially be overwhelming, but with a few tips you can be navigating and charting like a pro in no time!]]>
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Who are the Players in the Healthcare Interdisciplinary Team? Episode 171 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode171/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:00:53 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43437 In this episode you'll learn the importance of the healthcare interdisciplinary team, who it entails, and the roles of everyone involved. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode171/ In this episode you'll learn the importance of the healthcare interdisciplinary team, who it entails, and the roles of everyone involved. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode171/ In this episode you'll learn the importance of the healthcare interdisciplinary team, who it entails, and the roles of everyone involved. Click here for show notes and links: <a href="https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode171/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode171/</a> Straight A Nursing 31:36 Cystic Fibrosis Nursing Care Using the LATTE Method: Episode 170 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode170/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 11:00:36 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43429 In this episode, Nurse Mo talks you through what you need to know about cystic fibrosis nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode170/ In this episode, Nurse Mo talks you through what you need to know about cystic fibrosis nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode170/ In this episode, Nurse Mo talks you through what you need to know about cystic fibrosis nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Click here for show notes and links: <a href="https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode170/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode170/</a> Straight A Nursing 22:45 What is the Beers List of Medications? Episode 169 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode169/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 11:00:13 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43419 In this episode, Nurse Mo talks about the Beers list of medications. What it is, why it exists and the implications for your nursing practice. Click here for show notes and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode169/ In this episode, Nurse Mo talks about the Beers list of medications. What it is, why it exists and the implications for your nursing practice. Click here for show notes and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode169/ In this episode, Nurse Mo talks about the Beers list of medications. What it is, why it exists and the implications for your nursing practice. Click here for show notes and references: <a href="https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode169/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode169/</a> Straight A Nursing 27:07 Let’s kick nursing school math anxiety to the curb! Episode 168 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode168/ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 11:00:29 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43412 In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you step-by-step through kicking nursing school math anxiety to the curb. Click here for show notes and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode168/ In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you step-by-step through kicking nursing school math anxiety to the curb. Click here for show notes and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode168/ In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you step-by-step through kicking nursing school math anxiety to the curb. Click here for show notes and references: <a href="https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode168/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode168/</a> Straight A Nursing 23:42 Non-Sepsis Reasons for an Elevated Lactate: Episode 167 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode167/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 11:00:48 +0000 https://straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43407 In this episode Nurse Mo talks you through reasons for an elevated lactate that have nothing to do with a systemic inflammatory response or sepsis. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode167/ In this episode Nurse Mo talks you through reasons for an elevated lactate that have nothing to do with a systemic inflammatory response or sepsis. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode167/ In this episode Nurse Mo talks you through reasons for an elevated lactate that have nothing to do with a systemic inflammatory response or sepsis. Click here for show notes and links: <a href=" https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode167/">https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode167/</a> Straight A Nursing 21:32 How to Thrive in your Med Surg Class: Episode 166 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode166/ Thu, 12 Aug 2021 11:00:57 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43167 Get my best tips for thriving in your Med Surg course in this podcast episode. Grab the show notes and links here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/tips-to-study-med-surg/ Get my best tips for thriving in your Med Surg course in this podcast episode. Grab the show notes and links here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/tips-to-study-med-surg/ Get my best tips for thriving in your Med Surg course in this podcast episode. Grab the show notes and links <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/tips-to-study-med-surg/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">here</a>: <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/tips-to-study-med-surg/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/tips-to-study-med-surg/</a> Straight A Nursing 25:42 BONUS EPISODE: How to Manage Bullying Behavior with Kati Kleber https://straightanursingstudent.com/interview-kati-kleber-bonus/ Tue, 10 Aug 2021 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43208 In this extra-special bonus episode, I am talking with Kati Kleber from Fresh RN about ways students can reclaim their power and effectively deal with bullying instructors and RNs. Grab the show notes and links here: http://www.straightanursingstudent.com/interview-kati-kleber-bonus/ In this extra-special bonus episode, I am talking with Kati Kleber from Fresh RN about ways students can reclaim their power and effectively deal with bullying instructors and RNs. Grab the show notes and links here: http://www. In this extra-special bonus episode, I am talking with Kati Kleber from Fresh RN about ways students can reclaim their power and effectively deal with bullying instructors and RNs. Grab the show notes and links <a href="http://www.straightanursingstudent.com/interview-kati-kleber-bonus/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">here</a>: <a href="http://www.straightanursingstudent.com/interview-kati-kleber-bonus/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> http://www.straightanursingstudent.com/interview-kati-kleber-bonus/ </a> Straight A Nursing 55:17 Time to Stop the Negative Self Talk: Episode 165 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode165/ Thu, 05 Aug 2021 11:00:20 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43164 What if I told you there was one thing that students do that absolutely sets them up for failure? In this week's episode we talk about negative self talk, how it sabotages your success AND what you can do about it! Read the show notes and grab the links here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode165/ What if I told you there was one thing that students do that absolutely sets them up for failure? In this week's episode we talk about negative self talk, how it sabotages your success AND what you can do about it! What if I told you there was one thing that students do that absolutely sets them up for failure? In this week's episode we talk about negative self talk, how it sabotages your success AND what you can do about it! Read the show notes and grab the links here: <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode165/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode165/</a> Straight A Nursing 23:29 Decoding Clinical Confidence: Episode 164 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode164/ Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:00:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43156 Feeling a little uncertain or nervous in clinical is absolutely normal...and it means you CARE about your education and your patients (go you!). But I know that students are always looking for ways to boost confidence, so I'm sharing my best tips in this week's episode. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode164/ Feeling a little uncertain or nervous in clinical is absolutely normal...and it means you CARE about your education and your patients (go you!). But I know that students are always looking for ways to boost confidence, Feeling a little uncertain or nervous in clinical is absolutely normal...and it means you CARE about your education and your patients (go you!). But I know that students are always looking for ways to boost confidence, so I'm sharing my best tips in this week's episode. Click here for show notes and links: <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode164/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode164/</a> Straight A Nursing 38:51 The Antiemetic You’ll Probably Use the Most: Episode 163 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode163/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 11:00:12 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43153 Ondansetron (brand name Zofran) is a very common medication you’ll see in the clinical setting, on your care plans, and sprinkled throughout nursing school exams. In this episode, we’ll go through ondansetron using the Straight A Nursing DRRUGS framework. Click here for show notes and links! https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode163/ Ondansetron (brand name Zofran) is a very common medication you’ll see in the clinical setting, on your care plans, and sprinkled throughout nursing school exams. In this episode, we’ll go through ondansetron using the Straight A Nursing DRRUGS framewo... Ondansetron (brand name Zofran) is a very common medication you’ll see in the clinical setting, on your care plans, and sprinkled throughout nursing school exams. In this episode, we’ll go through ondansetron using the Straight A Nursing DRRUGS framework. Click <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode163/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">here</a> for show notes and links! <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode163/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode163/</a> Straight A Nursing 20:23 Ten Things to Review Before School Starts: Episode 162 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode162/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 11:00:08 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43150 In this episode I’m sharing with you the top ten topics to review before you start your program (or head back to class after a break). Click here for show notes and links. https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode162/ In this episode I’m sharing with you the top ten topics to review before you start your program (or head back to class after a break). Click here for show notes and links. https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode162/ In this episode I’m sharing with you the top ten topics to review before you start your program (or head back to class after a break). Click <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode162/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">here</a> for show notes and links. Straight A Nursing 21:26 BONUS EPISODE: Tips for Parents in Nursing School https://straightanursingstudent.com/parenting-tips-bonus/ Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43201 Are you a parent trying to figure out how to juggle nursing school AND all your responsibilities at home? In this bonus episode, I talk with Chelsea, a nursing student and mom of four amazing kids. As you can imagine, Chelsea had to come up with some pretty good systems and methods to keep her kids, life, and schoolwork on track. Pop in those earbuds and let's talk about what it's like to go through nursing school as a parent, and hear some of Chelsea's best tips and advice for getting it all done! Are you a parent trying to figure out how to juggle nursing school AND all your responsibilities at home? In this bonus episode, I talk with Chelsea, a nursing student and mom of four amazing kids. As you can imagine, Are you a parent trying to figure out how to juggle nursing school AND all your responsibilities at home? In this bonus episode, I talk with Chelsea, a nursing student and mom of four amazing kids. As you can imagine, Chelsea had to come up with some pretty good systems and methods to keep her kids, life, and schoolwork on track.<br /> <br /> Pop in those earbuds and let's talk about what it's like to go through nursing school as a parent, and hear some of Chelsea's best tips and advice for getting it all done! Straight A Nursing 41:13 Alzheimer’s from A to Z: Episode 161 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode161/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 11:00:39 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=43147 In this episode we'll go through Alzheimer's Disease using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode161/ In this episode we'll go through Alzheimer's Disease using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Click here for show notes and links: https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode161/ In this episode we'll go through Alzheimer's Disease using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Click here for show notes and links: <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode161/">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode161/</a> Straight A Nursing 23:45 Caring for Patients with Delirium: Episode 160 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode160/ Thu, 01 Jul 2021 11:00:21 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42740 A situation you’ll need to be able to differentiate (in both clinical and on exams) is delirium vs dementia and how to care for those patients. We’ll talk about the nursing care of patients with dementia another time and focus on caring for patients with delirium in this episode. Key topics covered: Delirium vs dementia How to recognize delirium in your patient Complications of delirium Interventions for delirium For text and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/delirium-101/ Is sitting at your desk staring at your books and computer getting you down? Then head on over to Study Sesh, the private podcast that frees you from your desk and enables you to learn while getting on with your life! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ A situation you’ll need to be able to differentiate (in both clinical and on exams) is delirium vs dementia and how to care for those patients. We’ll talk about the nursing care of patients with dementia another time and focus on caring for patients wi...


Key topics covered:

* Delirium vs dementia
* How to recognize delirium in your patient
* Complications of delirium
* Interventions for delirium

For text and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/delirium-101/

Is sitting at your desk staring at your books and computer getting you down? Then head on over to Study Sesh, the private podcast that frees you from your desk and enables you to learn while getting on with your life! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/]]>
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Memory Techniques for Nursing School and When to Use Them: Episode 159 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode159/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 11:00:47 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42735 In my free guide, the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students, secret #4 is this: successful students know what to memorize vs conceptualize. While some people may tell you to ONLY focus on learning concepts, they forget that you actually do need to memorize some things in nursing school. After all, the names of the cranial nerves aren’t concepts...they’re simply facts and yes, you MUST memorize them! In this podcast episode we’ll talk about types of information to memorize vs conceptualize, and how memorizing the right things actually helps you understand concepts better! We’ll also discuss some key memory techniques to use in nursing school. Want to memorize without staring at your notes or computer screen? Then head on over to Study Sesh, the private podcast that uses unique formats to drill drill drill that information into your brain! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ For text and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/memorization-vs-conceptualization/ Want to know the other 19 secrets? Get my free guide, 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc In my free guide, the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students, secret #4 is this: successful students know what to memorize vs conceptualize. While some people may tell you to ONLY focus on learning concepts, 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students, secret #4 is this: successful students know what to memorize vs conceptualize. While some people may tell you to ONLY focus on learning concepts, they forget that you actually do need to memorize some things in nursing school. After all, the names of the cranial nerves aren’t concepts...they’re simply facts and yes, you MUST memorize them!



In this podcast episode we’ll talk about types of information to memorize vs conceptualize, and how memorizing the right things actually helps you understand concepts better! We’ll also discuss some key memory techniques to use in nursing school.

Want to memorize without staring at your notes or computer screen? Then head on over to Study Sesh, the private podcast that uses unique formats to drill drill drill that information into your brain! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/

For text and references: https://straightanursingstudent.com/memorization-vs-conceptualization/

Want to know the other 19 secrets? Get my free guide, 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc]]>
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The APGAR Score Decoded: Episode 158 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode158/ Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:00:43 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42862 One of the most important functions you will perform in the postpartum period are the assessment of and interventions for the newborn. This episode covers APGAR scoring and key nursing interventions during that critical “I’m new here!” period.   Text version and references here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/apgar-scores/   Ready to change the way you study? Head on over to Study Sesh, my special private podcast that frees you from your desk so you can learn AND live your life! If you’ve loved the PodQuizzes, you’ll absolutely flip for Study Sesh! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ One of the most important functions you will perform in the postpartum period are the assessment of and interventions for the newborn. This episode covers APGAR scoring and key nursing interventions during that critical “I’m new here!” period.


 

Text version and references here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/apgar-scores/

 

Ready to change the way you study? Head on over to Study Sesh, my special private podcast that frees you from your desk so you can learn AND live your life! If you’ve loved the PodQuizzes, you’ll absolutely flip for Study Sesh! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/]]>
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Considerations in Geriatric Pharmacology: Episode 157 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode157/ Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:00:48 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42730 As you probably have surmised by now, pharmacology is not one-size-fits-all especially when we look at age-related considerations. In this episode, we’ll talk through the pharmacologic differences in elderly patients: absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and some other important factors that come in to play. Are you tired of studying at your desk, staring at books or a computer screen? Well then let’s change the way you study! Head on over to Study Sesh, my special private podcast that enables you to study while still living your life. Imagine how great it would be to go on a walk and come back physically refreshed AND knowing all the cranial nerves :-) https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ See the show notes and references on Geriatric Pharmacology here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/geriatric-pharmacology-basics/ As you probably have surmised by now, pharmacology is not one-size-fits-all especially when we look at age-related considerations. - In this episode, we’ll talk through the pharmacologic differences in elderly patients: absorption, distribution,
In this episode, we’ll talk through the pharmacologic differences in elderly patients: absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and some other important factors that come in to play.

Are you tired of studying at your desk, staring at books or a computer screen? Well then let’s change the way you study! Head on over to Study Sesh, my special private podcast that enables you to study while still living your life. Imagine how great it would be to go on a walk and come back physically refreshed AND knowing all the cranial nerves :-)



https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/

See the show notes and references on Geriatric Pharmacology here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/geriatric-pharmacology-basics/ ]]>
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Nervous about Next Gen NCLEX?: Episode 156 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode156/ Thu, 03 Jun 2021 11:00:24 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42725 With the Next Generation NCLEX possibly launching in 2023, students who are beginning nursing school in 2021 are understandably asking a lot of questions about the NCLEX and the potential new format they’ll be facing after graduation. In this episode we’ll talk through: What the NCLEX is How the NCLEX and adaptive testing work Current NCLEX question types Changes coming with the Next Generation format The core foundation principals the exam assesses as it determines if you are ready for practice!   For an example of case study questions: https://www.ncsbn.org/14172.htm Other sample questions: https://www.ncsbn.org/NGN-Sample-Questions.pdf NCLEX RN Test Plan from NCBSN: https://www.ncsbn.org/2019_RN_TestPlan-English.pdf   Want to change how you prep for NCLEX and nursing school exams? Head on over to Study Sesh, the podcast that utilizes audio to free you from your desk and computer while still enabling you to review and learn: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/   Resources for this episode available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/next-generation-nclex-overview/ With the Next Generation NCLEX possibly launching in 2023, students who are beginning nursing school in 2021 are understandably asking a lot of questions about the NCLEX and the potential new format they’ll be facing after graduation.


In this episode we’ll talk through:

* What the NCLEX is
* How the NCLEX and adaptive testing work
* Current NCLEX question types
* Changes coming with the Next Generation format
* The core foundation principals the exam assesses as it determines if you are ready for practice!

 

For an example of case study questions: https://www.ncsbn.org/14172.htm

Other sample questions: https://www.ncsbn.org/NGN-Sample-Questions.pdf

NCLEX RN Test Plan from NCBSN: https://www.ncsbn.org/2019_RN_TestPlan-English.pdf

 

Want to change how you prep for NCLEX and nursing school exams? Head on over to Study Sesh, the podcast that utilizes audio to free you from your desk and computer while still enabling you to review and learn: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/

 

Resources for this episode available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/next-generation-nclex-overview/]]>
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The Nurse’s Guide to Gallstones: Episode 155 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode155/ Thu, 27 May 2021 11:00:42 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42720 Gallbladder disease is often due to gallstones (cholelithiasis) and inflammation (cholecystitis). In this podcast episode we’ll talk through some key things you need to know to take care of patients with these conditions, including: Gallbladder A&P review (it’s quick, I promise!) What are gallstones anyway? What causes gallbladder inflammation? Nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method   Want to change the way you study? Check out Study Sesh, the audio-based study format that utilizes PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more to train your brain to think like a nurse! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh   For references, visit the episode narrative here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/cholelithiasis-and-cholecystitis-nclex-review Gallbladder disease is often due to gallstones (cholelithiasis) and inflammation (cholecystitis). In this podcast episode we’ll talk through some key things you need to know to take care of patients with these conditions, including: -


* Gallbladder A&P review (it’s quick, I promise!)
* What are gallstones anyway?
* What causes gallbladder inflammation?
* Nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method

 

Want to change the way you study? Check out Study Sesh, the audio-based study format that utilizes PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more to train your brain to think like a nurse! https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

 

For references, visit the episode narrative here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/cholelithiasis-and-cholecystitis-nclex-review]]>
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Why Immobility Is Your #1 Enemy: Episode 154 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode154/ Thu, 20 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42081 A key concept you will start hearing about from almost the first day of nursing school is immobility. If your vision of being a nurse had to do with getting the sick people tucked in and snug in their beds, then you are in for a surprise. As great as it sounds to tuck our patients in and let them rest, it’s actually one of the worst things we can do.    Immobility is actually enemy #1 in nursing, and for so many reasons. After you listen to this episode, you’ll be getting everyone you can up and out of bed!   For all references utilized to create this amazing podcast episode, visit the blog article here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/dangers-of-immobility/   Are you a planner? Does checking things off a list give you a thrill? Then you’ll go crazy for our planners made just for nursing students. Check them out here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing     A key concept you will start hearing about from almost the first day of nursing school is immobility. If your vision of being a nurse had to do with getting the sick people tucked in and snug in their beds, then you are in for a surprise.


 

Immobility is actually enemy #1 in nursing, and for so many reasons. After you listen to this episode, you’ll be getting everyone you can up and out of bed!

 

For all references utilized to create this amazing podcast episode, visit the blog article here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/dangers-of-immobility/

 

Are you a planner? Does checking things off a list give you a thrill? Then you’ll go crazy for our planners made just for nursing students. Check them out here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing

 

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What to Do in Your First Code Blue: Episode 153 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode153/ Thu, 13 May 2021 11:00:14 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42074 Unless you come from a first-responder background, you’re most likely more than a little bit nervous at the thought of your first code blue. In this episode we’ll talk about what to expect when you push that little button that makes the big noise. Memories of my first code blue Recognizing a code blue Responding to the code Being prepared BEFORE the code   For the current BLS and ALCS guidelines, visit the American Heart Association website.   Does getting organized for nursing school make your heart beat a little faster? Then you’ll love the planners we create just for nursing students. You can check them out and grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing    Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/your-first-code-blue/   Unless you come from a first-responder background, you’re most likely more than a little bit nervous at the thought of your first code blue. In this episode we’ll talk about what to expect when you push that little button that makes the big noise.


Memories of my first code blue
Recognizing a code blue
Responding to the code
Being prepared BEFORE the code

 

For the current BLS and ALCS guidelines, visit the American Heart Association website.

 

Does getting organized for nursing school make your heart beat a little faster? Then you’ll love the planners we create just for nursing students. You can check them out and grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing 

 

Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/your-first-code-blue/

 

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Introduction to Sinus Rhythms: Episode 152 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode152/ Thu, 06 May 2021 11:00:28 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42071 When we talk about sinus rhythms, we’re not just talking about “normal sinus rhythm.” We’re actually talking about the standard rhythms that originate in the sinus node…could be too fast, could be too slow and could be juuuuuuust right. In this episode we’re breaking down:  The components of a “normal” sinus rhythm Sinus tachycardia characteristics, causes and treatment Sinus bradycardia characteristics, causes and treatment How to identify sinus rhythm with PACs What exactly is sinus arrhythmia and why it’s usually no big deal The differences between sinus block, sinus pause and sinus arrest You’ll be excited to hear there’s a PodQuiz at the end of this episode. And if you LOVE PodQuizzes, you’ll love love love the new podcast I’m developing that is devoted to PodQuizzes and some other really cool ways to help you study. Be on the look out for Nursing School Study Sesh coming soon! To get notified when we go live, click here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/d2b9fc3599 Are you a “planner person?” Then you’ll go crazy for our planners made just for nursing students. Check them out here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/sinus-rhythms/ When we talk about sinus rhythms, we’re not just talking about “normal sinus rhythm.” We’re actually talking about the standard rhythms that originate in the sinus node…could be too fast, could be too slow and could be juuuuuuust right.


 

In this episode we’re breaking down: 

The components of a “normal” sinus rhythm
Sinus tachycardia characteristics, causes and treatment
Sinus bradycardia characteristics, causes and treatment
How to identify sinus rhythm with PACs
What exactly is sinus arrhythmia and why it’s usually no big deal
The differences between sinus block, sinus pause and sinus arrest

 

You’ll be excited to hear there’s a PodQuiz at the end of this episode. And if you LOVE PodQuizzes, you’ll love love love my new podcast devoted to PodQuizzes and some other really cool ways to help you study. Check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

 

Are you a “planner person?” Then you’ll go crazy for our planners made just for nursing students. Check them out here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing

 

Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/sinus-rhythms/

 

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The Basics of Benzodiazepines: Episode 151 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode151/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 11:00:35 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42065 One of the most common and often-prescribed drug classes is that of benzodiazepines. In this podcast episode we’re talking about:    How benzodiazepines work What conditions they are used for (there are a lot!) Abuse and tolerance Guidelines for safe administration Patient teaching   Plus, I share my completely goofy but totally effective method for remembering all the side effects.    Don’t miss out on your chance to get completely organized for nursing school with one of our amazing planners! www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing   Read the show notes and references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/benzodiazepines-simplified/   One of the most common and often-prescribed drug classes is that of benzodiazepines. In this podcast episode we’re talking about:    How benzodiazepines work What conditions they are used for (there are a lot!) Abuse and tolerance


 

How benzodiazepines work
What conditions they are used for (there are a lot!)
Abuse and tolerance
Guidelines for safe administration
Patient teaching

 

Plus, I share my completely goofy but totally effective method for remembering all the side effects. 

 

Don’t miss out on your chance to get completely organized for nursing school with one of our amazing planners! www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing

 

Read the show notes and references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/benzodiazepines-simplified/

 

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How to Recognize and Prevent Compassion Fatigue: Episode 150 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode150/ Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:00:01 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42068 A student reached out to me a few weeks ago to ask “How do you leave your work at the hospital? What do you do when a patient touches your heart, but you have to leave and go home?”   In this podcast episode we’ll be diving into compassion fatigue, what causes it, the signs, and how to prevent it.    We’ve also got exciting things happening at Straight A Nursing! Maybe you noticed the fancy new intro music to go along with our fancy new website (www.straightanursingstudent.com). You can now more easily find podcast episodes by using the directory. Simply click on “DIRECTORY” in the main navigation to look for topics by specific subject.   Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is on sale right now, and if you’ve been eying it then this is a great time to enroll. The prices goes up on April 25th, 2021 and it will never be priced this low again! You can learn more about Bootcamp here (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts).    It’s also planner time! Our planners go on sale twice a year, so be sure you check out the latest editions so you can get completely organized for nursing school (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing).   A student reached out to me a few weeks ago to ask “How do you leave your work at the hospital? What do you do when a patient touches your heart, but you have to leave and go home?”   - In this podcast episode we’ll be diving into compassion fati...


 

In this podcast episode we’ll be diving into compassion fatigue, what causes it, the signs, and how to prevent it. 

 

We’ve also got exciting things happening at Straight A Nursing! Maybe you noticed the fancy new intro music to go along with our fancy new website (www.straightanursingstudent.com). You can now more easily find podcast episodes by using the directory. Simply click on “DIRECTORY” in the main navigation to look for topics by specific subject.

 

Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is on sale right now, and if you’ve been eying it then this is a great time to enroll. The prices goes up on April 25th, 2021 and it will never be priced this low again! You can learn more about Bootcamp here (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts). 

 

It’s also planner time! Our planners go on sale twice a year, so be sure you check out the latest editions so you can get completely organized for nursing school (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing).

 

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Burn Fundamentals: Episode 149 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode149/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:00:54 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42058 When we’re looking at burns, we’re going to be looking at four main factors. The type of burn, the amount of surface burned, the depth of the burn and the location of the burn. We’ll dive into each of those in this episode and even do a little practice estimating TBSA.    We’ve also got exciting things happening at Straight A Nursing! Maybe you noticed the snazzy new intro music to go along with our snazzy new website (www.straightanursingstudent.com).    Our spring sale for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is happening right now through April 24! Save $8 using coupon code FUTURENURSE. You can learn more about Bootcamp here (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts).    And, last but not least...our planners go on sale twice a year, so be sure you check out the latest editions so you can get completely organized for nursing school (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing).   For references utilized to create this episode, visit the blog post here (www.straightanursingstudent.com/basics-of-burns/).   When we’re looking at burns, we’re going to be looking at four main factors. The type of burn, the amount of surface burned, the depth of the burn and the location of the burn. We’ll dive into each of those in this episode and even do a little practice...


 

We’ve also got exciting things happening at Straight A Nursing! Maybe you noticed the snazzy new intro music to go along with our snazzy new website (www.straightanursingstudent.com). 

 

Our spring sale for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is happening right now through April 24! Save $8 using coupon code FUTURENURSE. You can learn more about Bootcamp here (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts). 

 

And, last but not least...our planners go on sale twice a year, so be sure you check out the latest editions so you can get completely organized for nursing school (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing).

 

For references utilized to create this episode, visit the blog post here (www.straightanursingstudent.com/basics-of-burns/).

 

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Calling a Stroke Alert: Episode 148 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode148/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40489 When your patient has a sudden change in neurological status, it can be very scary for everyone involved. If your patient is having a stroke, their best chance for a positive outcome is TIMELY intervention. In today’s episode we’ll be talking through what happens when you call a stroke alert on your patient.  What are you doing to prepare for nursing school? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp teaches you foundation concepts including dosage calculations, medical terminology and how to tackle NCLEX style questions (and so much more): https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts For references, visit this link: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/stroke-alert/ When your patient has a sudden change in neurological status, it can be very scary for everyone involved. If your patient is having a stroke, their best chance for a positive outcome is TIMELY intervention. When your patient has a sudden change in neurological status, it can be very scary for everyone involved. If your patient is having a stroke, their best chance for a positive outcome is TIMELY intervention. In today’s episode we’ll be talking through what happens when you call a stroke alert on your patient. 





What are you doing to prepare for nursing school? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp teaches you foundation concepts including dosage calculations, medical terminology and how to tackle NCLEX style questions (and so much more): https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



For references, visit this link: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/stroke-alert/
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BONUS EPISODE: 71 Questions with Nurse Mo https://straightanursingstudent.com/71-questions/ Sun, 04 Apr 2021 15:00:39 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=42047 So very many of you have written emails, reviews and social media messages telling me how you listen to the podcast while you're exercising, making dinner, driving to class or doing chores around the house. For a lot of you, my voice is one you hear often throughout your program and it makes me feel like I'm along with you on your journey. I am speaking deep from within my heart when I say I absolutely LOVE being your study buddy!! Since we spend so much time together, I thought it would be fun for you to get to know me a little more...after all, if we're going to be making dinner together or folding the laundry, we should probably also be BFFs. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it for you. Thanks so much for making the podcast a part of your life and helping us reach the HUGE milestone of 2 million downloads! You're the BEST! So very many of you have written emails, reviews and social media messages telling me how you listen to the podcast while you're exercising, making dinner, driving to class or doing chores around the house. For a lot of you,


Since we spend so much time together, I thought it would be fun for you to get to know me a little more...after all, if we're going to be making dinner together or folding the laundry, we should probably also be BFFs. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it for you.

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Let’s Talk SBAR in Nursing: Episode 147 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode147/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40481 If there’s one thing that gets nursing students and new nurses REALLY nervous (like voice shaking, sweat-on-the-forehead nervous), it’s calling the MD with a concern about your patient. You might be thinking, “What if I don’t know what to say?” or “What if they ask me a question I don't know the answer to?” or even “What if they yell at me, tell me to stop wasting their time, and hang up on me?”  Don’t worry, my friends! As usual, I have got your back :-) In this episode, we’ll be talking all about SBAR, a concise communication format used extensively in the clinical setting.  First, we’ll go over SBAR...what do all those letters represent? I’ll give you my best tips for what to do BEFORE you use SBAR And, we’ll see how it works in action with some SBAR scenarios Want to see how to use SBAR to give end-of-shift report? Read about it here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/be-an-end-of-shift-report-rockstar/ Or listen to the Episode 7 here (or wherever you tune in to podcasts from): https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/shift-report/ Starting nursing school soon? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp can give you the leg up you need to start your program with confidence. https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts See references and show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/how-to-use-sbar-clinical-setting/ If there’s one thing that gets nursing students and new nurses REALLY nervous (like voice shaking, sweat-on-the-forehead nervous), it’s calling the MD with a concern about your patient. You might be thinking, “What if I don’t know what to say? If there’s one thing that gets nursing students and new nurses REALLY nervous (like voice shaking, sweat-on-the-forehead nervous), it’s calling the MD with a concern about your patient. You might be thinking, “What if I don’t know what to say?” or “What if they ask me a question I don't know the answer to?” or even “What if they yell at me, tell me to stop wasting their time, and hang up on me?” 





Don’t worry, my friends! As usual, I have got your back :-) In this episode, we’ll be talking all about SBAR, a concise communication format used extensively in the clinical setting. 




* First, we’ll go over SBAR...what do all those letters represent?
* I’ll give you my best tips for what to do BEFORE you use SBAR
* And, we’ll see how it works in action with some SBAR scenarios




Want to see how to use SBAR to give end-of-shift report? Read about it here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/be-an-end-of-shift-report-rockstar/



Or listen to the Episode 7 here (or wherever you tune in to podcasts from): https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/shift-report/



Starting nursing school soon? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp can give you the leg up you need to start your program with confidence. https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



See references and show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/how-to-use-sbar-clinical-setting/
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Low-Risk Labor and Delivery: Episode 146 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode146/ Thu, 25 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40485 One of the first things you’ll learn in your OB class is what’s expected in a normal, uncomplicated, low-risk labor and delivery. Once you’ve got that down, it’s much easier to conceptualize the high-risk complex L&D issues (and yes, they do get complicated!) Today we’re talking about:  The signs an individual is in labor Differentiating between true labor and false labor Physiological changes during labor (both parent and baby) The 6 Ps of labor The stages of labor Want more Nurse Mo in your life? Get extra tips, cat pics and get to know me personally when you follow me on Instagram! @straightanurse Read the show notes and see references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/low-risk-labor-delivery/SHOW UPDATE: Please note that since recording this podcast I have learned that not all pregnant individuals are women and that by using terms like "mom" or "mother" I have left many of you out of the conversation, and for that I apologize. I have realized I have a knowledge gap in this area and am actively seeking to learn more so my language can be inclusive to all pregnant individuals. If this episode left you feeling like I don't see you, I want you to know that I do value you and your experience very much. I am deeply grateful to those who kindly suggested I seek more understanding in this area. As healthcare professionals, we can make such a huge impact when we seek to understand our patients, value their unique experiences and get to know them for who they are...not who we assume them to be. Again, my apologies for making assumptions and I look forward to using more inclusive language in future episodes. Warmly, Nurse Mo. One of the first things you’ll learn in your OB class is what’s expected in a normal, uncomplicated, low-risk labor and delivery. Once you’ve got that down, it’s much easier to conceptualize the high-risk complex L&D issues (and yes, One of the first things you’ll learn in your OB class is what’s expected in a normal, uncomplicated, low-risk labor and delivery. Once you’ve got that down, it’s much easier to conceptualize the high-risk complex L&D issues (and yes, they do get complicated!)





Today we’re talking about: 




* The signs an individual is in labor
* Differentiating between true labor and false labor
* Physiological changes during labor (both parent and baby)
* The 6 Ps of labor
* The stages of labor




Want more Nurse Mo in your life? Get extra tips, cat pics and get to know me personally when you follow me on Instagram! @straightanurse



Read the show notes and see references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/low-risk-labor-delivery/SHOW UPDATE: Please note that since recording this podcast I have learned that not all pregnant individuals are women and that by using terms like "mom" or "mother" I have left many of you out of the conversation, and for that I apologize. I have realized I have a knowledge gap in this area and am actively seeking to learn more so my language can be inclusive to all pregnant individuals. If this episode left you feeling like I don't see you, I want you to know that I do value you and your experience very much. I am deeply grateful to those who kindly suggested I seek more understanding in this area. As healthcare professionals, we can make such a huge impact when we seek to understand our patients, value their unique experiences and get to know them for who they are...not who we assume them to be. Again, my apologies for making assumptions and I look forward to using more inclusive language in future episodes. Warmly, Nurse Mo.
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ACE Inhibitors: Episode 145 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode145/ Thu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40478 Today we’re taking a deep dive into angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (otherwise known as ACE inhibitors). In this podcast episode you will learn:  The RAAS pathway (understanding this is crucial to understanding how and why ACE inhibitors work!) How to easily spot an ACE inhibitor What conditions ACE inhibitors are used to treat Adverse effects of ACE inhibitors...including one that can be life threatening! Are you as obsessed about patient safety as I am? Learn how to BULLETPROOF your medication administration here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b Are you looking for an awesome community to support you on your nursing school journey? Join my Facebook group, Thriving Nursing Students and instantly have more than 14K new friends :-) https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents Read the show notes and see references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/ace-inhibitors/ Today we’re taking a deep dive into angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (otherwise known as ACE inhibitors). In this podcast episode you will learn:  The RAAS pathway (understanding this is crucial to understanding how and why ACE inhib... Today we’re taking a deep dive into angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (otherwise known as ACE inhibitors). In this podcast episode you will learn: 






* The RAAS pathway (understanding this is crucial to understanding how and why ACE inhibitors work!)
* How to easily spot an ACE inhibitor
* What conditions ACE inhibitors are used to treat
* Adverse effects of ACE inhibitors...including one that can be life threatening!




Are you as obsessed about patient safety as I am? Learn how to BULLETPROOF your medication administration here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b



Are you looking for an awesome community to support you on your nursing school journey? Join my Facebook group, Thriving Nursing Students and instantly have more than 14K new friends :-) https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents



Read the show notes and see references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/ace-inhibitors/
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How to Avoid Nursing School Burnout: Episode 144 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode144/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40475 Nursing school is challenging, intense and even really frustrating at times. In this week’s podcast episode we’re talking about nursing school burnout, my friends: All the reasons a nursing student might experience burnout...trust me, it’s not just you!  How to recognize when you are on your way to burnout (and hopefully catch it before it gets too bad!) Tips to help you avoid it or even combat it once it hits. Need a little extra encouragement? Visit www.futureme.org and write a letter to your future self to be delivered at a time when you anticipate needing a pep talk or reminder of why you are on this journey :-)  Starting nursing school soon? Get my FREE 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students guide here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc For references, visit this link: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-burn-out/ Nursing school is challenging, intense and even really frustrating at times. In this week’s podcast episode we’re talking about nursing school burnout, my friends: All the reasons a nursing student might experience burnout...trust me, Nursing school is challenging, intense and even really frustrating at times. In this week’s podcast episode we’re talking about nursing school burnout, my friends:






* All the reasons a nursing student might experience burnout...trust me, it’s not just you! 
* How to recognize when you are on your way to burnout (and hopefully catch it before it gets too bad!)
* Tips to help you avoid it or even combat it once it hits.




Need a little extra encouragement? Visit www.futureme.org and write a letter to your future self to be delivered at a time when you anticipate needing a pep talk or reminder of why you are on this journey :-) 



Starting nursing school soon? Get my FREE 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students guide here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc



For references, visit this link: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-burn-out/
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Are You Ready for Anaphylaxis? Episode 143 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode143/ Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40473 Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction that occurs immediately (or shortly after) exposure to an antigen. Because it can quickly be fatal, it’s crucial that you understand how to recognize it and intervene immediately. In this podcast episode we’ll talk through: What happens in anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock Why it is potentially fatal The signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis Nursing interventions for anaphylaxis, including medications How to monitor the patient Want more Nurse Mo in your life? Follow me on Instagram (and see occasional pictures of my cat!) @straightanurse  See references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction that occurs immediately (or shortly after) exposure to an antigen. Because it can quickly be fatal, it’s crucial that you understand how to recognize it and intervene immediately. - <!-- wp:paragraph --><br /> <p>Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction that occurs immediately (or shortly after) exposure to an antigen. Because it can quickly be fatal, it’s crucial that you understand how to recognize it and intervene immediately.</p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <p>In this podcast episode we’ll talk through:</p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <!-- wp:list --><br /> <ul><li>What happens in anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock</li><li>Why it is potentially fatal</li><li>The signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis</li><li>Nursing interventions for anaphylaxis, including medications</li><li>How to monitor the patient</li></ul><br /> <!-- /wp:list --><br /> <br /> <!-- wp:paragraph --><br /> <p>Want more Nurse Mo in your life? Follow me on Instagram (and see occasional pictures of my cat!) @straightanurse </p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <p>See references here: </p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <p><a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/anaphylaxis/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/anaphylaxis</a></p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> Straight A Nursing 22:53 Caring for Patients Before, During and After ECT: Episode 142 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode142/ Thu, 25 Feb 2021 15:00:25 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40185 Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be a highly effective treatment for depression and bipolar disorder, though it is shrouded in suspicion as one of the most stigmatized therapies currently in use. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about ECT, why and how it is used and nursing interventions for patients undergoing this therapy. For show notes & references: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/electroconvulsive-therapy/ Looking for a foolproof way to organize your busy nursing school schedule? Our planners make it easy! Plus, with nursing facts for each and every week, it’s full of info to help you on your exams. Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Do you love “The Gram” as much as I do? Then follow me @straightanurse Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be a highly effective treatment for depression and bipolar disorder, though it is shrouded in suspicion as one of the most stigmatized therapies currently in use. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about ECT, Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be a highly effective treatment for depression and bipolar disorder, though it is shrouded in suspicion as one of the most stigmatized therapies currently in use. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about ECT, why and how it is used and nursing interventions for patients undergoing this therapy.





For show notes & references: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/electroconvulsive-therapy/



Looking for a foolproof way to organize your busy nursing school schedule? Our planners make it easy! Plus, with nursing facts for each and every week, it’s full of info to help you on your exams. Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Do you love “The Gram” as much as I do? Then follow me @straightanurse
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Six Things You Might Worry About with Clinicals: Episode 141 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode141/ Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40177 Even though most nursing students LOVE clinical, there’s still often a lot of worry and uncertainty surrounding the experience. In this episode we’ll talk about some of the most common worries students have about clinicals and dispel them one by one.  Links mentioned in this episode:  Nursing diagnoses: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-diagnosis/ Dealing with bullies: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/dealing-with-nurse-jerks-and-bullies/ Clinical debrief form: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast80/ Want to see what Nurse Mo is up to in between podcast episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ Even though most nursing students LOVE clinical, there’s still often a lot of worry and uncertainty surrounding the experience. In this episode we’ll talk about some of the most common worries students have about clinicals and dispel them one by one. Even though most nursing students LOVE clinical, there’s still often a lot of worry and uncertainty surrounding the experience. In this episode we’ll talk about some of the most common worries students have about clinicals and dispel them one by one. 





Links mentioned in this episode: 



Nursing diagnoses: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-diagnosis/



Dealing with bullies: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/dealing-with-nurse-jerks-and-bullies/



Clinical debrief form: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast80/



Want to see what Nurse Mo is up to in between podcast episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse



Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/
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BONUS EPISODE: Want to Become a CRNA? https://straightanursingstudent.com/interview-jenny-finnell-crna-bonus/ Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40417 In this special bonus episode we’re exploring what it’s like to pursue a career as a CRNA. Join me as I interview Jenny Finnell, creator of the CRNA School Prep Academy...to learn more click here: https://crnaschoolprep.academy/?ref=9 In this episode Jenny shares her expertise in navigating the complex journey of becoming a CRNA, including: What students can start doing NOW to prepare What the application process is like Where a nurse should work prior to applying to CRNA programs What CRNA school is like Financial considerations for CRNA school Where CRNAs work and what she loves most about her career! Not ready to join the academy but want to explore the world of CRNA nursing? Then check out her Facebook group called I.C.U Dreaming About Anesthesia. See you there! In this special bonus episode we’re exploring what it’s like to pursue a career as a CRNA. Join me as I interview Jenny Finnell, creator of the CRNA School Prep Academy...to learn more click here: https://crnaschoolprep.academy/?ref=9 - <!-- wp:paragraph --><br /> <p>In this special bonus episode we’re exploring what it’s like to pursue a career as a CRNA. Join me as I interview Jenny Finnell, creator of the CRNA School Prep Academy (<a href="https://crnaschoolprepacademy.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">https://crnaschoolprepacademy.com</a>).</p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <!-- wp:paragraph --><br /> <p>In this episode Jenny shares her expertise in navigating the complex journey of becoming a CRNA, including:</p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <!-- wp:list --><br /> <ul><li>What students can start doing NOW to prepare</li><li>What the application process is like</li><li>Where a nurse should work prior to applying to CRNA programs</li><li>What CRNA school is like</li><li>Financial considerations for CRNA school</li><li>Where CRNAs work and what she loves most about her career!</li></ul><br /> <!-- /wp:list --><br /> <br /> <!-- wp:paragraph --><br /> <p>Not ready to join the academy but want to explore the world of CRNA nursing? Then check out her Facebook group called I.C.U Dreaming About Anesthesia. See you there!</p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> Straight A Nursing 51:20 When Little Lungs Have Big Problems: Episode 140 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode140/ Thu, 11 Feb 2021 15:00:29 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40174 If I had to name the top three things that make me nervous at the bedside, pediatric respiratory distress would be at the top of that list. And for very good reason.  In this podcast episode I’ll talk you through all the reasons that pediatric respiratory distress is of special concern and what you (as the awesome nurse that you are) are going to do about it. Blog post and references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/pediatric-respiratory-distress/ Want more Straight A Nursing Pod-Quizzes? Sign up to be notified here. Have you subscribed to the podcast, but still want more? Then follow me on Instagram @straightanurse  If I had to name the top three things that make me nervous at the bedside, pediatric respiratory distress would be at the top of that list. And for very good reason.  - In this podcast episode I’ll talk you through all the reasons that pediatric... If I had to name the top three things that make me nervous at the bedside, pediatric respiratory distress would be at the top of that list. And for very good reason. 





In this podcast episode I’ll talk you through all the reasons that pediatric respiratory distress is of special concern and what you (as the awesome nurse that you are) are going to do about it.



Blog post and references here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/pediatric-respiratory-distress/



Want more Straight A Nursing Pod-Quizzes? Sign up to be notified here.



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Getting to Know Norepinephrine: Episode 139 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode139/ Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40167 In this week’s episode I’m talking you through a potent medication used in the critical care setting to treat severe hypotension that has not responded to fluids. And that, my friends, is norepinephrine (brand name Levophed). Using the Straight A Nursing DRRUGS framework, we’ll dive into the need-to-know info so you can feel confident in clinical, on the job, or on your exams. Looking for more of Nurse Mo? Check out my growing YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJK-mbh6udF6WNYdjJQ-LYA The blog article about norepinephrine includes some practice dosage calculations...test your knowledge here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/norepinephrine/   In this week’s episode I’m talking you through a potent medication used in the critical care setting to treat severe hypotension that has not responded to fluids. And that, my friends, is norepinephrine (brand name Levophed). In this week’s episode I’m talking you through a potent medication used in the critical care setting to treat severe hypotension that has not responded to fluids. And that, my friends, is norepinephrine (brand name Levophed). Using the Straight A Nursing DRRUGS framework, we’ll dive into the need-to-know info so you can feel confident in clinical, on the job, or on your exams.





Looking for more of Nurse Mo? Check out my growing YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJK-mbh6udF6WNYdjJQ-LYA



The blog article about norepinephrine includes some practice dosage calculations...test your knowledge here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/norepinephrine/



 
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The ECG Interval You’re Probably Not Measuring: Episode 138 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode138/ Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40158 In nursing school we learned the standard ECG measurements...the PR interval, the QRS, ST elevations, the rate...and that was about it! It wasn’t until I started working in the ICU that I learned about the QT interval and why it is probably one of the MOST important ECG measurements I can monitor. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through what the QT interval represents, how to measure it, some common causes for prolongation and...of course, what you are going to do about it.  The QTc calculator mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://www.medcalc.com/qtc.html Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/qt-interval/ Looking for more of Nurse Mo in between episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse  In nursing school we learned the standard ECG measurements...the PR interval, the QRS, ST elevations, the rate...and that was about it! It wasn’t until I started working in the ICU that I learned about the QT interval and why it is probably one of the ... In nursing school we learned the standard ECG measurements...the PR interval, the QRS, ST elevations, the rate...and that was about it! It wasn’t until I started working in the ICU that I learned about the QT interval and why it is probably one of the MOST important ECG measurements I can monitor.





In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through what the QT interval represents, how to measure it, some common causes for prolongation and...of course, what you are going to do about it. 



The QTc calculator mentioned in this episode can be found here: http://www.medcalc.com/qtc.html



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/qt-interval/



Looking for more of Nurse Mo in between episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse 
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BONUS EPISODE: Conversation with Michael Smith from the Real Talk School of Nursing Podcast https://straightanursingstudent.com/interview-michael-smith-bonus/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40153 In this special bonus episode I interview Michael Smith from the Real Talk School of Nursing podcast. Michael is a wonderful student advocate who provides nursing students with a real-world perspective on nursing school through his podcast and hilarious Instagram memes (seriously, go check them out!)   In addition to mentoring students, Michael also works in the emergency room of a L1 trauma center. If you’re at all interested in ER nursing, then you’ll want to hear Michael’s advice for students and new nurses in that high-acuity and intense environment. He believes in you and so do I!  Enjoy! In this special bonus episode I interview Michael Smith from the Real Talk School of Nursing podcast. Michael is a wonderful student advocate who provides nursing students with a real-world perspective on nursing school through his podcast and hilariou... In this special bonus episode I interview Michael Smith from the Real Talk School of Nursing podcast. Michael is a wonderful student advocate who provides nursing students with a real-world perspective on nursing school through his podcast and hilarious Instagram memes (seriously, go check them out!)  





In addition to mentoring students, Michael also works in the emergency room of a L1 trauma center. If you’re at all interested in ER nursing, then you’ll want to hear Michael’s advice for students and new nurses in that high-acuity and intense environment. He believes in you and so do I! 



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The Basics of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Episode 137 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode137/ Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=40148 Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the most severe form of lung injury and happens to be prevalent as of late due to Covid-19. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the pathophysiology of ARDS and then dive into the key need-to-know information using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method.  If you find this podcast helpful, we’d love for you to take the time to subscribe, rate and review! I read every single one of your comments and appreciate your feedback and support more than you know.  Looking for more of Nurse Mo in between episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse  Links mentioned in episode: Chest X-ray showing ARDS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_respiratory_distress_syndrome#/media/File:ARDSSevere.png End-tidal CO2: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/capnography-etco2/ Brief tutorial on the P/F ratio: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/whats-a-pf-ratio-and-why-should-you-care/)  What is ECMO?  https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/ecmo/)  Prone positioning: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/prone-positioning/ Ventilator weaning: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/ventilator-weaning/ For show notes and references, please visit the Straight A Nursing website: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome/ Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the most severe form of lung injury and happens to be prevalent as of late due to Covid-19. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the pathophysiology of ARDS and then dive into the key need-to-know infor... Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the most severe form of lung injury and happens to be prevalent as of late due to Covid-19. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the pathophysiology of ARDS and then dive into the key need-to-know information using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. 





If you find this podcast helpful, we’d love for you to take the time to subscribe, rate and review! I read every single one of your comments and appreciate your feedback and support more than you know. 



Looking for more of Nurse Mo in between episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse 



Links mentioned in episode:



Chest X-ray showing ARDS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_respiratory_distress_syndrome#/media/File:ARDSSevere.png



End-tidal CO2: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/capnography-etco2/



Brief tutorial on the P/F ratio: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/whats-a-pf-ratio-and-why-should-you-care/



What is ECMO?  https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/ecmo/



Prone positioning: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/prone-positioning/



Ventilator weaning: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/ventilator-weaning/



For show notes and references, please visit the Straight A Nursing website: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome/
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Four Truth Bombs About Mental Health Nursing: Episode 136 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode136/ Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39655 Students, even those who do well in other classes, often struggle with mental health nursing. Many times these students have no idea why they’re struggling, they just know this class can be especially difficult.  But guess what? When you understand WHY you could find a class challenging, you can go in there armed with appropriate tools to meet these challenges (and possibly even thrive despite them!). Whew! Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/why-mental-health-nursing-is-challenging/ ***** How strong is your organization game? Looking for a way to level up and have complete confidence that you’ll never miss an assignment, stay up too late finishing a project or forget an appointment? Then you’re ready to check out the Straight A Nursing planner at www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing.Available in digital (for iPad/Tablet) or printable formats that come with easy instructions for printing at home or sending to an outside printer for assembly. Get yours today and see how amazing it feels to be in control of your busy nursing school schedule! Students, even those who do well in other classes, often struggle with mental health nursing. Many times these students have no idea why they’re struggling, they just know this class can be especially difficult.  - But guess what? Students, even those who do well in other classes, often struggle with mental health nursing. Many times these students have no idea why they’re struggling, they just know this class can be especially difficult. 





But guess what? When you understand WHY you could find a class challenging, you can go in there armed with appropriate tools to meet these challenges (and possibly even thrive despite them!). Whew!



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/why-mental-health-nursing-is-challenging/



*****



How strong is your organization game? Looking for a way to level up and have complete confidence that you’ll never miss an assignment, stay up too late finishing a project or forget an appointment? Then you’re ready to check out the Straight A Nursing planner at www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing.Available in digital (for iPad/Tablet) or printable formats that come with easy instructions for printing at home or sending to an outside printer for assembly. Get yours today and see how amazing it feels to be in control of your busy nursing school schedule!
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Neurology Case Study: Episode 135 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode135/ Thu, 07 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39641 Follow along with a neuro case study featuring a fictional patient who suffers a CVA. We’ll talk through his medical history and key assessment findings then implement a plan of care that unfolds as you listen.  Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/neuro-case-study/ Are you looking for ways to prepare for nursing school or start next semester with new confidence? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts) is a self-paced course that teaches you HOW to be a successful nursing student. Imagine walking into the first day of class already understanding things like nursing diagnoses, care plans and dosage calculations. Talk about starting off strong!Sign up for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Follow along with a neuro case study featuring a fictional patient who suffers a CVA. We’ll talk through his medical history and key assessment findings then implement a plan of care that unfolds as you listen.  - <!-- wp:paragraph --><br /> <p>Follow along with a neuro case study featuring a fictional patient who suffers a CVA. We’ll talk through his medical history and key assessment findings then implement a plan of care that unfolds as you listen. </p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <p>Read the show notes here: <a href="https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/neuro-case-study/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/neuro-case-study/</a></p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <p>Are you looking for ways to prepare for nursing school or start next semester with new confidence? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (<a href="https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts</a>) is a self-paced course that teaches you HOW to be a successful nursing student.</p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --><br /> <br /> <p>Imagine walking into the first day of class already understanding things like nursing diagnoses, care plans and dosage calculations. Talk about starting off strong!<br /> <br /> Sign up for <a href="https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Crucial Concepts Bootcamp here</a>: <a href="https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts</a>. </p><br /> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> Straight A Nursing 135 Neurology case study: Episode 135 37:05 L&D Nursing Demystified: Episode 134 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode134/ Thu, 31 Dec 2020 15:00:59 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39722 I know so many nursing students have questions about L&D nursing, what it’s like and how to get into such an exciting (and popular) field. So today I have a special treat for you! I’m interviewing Hannah, an RN who recently landed her dream job at a large hospital’s labor and delivery unit. We’ll talk through what she loves about the job, the different roles of the L&D nurse, and the path she took to get there. Here’s a hint...it only took about two years and she never had a position she didn’t love!  Are you starting nursing school soon or looking for a total re-set? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts) is on sale through January 10th, 2021, using coupon code FUTURENURSE. This self-paced course teaches you HOW to be a successful nursing student, just like Hannah was!   I know so many nursing students have questions about L&D nursing, what it’s like and how to get into such an exciting (and popular) field. So today I have a special treat for you! I’m interviewing Hannah, an RN who recently landed her dream job at a la... I know so many nursing students have questions about L&D nursing, what it’s like and how to get into such an exciting (and popular) field. So today I have a special treat for you! I’m interviewing Hannah, an RN who recently landed her dream job at a large hospital’s labor and delivery unit.





We’ll talk through what she loves about the job, the different roles of the L&D nurse, and the path she took to get there. Here’s a hint...it only took about two years and she never had a position she didn’t love! 



Are you starting nursing school soon or looking for a total re-set? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts) is on sale through January 10th, 2021, using coupon code FUTURENURSE. This self-paced course teaches you HOW to be a successful nursing student, just like Hannah was!  




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BONUS EPISODE: Words of Encouragement and Advice https://straightanursingstudent.com/one-million-bonus/ Tue, 29 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39716 In celebration of reaching ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS a few months ago, I invited my podcast listeners and nurse colleagues to call in with their best advice for new nurses and nursing students. I am so excited to share these inspiring and encouraging messages with you in this bonus episode! To everyone who recorded a message, thank you SO MUCH! It takes all of us to grow and nurture our future colleagues and I can't begin to express the impact your words had on me. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. If you left a recording but it is not included, please know I did everything I could to get all the recordings included. Unfortunately a handful had technical issues that could not be overcome. You are all amazing and I appreciate your support and words of wisdom so very much! In celebration of reaching ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS a few months ago, I invited my podcast listeners and nurse colleagues to call in with their best advice for new nurses and nursing students. I am so excited to share these inspiring and encouraging messa... In celebration of reaching ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS a few months ago, I invited my podcast listeners and nurse colleagues to call in with their best advice for new nurses and nursing students. I am so excited to share these inspiring and encouraging messages with you in this bonus episode!





To everyone who recorded a message, thank you SO MUCH! It takes all of us to grow and nurture our future colleagues and I can't begin to express the impact your words had on me. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.



If you left a recording but it is not included, please know I did everything I could to get all the recordings included. Unfortunately a handful had technical issues that could not be overcome. You are all amazing and I appreciate your support and words of wisdom so very much!
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Prepping for Pharmacology Class: Episode 133 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode133/ Thu, 24 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39649 In this episode, I’m revealing the core subjects you should review to prepare for pharmacology. After all, it’s one of the most challenging subjects for nursing students to master because it introduces a vast amount of new material. However, the good news is, a lot of this material stems from foundation knowledge you already possess. A systematic review of some key concepts you learned in A&P can set you up for pharmacology success. So, pop in those earbuds and let’s see which subjects you should review to prepare for pharmacology.  Not in a position to take notes as you listen? No problem! Find the details here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/prepare-for-pharmacology/ Download my FREE pharmacology root/suffix cheatsheet: https://straightanursing.ck.page/0d7d05a4bd And, if you really want to get prepared for nursing school, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is currently ON SALE with coupon code FUTURENURSE so be sure to enroll before classes start. Sale ends Jan 10, 2021, though you can enroll at any time. Find out how you can get a free Med Surg study guide here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts In this episode, I’m revealing the core subjects you should review to prepare for pharmacology. After all, it’s one of the most challenging subjects for nursing students to master because it introduces a vast amount of new material. However, In this episode, I’m revealing the core subjects you should review to prepare for pharmacology. After all, it’s one of the most challenging subjects for nursing students to master because it introduces a vast amount of new material.

However, the good news is, a lot of this material stems from foundation knowledge you already possess. A systematic review of some key concepts you learned in A&P can set you up for pharmacology success. So, pop in those earbuds and let’s see which subjects you should review to prepare for pharmacology. 







Not in a position to take notes as you listen? No problem! Find the details here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/prepare-for-pharmacology/



Download my FREE pharmacology root/suffix cheatsheet: https://straightanursing.ck.page/0d7d05a4bd



And, if you really want to get prepared for nursing school, Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is currently ON SALE with coupon code FUTURENURSE so be sure to enroll before classes start. Sale ends Jan 10, 2021, though you can enroll at any time. Find out how you can get a free Med Surg study guide here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts
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Let’s Get Ready for Nursing School!: Episode 132 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode132/ Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39575 To all who have received acceptance letters and are starting nursing school soon...CONGRATULATIONS! I am so very excited and happy for you as you take this next big step on your journey to become a nurse.  In this episode I’ll talk you through some of the key things you can do before school even starts to get ready for nursing school, including which A&P topics to review.  And if you REALLY want to prepare in advance, enroll in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp so you can start your program waaaaay ahead of the game. This self-paced course teaches key concepts such as dosage calculations, study strategies, how to decipher NCLEX-style questions and so much more: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/when-starting-nursing-school-soon/ To all who have received acceptance letters and are starting nursing school soon...CONGRATULATIONS! I am so very excited and happy for you as you take this next big step on your journey to become a nurse.  - To all who have received acceptance letters and are starting nursing school soon...CONGRATULATIONS! I am so very excited and happy for you as you take this next big step on your journey to become a nurse. 





In this episode I’ll talk you through some of the key things you can do before school even starts to get ready for nursing school, including which A&P topics to review. 



And if you REALLY want to prepare in advance, enroll in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp so you can start your program waaaaay ahead of the game. This self-paced course teaches key concepts such as dosage calculations, study strategies, how to decipher NCLEX-style questions and so much more: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/when-starting-nursing-school-soon/




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Let’s Talk Nursing School Supplies for 2021: Episode 131 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode131/ Thu, 10 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39569 Today we’re talking about one of my favorite topics….shopping for nursing school supplies! With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to add some must-have items to your wish list.  It includes some bigger ticket items and things that fit beautifully in a stocking. Happy shopping! Get the links to my favorites here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-supplies-2021/ Looking for more ways to prepare for nursing school? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is the nursing school prep course that teaches you how to be a successful nursing student. And, the best part is, it’s currently on sale through January 10, 2021: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Want even more good news? You can get a FREE Med Surg study guide when you enroll with our “social share” option! Today we’re talking about one of my favorite topics….shopping for nursing school supplies! With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to add some must-have items to your wish list.  - It includes some bigger ticket items and things that ... Today we’re talking about one of my favorite topics….shopping for nursing school supplies! With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect time to add some must-have items to your wish list. 





It includes some bigger ticket items and things that fit beautifully in a stocking. Happy shopping!



Get the links to my favorites here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-supplies-2021/



Looking for more ways to prepare for nursing school? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is the nursing school prep course that teaches you how to be a successful nursing student. And, the best part is, it’s currently on sale through January 10, 2021: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



Want even more good news? You can get a FREE Med Surg study guide when you enroll with our “social share” option!
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Tracheostomy Emergencies: Episode 130 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode130/ Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39121 The key to feeling confident (or at least less anxious) in clinical is knowing what to do should something really scary happen. In this episode, we’ll talk through the three main types of tracheostomy emergencies and how nurses can intervene.  Looking for a way to be the most organized nursing student you can possibly be? Check out the planner designed specifically for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/tracheostomy-emergencies/ The key to feeling confident (or at least less anxious) in clinical is knowing what to do should something really scary happen. In this episode, we’ll talk through the three main types of tracheostomy emergencies and how nurses can intervene.  The key to feeling confident (or at least less anxious) in clinical is knowing what to do should something really scary happen. In this episode, we’ll talk through the three main types of tracheostomy emergencies and how nurses can intervene. 





Looking for a way to be the most organized nursing student you can possibly be? Check out the planner designed specifically for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/tracheostomy-emergencies/
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A Morning Routine Just Might Change Your Life: Episode 129 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode129/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39118 This past year I've worked really hard to develop and follow a consistent morning routine. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about the benefits of morning routines and how they can help make your life as a nurse or nursing student more balanced and organized and less chaotic and stressful. If your day typically starts in chaos, lacks focus or feels like a mad dash out the door, this episode is for you! Looking for a way to be the most organized nursing student you can possibly be? Check out the planner designed specifically for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing This past year I've worked really hard to develop and follow a consistent morning routine. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about the benefits of morning routines and how they can help make your life as a nurse or nursing student more balanced and o... This past year I've worked really hard to develop and follow a consistent morning routine. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about the benefits of morning routines and how they can help make your life as a nurse or nursing student more balanced and organized and less chaotic and stressful. If your day typically starts in chaos, lacks focus or feels like a mad dash out the door, this episode is for you!





Looking for a way to be the most organized nursing student you can possibly be? Check out the planner designed specifically for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing
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Otitis Media in Pediatric Patients: Episode 128 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode128/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39114 We’re diving back into pediatrics in this week’s podcast and taking a look at a common childhood ailment, otitis media (otherwise known as a middle ear infection). Using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method, we’ll break down the key nursing assessments and interventions when it comes to taking care of kids with both acute and chronic infections.  Did you enjoy the PodQuiz questions at the end? Then you'll love Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast which lets you study on the go with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Looking for peer support from others going through the same things you are? Join the most positive and helpful nursing student group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ We’re diving back into pediatrics in this week’s podcast and taking a look at a common childhood ailment, otitis media (otherwise known as a middle ear infection). Using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method, We’re diving back into pediatrics in this week’s podcast and taking a look at a common childhood ailment, otitis media (otherwise known as a middle ear infection). Using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method, we’ll break down the key nursing assessments and interventions when it comes to taking care of kids with both acute and chronic infections. 





Did you enjoy the PodQuiz questions at the end? Then you'll love Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast which lets you study on the go with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh



Looking for peer support from others going through the same things you are? Join the most positive and helpful nursing student group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/
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Administering Diltiazem: Episode 127 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode127/ Thu, 12 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39101 Let’s talk through diltiazem, a common calcium channel blocker (CCB) using the Straight A Nursing acronym DRRUGS. You’ll see this medication used to treat hypertension, angina and tachycardic arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. Want to go beyond the 5-Rights of Medication Administration and BULLETPROOF your medication administration? Grab your free guide https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b Love PodQuizzes? You'll loooooove Study Sesh! This private members-only podcast helps you study on the go with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ Looking for a way to conquer your nursing school schedule? Check out the planners we design specifically for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Starting nursing school soon? Grab my FREE guide, the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/diltiazem/ Let’s talk through diltiazem, a common calcium channel blocker (CCB) using the Straight A Nursing acronym DRRUGS. You’ll see this medication used to treat hypertension, angina and tachycardic arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. - Let’s talk through diltiazem, a common calcium channel blocker (CCB) using the Straight A Nursing acronym DRRUGS. You’ll see this medication used to treat hypertension, angina and tachycardic arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation.





Want to go beyond the 5-Rights of Medication Administration and BULLETPROOF your medication administration? Grab your free guide https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b



Love PodQuizzes? You'll loooooove Study Sesh! This private members-only podcast helps you study on the go with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/



Looking for a way to conquer your nursing school schedule? Check out the planners we design specifically for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Starting nursing school soon? Grab my FREE guide, the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/diltiazem/
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The Ultimate Nursing School Pep Talk: Episode 126 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode126/ Thu, 05 Nov 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39094 Even the most successful, rock-star nursing student has moments where they feel overwhelmed, burned out and depleted. And for good reason. Nursing school is HARD, and I want you to know that what you are feeling is absolutely normal and absolutely okay.  Listen to this very special podcast episode when you need a pep talk, when you feel like you just can’t go on, or any time you doubt your ability to get through nursing school. I. Believe. In. You. Looking for peer support from others going through the same things you are? Join the most positive and helpful nursing student group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ Even the most successful, rock-star nursing student has moments where they feel overwhelmed, burned out and depleted. And for good reason. Nursing school is HARD, and I want you to know that what you are feeling is absolutely normal and absolutely okay... Even the most successful, rock-star nursing student has moments where they feel overwhelmed, burned out and depleted. And for good reason. Nursing school is HARD, and I want you to know that what you are feeling is absolutely normal and absolutely okay. 





Listen to this very special podcast episode when you need a pep talk, when you feel like you just can’t go on, or any time you doubt your ability to get through nursing school.



I. Believe. In. You.



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The Basics of Intra-Abdominal Hypertension: Episode 125 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode125/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=39091 Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) is a progressive and potentially fatal condition that can initially present with subtle clinical signs that make it hard to detect. Learn the basics of IAH, what to watch for and some common approaches utilized to treat it. Links mentioned in this episode:  Bulletproof Your Patient (Episode 94) https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast94/ Third-Spacing (Episode 113) https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode113/ Limb Ischemia/Compartment Syndrome (Episode 119) https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode119/ 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc Want to be the most organized nursing student you can be? Check out our planners designed just for you! www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/when-bellies-go-bad/ Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) is a progressive and potentially fatal condition that can initially present with subtle clinical signs that make it hard to detect. Learn the basics of IAH, what to watch for and some common approaches utilized to tre... Intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) is a progressive and potentially fatal condition that can initially present with subtle clinical signs that make it hard to detect. Learn the basics of IAH, what to watch for and some common approaches utilized to treat it.

Links mentioned in this episode: 



Bulletproof Your Patient (Episode 94) https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast94/



Third-Spacing (Episode 113) https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode113/



Limb Ischemia/Compartment Syndrome (Episode 119) https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/episode119/



20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc



Want to be the most organized nursing student you can be? Check out our planners designed just for you! www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/when-bellies-go-bad/
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Build Your Confidence Working with Chest Tubes: Episode 124 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode124/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38807 Newsflash! Chest tubes do not have to strike terror into your heart! In this week’s podcast episode I’ll talk you through the basics of chest tubes, key assessments, what to watch for and what to do if things go wrong.  Ready to start planning for nursing school success? Get the 5-star rated nursing school planner that comes with easy instructions for having it printed and bound (with tabs!) www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/chest-tube-management/ Newsflash! Chest tubes do not have to strike terror into your heart! In this week’s podcast episode I’ll talk you through the basics of chest tubes, key assessments, what to watch for and what to do if things go wrong.  - Newsflash! Chest tubes do not have to strike terror into your heart! In this week’s podcast episode I’ll talk you through the basics of chest tubes, key assessments, what to watch for and what to do if things go wrong. 





Ready to start planning for nursing school success? Get the 5-star rated nursing school planner that comes with easy instructions for having it printed and bound (with tabs!) www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/chest-tube-management/
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Electrolyte Imbalances: PodQuiz Episode 123 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode123/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38803 Every time we post a PodQuiz the feedback is overwhelming...you guys LOVE these! This PodQuiz reviews the signs and symptoms of electrolyte imbalances. New to PodQuizzes? In this podcast format, I ask a question then pause, giving you time to answer. I then reveal the answer...they’re flashcards for your ears! Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh If you love flashcards, then you’ll love the Straight A Nursing app! Get on the notification list here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25 Ready to start planning for nursing school success? Get the 5-star rated nursing school planner that comes with easy instructions for having it printed and bound (with tabs!) www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Need a visual review? Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/electrolytes/ Every time we post a PodQuiz the feedback is overwhelming...you guys LOVE these! This PodQuiz reviews the signs and symptoms of electrolyte imbalances. New to PodQuizzes? In this podcast format, I ask a question then pause, Every time we post a PodQuiz the feedback is overwhelming...you guys LOVE these! This PodQuiz reviews the signs and symptoms of electrolyte imbalances.



 

New to PodQuizzes? In this podcast format, I ask a question then pause, giving you time to answer. I then reveal the answer...they’re flashcards for your ears!

 

Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh
 
If you love flashcards, then you’ll love the Straight A Nursing app! Get on the notification list here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25

 

Ready to start planning for nursing school success? Get the 5-star rated nursing school planner that comes with easy instructions for having it printed and bound (with tabs!) www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing

 

Need a visual review? Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/electrolytes/
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The Risks of Adolescent Pregnancy : Episode 122 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode122/ Thu, 08 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38800 This week we’re diving back into Women’s Health with a look at high-risk pregnancy as it relates to the adolescent patient. The interesting thing about pregnant adolescents is that the high-risk aspect goes far beyond the physical.  Looking for more resources for nursing school? Visit www.straightanursingstudent.com Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/adolescent-pregnancy/ This week we’re diving back into Women’s Health with a look at high-risk pregnancy as it relates to the adolescent patient. The interesting thing about pregnant adolescents is that the high-risk aspect goes far beyond the physical.  - This week we’re diving back into Women’s Health with a look at high-risk pregnancy as it relates to the adolescent patient. The interesting thing about pregnant adolescents is that the high-risk aspect goes far beyond the physical. 





Looking for more resources for nursing school? Visit www.straightanursingstudent.com



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Phenytoin Basics You Need to Know: Episode 121 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode121/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38793 Phenytoin is an anti-seizure medication that is commonly asked about on exams and NCLEX. Oh, and you’ll probably see it in your nursing school clinicals, too! In this podcast episode we’ll talk through this medication using the Straight A Nursing framework DRRUGS.  Looking to go beyond the Five Rights of medication administration with my Bulletproof guide? Grab yours here and take your medication administration practice to an even higher level: https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b Are you facing a dosage calculations exam that has you shaking in your Danskos? Enroll in Dosage Calculations Bootcamp here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/phenytoin/ Phenytoin is an anti-seizure medication that is commonly asked about on exams and NCLEX. Oh, and you’ll probably see it in your nursing school clinicals, too! In this podcast episode we’ll talk through this medication using the Straight A Nursing frame... Phenytoin is an anti-seizure medication that is commonly asked about on exams and NCLEX. Oh, and you’ll probably see it in your nursing school clinicals, too! In this podcast episode we’ll talk through this medication using the Straight A Nursing framework DRRUGS. 





Looking to go beyond the Five Rights of medication administration with my Bulletproof guide? Grab yours here and take your medication administration practice to an even higher level: https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b



Are you facing a dosage calculations exam that has you shaking in your Danskos? Enroll in Dosage Calculations Bootcamp here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/phenytoin/
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Delegating Like a Pro: Episode 120 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode120/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38771 Proper delegation is a key skill you’ll need to learn as a nursing student, long before you become an actual nurse. In fact, questions about proper delegation will show up on exams and your NCLEX! In this episode, learn the basics of delegation, what makes it safe (or unsafe) and the key components you need to consider each and every time.  Looking for a way to review for nursing school exams? We’re coming out with an app that can help you do just that! Get on the waitlist here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25 Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/delegation/ Proper delegation is a key skill you’ll need to learn as a nursing student, long before you become an actual nurse. In fact, questions about proper delegation will show up on exams and your NCLEX! In this episode, learn the basics of delegation, Proper delegation is a key skill you’ll need to learn as a nursing student, long before you become an actual nurse. In fact, questions about proper delegation will show up on exams and your NCLEX! In this episode, learn the basics of delegation, what makes it safe (or unsafe) and the key components you need to consider each and every time. 





Looking for a way to review for nursing school exams? We’re coming out with an app that can help you do just that! Get on the waitlist here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/delegation/
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The 6 Ps of Compartment Syndrome: Episode 119 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode119/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38761 Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside a limb or other compartment of the body rises to the point that it impedes blood flow. Left untreated, compartment syndrome can result in tissue death and loss of the affected limb.  In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the six Ps of compartment syndrome, how we assess patients and what the emergency treatment is for this serious condition. Looking for a great Facebook group full of positive, supportive and encouraging nursing students? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/compartment-syndrome/ Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside a limb or other compartment of the body rises to the point that it impedes blood flow. Left untreated, compartment syndrome can result in tissue death and loss of the affected limb.  - Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside a limb or other compartment of the body rises to the point that it impedes blood flow. Left untreated, compartment syndrome can result in tissue death and loss of the affected limb. 





In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the six Ps of compartment syndrome, how we assess patients and what the emergency treatment is for this serious condition.



Looking for a great Facebook group full of positive, supportive and encouraging nursing students? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/compartment-syndrome/
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Taking Care of Surgical Patients: Episode 118 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode118/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:00:59 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38653 One of the most critical times in a surgical patient’s hospital stay is the period right after surgery and the day or two that follow. Taking care of patients at this stage requires diligence, quick thinking, and an eye for spotting and preventing complications. Today we’ll be chatting about taking care of patients in the post-anesthesia recovery period when they are potentially the most unstable, and then transitioning to talk about nursing care once the patient leaves PACU.  Want to learn more about PACU nursing? Check out this blog post where I discuss my transition from ICU to recovery room: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/pacu-nursing/ Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/after-surgery/ One of the most critical times in a surgical patient’s hospital stay is the period right after surgery and the day or two that follow. Taking care of patients at this stage requires diligence, quick thinking, One of the most critical times in a surgical patient’s hospital stay is the period right after surgery and the day or two that follow. Taking care of patients at this stage requires diligence, quick thinking, and an eye for spotting and preventing complications.





Today we’ll be chatting about taking care of patients in the post-anesthesia recovery period when they are potentially the most unstable, and then transitioning to talk about nursing care once the patient leaves PACU. 



Want to learn more about PACU nursing? Check out this blog post where I discuss my transition from ICU to recovery room: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/pacu-nursing/



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/after-surgery/
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It’s Time we Talked About Time Management: Episode 117 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode117/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38650 In episode 114 we talked a lot about time management and prioritizing in clinical, but what about in your nursing school classes? Today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects...being organized and efficient in nursing school. Looking for a way to stay on top of your busy schedule? Check out our planners here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing In episode 114 we talked a lot about time management and prioritizing in clinical, but what about in your nursing school classes? Today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects...being organized and efficient in nursing school. - In episode 114 we talked a lot about time management and prioritizing in clinical, but what about in your nursing school classes? Today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects...being organized and efficient in nursing school.





Looking for a way to stay on top of your busy schedule? Check out our planners here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing
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Pediatric Pharmacology 101: Episode 116 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode116/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:00:23 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38647 As cute and adorable as they are, kids are not just tiny adults. Especially when it comes to pharmacology. The way kids absorb, distribute, metabolize and excrete drugs varies greatly, making pediatric pharmacology a truly unique subject.  If you’re heading into your pediatric rotation or starting out as a new pediatric RN, then pop in those earbuds. I’ll talk you through the key things you need to know to utilize medications safely in this very special and vulnerable population.  Want to “bulletproof” your medication administration? Download my freebie here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/pediatricpharm/ As cute and adorable as they are, kids are not just tiny adults. Especially when it comes to pharmacology. The way kids absorb, distribute, metabolize and excrete drugs varies greatly, making pediatric pharmacology a truly unique subject.  - As cute and adorable as they are, kids are not just tiny adults. Especially when it comes to pharmacology. The way kids absorb, distribute, metabolize and excrete drugs varies greatly, making pediatric pharmacology a truly unique subject. 





If you’re heading into your pediatric rotation or starting out as a new pediatric RN, then pop in those earbuds. I’ll talk you through the key things you need to know to utilize medications safely in this very special and vulnerable population. 



Want to “bulletproof” your medication administration? Download my freebie here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/pediatricpharm/
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Pharmacology for Diabetes Management: Episode 115 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode115/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38597 When you think of diabetes, chances are you immediately think of insulin. But did you know there are quite a few pharmacological treatments that go way beyond insulin? In this episode, we’ll talk about insulin and non-insulin treatments for diabetes mellitus.  Are you looking for a foolproof way to perform dosage calculations...even the tricky ones? Check out Dosage Calculations Bootcamp here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/insulin/ When you think of diabetes, chances are you immediately think of insulin. But did you know there are quite a few pharmacological treatments that go way beyond insulin? - In this episode, we’ll talk about insulin and non-insulin treatments for di... When you think of diabetes, chances are you immediately think of insulin. But did you know there are quite a few pharmacological treatments that go way beyond insulin?





In this episode, we’ll talk about insulin and non-insulin treatments for diabetes mellitus. 



Are you looking for a foolproof way to perform dosage calculations...even the tricky ones? Check out Dosage Calculations Bootcamp here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp



Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/insulin/
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Let’s Thrive in Your Preceptorship! Episode 114 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode114/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38592 Hopefully your final semester clinical experience hasn’t been impacted negatively from Covid-19 and you’re embarking on your preceptorship with joy and anticipation! These clinical hours are absolutely precious. You definitely want to get as much out of each and every minute so you can make that transition from student to new-grad RN with relative ease. In this week’s podcast, I’ll talk you through my best tips for thriving in this cumulative clinical experience. Good luck! You’re going to do great! Looking for the brain sheets and run sheets mentioned in this episode? They’re right here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/resources/brain-sheets/ Hopefully your final semester clinical experience hasn’t been impacted negatively from Covid-19 and you’re embarking on your preceptorship with joy and anticipation! - These clinical hours are absolutely precious. Hopefully your final semester clinical experience hasn’t been impacted negatively from Covid-19 and you’re embarking on your preceptorship with joy and anticipation!





These clinical hours are absolutely precious. You definitely want to get as much out of each and every minute so you can make that transition from student to new-grad RN with relative ease. In this week’s podcast, I’ll talk you through my best tips for thriving in this cumulative clinical experience. Good luck! You’re going to do great!



Looking for the brain sheets and run sheets mentioned in this episode? They’re right here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/resources/brain-sheets/




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But First, Let’s Talk About Third Spacing: Episode 113 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode113/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38575 Today we’ll be diving into third spacing and fluid shifts. This is a process you’ll see quite often in critical care, but also in Medical-Surgical patients as well.  So, pop in those earbuds and get outside for a walk...it’s beautiful out! Enjoy! Starting nursing school soon? Enroll in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp, the only nursing school prep course that teaches you HOW to thrive in nursing school. Grab your spot right here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts View the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/third-spacing/ Today we’ll be diving into third spacing and fluid shifts. This is a process you’ll see quite often in critical care, but also in Medical-Surgical patients as well.  - So, pop in those earbuds and get outside for a walk...it’s beautiful out! Today we’ll be diving into third spacing and fluid shifts. This is a process you’ll see quite often in critical care, but also in Medical-Surgical patients as well. 





So, pop in those earbuds and get outside for a walk...it’s beautiful out! Enjoy!



Starting nursing school soon? Enroll in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp, the only nursing school prep course that teaches you HOW to thrive in nursing school. Grab your spot right here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



View the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/third-spacing/
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Capnography: Episode 112 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode112/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38304 While pulse oximetry tells you about your patient’s oxygenation status, capnography tells you about their ventilatory status. In fact, capnography can alert you to declines in respiratory function much faster than pulse oximetry, which makes it a wonderful tool in sedated patients or those recovering from surgery. In this podcast episode, learn the basics of capnography monitoring and how it helps keep patients safe. Check out Episode 89 for more information about oxygenation, which is actually a complex concept for many students to master (but not you!). https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast89/ Snag your spot in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp and prepare to achieve total nursing school mastery.  https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/capnography-etco2/ While pulse oximetry tells you about your patient’s oxygenation status, capnography tells you about their ventilatory status. In fact, capnography can alert you to declines in respiratory function much faster than pulse oximetry, While pulse oximetry tells you about your patient’s oxygenation status, capnography tells you about their ventilatory status. In fact, capnography can alert you to declines in respiratory function much faster than pulse oximetry, which makes it a wonderful tool in sedated patients or those recovering from surgery. In this podcast episode, learn the basics of capnography monitoring and how it helps keep patients safe.







Check out Episode 89 for more information about oxygenation, which is actually a complex concept for many students to master (but not you!). https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast89/





Snag your spot in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp and prepare to achieve total nursing school mastery.  https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts





Read the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/capnography-etco2/
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Starting Nursing School Soon? Do These Five Things Before You Start: Episode 111 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode111/ Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38300 If you’re a new nursing student who is starting your program, CONGRATULATIONS! Before classes begin, it’s important to set yourself up for success. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk about five easy things you can do before classes begin that will help you start your program with your best foot forward. Click here to grab the blood flow cheatsheet! Bloodflow Through Heart Download: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Bloodflow-Through-Heart.jpg   Bloodflow Mnemonic Download: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Bloodflow-Mnemonic.jpg   Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open for enrollment! This course arms you with the core concepts you need to achieve total nursing school mastery.  https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Grab my Nursing School Thrive Guide on Amazon and see why it has an average 5-star review: https://www.amazon.com/Nursing-School-Thrive-Guide-Maureen-ebook/dp/B00M389ZX0 (#ad) Wondering what supplies you need for nursing school? https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/what-does-a-nursing-student-need/   If you’re a new nursing student who is starting your program, CONGRATULATIONS! Before classes begin, it’s important to set yourself up for success. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk about five easy things you can do before classes begin that will help... If you’re a new nursing student who is starting your program, CONGRATULATIONS! Before classes begin, it’s important to set yourself up for success. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk about five easy things you can do before classes begin that will help you start your program with your best foot forward.





Click here to grab the blood flow cheatsheet!



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Bloodflow Mnemonic Downloadhttps://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Bloodflow-Mnemonic.jpg
 

Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open for enrollment! This course arms you with the core concepts you need to achieve total nursing school mastery.  https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts





Grab my Nursing School Thrive Guide on Amazon and see why it has an average 5-star review: https://www.amazon.com/Nursing-School-Thrive-Guide-Maureen-ebook/dp/B00M389ZX0 (#ad)





Wondering what supplies you need for nursing school? https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/what-does-a-nursing-student-need/












 
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TORCH Infections: Episode 110 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode110/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38297 In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of TORCH infections, which occur when pathogens are transmitted from mom to baby during pregnancy or delivery. These infections are toxoplasmosis, other (syphilis, listeria, varicella zoster, parvovirus), rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus. We’ll touch on the key details you need to know to prep for your NCLEX and your nursing school exams! Show notes available here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/torch-infections/ Ready to be the most organized student in your class? Get the planner made just for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Do you LOVE the PodQuizzes at the end of some of our episodes? Then you’ll LOVE Study Sesh! It's our private members-only podcast, packed with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ Not an auditory learner? It's great that you know your learning style! Our flashcard app is coming out soon and we are soooo excited!  Get on the waitlist here and be the first to know when we launch: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25 In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of TORCH infections, which occur when pathogens are transmitted from mom to baby during pregnancy or delivery. These infections are toxoplasmosis, other (syphilis, listeria, In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of TORCH infections, which occur when pathogens are transmitted from mom to baby during pregnancy or delivery. These infections are toxoplasmosis, other (syphilis, listeria, varicella zoster, parvovirus), rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus. We’ll touch on the key details you need to know to prep for your NCLEX and your nursing school exams!





Show notes available here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/torch-infections/



Ready to be the most organized student in your class? Get the planner made just for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Do you LOVE the PodQuizzes at the end of some of our episodes? Then you’ll LOVE Study Sesh! It's our private members-only podcast, packed with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/

Not an auditory learner? It's great that you know your learning style! Our flashcard app is coming out soon and we are soooo excited!  Get on the waitlist here and be the first to know when we launch: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25
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Heliox to the Rescue: Episode 109 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode109/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38289 Sometimes an asthma attack can be so severe that oxygen and bronchodilators simply aren’t enough. Heliox to the rescue! Heliox is a mixture of helium plus oxygen that creates a gas that is lower in density, thereby decreasing work of breathing and helping inhaled medications get into the more distal areas of the bronchial tree. . View the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/asthma-heliox/ . Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open for enrollment! This course arms you with the core concepts you need to achieve total nursing school mastery.  https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Sometimes an asthma attack can be so severe that oxygen and bronchodilators simply aren’t enough. Heliox to the rescue! Heliox is a mixture of helium plus oxygen that creates a gas that is lower in density, Sometimes an asthma attack can be so severe that oxygen and bronchodilators simply aren’t enough. Heliox to the rescue! Heliox is a mixture of helium plus oxygen that creates a gas that is lower in density, thereby decreasing work of breathing and helping inhaled medications get into the more distal areas of the bronchial tree.





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View the show notes here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/asthma-heliox/



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Brain Sheets Decoded: Episode 108 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode108/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38285 In episode 7 I talked about how to give an excellent end-of-shift report. In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into how nurses use “brain sheets” to ensure that report is thorough and efficient. For this episode, you’re going to want to print out the downloadable PDF and follow along with me as we go through all the components of an effective brain sheet so you can feel confident in the clinical setting. Download the report sheet for one patient here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Brain-Yellow.pdf Download the report sheet for multiple patients here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tele-Brain.pdf Looking for a way to boost your nursing school success? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp teaches you the core, underlying concepts you need and is especially helpful for incoming students. All the juicy details are here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts Ready to master dosage calculations in a step-by-step manner that will give you total confidence? Dosage Calculations Bootcamp is your new BFF! https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp Listen to Episode 7: Giving End-of-Shift Report: (https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/shift-report/) In episode 7 I talked about how to give an excellent end-of-shift report. In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into how nurses use “brain sheets” to ensure that report is thorough and efficient. For this episode, In episode 7 I talked about how to give an excellent end-of-shift report. In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into how nurses use “brain sheets” to ensure that report is thorough and efficient. For this episode, you’re going to want to print out the downloadable PDF and follow along with me as we go through all the components of an effective brain sheet so you can feel confident in the clinical setting.







Download the report sheet for one patient here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Brain-Yellow.pdf





Download the report sheet for multiple patients here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tele-Brain.pdf





Looking for a way to boost your nursing school success? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp teaches you the core, underlying concepts you need and is especially helpful for incoming students. All the juicy details are here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



Ready to master dosage calculations in a step-by-step manner that will give you total confidence? Dosage Calculations Bootcamp is your new BFF! https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp





Listen to Episode 7: Giving End-of-Shift Report: (https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/shift-report/)






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It’s Okay to be Scared of GI Bleeds: Episode 107 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode107/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38281 Patients with active GI bleeding are definitely high on my list of things that make me nervous. In many cases these patients can decompensate quickly, so careful monitoring and decisive action are key to keeping them safe. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about the nursing care of patients with GI bleeds so that you can feel ready for anything. Want to be the most organized student in your class? Get the planner made just for nursing students here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Do you LOVE the PodQuizzes at the end of some of our episodes? Then you’ll LOVE Study Sesh! It's our private members-only podcast, packed with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/ Not an auditory learner? It's great that you know your learning style! Our flashcard app is coming out soon and we are soooo excited!  Get on the waitlist here and be the first to know when we launch: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25 Patients with active GI bleeding are definitely high on my list of things that make me nervous. In many cases these patients can decompensate quickly, so careful monitoring and decisive action are key to keeping them safe. In this podcast episode, Patients with active GI bleeding are definitely high on my list of things that make me nervous. In many cases these patients can decompensate quickly, so careful monitoring and decisive action are key to keeping them safe. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about the nursing care of patients with GI bleeds so that you can feel ready for anything.





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Do you LOVE the PodQuizzes at the end of some of our episodes? Then you’ll LOVE Study Sesh! It's our private members-only podcast, packed with PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more. Check out Study Sesh here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh/

Not an auditory learner? It's great that you know your learning style! Our flashcard app is coming out soon and we are soooo excited!  Get on the waitlist here and be the first to know when we launch: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25




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The Nursing Student’s Guide to Kawasaki Disease: Episode 106 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode106/ Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38183 In this week’s podcast episode we’re diving into Kawasaki disease, a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 8 who are Japanese or of Pacific Islander descent (though it’s certainly not limited to this group). We’ll go through Kawasaki disease in peds patients using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method, which is the perfect way to learn the info most likely to be on your exams.  Show notes available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/kawasaki-disease/) **** Looking for a way to get and stay organized in nursing school? Our planners were designed with your busy schedule in mind. Check them out here (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing) and see why they’ve got a 5-star rating! In this week’s podcast episode we’re diving into Kawasaki disease, a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 8 who are Japanese or of Pacific Islander descent (though it’s certainly not limited to this group). In this week’s podcast episode we’re diving into Kawasaki disease, a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 8 who are Japanese or of Pacific Islander descent (though it’s certainly not limited to this group). We’ll go through Kawasaki disease in peds patients using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method, which is the perfect way to learn the info most likely to be on your exams. 





Show notes available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/kawasaki-disease/)



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Handling Offensive Odors with Compassion and Grace: Episode 105 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode105/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38172 In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some interesting disease conditions that can often be recognized by the very distinct odors they produce. In addition, we’ll also talk through some tried-and-true strategies for dealing with foul odors in the clinical setting so you keep your patients (and yourself) comfortable. Show notes available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/bad-smells-hospital/) Our nursing student planners are available as printable PDF or digitally for your iPad/tablet. Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some interesting disease conditions that can often be recognized by the very distinct odors they produce. In addition, we’ll also talk through some tried-and-true strategies for dealing with foul odors in the c... In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some interesting disease conditions that can often be recognized by the very distinct odors they produce. In addition, we’ll also talk through some tried-and-true strategies for dealing with foul odors in the clinical setting so you keep your patients (and yourself) comfortable.





Show notes available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/bad-smells-hospital/)



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Job, NCLEX and Life Tips for the New Grad Nurse: Episode 104 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode104/ Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38164 Making the transition from nursing student to new grad nurse is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking and amazing experiences you’ll ever have. Even though you’re excited, you’re likely also a little bit nervous (maybe even scared!). These tips for new grad nurses will help you ease into your new role like a pro. Show notes are available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/whats-nursing-school-graduation/) Interested in creating a nursing portfolio? See my how-to here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/the-nursing-portfolio/) Got an interview coming up? Master these 20 questions and wow everyone on your interview panel (https://straightanursingstudent.com/interview-questions-for-your-first-nursing-job/) Brain sheets are key to keeping you organized and efficient throughout your shift. Grab some free brain sheets here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/resources/brain-sheets/). Ready to gear up for your new job? What supplies do you really need? (https://straightanursingstudent.com/new-nurse-supplies/) Making the transition from nursing student to new grad nurse is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking and amazing experiences you’ll ever have. Even though you’re excited, you’re likely also a little bit nervous (maybe even scared!). Making the transition from nursing student to new grad nurse is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking and amazing experiences you’ll ever have. Even though you’re excited, you’re likely also a little bit nervous (maybe even scared!). These tips for new grad nurses will help you ease into your new role like a pro.





Show notes are available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/whats-nursing-school-graduation/)



Interested in creating a nursing portfolio? See my how-to here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/the-nursing-portfolio/)



Got an interview coming up? Master these 20 questions and wow everyone on your interview panel (https://straightanursingstudent.com/interview-questions-for-your-first-nursing-job/)



Brain sheets are key to keeping you organized and efficient throughout your shift. Grab some free brain sheets here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/resources/brain-sheets/).



Ready to gear up for your new job? What supplies do you really need? (https://straightanursingstudent.com/new-nurse-supplies/)




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Real Talk About Hydroxychloroquine: Episode 103 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode103/ Thu, 28 May 2020 14:00:03 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38159 Let’s talk about hydroxychloroquine...what it’s actually used for and the nursing assessments and safety guidelines surrounding this medication. We’ll use the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework, DRRUGS to make things nice and organized (and hopefully, easy to remember!) Show notes available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/hydroxychloroquine/) Craving a way to get uber-organized for nursing school? Our nursing student planners are right here and they are gorgeous! (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing). Let’s talk about hydroxychloroquine...what it’s actually used for and the nursing assessments and safety guidelines surrounding this medication. - We’ll use the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework, Let’s talk about hydroxychloroquine...what it’s actually used for and the nursing assessments and safety guidelines surrounding this medication.





We’ll use the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework, DRRUGS to make things nice and organized (and hopefully, easy to remember!)



Show notes available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/hydroxychloroquine/)



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How to Set Boundaries and Deal with Difficult Patients and Families: Episode 102 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode102/ Thu, 21 May 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38114 Today we’re going there...talking about how to deal with difficult patients and families. While most people you encounter as a nurse are a pleasure to work with, there’s always going to be challenging interactions. With the right attitude and a commitment to setting boundaries and expectations, you can help shield yourself from taking it personally or getting emotionally wounded. If you are a new nurse or a nursing student, this one is especially for you! Show notes are available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/difficult-patients-families/) Shout out to Alwin who left such a great review about the planners! Just ordered my second planner from Nurse Mo! Looking forward to another organized year!! This planner is really the best for nursing students! So motivating to be able to check those little to-do lists! Love it! -Alwin Looking for the planner that Alwin is so in love with? It’s right here: (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing). Today we’re going there...talking about how to deal with difficult patients and families. While most people you encounter as a nurse are a pleasure to work with, there’s always going to be challenging interactions. Today we’re going there...talking about how to deal with difficult patients and families. While most people you encounter as a nurse are a pleasure to work with, there’s always going to be challenging interactions. With the right attitude and a commitment to setting boundaries and expectations, you can help shield yourself from taking it personally or getting emotionally wounded. If you are a new nurse or a nursing student, this one is especially for you!





Show notes are available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/difficult-patients-families/)



Shout out to Alwin who left such a great review about the planners!




Just ordered my second planner from Nurse Mo! Looking forward to another organized year!! This planner is really the best for nursing students! So motivating to be able to check those little to-do lists! Love it! -Alwin




Looking for the planner that Alwin is so in love with? It’s right here: (www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing).




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The Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing First, Second and Third Degree Heart Blocks: Episode 101 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode101/ Thu, 14 May 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38107 In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through first, second and third-degree heart blocks so you can recognize them quickly in the clinical setting or on your exams. Together, we’ll cover: -key ECG elements of each heart block-the many names for the second-degree blocks (why are there so many???)-causes of heart blocks-nursing assessments and interventions-an easy way to keep it all straight Show notes are available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/heart-blocks-aka-a-relationship-in-trouble/) Looking for tips on thriving in nursing school? Grab the Nursing School Thrive Guide here (https://amzn.to/2Rr9HGT) #ad References: Continuing Education Consortium. (2008). Basic cardiac monitoring course. Continuing Education Consortium. Garcia, T., & Miller, G. (2004). Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation. Jones and Bartlett. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through first, second and third-degree heart blocks so you can recognize them quickly in the clinical setting or on your exams. - Together, we’ll cover: -key ECG elements of each heart block-the many n... In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through first, second and third-degree heart blocks so you can recognize them quickly in the clinical setting or on your exams.





Together, we’ll cover: -key ECG elements of each heart block-the many names for the second-degree blocks (why are there so many???)-causes of heart blocks-nursing assessments and interventions-an easy way to keep it all straight



Show notes are available here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/heart-blocks-aka-a-relationship-in-trouble/)



Looking for tips on thriving in nursing school? Grab the Nursing School Thrive Guide here (https://amzn.to/2Rr9HGT) #ad



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Continuing Education Consortium. (2008). Basic cardiac monitoring course. Continuing Education Consortium.



Garcia, T., & Miller, G. (2004). Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation. Jones and Bartlett.




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Keeping Your Patient Safe After Thyroid Removal Surgery: Episode 100 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode100/ Thu, 07 May 2020 14:00:53 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38100 Taking care of patients after a thyroidectomy involves very specific assessments and interventions if complications arise. In this podcast episode, we’re using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method to go through signs/symptoms after thyroidectomy, how you should assess the patient, what tests and treatments will be administered, and how you’ll educate the patient.  Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/thyroidectomy/ Ready to get organized for nursing school? Our planners are available in printable PDF format and digital format for your tablet. Both are available here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Hungry for more thyroid learning? Check out Episode 61 on hypothyroidism (https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyperthyroidism-when-your-thyroid-just-wont-stop-episode-61/), and Episode 58 for hypothyroidism (https://straightanursingstudent.com/hypothyroidism-when-your-thyroid-just-cant-anymore/)  Taking care of patients after a thyroidectomy involves very specific assessments and interventions if complications arise. In this podcast episode, we’re using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method to go through signs/symptoms after thyroidectomy, Taking care of patients after a thyroidectomy involves very specific assessments and interventions if complications arise. In this podcast episode, we’re using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method to go through signs/symptoms after thyroidectomy, how you should assess the patient, what tests and treatments will be administered, and how you’ll educate the patient. 


Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/thyroidectomy/



Ready to get organized for nursing school? Our planners are available in printable PDF format and digital format for your tablet. Both are available here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Hungry for more thyroid learning? Check out Episode 61 on hypothyroidism (https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyperthyroidism-when-your-thyroid-just-wont-stop-episode-61/), and Episode 58 for hypothyroidism (https://straightanursingstudent.com/hypothyroidism-when-your-thyroid-just-cant-anymore/
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Providing End of Life Care: Episode 99 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode99/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:00:46 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38019 Providing end-of-life care focused on comfort and dignity is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things we can do for our patients. In this podcast episode, I talk you through what to expect as your patient (or the patient’s family) prepares for death, what nursing interventions will be needed, and how you can provide everyone involved with care that is as competent as it is compassionate. Show notes are available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/end-of-life-care/ Looking for the Straight A Nursing planners? Grab yours here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Providing end-of-life care focused on comfort and dignity is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things we can do for our patients. In this podcast episode, I talk you through what to expect as your patient (or the patient’s family) prepares for ... Providing end-of-life care focused on comfort and dignity is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things we can do for our patients. In this podcast episode, I talk you through what to expect as your patient (or the patient’s family) prepares for death, what nursing interventions will be needed, and how you can provide everyone involved with care that is as competent as it is compassionate.





Show notes are available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/end-of-life-care/



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Levels of Consciousness Simplified: Episode 98 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode98/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:00:14 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38014 Probably one of the elements of a head-to-toe assessment that is subject to the most uncertainty is the patient’s  level of consciousness. Knowing the difference between each level of consciousness will help you chart accurately and communicate your patient’s condition with precision.  So, if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between obtunded and stuporous, or lethargic and somnolent...pop your earbuds in and take a listen! Show notes are available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/levels-of-consciousness-decoded/ Looking for the Straight A Nursing planners? Grab yours here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Probably one of the elements of a head-to-toe assessment that is subject to the most uncertainty is the patient’s  level of consciousness. Knowing the difference between each level of consciousness will help you chart accurately and communicate your pa... Probably one of the elements of a head-to-toe assessment that is subject to the most uncertainty is the patient’s  level of consciousness. Knowing the difference between each level of consciousness will help you chart accurately and communicate your patient’s condition with precision. 





So, if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between obtunded and stuporous, or lethargic and somnolent...pop your earbuds in and take a listen!



Show notes are available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/levels-of-consciousness-decoded/



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Albuterol: Episode 97 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode97/ Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:00:36 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38008 Albuterol is one of those medications you’ll see used so frequently that it almost seems like everyone gets a dose of albuterol here and there. While this isn’t entirely true, it is a pretty common medication that you’ll see regularly in the clinical setting. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through the must-know information about Albuterol so you can ensure it’s given safely and that your professors won’t be able to trick you with any of those challenging NCLEX-style exam questions.  Using the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework “DRRUGS,”  we’ll look at Albuterol in an organized and systematic manner (drug class, routes, regular dose range, uses, guidelines and side effects). Show notes available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/albuterolAre you a new student interested in starting the semester way ahead of the game? Then, you’ll love my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts) Albuterol is one of those medications you’ll see used so frequently that it almost seems like everyone gets a dose of albuterol here and there. While this isn’t entirely true, it is a pretty common medication that you’ll see regularly in the clinical s... Albuterol is one of those medications you’ll see used so frequently that it almost seems like everyone gets a dose of albuterol here and there. While this isn’t entirely true, it is a pretty common medication that you’ll see regularly in the clinical setting.





In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through the must-know information about Albuterol so you can ensure it’s given safely and that your professors won’t be able to trick you with any of those challenging NCLEX-style exam questions. 



Using the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework “DRRUGS,”  we’ll look at Albuterol in an organized and systematic manner (drug class, routes, regular dose range, uses, guidelines and side effects).



Show notes available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/albuterolAre you a new student interested in starting the semester way ahead of the game? Then, you’ll love my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts)




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Perfecting Your Start-of-Shift Routine: Episode 96 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode96/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:00:28 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=38004 Learning how to manage your time is one of the biggest hurdles in clinical and even when you’re beginning as a new nurse.  After much trial and error with my own practice, I finally settled on a solid start-of-shift routine that helped me start each day off as organized and methodical as possible. I found that on those days when I neglected my routine, I was much more frazzled, unfocused, and ended up wasting more time by trying to play catch up. In this podcast episode, I share with you seven things to do at the beginning of your shift. Take a listen and then I invite you to devise your own start-of-shift routine so you can feel like the confident, organized nurse you are! Show notes are here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/time-management/ Download a sample Run Sheet here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Run-Sheet-B.pdf Are you a new student interested in starting the semester way ahead of the game? Then, you’ll love my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts) Learning how to manage your time is one of the biggest hurdles in clinical and even when you’re beginning as a new nurse.  After much trial and error with my own practice, I finally settled on a solid start-of-shift routine that helped me start each da... Learning how to manage your time is one of the biggest hurdles in clinical and even when you’re beginning as a new nurse.  After much trial and error with my own practice, I finally settled on a solid start-of-shift routine that helped me start each day off as organized and methodical as possible. I found that on those days when I neglected my routine, I was much more frazzled, unfocused, and ended up wasting more time by trying to play catch up.





In this podcast episode, I share with you seven things to do at the beginning of your shift. Take a listen and then I invite you to devise your own start-of-shift routine so you can feel like the confident, organized nurse you are!



Show notes are here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/time-management/



Download a sample Run Sheet here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Run-Sheet-B.pdf



Are you a new student interested in starting the semester way ahead of the game? Then, you’ll love my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts)




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The Low-Down on Dialysis: Episode 95 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode95/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37973 In this podcast episode I'll talk you through the basics of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Pop in those earbuds and learn all about key nursing assessments and interventions, how to monitor your patient for complications, what lab values you'll follow, how to keep your patient safe, and the nitty-gritty details you need for those dialysis NCLEX and nursing school exam questions. ** Starting nursing school soon? Grab my free guide, the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc ** In this podcast episode I'll talk you through the basics of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Pop in those earbuds and learn all about key nursing assessments and interventions, how to monitor your patient for complications, In this podcast episode I'll talk you through the basics of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Pop in those earbuds and learn all about key nursing assessments and interventions, how to monitor your patient for complications, what lab values you'll follow, how to keep your patient safe, and the nitty-gritty details you need for those dialysis NCLEX and nursing school exam questions.





** Starting nursing school soon? Grab my free guide, the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc **




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Bulletproof Your Patient: Episode 94 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast94/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37792 What does it mean to keep your patients safe? Is it keeping them from falling, avoiding medication errors, or preventing pressure-related injury? Yes, yes and definitely yes! And while you can’t cushion your patient with bubble wrap, you can take steps to do what I call “bulletproofing” your patient against harm.  In this podcast episode I share with you my best tips for creating an organized room and an environment that promotes safety, helps prevent errors and sets things up so anyone could take over for you without missing a beat. As always, please defer to your facility's protocols as they will always trump my recommendations and advice. These are great guidelines, but every facility is different, so make sure you do your homework. Looking for the Bulletproof Your Patient checklist? It's right here! (for those viewing on a podcast, player, grab it at https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast94/) Bulletproof Patient Checklist Download: https://straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Bulletproof-patient-2.pdf   Come join the Facebook group! We’d love to have you! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/) What does it mean to keep your patients safe? Is it keeping them from falling, avoiding medication errors, or preventing pressure-related injury? Yes, yes and definitely yes! And while you can’t cushion your patient with bubble wrap, What does it mean to keep your patients safe? Is it keeping them from falling, avoiding medication errors, or preventing pressure-related injury? Yes, yes and definitely yes! And while you can’t cushion your patient with bubble wrap, you can take steps to do what I call “bulletproofing” your patient against harm. 





In this podcast episode I share with you my best tips for creating an organized room and an environment that promotes safety, helps prevent errors and sets things up so anyone could take over for you without missing a beat.



As always, please defer to your facility's protocols as they will always trump my recommendations and advice. These are great guidelines, but every facility is different, so make sure you do your homework.



Looking for the Bulletproof Your Patient checklist? It's right here! (for those viewing on a podcast, player, grab it at https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast94/)



Bulletproof Patient Checklist Download: https://straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Bulletproof-patient-2.pdf
 



Come join the Facebook group! We’d love to have you! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/)




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Straight A Nursing 94 Bulletproof your patient clean 36:31
What to Do When You’re Failing Nursing School: Episode 93 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast93/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37788 If you’re failing, in clinical jeopardy or struggling with nursing school, then this episode is for you! I know how hard you’ve been working and I know this must be a really difficult time for you, so just know that I am absolutely rooting for you every step of the way. Even if you’re not currently struggling, you’ll get some great tips that can help you stay ahead of the game. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: Steps to take when you’re failing a course What to do if you’re failing in clinical or in clinical jeopardy How to survive skills check-offs My best tips for turning things around Advice for filing an appeal Need a Nursing School Booster Shot? https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/boostershot Got test anxiety? I got you! https://straightanursingstudent.com/test-anxiety-in-nursing-school-episode-67/ Struggling to take effective notes in nursing school? https://straightanursingstudent.com/taking-notes/ NCLEX-style questions got you shaking in your Danskos? Decipher them with these strategies https://straightanursingstudent.com/nclex-strategies/ Not sure where to place your focus in nursing school? Try these tips: https://straightanursingstudent.com/focus-nursing-school/ Is your study group wasting your time? Turn that time-waster into a life-saver: https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast74/ Looking for a way to learn and study disease conditions? Grab a LATTE! https://straightanursingstudent.com/latte-podcast/ If you’re failing, in clinical jeopardy or struggling with nursing school, then this episode is for you! I know how hard you’ve been working and I know this must be a really difficult time for you, so just know that I am absolutely rooting for you ever... If you’re failing, in clinical jeopardy or struggling with nursing school, then this episode is for you! I know how hard you’ve been working and I know this must be a really difficult time for you, so just know that I am absolutely rooting for you every step of the way. Even if you’re not currently struggling, you’ll get some great tips that can help you stay ahead of the game. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through:






* Steps to take when you’re failing a course
* What to do if you’re failing in clinical or in clinical jeopardy
* How to survive skills check-offs
* My best tips for turning things around
* Advice for filing an appeal




Need a Nursing School Booster Shot? https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/boostershot



Got test anxiety? I got you! https://straightanursingstudent.com/test-anxiety-in-nursing-school-episode-67/



Struggling to take effective notes in nursing school? https://straightanursingstudent.com/taking-notes/



NCLEX-style questions got you shaking in your Danskos? Decipher them with these strategies https://straightanursingstudent.com/nclex-strategies/



Not sure where to place your focus in nursing school? Try these tips: https://straightanursingstudent.com/focus-nursing-school/



Is your study group wasting your time? Turn that time-waster into a life-saver: https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast74/



Looking for a way to learn and study disease conditions? Grab a LATTE! https://straightanursingstudent.com/latte-podcast/




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Placenta Problems got You Perplexed? Episode 92 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast92/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37780 Two placental disorders that you’ll need to be able to differentiate are placental abruption (also known as abruptio placentae) and placenta previa. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the key differences and nursing interventions so it all makes perfect sense. In this podcast you’ll learn: What these two conditions are Classification criteria  Key signs and symptoms for each Risk factors for both conditions Medical and surgical treatments Nursing interventions for both How to differentiate between the two for your exams Want a little more help understanding the key differences? Read the show notes and see the table we created here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/placental-abrution-vs-placenta-previa-nclex-review/). Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/) Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. Go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges and grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle  https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/ Two placental disorders that you’ll need to be able to differentiate are placental abruption (also known as abruptio placentae) and placenta previa. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the key differences and nursing interventions so it all mak... Two placental disorders that you’ll need to be able to differentiate are placental abruption (also known as abruptio placentae) and placenta previa. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the key differences and nursing interventions so it all makes perfect sense. In this podcast you’ll learn:






* What these two conditions are
* Classification criteria 
* Key signs and symptoms for each





* Risk factors for both conditions
* Medical and surgical treatments
* Nursing interventions for both
* How to differentiate between the two for your exams




Want a little more help understanding the key differences? Read the show notes and see the table we created here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/placental-abrution-vs-placenta-previa-nclex-review/).



Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/)



Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. Go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges and grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle  https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/
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Say Hello to Haloperidol: Episode 91 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast91/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37777 Haloperidol (Haldol) is a traditional antipsychotic with some very distinct guidelines that could show up on your next exam or with your next combative, delirious patient.  In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: What Haldol is used for in the clinical setting The multiple ways Haldol can be given (and how we’re going to give it for acute agitation in the hospital) THE most important thing you need to know before you give Haldol and what to monitor afterwards. The very dangerous thing that could happen to your patient with Haldol administration Monitoring parameters Common side effects of Haldol Plus, I’m sharing a sneak peak into my Pharmacology course and an acronym that can help you focus your studying when learning new medications.  Want to learn more about the QT interval? (https://straightanursingstudent.com/qt-interval/) Want to see how I remember drug side effects? (https://straightanursingstudent.com/psychopharmacology-podcast/) Want to “bulletproof” your medication administration? (https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b) Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/) Episode notes here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/haldol/) Haloperidol (Haldol) is a traditional antipsychotic with some very distinct guidelines that could show up on your next exam or with your next combative, delirious patient.  - In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: Haloperidol (Haldol) is a traditional antipsychotic with some very distinct guidelines that could show up on your next exam or with your next combative, delirious patient. 





In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through:




* What Haldol is used for in the clinical setting
* The multiple ways Haldol can be given (and how we’re going to give it for acute agitation in the hospital)
* THE most important thing you need to know before you give Haldol and what to monitor afterwards.
* The very dangerous thing that could happen to your patient with Haldol administration
* Monitoring parameters
* Common side effects of Haldol




Plus, I’m sharing a sneak peak into my Pharmacology course and an acronym that can help you focus your studying when learning new medications. 



Want to learn more about the QT interval? (https://straightanursingstudent.com/qt-interval/)



Want to see how I remember drug side effects? (https://straightanursingstudent.com/psychopharmacology-podcast/)



Want to “bulletproof” your medication administration? (https://straightanursing.ck.page/fc69f2501b)



Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/)



Episode notes here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/haldol/)
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Assess These Five Things with Every Patient Interaction: Episode 90 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast90/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37772 When  you think about a nurse’s superpowers, you might picture someone performing CPR or rushing to open the airway of a patient in respiratory arrest. But the nurse’s real superpower is his or her ability to assess. It’s the watchful awareness of the nurse that catches subtle changes in patient condition that enable the team to intervene BEFORE the unthinkable happens.  In this podcast episode, I’m going to talk with you about the importance of those routine interactions and how they can provide you with a wealth of data about your patients. By assessing these five things with every patient contact, you can catch changes in patient condition even before your next head-to-toe assessment is due. When you develop a habit of using every patient interaction as an opportunity to assess, you become hypervigilant about your patient and begin to develop those rockstar assessment skills. Show notes are here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/5-assessments/ Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. Go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges and grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle  https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/  When  you think about a nurse’s superpowers, you might picture someone performing CPR or rushing to open the airway of a patient in respiratory arrest. But the nurse’s real superpower is his or her ability to assess. When  you think about a nurse’s superpowers, you might picture someone performing CPR or rushing to open the airway of a patient in respiratory arrest. But the nurse’s real superpower is his or her ability to assess. It’s the watchful awareness of the nurse that catches subtle changes in patient condition that enable the team to intervene BEFORE the unthinkable happens. 





In this podcast episode, I’m going to talk with you about the importance of those routine interactions and how they can provide you with a wealth of data about your patients. By assessing these five things with every patient contact, you can catch changes in patient condition even before your next head-to-toe assessment is due. When you develop a habit of using every patient interaction as an opportunity to assess, you become hypervigilant about your patient and begin to develop those rockstar assessment skills.



Show notes are here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/5-assessments/







Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. Go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges and grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle  https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/ 
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Oxygenation and Related Concepts: Episode 89 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast89/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37770 A lot of nursing schools are changing to a concept-based curriculum where instead of teaching disorders in isolation, they teach concepts that have broader application. For example, instead of just teaching about asthma, these programs teach oxygenation as a concept and use asthma as an example for beginning students (and then more complex disorders such as ARDS for the advanced students). By learning about oxygenation as a concept, the consensus is that you’ll apply this knowledge more easily in clinical (and on exams) because you’ll have a better understanding of how it interrelates with the patient’s overall condition.  In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of oxygenation and some related concepts. You will learn: The difference between oxygenation and ventilation The difference between hypoxia and hypoxemia The difference between diffusion and perfusion Why hypoxia and hypoxemia do not always co-exist (though they often do!) How optimal oxygenation looks in a healthy patient vs how it looks in a patient with a respiratory disorder How the body compensates for chronic low oxygen levels The importance of airway patency Nursing interventions for patients having oxygenation challenges And to drive the concept of oxygenation home, we’ll talk through three case studies using our fictitious patients, Bob, Sally and James. They are each in distress for very different reasons, but they’re all related to oxygenation. Enjoy! Looking for episode notes? They’re right here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/oxygenation-concepts/).  Loving this podcast? We’d love if you could rate and review wherever you get your podcast fix! And be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! A lot of nursing schools are changing to a concept-based curriculum where instead of teaching disorders in isolation, they teach concepts that have broader application. For example, instead of just teaching about asthma, A lot of nursing schools are changing to a concept-based curriculum where instead of teaching disorders in isolation, they teach concepts that have broader application. For example, instead of just teaching about asthma, these programs teach oxygenation as a concept and use asthma as an example for beginning students (and then more complex disorders such as ARDS for the advanced students). By learning about oxygenation as a concept, the consensus is that you’ll apply this knowledge more easily in clinical (and on exams) because you’ll have a better understanding of how it interrelates with the patient’s overall condition. 





In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of oxygenation and some related concepts. You will learn:




* The difference between oxygenation and ventilation
* The difference between hypoxia and hypoxemia
* The difference between diffusion and perfusion
* Why hypoxia and hypoxemia do not always co-exist (though they often do!)
* How optimal oxygenation looks in a healthy patient vs how it looks in a patient with a respiratory disorder
* How the body compensates for chronic low oxygen levels
* The importance of airway patency
* Nursing interventions for patients having oxygenation challenges




And to drive the concept of oxygenation home, we’ll talk through three case studies using our fictitious patients, Bob, Sally and James. They are each in distress for very different reasons, but they’re all related to oxygenation. Enjoy!



Looking for episode notes? They’re right here: (https://straightanursingstudent.com/oxygenation-concepts/). 



Loving this podcast? We’d love if you could rate and review wherever you get your podcast fix! And be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!
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Vital Skills for Vital Signs: Episode 88 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast88/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37602 As a new nursing student, it’s absolutely vital that your vital signs assessments be totally on point. After all, the MDs and RNs are counting on YOU to provide reliable information about their patients. If you’re feeling a lot of pressure, don’t worry. I’ve got you! In this podcast episode, I’m sharing with you all the best tips for taking vital signs like a pro. You’ll learn all kinds of great info like how axillary temps differ from oral temps, the best way to palpate a brachial pulse and how to count respirations without your patient changing their breathing pattern on you (you’re so sneaky!).  Ready to learn some tools you can use on your very next clinical day? Then pop in those ear buds and let’s get to work! Read more about vital signs: https://straightanursingstudent.com/vital-signs-tips/ --- Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. Go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges and grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle  https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/  As a new nursing student, it’s absolutely vital that your vital signs assessments be totally on point. After all, the MDs and RNs are counting on YOU to provide reliable information about their patients. If you’re feeling a lot of pressure, As a new nursing student, it’s absolutely vital that your vital signs assessments be totally on point. After all, the MDs and RNs are counting on YOU to provide reliable information about their patients. If you’re feeling a lot of pressure, don’t worry. I’ve got you!





In this podcast episode, I’m sharing with you all the best tips for taking vital signs like a pro. You’ll learn all kinds of great info like how axillary temps differ from oral temps, the best way to palpate a brachial pulse and how to count respirations without your patient changing their breathing pattern on you (you’re so sneaky!). 



Ready to learn some tools you can use on your very next clinical day? Then pop in those ear buds and let’s get to work!



Read more about vital signs: https://straightanursingstudent.com/vital-signs-tips/



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Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. Go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges and grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle  https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/ 






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The Five Ws of Post-Op Fever: Episode 87 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast87/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37599 When taking care of patients in the post-operative period, you’re going to be watching them closely for any signs of complications...including a fever.  In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about “The Five Ws” of post-op fever...wind, water, walking, wound and wonder drugs. What’s all this mean? Pop in your ear buds and find out! Read about post-op fever here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/post-op-fever/ ---- Struggling to take epic nursing school notes? Why bother, when they’ve already been done for you? Check out our Med Surg Success Pack and spend more time learning and less time stressing: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/med-surg-success-pack/ Got a question about nursing school? Then ask your new friends in the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ When taking care of patients in the post-operative period, you’re going to be watching them closely for any signs of complications...including a fever.  - In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about “The Five Ws” of post-op fever...wind, water, When taking care of patients in the post-operative period, you’re going to be watching them closely for any signs of complications...including a fever. 





In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about “The Five Ws” of post-op fever...wind, water, walking, wound and wonder drugs. What’s all this mean? Pop in your ear buds and find out!



Read about post-op fever here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/post-op-fever/



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Struggling to take epic nursing school notes? Why bother, when they’ve already been done for you? Check out our Med Surg Success Pack and spend more time learning and less time stressing: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/med-surg-success-pack/



Got a question about nursing school? Then ask your new friends in the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/
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Surviving Skills Check Off and Sim Lab: Episode 86 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast86/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37588 Sitting down to take an exam is one thing, but having to actually perform tasks and use critical thinking in the moment is something else altogether. That’s why many students struggle through two of the most dreaded assessments in nursing school: skills check-offs and simulation.  In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through strategies to help you shine in your skills check-offs and absolutely thrive in your simulation experiences. What is an incredibly stress-inducing situation for many could become a valuable and dynamic learning experience, but only if you leave your anxiety about it at the door. Find out how in this week’s episode. Read more about skills check-offs here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/skills-checkoff/ Read more about simulation lab here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-sim-lab/ Struggling in your Med Surg course? Grab the Med Surg Success Pack here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/med-surg-success-pack/ Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ Sitting down to take an exam is one thing, but having to actually perform tasks and use critical thinking in the moment is something else altogether. That’s why many students struggle through two of the most dreaded assessments in nursing school: skill... Sitting down to take an exam is one thing, but having to actually perform tasks and use critical thinking in the moment is something else altogether. That’s why many students struggle through two of the most dreaded assessments in nursing school: skills check-offs and simulation. 





In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through strategies to help you shine in your skills check-offs and absolutely thrive in your simulation experiences. What is an incredibly stress-inducing situation for many could become a valuable and dynamic learning experience, but only if you leave your anxiety about it at the door. Find out how in this week’s episode.



Read more about skills check-offs here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/skills-checkoff/



Read more about simulation lab here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-sim-lab/



Struggling in your Med Surg course? Grab the Med Surg Success Pack here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/med-surg-success-pack/



Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/




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Five Attitude Adjustments to Make for Nursing School: Episode 85 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast85/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37546 Even the most successful pre-nursing students can find themselves blindsided by the realities of nursing school. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through five attitude adjustments to make that will help you make the successful transition from pre-nursing student to nursing school rockstar!  Show notes are here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/do-you-have-the-right-attitude-for-nursing-school/ Organize your life while you're nursing school with a planner designed specifically for nursing students! Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ Even the most successful pre-nursing students can find themselves blindsided by the realities of nursing school. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through five attitude adjustments to make that will help you make the successful transition fro... Even the most successful pre-nursing students can find themselves blindsided by the realities of nursing school. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through five attitude adjustments to make that will help you make the successful transition from pre-nursing student to nursing school rockstar! 





Show notes are here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/do-you-have-the-right-attitude-for-nursing-school/



Organize your life while you're nursing school with a planner designed specifically for nursing students! Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing



Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/




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Corticosteroids and Nursing Interventions: Episode 84 https://straightanursingstudent.com/corticosteroids-and-nursing-interventions-episode-84/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:25:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37521 One of the most common medication classes you'll encounter in nursing is corticosteroids. They are used to treat a variety of conditions and come with unique side effects and dosing schedules. In this podcast episode you'll learn: What are corticosteroids? Conditions treated by corticosteroid therapy The risks of using long-term corticosteroids The many formulations that corticosteroids come in Side effects of corticosteroids How a patient stops taking corticosteroids Nursing care plan components including diagnoses, interventions and expected outcomes Show notes and references can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/focus-on-pharm-corticosteroids/ Get your nursing school life organized with a planner designed just for you! Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing One of the most common medication classes you'll encounter in nursing is corticosteroids. They are used to treat a variety of conditions and come with unique side effects and dosing schedules. In this podcast episode you'll learn: One of the most common medication classes you'll encounter in nursing is corticosteroids. They are used to treat a variety of conditions and come with unique side effects and dosing schedules. In this podcast episode you'll learn:






* What are corticosteroids?
* Conditions treated by corticosteroid therapy
* The risks of using long-term corticosteroids
* The many formulations that corticosteroids come in
* Side effects of corticosteroids
* How a patient stops taking corticosteroids
* Nursing care plan components including diagnoses, interventions and expected outcomes




Show notes and references can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/focus-on-pharm-corticosteroids/



Get your nursing school life organized with a planner designed just for you! Grab yours here: www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing
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Ventilators for Nursing Students: Episode 83 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast83/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37516 Mechanical ventilators are complex pieces of equipment that respiratory therapists study for years to master. As a nursing student, or new nurse, it's easy to feel intimidated by the many components, alarms, dials and displays. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of ventilators for nursing students, giving you the foundation knowledge you need to thrive in the critical care environment. You'll learn: Key concepts related to mechanical ventilation Ventilator anatomy Ventilator settings (FiO2, PEEP and rate) Mechanical ventilator modes Two ventilator alarms you MUST always be aware of Show notes and references can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/ventilator-basics-for-nursing-students/ Mechanical ventilators are complex pieces of equipment that respiratory therapists study for years to master. As a nursing student, or new nurse, it's easy to feel intimidated by the many components, alarms, dials and displays. Mechanical ventilators are complex pieces of equipment that respiratory therapists study for years to master. As a nursing student, or new nurse, it's easy to feel intimidated by the many components, alarms, dials and displays. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of ventilators for nursing students, giving you the foundation knowledge you need to thrive in the critical care environment. You'll learn:






* Key concepts related to mechanical ventilation
* Ventilator anatomy
* Ventilator settings (FiO2, PEEP and rate)
* Mechanical ventilator modes
* Two ventilator alarms you MUST always be aware of




Show notes and references can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/ventilator-basics-for-nursing-students/
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Mastering the Head-to-Toe Assessment: Episode 82 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast82/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:00:11 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37310 One of the most difficult and intimidating skills you will need to master early on in your nursing education is the full head-to-toe-assessment. In this episode, Nurse Mo walks you through a standard assessment and tips on how to prepare for your skills check-off.  If your school has not provided you with a full listing of the components of your assessment, download this Excel file, edit to add any details relevant to your program and practice, practice, practice! You’ve got this! Read more about doing a head-to-toe-assessment here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/our-first-guest-post-doing-a-head-to-toe-assessment/ Head-To-Toe-Assessment Download: https://straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Head-To-Toe-Assessment.xlsx   One of the most difficult and intimidating skills you will need to master early on in your nursing education is the full head-to-toe-assessment. In this episode, Nurse Mo walks you through a standard assessment and tips on how to prepare for your skill... One of the most difficult and intimidating skills you will need to master early on in your nursing education is the full head-to-toe-assessment. In this episode, Nurse Mo walks you through a standard assessment and tips on how to prepare for your skills check-off. <br /> <br /> If your school has not provided you with a full listing of the components of your assessment, download the cheatsheet at www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast82, edit to add any details relevant to your program and practice, practice, practice! You’ve got this! Straight A Nursing 42:43 Diving into Schizophrenia: Episode 81 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast81/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:00:20 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37308 In this week’s podcast we’ll be diving into schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder that can have debilitating effects. It’s a complicated type of psychosis that has four subsets, each with its own unique profile. In this episode you’ll learn:  The four subsets of schizophrenia and the signs/symptoms of each The four categories of schizophrenia symptoms, including positive and negative How to identify disorganized speech and disorganized thinking How to differentiate between types of “negative symptoms” The common types of delusions you’ll see in schizophrenia The different types of hallucinations your patient could have How schizophrenia is treated How to communicate with a patient who has schizophrenia Enjoy! References can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/schizophrenia/ Stressed about starting nursing school? We've got a cure for that. Sign up for here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts In this week’s podcast we’ll be diving into schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder that can have debilitating effects. It’s a complicated type of psychosis that has four subsets, each with its own unique profile. In this episode you’ll learn:  In this week’s podcast we’ll be diving into schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder that can have debilitating effects. It’s a complicated type of psychosis that has four subsets, each with its own unique profile. In this episode you’ll learn: 






* The four subsets of schizophrenia and the signs/symptoms of each
* The four categories of schizophrenia symptoms, including positive and negative
* How to identify disorganized speech and disorganized thinking
* How to differentiate between types of “negative symptoms”
* The common types of delusions you’ll see in schizophrenia
* The different types of hallucinations your patient could have
* How schizophrenia is treated
* How to communicate with a patient who has schizophrenia




Enjoy! References can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/schizophrenia/



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Why Keeping a Clinical Journal is a Genius Idea: Episode 80 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast80/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:00:23 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37275 In a job with a steep learning curve and many opportunities to learn from experience, a clinical journal can help you in so many ways. In this episode we’ll talk through all the ways a clinical journal can help you: Debrief after clinical. This will help you learn from past experiences, which is a critical skill for any nursing student or nurse Identify your current goals and track your progress Monitor how satisfied you are with your current situation Develop communication strategies Manage work or school-related stress Stay focused on your “why” Define your career pathway Of all these reasons, using a journal as a way to debrief after clinical is one of THE most valuable things you can do as a student or new nurse. Lucky you, I’ve developed a debrief form that you can download here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/0c4d78193c Enjoy! Looking for the references? Here they are: https://straightanursingstudent.com/clinical-journal/. Stressed about nursing school? We've got a cure for that. Sign up here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts In a job with a steep learning curve and many opportunities to learn from experience, a clinical journal can help you in so many ways. In this episode we’ll talk through all the ways a clinical journal can help you: Debrief after clinical. In a job with a steep learning curve and many opportunities to learn from experience, a clinical journal can help you in so many ways. In this episode we’ll talk through all the ways a clinical journal can help you:






* Debrief after clinical. This will help you learn from past experiences, which is a critical skill for any nursing student or nurse
* Identify your current goals and track your progress
* Monitor how satisfied you are with your current situation
* Develop communication strategies
* Manage work or school-related stress
* Stay focused on your “why”
* Define your career pathway




Of all these reasons, using a journal as a way to debrief after clinical is one of THE most valuable things you can do as a student or new nurse. Lucky you, I’ve developed a debrief form that you can download here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/0c4d78193c



Enjoy! Looking for the references? Here they are: https://straightanursingstudent.com/clinical-journal/.



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Straight A Nursing 27:51
Need Help Understanding HELLP Syndrome?: Episode 79 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast79/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:00:34 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37304 In Episode 68, we talked about preeclampsia which has many complications. One of those is HELLP syndrome, which is a life-threatening condition that occurs during the later stages of pregnancy or that first week or so after giving birth. HELLP syndrome has a mortality rate of 30% and involves severe blood and liver dysfunction.  In this podcast episode we’ll talk about:  What the acronym HELLP stands for How HELLP syndrome is classified The signs and symptoms What tests are conduction when HELLP syndrome is suspected Complications of HELLP syndrome, including DIC, liver failure and cerebral hemorrhage How HELLP syndrome is treated Enjoy! And, references can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/hellp-syndrome/ Stressed about starting nursing school? We've got a cure for that. Sign up for here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts In Episode 68, we talked about preeclampsia which has many complications. One of those is HELLP syndrome, which is a life-threatening condition that occurs during the later stages of pregnancy or that first week or so after giving birth. In Episode 68, we talked about preeclampsia which has many complications. One of those is HELLP syndrome, which is a life-threatening condition that occurs during the later stages of pregnancy or that first week or so after giving birth. HELLP syndrome has a mortality rate of 30% and involves severe blood and liver dysfunction. 





In this podcast episode we’ll talk about: 




* What the acronym HELLP stands for
* How HELLP syndrome is classified
* The signs and symptoms
* What tests are conduction when HELLP syndrome is suspected
* Complications of HELLP syndrome, including DIC, liver failure and cerebral hemorrhage
* How HELLP syndrome is treated




Enjoy! And, references can be found here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/hellp-syndrome/



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Beta Blockers: Episode 78 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast78/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:00:47 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37302 One of the most common medication classes you’ll see in the clinical setting is the beta blocker. In this episode we’ll talk about what they are, how they work, what they do, what conditions they’re used for and how you’re going to monitor your patient. Some key information you’ll learn is:  How beta blockers work in the autonomic nervous system The types of beta receptors in the body Where beta blockers exert their influence and how this affects the patient Commonly used beta blockers and the many conditions they’re used to treat A closer look at metoprolol, including its formulations and dosages, how you’ll monitor the patient, and what key education you’ll need to provide. References available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/beta-blockers/ Starting nursing school or struggling to keep your head above water? Download the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc One of the most common medication classes you’ll see in the clinical setting is the beta blocker. In this episode we’ll talk about what they are, how they work, what they do, what conditions they’re used for and how you’re going to monitor your patient... One of the most common medication classes you’ll see in the clinical setting is the beta blocker. In this episode we’ll talk about what they are, how they work, what they do, what conditions they’re used for and how you’re going to monitor your patient. Some key information you’ll learn is: 






* How beta blockers work in the autonomic nervous system
* The types of beta receptors in the body
* Where beta blockers exert their influence and how this affects the patient
* Commonly used beta blockers and the many conditions they’re used to treat
* A closer look at metoprolol, including its formulations and dosages, how you’ll monitor the patient, and what key education you’ll need to provide.




References available here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/beta-blockers/



Starting nursing school or struggling to keep your head above water? Download the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc
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Got Cortisol? Understanding Cushing’s and Addison’s Disease: Episode 77 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast77/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:00:38 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37300 When looking at endocrine disorders, it’s often helpful to look at them in pairs whenever possible because often the symptoms will mirror one another. In this week’s episode we look at two endocrine conditions related to the adrenal glands: Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease. In this episode we’ll cover: Basics of Addison’s Disease (also known as adrenal insufficiency) The differences between primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency Signs, symptoms, tests and treatments for Addison’s Complications of Addison’s Disease, including Addisonian Crisis Basics of Cushing’s Disease (hypercortisolism) Complications of Cushing’s Disease Signs, symptoms, tests and treatments for Cushing's  References viewable here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/addisons-and-cushings-disease/). Starting nursing school or struggling to keep your head above water? Download the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc When looking at endocrine disorders, it’s often helpful to look at them in pairs whenever possible because often the symptoms will mirror one another. In this week’s episode we look at two endocrine conditions related to the adrenal glands: Cushing’s D... When looking at endocrine disorders, it’s often helpful to look at them in pairs whenever possible because often the symptoms will mirror one another. In this week’s episode we look at two endocrine conditions related to the adrenal glands: Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease. In this episode we’ll cover:






* Basics of Addison’s Disease (also known as adrenal insufficiency)
* The differences between primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency
* Signs, symptoms, tests and treatments for Addison’s
* Complications of Addison’s Disease, including Addisonian Crisis
* Basics of Cushing’s Disease (hypercortisolism)
* Complications of Cushing’s Disease
* Signs, symptoms, tests and treatments for Cushing's




 References viewable here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/addisons-and-cushings-disease/).



Starting nursing school or struggling to keep your head above water? Download the 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc
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Bulletproof Medication Administration: Episode 76 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast76/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:00:44 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37156 In nursing school you’ve definitely learned the five rights of medication administration as a key component in keeping your patients safe. But if you want to go even further and truly understand all the factors that go into giving medication safely, then you’re in the right place my friend.  In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through the five rights of medication administration that all nursing schools teach. Then, I’ll add on an additional six that will take your critical thinking skills to the next level.  By making these eleven guidelines a part of your routine, you will Bulletproof your medication administration practice. And who doesn’t love that? Want to take this knowledge with you to clinical? Download my cheatsheet here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/pl/122075 Do you know what unit conversations you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab our FREE Guide: https://straightanursing.ck.page/6194db0090 Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/5-rights/ In nursing school you’ve definitely learned the five rights of medication administration as a key component in keeping your patients safe. But if you want to go even further and truly understand all the factors that go into giving medication safely, In nursing school you’ve definitely learned the five rights of medication administration as a key component in keeping your patients safe. But if you want to go even further and truly understand all the factors that go into giving medication safely, then you’re in the right place my friend. 





In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through the five rights of medication administration that all nursing schools teach. Then, I’ll add on an additional six that will take your critical thinking skills to the next level. 



By making these eleven guidelines a part of your routine, you will Bulletproof your medication administration practice. And who doesn’t love that?



Want to take this knowledge with you to clinical? Download my cheatsheet here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/pl/122075



Do you know what unit conversations you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab our FREE Guide: https://straightanursing.ck.page/6194db0090



Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/5-rights/
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Nursing Care of Patients in Alcohol Withdrawal: Episode 75 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast75/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:00:42 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37159 Helping a patient through alcohol withdrawal is, hands down, one of the most challenging things you will encounter as a nurse. It requires patience, empathy, a strong backbone and high vigilance to keep both you and the patient safe.  In this podcast episode, you will learn:  The timeline of alcohol withdrawal The range of symptoms and when they occur Serious complications such as delerium tremens and Wernicke’s encephalopathy Nursing care of the patient following the LATTE method framework If you, or someone you know, needs help with substance abuse, please reach out to SAMHSA via their national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or through their website at https://www.samhsa.gov. Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/alcohol-withdrawal/ Helping a patient through alcohol withdrawal is, hands down, one of the most challenging things you will encounter as a nurse. It requires patience, empathy, a strong backbone and high vigilance to keep both you and the patient safe.  - Helping a patient through alcohol withdrawal is, hands down, one of the most challenging things you will encounter as a nurse. It requires patience, empathy, a strong backbone and high vigilance to keep both you and the patient safe. 





In this podcast episode, you will learn: 




* The timeline of alcohol withdrawal
* The range of symptoms and when they occur
* Serious complications such as delerium tremens and Wernicke’s encephalopathy
* Nursing care of the patient following the LATTE method framework




If you, or someone you know, needs help with substance abuse, please reach out to SAMHSA via their national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or through their website at https://www.samhsa.gov.



Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/alcohol-withdrawal/
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Straight A Nursing 29:51
Study Groups Are (Usually) a Waste of Time: Episode 74 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast74/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:00:08 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37143 Study groups and nursing school go hand-in-hand. They seem to be everyone's "go to" tactic when they are struggling with a class, and everyone seems to love them, so they MUST be incredibly helpful. And, the bigger the better. Right?  Wrong. In this podcast episode I’ll let you in on the key reasons why your study group might be wasting you time and detracting you from meeting your goals.  But don’t worry. I also provide tips for creating a study group environment that works.  Looking for more tips for success in nursing school? Get them here with my 5-star rated book, Nursing School Thrive Guide: https://straightanursingstudent.com/thrive-guide/ Read about this topic here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-groups/ Study groups and nursing school go hand-in-hand. They seem to be everyone's "go to" tactic when they are struggling with a class, and everyone seems to love them, so they MUST be incredibly helpful. And, the bigger the better. Right?  - Wrong. Study groups and nursing school go hand-in-hand. They seem to be everyone's "go to" tactic when they are struggling with a class, and everyone seems to love them, so they MUST be incredibly helpful. And, the bigger the better. Right? 





Wrong. In this podcast episode I’ll let you in on the key reasons why your study group might be wasting you time and detracting you from meeting your goals. 



But don’t worry. I also provide tips for creating a study group environment that works. 



Looking for more tips for success in nursing school? Get them here with my 5-star rated book, Nursing School Thrive Guide: https://straightanursingstudent.com/thrive-guide/



Read about this topic here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-groups/








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Let’s Talk Ventricular Septal Defects: Episode 73 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast73/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:00:05 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=37119 To follow up with our episode about atrial septal defects, it’s now time to look at how this same anomaly affects physiology when it occurs in the ventricles. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: How a VSD affects physiology Review of the flow of blood through the heart Complications of a VSD, including Eisenmenger syndrome Symptoms a baby with VSD may have How a VSD is treated Access the full show notes here https://straightanursingstudent.com/vsd/ To follow up with our episode about atrial septal defects, it’s now time to look at how this same anomaly affects physiology when it occurs in the ventricles. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: How a VSD affects physiology To follow up with our episode about atrial septal defects, it’s now time to look at how this same anomaly affects physiology when it occurs in the ventricles. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through:






* How a VSD affects physiology
* Review of the flow of blood through the heart
* Complications of a VSD, including Eisenmenger syndrome
* Symptoms a baby with VSD may have
* How a VSD is treated




Access the full show notes here https://straightanursingstudent.com/vsd/
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Reversal Agents Save the Day: Episode 72 https://straightanursingstudent.com/72/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:00:33 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=36899 As the main advocate for your patient’s safety, it’s important to understand that some medications can cause life-threatening conditions such as respiratory depression, bradycardia and even bleeding. And while not all medications have a reversal, some of them do...thank goodness! In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some of the most common meds that, if overdone, may require emergent reversal.  Opioids Benzodiazepines Beta blockers Heparin Warfarin Factor Xa inhibitors And, just as important as knowing what the reversal agents are, is knowing the risk that come with their administration. There’s a lot to unpack here, so grab your FREE  Reversal Agents Cheat Sheet here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/3580f7ea00 For references, see the blog post on the Straight A Nursing website: https://straightanursingstudent.com/reversal-agents/ As the main advocate for your patient’s safety, it’s important to understand that some medications can cause life-threatening conditions such as respiratory depression, bradycardia and even bleeding. And while not all medications have a reversal, As the main advocate for your patient’s safety, it’s important to understand that some medications can cause life-threatening conditions such as respiratory depression, bradycardia and even bleeding. And while not all medications have a reversal, some of them do...thank goodness! In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some of the most common meds that, if overdone, may require emergent reversal. 






* Opioids
* Benzodiazepines
* Beta blockers
* Heparin
* Warfarin
* Factor Xa inhibitors




And, just as important as knowing what the reversal agents are, is knowing the risk that come with their administration. There’s a lot to unpack here, so grab your FREE  Reversal Agents Cheat Sheet here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/3580f7ea00



For references, see the blog post on the Straight A Nursing website: https://straightanursingstudent.com/reversal-agents/
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Seizure Disorders Simplified: Episode 71 https://straightanursingstudent.com/seizure-disorders/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:00:34 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=36815 Seizure disorders can be quite complex as there are many different types, they have multiple causes and can present in a variety of ways. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the basics of seizures, how they’re treated, and seizure nursing interventions to keep your patients safe.  This episode includes Causes of seizure The different types of seizures Nursing interventions during and after the seizure Overview of “seizure precautions” Common seizure medications The difference between seizures and pseudoseizures **Looking for the nursing student planners mentioned in this episode? Get yours here (https://www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing) For references, visit the blog post associated with this episode (https://straightanursingstudent.com/seizure-nursing-interventions) Seizure disorders can be quite complex as there are many different types, they have multiple causes and can present in a variety of ways. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the basics of seizures, how they’re treated, Seizure disorders can be quite complex as there are many different types, they have multiple causes and can present in a variety of ways. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the basics of seizures, how they’re treated, and seizure nursing interventions to keep your patients safe. 





This episode includes




* Causes of seizure
* The different types of seizures
* Nursing interventions during and after the seizure
* Overview of “seizure precautions”
* Common seizure medications
* The difference between seizures and pseudoseizures




**Looking for the nursing student planners mentioned in this episode? Get yours here (https://www.etsy.com/shop/straightanursing)



For references, visit the blog post associated with this episode (https://straightanursingstudent.com/seizure-nursing-interventions)
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Atrial Septal Defects in Infants: Episode 70 https://straightanursingstudent.com/atrial-septal-defects-in-infants-episode-70/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:00:20 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=34913 In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the key components of atrial septal defects in infants. Pathophysiology of ASD Signs/symptoms of ASD in infants How ASD is diagnosed ASD treatments and complications To see references, check out the blog post here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/atrial-septal-defect-nursing In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the key components of atrial septal defects in infants. Pathophysiology of ASD Signs/symptoms of ASD in infants How ASD is diagnosed ASD treatments and complications In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the key components of atrial septal defects in infants.






* Pathophysiology of ASD
* Signs/symptoms of ASD in infants
* How ASD is diagnosed
* ASD treatments and complications




To see references, check out the blog post here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/atrial-septal-defect-nursing
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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Episode 69 https://straightanursingstudent.com/69-2/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:00:03 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=34916 If you've ever said to yourself, "I don't belong here" or "They're going to find out I don't know what I'm talking about" then you may very well suffer from imposter syndrome. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about imposter syndrome, why it's so common in nursing students and why it has absolutely nothing to do with how amazing you actually are. Read the corresponding blog post about overcoming imposter syndrome in nursings school: https://straightanursingstudent.com/overcoming-imposter-syndrome-in-nursing-school/ If you've ever said to yourself, "I don't belong here" or "They're going to find out I don't know what I'm talking about" then you may very well suffer from imposter syndrome. - In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about imposter syndrome, If you've ever said to yourself, "I don't belong here" or "They're going to find out I don't know what I'm talking about" then you may very well suffer from imposter syndrome.





In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about imposter syndrome, why it's so common in nursing students and why it has absolutely nothing to do with how amazing you actually are.



Read the corresponding blog post about overcoming imposter syndrome in nursings school: https://straightanursingstudent.com/overcoming-imposter-syndrome-in-nursing-school/
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Straight A Nursing 15:20
What You Need to Know About Preeclampsia: Episode 68 https://straightanursingstudent.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-preeclampsia-episode-68/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:00:32 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=33570 Preeclampsia is a somewhat common but very dangerous condition that can cause serious, even fatal, consequences for mom and baby. In this podcast episode, you'll learn: What is preeclampsia?What is eclampsia?How is preeclampsia diagnosed?What are the signs/symptoms of preeclampsia?How is it treated?What are the risk factors for preeclampsia?What are the complications? For references, please visit the blog post associated with this episode: https://straightanursingstudent.com/preeclampsia-nursing-basics Preeclampsia is a somewhat common but very dangerous condition that can cause serious, even fatal, consequences for mom and baby. In this podcast episode, you'll learn: - What is preeclampsia?What is eclampsia?How is preeclampsia diagnosed? Preeclampsia is a somewhat common but very dangerous condition that can cause serious, even fatal, consequences for mom and baby. In this podcast episode, you'll learn:





What is preeclampsia?What is eclampsia?How is preeclampsia diagnosed?What are the signs/symptoms of preeclampsia?How is it treated?What are the risk factors for preeclampsia?What are the complications?



For references, please visit the blog post associated with this episode: https://straightanursingstudent.com/preeclampsia-nursing-basics
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Test Anxiety in Nursing School: Episode 67 https://straightanursingstudent.com/test-anxiety-in-nursing-school-episode-67/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:00:15 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=33555 Overcoming test anxiety in nursing school starts with recognizing WHY it happens so you can talk yourself off the ledge...it's going to be okay, I promise! In this podcast episode, I explain all the reasons why you could have test anxiety in nursing school, even if you've never suffered from it before. If you haven't snagged your FREE GUIDE "The 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students" get yours here! https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc For references, please visit the accompanying blog post here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/overcoming-nursing-school-test-anxiety Overcoming test anxiety in nursing school starts with recognizing WHY it happens so you can talk yourself off the ledge...it's going to be okay, I promise! In this podcast episode, I explain all the reasons why you could have test anxiety in nursing sc... Overcoming test anxiety in nursing school starts with recognizing WHY it happens so you can talk yourself off the ledge...it's going to be okay, I promise! In this podcast episode, I explain all the reasons why you could have test anxiety in nursing school, even if you've never suffered from it before.





If you haven't snagged your FREE GUIDE "The 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students" get yours here! https://straightanursing.ck.page/4d90f769dc



For references, please visit the accompanying blog post here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/overcoming-nursing-school-test-anxiety




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Pancreatitis Nursing Care: Episode 66 https://straightanursingstudent.com/pancreatitis-nursing-care-episode-66/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:00:49 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=33542 Learn pancreatitis nursing care in this podcast episode to help you in your Med Surg course and in your clinical rotations...it's even a great refresher for post-licensure nurses, too! In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through pancreatitis nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method: how will the patient LOOK, how will you ASSESS the patient, what TESTS will be ordered, what TREATMENTS will be provided, and how will you EDUCATE the patient? The LATTE method is great because it really helps you focus on the important things you need to know for exams and clinical. Please take a moment to rate and review this podcast...I love reading your comments and hearing how this podcast helps you feel more prepared for nursing school! For references, please see the accompanying blog post here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/pancreatitis-nursing-interventions-and-assessment) Learn pancreatitis nursing care in this podcast episode to help you in your Med Surg course and in your clinical rotations...it's even a great refresher for post-licensure nurses, too! - In this podcast episode, Learn pancreatitis nursing care in this podcast episode to help you in your Med Surg course and in your clinical rotations...it's even a great refresher for post-licensure nurses, too!





In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through pancreatitis nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method: how will the patient LOOK, how will you ASSESS the patient, what TESTS will be ordered, what TREATMENTS will be provided, and how will you EDUCATE the patient? The LATTE method is great because it really helps you focus on the important things you need to know for exams and clinical. Please take a moment to rate and review this podcast...I love reading your comments and hearing how this podcast helps you feel more prepared for nursing school!



For references, please see the accompanying blog post here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/pancreatitis-nursing-interventions-and-assessment)
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Let’s Talk About Acid-Base Balance: Episode 65 https://straightanursingstudent.com/lets-talk-about-acid-base-balance-episode-65/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:00:17 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=33532 Acid-base balance is one of those things that occur "behind-the-scenes" with all of your patients. But when this balance is off, it can be pretty dramatic! In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through a review of acid-base physiology and then brings it home with patient scenarios you're likely to see in the clinical setting. In this episode we'll review:Common causes of acid-base imbalancesWays the body compensates and regulates pHRespiratory compensationRenal compensationFour patient scenarios If you're in Advanced Med/Surg and want to practice ABGs, go through my step-by-step tutorial here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/abgs-easy-as-1-2-3/) For references, see the accompanying blog post here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/understanding-acid-base-balance) Acid-base balance is one of those things that occur "behind-the-scenes" with all of your patients. But when this balance is off, it can be pretty dramatic! In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through a review of acid-base physiology and then br... Acid-base balance is one of those things that occur "behind-the-scenes" with all of your patients. But when this balance is off, it can be pretty dramatic! In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through a review of acid-base physiology and then brings it home with patient scenarios you're likely to see in the clinical setting.





In this episode we'll review:Common causes of acid-base imbalancesWays the body compensates and regulates pHRespiratory compensationRenal compensationFour patient scenarios



If you're in Advanced Med/Surg and want to practice ABGs, go through my step-by-step tutorial here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/abgs-easy-as-1-2-3/)



For references, see the accompanying blog post here (https://straightanursingstudent.com/understanding-acid-base-balance)
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Atelectasis Nursing Interventions: Episode 64 https://straightanursingstudent.com/atelectasis-nursing-interventions-episode-64/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:35:36 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=33509 In this podcast episode Nurse Mo takes the complex topic of atelectasis and breaks it down to the "must know" information you need to take care of your patients, write care plans and do well on your nursing school exams. The types of atelectasis...who knew there were so many? Who is at risk for atelectasis (it's a lot of folks!) How to assess for postoperative atelectasis Complications of postoperative atelectasis Atelectasis nursing interventions...what are you going to DO about it? We'll even talk about ways to incorporate atelectasis treatment and prevention into your care plans, and if you'd like to read about it, you can check out the full blog post here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/atelectasis-care-plan-for-nursing-students/ Have you enrolled in our Crucial Concepts Bootcamp? Everything you need to know to be prepared and successful for nursing school, all in one place. Enrollment for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open three times per year to coincide with most nursing school programs. Get on the waitlist and join our next group of students when enrollment opens. We advise completing Bootcamp BEFORE your program starts. Check it out here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts In this podcast episode Nurse Mo takes the complex topic of atelectasis and breaks it down to the "must know" information you need to take care of your patients, write care plans and do well on your nursing school exams. In this podcast episode Nurse Mo takes the complex topic of atelectasis and breaks it down to the "must know" information you need to take care of your patients, write care plans and do well on your nursing school exams.






* The types of atelectasis...who knew there were so many?
* Who is at risk for atelectasis (it's a lot of folks!)
* How to assess for postoperative atelectasis
* Complications of postoperative atelectasis
* Atelectasis nursing interventions...what are you going to DO about it?




We'll even talk about ways to incorporate atelectasis treatment and prevention into your care plans, and if you'd like to read about it, you can check out the full blog post here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/atelectasis-care-plan-for-nursing-students/



Have you enrolled in our Crucial Concepts Bootcamp? Everything you need to know to be prepared and successful for nursing school, all in one place. Enrollment for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open three times per year to coincide with most nursing school programs. Get on the waitlist and join our next group of students when enrollment opens. We advise completing Bootcamp BEFORE your program starts. Check it out here: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts
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How to Administer Nitroglycerin: Episode 63 https://straightanursingstudent.com/how-to-administer-nitroglycerin-episode-63/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:00:02 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=33220 Learning how to administer nitroglycerin can be challenging for nursing students because it is available in so many different forms. And if that isn't enough, each formulation has its own distinct method of administration. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through how nitroglycerin is given and the nursing implications for each type. Are you enjoying the podcast? Then please consider leaving a review and rating! It helps us appear more prominently in searches AND convinces other students to give it a try. Plus, I read each and every review and love getting your feedback! Do you know what unit conversions you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab the FREE Guide here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/6194db0090 Read the blog post about how to administer nitroglycerin here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nitroglycerin-might-be-the-coolest-drug-ever/ Learning how to administer nitroglycerin can be challenging for nursing students because it is available in so many different forms. And if that isn't enough, each formulation has its own distinct method of administration. In this podcast episode, Learning how to administer nitroglycerin can be challenging for nursing students because it is available in so many different forms. And if that isn't enough, each formulation has its own distinct method of administration. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through how nitroglycerin is given and the nursing implications for each type.





Are you enjoying the podcast? Then please consider leaving a review and rating! It helps us appear more prominently in searches AND convinces other students to give it a try. Plus, I read each and every review and love getting your feedback!



Do you know what unit conversions you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab the FREE Guide here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/6194db0090



Read the blog post about how to administer nitroglycerin here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nitroglycerin-might-be-the-coolest-drug-ever/
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Understanding Angina: Episode 62 https://straightanursingstudent.com/understanding-angina-episode-62/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:00:50 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=32912 In this podcast episode I talk about the different types of angina, their causes, symptoms and options for treatment. This episode dovetails perfectly with Episode 60 (linked below) on Acute Coronary Syndrome, so if you haven't listened to that one yet...go back and listen to it...then come back here. Are you a brand new nursing student that's nervous, excited, or even terrified? Then you will LOVE my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp! Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open three times per year to coincide with most nursing school programs. Get on the waitlist and join our next group of students when enrollment opens. I advise all students to get through the course BEFORE classes start. Click the link to learn more, view the curriculum and see how it can help you start your program with your very best foot forward.: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts I would LOVE to see you all there! Acute Coronary Syndrome Podcast Episode 60: https://straightanursingstudent.com/acute-coronary-syndrome-podcast-episode-60/ Get the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/understanding-angina/ In this podcast episode I talk about the different types of angina, their causes, symptoms and options for treatment. This episode dovetails perfectly with Episode 60 (linked below) on Acute Coronary Syndrome, In this podcast episode I talk about the different types of angina, their causes, symptoms and options for treatment. This episode dovetails perfectly with Episode 60 (linked below) on Acute Coronary Syndrome, so if you haven't listened to that one yet...go back and listen to it...then come back here.





Are you a brand new nursing student that's nervous, excited, or even terrified? Then you will LOVE my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp!



Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open three times per year to coincide with most nursing school programs. Get on the waitlist and join our next group of students when enrollment opens. I advise all students to get through the course BEFORE classes start. Click the link to learn more, view the curriculum and see how it can help you start your program with your very best foot forward.: https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts



I would LOVE to see you all there!



Acute Coronary Syndrome Podcast Episode 60: https://straightanursingstudent.com/acute-coronary-syndrome-podcast-episode-60/



Get the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/understanding-angina/
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Hyperthyroidism, When Your Thyroid Just Won’t Stop: Episode 61 https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyperthyroidism-when-your-thyroid-just-wont-stop-episode-61/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 15:00:41 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=32669 To continue our endocrine series, today we're talking about hyperthyroidism. Also known as Graves Disease, hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid produces too much hormone. Left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening complications. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through hyperthyroidism using the LATTE method...how will the patient LOOK, how will you ASSESS them, what TESTS will be ordered, what TREATMENTS will be provided, and how will you EDUCATE the patient? It's a tried-and-true method that helps you focus on what you need to know for your clinical and nursing school exams! Thanks so much for listening, thanks so much for all the kind words, and best of luck in school! Read more about hyperthyroidism in the blog post on the Straight A Nursing website: https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyperthyroidism-nursing-care/ This podcast episode is brought to you by Nursing School Thrive Guide, my 5-star rated book designed to help new nursing students kick $%# in nursing school! Get yours as a paperback, Kindle book or audiobook on Amazon today...and do more than just survive nursing school...THRIVE in nursing school! Grab yours here: https://amzn.to/2Mw9fb8 (#ad) Looking for an awesome group of nursing students to hang out with online? Join my facebook group Thriving Nursing Students here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ Hope to see you there! To continue our endocrine series, today we're talking about hyperthyroidism. Also known as Graves Disease, hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid produces too much hormone. Left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening complications. To continue our endocrine series, today we're talking about hyperthyroidism. Also known as Graves Disease, hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid produces too much hormone. Left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening complications.





In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through hyperthyroidism using the LATTE method...how will the patient LOOK, how will you ASSESS them, what TESTS will be ordered, what TREATMENTS will be provided, and how will you EDUCATE the patient? It's a tried-and-true method that helps you focus on what you need to know for your clinical and nursing school exams!



Thanks so much for listening, thanks so much for all the kind words, and best of luck in school!



Read more about hyperthyroidism in the blog post on the Straight A Nursing website: https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyperthyroidism-nursing-care/



This podcast episode is brought to you by Nursing School Thrive Guide, my 5-star rated book designed to help new nursing students kick $%# in nursing school! Get yours as a paperback, Kindle book or audiobook on Amazon today...and do more than just survive nursing school...THRIVE in nursing school! Grab yours here: https://amzn.to/2Mw9fb8 (#ad)



Looking for an awesome group of nursing students to hang out with online? Join my facebook group Thriving Nursing Students here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/



Hope to see you there!
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Acute Coronary Syndrome: Episode 60 https://straightanursingstudent.com/acute-coronary-syndrome-podcast-episode-60/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 01:40:37 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=32532 Acute coronary syndrome is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition and treatment. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down the key information you need to understand this important topic so you can answer those tricky exam questions with ease! If you're looking for show notes, the blog post related to this topic is live on the Straight A Nursing Website. https://straightanursingstudent.com/acute-coronary-syndrome-for-nurses/ Interested in dialing in your foundation knowledge of the cardiovascular system? Our premium notes at AMAZING and we offer the cardiovascular set for FREE! Check it out at: https://straightanursingstudent.com/cardiovascular-study-guide/ Thanks for listening and best of luck with school! Acute coronary syndrome is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition and treatment. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down the key information you need to understand this important topic so you can answer those tricky exam questions w... Acute coronary syndrome is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition and treatment. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down the key information you need to understand this important topic so you can answer those tricky exam questions with ease!





If you're looking for show notes, the blog post related to this topic is live on the Straight A Nursing Website. https://straightanursingstudent.com/acute-coronary-syndrome-for-nurses/



Interested in dialing in your foundation knowledge of the cardiovascular system? Our premium notes at AMAZING and we offer the cardiovascular set for FREE! Check it out at: https://straightanursingstudent.com/cardiovascular-study-guide/



Thanks for listening and best of luck with school!
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The Nurse’s Guide to DVTs: Episode 59 https://straightanursingstudent.com/dvt-episode-59/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:46:07 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=32247 DVTs (deep vein thromboses) are a serious risk for hospitalized patients and can cause fatal complications. In this nurse's guide to DVTs, learn the signs and symptoms of a DVT, how they are treated and how nurses play a key role in their prevention. If you enjoy this podcast and find it a helpful way to review or study, please be so kind as to leave us a review and rating. This helps boost our rankings in the podcast searches and helps other listeners find the show! Plus, your feedback is invaluable to helping keep the topics relevant and the show as awesome as possible. Many thanks to all of you for making this podcast so successful...you're the best!! Read more about DVTs: https://straightanursingstudent.com/dvt-nursing-interventions/ DVTs (deep vein thromboses) are a serious risk for hospitalized patients and can cause fatal complications. In this nurse's guide to DVTs, learn the signs and symptoms of a DVT, how they are treated and how nurses play a key role in their prevention. ... DVTs (deep vein thromboses) are a serious risk for hospitalized patients and can cause fatal complications. In this nurse's guide to DVTs, learn the signs and symptoms of a DVT, how they are treated and how nurses play a key role in their prevention.





If you enjoy this podcast and find it a helpful way to review or study, please be so kind as to leave us a review and rating. This helps boost our rankings in the podcast searches and helps other listeners find the show! Plus, your feedback is invaluable to helping keep the topics relevant and the show as awesome as possible. Many thanks to all of you for making this podcast so successful...you're the best!!



Read more about DVTs: https://straightanursingstudent.com/dvt-nursing-interventions/
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Hypothyroidism…When Your Thyroid Just Can’t Anymore: Episode 58 https://straightanursingstudent.com/hypothyroidism-when-your-thyroid-just-cant-anymore/ Thu, 02 May 2019 00:09:11 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=30126 In this podcast episode Nurse Mo walks you through hypothyroidism using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. Hypothyroidism...when your thyroid just can't anymore In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through hypothyroidism using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method. For more information about the LATTE method, visit the website at www.straightanursingstudent.com Straight A Nursing 31:32 Right-Sided vs Left-Sided Heart Failure: Episode 57 https://straightanursingstudent.com/heart-failure/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:14:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=27460   In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down heart failure to make a complex disease process easy to understand. You'll learn the causes of heart failure, how it's diagnosed, how it's  treated, and how to differentiate between right-sided and left-sided failure. Basically, everything you need to know to do well in clinical and on your exams. GO YOU! Looking for more help with cardiology? Download our free cardiovascular study guide here! For those of you accessing this podcast on your mobile device, the free study guide is at https://straightanursingstudent.com/cardiovascular-study-guide/ Does your nursing school schedule fill you with anxiety? Conquer it with our nursing student planner, which you can check out at https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursingschoolplanner/ Best of luck with school!   - In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down heart failure to make a complex disease process easy to understand. You'll learn the causes of heart failure, how it's diagnosed, how it's  treated, and how to differentiate between right-sided and lef...
In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down heart failure to make a complex disease process easy to understand. You'll learn the causes of heart failure, how it's diagnosed, how it's  treated, and how to differentiate between right-sided and left-sided failure. Basically, everything you need to know to do well in clinical and on your exams. GO YOU!



Looking for more help with cardiology? Download our free cardiovascular study guide here!
For those of you accessing this podcast on your mobile device, the free study guide is at https://straightanursingstudent.com/cardiovascular-study-guide/

Does your nursing school schedule fill you with anxiety? Conquer it with our nursing student planner, which you can check out at https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursingschoolplanner/

Best of luck with school!
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The Complexities of Lupus Simplified: Episode 56 https://straightanursingstudent.com/lupus-simplified-56/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 21:14:09 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=25765 Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)  is a complex illness known as "the great imitator" because its signs/symptoms can mimic so many other diseases. Diagnosis is often a convoluted and lengthy pathway with many patients suffering for years before learning their joint pain, GI symptoms, hair loss and multitude of other symptoms are indeed SLE. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down lupus into easy-to-understand chunks that will help you care for these complex patients and crush your nursing school exams. Using Nurse Mo's signature LATTE method, you will learn: What is lupus? What are the causes of lupus? What happens in the pathophysiology of lupus? What are the clinical manifestations of lupus? How is lupus diagnosed? How is lupus treated? What education is crucial for patients with lupus? Looking for more guidance learning about immunity? Get our study guide here and here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/med-surg-success-pack/ Thanks to everyone who has given this podcast such glowing reviews! Love the podcast? Rating and reviewing help the podcast show up in searches so I can help other nursing students...plus it really makes my day! Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)  is a complex illness known as "the great imitator" because its signs/symptoms can mimic so many other diseases. Diagnosis is often a convoluted and lengthy pathway with many patients suffering for years before learni...


In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down lupus into easy-to-understand chunks that will help you care for these complex patients and crush your nursing school exams. Using Nurse Mo's signature LATTE method, you will learn:

* What is lupus?
* What are the causes of lupus?
* What happens in the pathophysiology of lupus?
* What are the clinical manifestations of lupus?
* How is lupus diagnosed?
* How is lupus treated?
* What education is crucial for patients with lupus?




Looking for more guidance learning about immunity? Get our study guide here and here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/med-surg-success-pack/



Thanks to everyone who has given this podcast such glowing reviews! Love the podcast? Rating and reviewing help the podcast show up in searches so I can help other nursing students...plus it really makes my day!
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The Nurse’s Guide to Hyperkalemia: Episode 55 https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyperkalemia-55/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 21:42:32 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=24900   Of all the electrolytes you'll evaluate when taking care of patients, potassium is one of the most important. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the causes of hyperkalemia, the signs of this common condition, and what you are going to do to keep your patient's safe. Looking for more resources to help you understand electrolytes? Get our electrolytes bundle here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/!   - Of all the electrolytes you'll evaluate when taking care of patients, potassium is one of the most important. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the causes of hyperkalemia, the signs of this common condition,
Of all the electrolytes you'll evaluate when taking care of patients, potassium is one of the most important. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the causes of hyperkalemia, the signs of this common condition, and what you are going to do to keep your patient's safe.





Looking for more resources to help you understand electrolytes? Get our electrolytes bundle here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/study-guides/electrolytes-bundle/!
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Nursing School Clinical Rotations: Episode 54 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-clinical-rotations-54/ Sat, 05 Jan 2019 23:37:42 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=23213   In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo describes all the types of nursing school clinical rotations you could encounter on your journey to become a nurse. And here's a hint...it's so much more than taking care of sick people in the hospital! Tune in to episode 20 for my best advice for being a rockstar in your nursing school clinicals: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-clinicals/ Get the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-clinicals-3/   - In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo describes all the types of nursing school clinical rotations you could encounter on your journey to become a nurse. And here's a hint...it's so much more than taking care of sick people in the hospital!
In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo describes all the types of nursing school clinical rotations you could encounter on your journey to become a nurse. And here's a hint...it's so much more than taking care of sick people in the hospital!



Tune in to episode 20 for my best advice for being a rockstar in your nursing school clinicals: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-clinicals/

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TPA Administration: Episode 53 https://straightanursingstudent.com/tpa-administration-episode-53/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:53:01 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=20480 You've most likely heard of TPA because of its widespread usage in ischemic stroke, but did you know there are several other uses for this clot-busting drug as well? In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the five common uses for TPA and what you are going to monitor as you give this very potent (and potentially risky) medication. SaveSave SaveSave You've most likely heard of TPA because of its widespread usage in ischemic stroke, but did you know there are several other uses for this clot-busting drug as well? In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the five common uses for TPA and what yo...


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Plan for Nursing School Success: Episode 52 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-success/ Thu, 01 Nov 2018 19:05:14 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=19764 If there's one thing I get emails and questions about it's how on earth to manage everything efficiently in nursing school...at a close second are your questions about how to study, which is completely revealed here (https://amzn.to/2Rr9HGT #ad)! But before we get started...confession time! I recently struggled with this problem myself. I'm in graduate school, I work full-time (typically three days in a row), manage this website, produce a podcast and now have a dining room full of the most beautiful planners ever to sell. To say I am busy is an understatement! And guess what happened? I kinda semi-bombed a quiz in my advanced physical assessment class. Why? Because I hadn't managed my time well in the weeks leading up to the quiz and I took it without really preparing. I just assumed I'd do fine even though I'm super busy and didn't actively plan for nursing school success. Major fail. So, I decided I'd probably better take my own advice and follow my tried-and-true method for managing a ridiculous schedule. Here's how to do it: Step 1: Gather all the syllabi for all your classes. I like to print mine out on color-coded paper (I love color-coding!). Open a spreadsheet and then take a look at all your syllabi...each one should have a full listing of everything you will be graded on this semester. Enter each item into your spreadsheet like this: A few entries in my Master To Do List...brew the coffee! As you go through all your tasks, you cross them off and let me tell you it FEELS AMAZING!! Step 2: For day-to-day time management, you need to get all your to-do items into a planner/calendar of some kind. You have a few options for this: Digital Only: If you are using a digital system only (like Google calendar for instance), you're going to need to go beyond just putting in your appointments and exams. You absolutely MUST put in all your items. Get 'em in there and attach alerts to them so you're not blindsided by having something due THAT DAY that you totally forgot about! Paper Only: The only time a paper-only system works well is if you carry your planner with you everywhere. If you find that sometimes you're out and about with just your phone, you'll want to adopt more of a hybrid system (see below). Hybrid System: This is the system that I recommend as it really is the best of both worlds. You've got your paper calendar as your main planner. It has your to-do lists and weekly schedule (basically the nitty-gritty of your life) but then you've also got your big events on the digital calendar...mainly I use this for appointments and times when I physically have to BE somewhere or do something at a set time. Plus, it's helpful to have these types of things on a digital calendar that you share with other people in your household (especially if you've got childcare to coordinate with your significant other!!). Whatever system you use, get ALL your to-do items in there. All your exam dates, project due dates, quiz dates, discussion board posting dates, face-to-face class dates, online class dates, clinical days...EVERYTHING. I use red ink for all school-related items so that it always stands out (have I mentioned I'm a huge fan of color-coding?) :-) Step 3: Get the rest of your life in your calendar. This would be your doctor's appointments, kids schedules, work schedule, etc. What you may find at this point is that you're going to need to be very stingy with your time if you're going to get everything done. Now that you've got your due dates and appointments in your calendar, you need to start scheduling your time. So, as I fill in my calendar, I use the monthly view for the "big picture items" such as exams, clinical days, work days and project due dates. On the weekly view I get very detailed about how I am going to allocate my time. If I know I need to read a chapter for my physical assessment class, I block out that hour in my calendar. If I know I need to work on a project or a paper... Tips to conquer your nursing school (or pre-req) schedule once and for all. If there's one thing I get emails and questions about it's how on earth to manage everything efficiently in nursing school. The best advice I can give is to plan your time well and stick with your plan. What's that saying...if you fail to plan then you plan to fail? <br /> <br /> In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about time management and how to plan your schedule for maximum efficiency whether you're in nursing school or working through your pre-req courses. To read this as a blog post instead, visit www.straightanursingstudent.com<br /> <br /> Check out the YouTube video of our nursing student planner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdapNebKfIk) and get waaaay more study tips with Nurse Mo's 5-star rated book Nursing School Thrive Guide, available on Amazon (https://amzn.to/2Rr9HGT)<br /> <br /> Thanks for listening and best of luck with school!<br /> <br /> Straight A Nursing 29:23 The Scoop on Poop: Episode 51 https://straightanursingstudent.com/bowel-care-episode-51/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=18393   I always laugh and laugh and laugh when I hear stories of nursing students who think they'll never have to deal with poop and that toileting and bowel care is a job for the nurses aids or techs. Pause here while I insert a lot of really loud laughter...because to even think that for one tiny little second is hilarious. Like really? Do you know what nurses do? Nurses help people and one of the things we help people do is poop! Say it loud and say it proud, people! In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about all things poop. When there's too much, when there's not enough, all the different shades (from grey to red to black) and what you are going to do about it. If there's nothing else you learn from this podcast episode, it is to treat your patients with dignity. As you help them with this most basic function, do so in a way that preserves their pride, their comfort and their grace. That is your job as their advocate...never forget that. In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about all things poop. When there's too much, when there's not enough, all the different shades (from grey to red to black) and what you are going to do about it.  I always laugh and laugh and laugh when I hear stories of nursing students who think they'll never have to deal with poop and that toileting and bowel care is a job for the nurses aids or techs. Pause here while I insert a lot of really loud laughter...because to even think that for one tiny little second is hilarious. Like really? Do you know what nurses do? Nurses help people and one of the things we help people do is poop! Say it loud and say it proud, people! <br /> <br /> In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about all things poop. When there's too much, when there's not enough, all the different shades (from grey to red to black) and what you are going to do about it. <br /> <br /> If there's nothing else you learn from this podcast episode, it is to treat your patients with dignity. As you help them with this most basic function, do so in a way that preserves their pride, their comfort and their grace. That is your job as their advocate...never forget that.  Straight A Nursing 38:50 Let’s Review Cranial Nerves: Episode 50 https://straightanursingstudent.com/lets-review-cranial-nerves-episode-50/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 14:00:14 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=18389 Knowing your cranial nerves is essential to conducting a thorough neurological exam. You learn what they are and what they do in A&P, and in nursing school you learn how to assess them. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo covers all the cranial nerves, whether each is motor or sensory (or both), what the nerves do and how you assess their function. Piece of cake! Knowing your cranial nerves is essential to conducting a thorough neurological exam. You learn what they are and what they do in A&P, and in nursing school you learn how to assess them. In this podcast episode,


In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo covers all the cranial nerves, whether each is motor or sensory (or both), what the nerves do and how you assess their function. Piece of cake!]]>
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Nursing School Pharmacology – Antihypertensives: Episode 49 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode-49/ Thu, 27 Sep 2018 21:39:43 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=18382 Many of you have emailed or reached out on social media asking about help with nursing school pharmacology. One of the most common types of drugs you'll be seeing in the clinical setting are antihypertensives. So if you're struggling to remember beta blockers vs diuretics vs ace inhibitors. No worries! In this podcast episode we cover: The drug classes: calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, vasodilators, diuretics and adrenergic blockers Common drug names found in each class Where in the body the drugs have their effect WHY the drugs work to reduce blood pressure (this is key!) What you, the amazing nurse, are going to watch for with each type Do you know what unit conversions you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab the FREE Guide!  https://straightanursing.ck.page/6194db0090 Many of you have emailed or reached out on social media asking about help with nursing school pharmacology. One of the most common types of drugs you'll be seeing in the clinical setting are antihypertensives.


So if you're struggling to remember beta blockers vs diuretics vs ace inhibitors. No worries! In this podcast episode we cover:

* The drug classes: calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, vasodilators, diuretics and adrenergic blockers
* Common drug names found in each class
* Where in the body the drugs have their effect
* WHY the drugs work to reduce blood pressure (this is key!)
* What you, the amazing nurse, are going to watch for with each type

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Giapreza in Septic Shock: Episode 48 https://straightanursingstudent.com/giapreza-in-septic-shock-48/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:32:07 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=16739 One of the newest drugs to hit the critical care environment is angiotensin II, which goes by the brand name Giapreza. It is a continuous IV infusion used for patients in septic shock or other forms of distributive shock. In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about the basics of this new medication, how it's administered (it's in nanograms!!!!) and what to watch out for (so many things!) Take a listen to learn more about Giapreza in septic shock. And, if you'd like to visit the manufacturer's website, it's right here! (https://www.giapreza.com/) Giapreza angiotensin II. (n.d.). Retrieved September 4, 2018, from https://www.giapreza.com/ A new way to improve blood pressure in septic shock One of the newest drugs to hit the critical care environment is angiotensin II, which goes by the brand name Giapreza. It is a continuous IV infusion used for patients in septic shock or other forms of distributive shock. In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about the basics of this new medication, how it's administered (it's in nanograms!!!!) and what to watch out for (so many things!)<br /> <br /> Source: Giapreza angiotensin II. (n.d.). Retrieved September 4, 2018, from https://www.giapreza.com/ Straight A Nursing 15:02 When Your Nursing Heart is Broken, Dealing with Compassion Fatigue: Episode 47 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode-47/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:00:16 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=15290   One of the harshest realities for new nurses is when that first big dose of compassion fatigue hits. It can be shocking, disheartening and confusing to realize you aren't "feeling all your feelings" with every single tragedy you encounter. The first step to getting a handle on compassion fatigue is knowing that partitioning off parts of yourself is vital to your emotional survival as a nurse. The next step is learning to recognize it as a key component in burnout so that you can stave it off before it comes on full force. And, if it does run you over like a freight train, knowing when and how to seek help is crucial to your longevity as a compassionate and effective clinician. Looking for friendly support as you go through your pre-reqs and nursing school? Head on over to our growing Facebook group "Thriving Nursing Students" where we're focused on staying happy, healthy and stress-free (or as close to it as possible) while in nursing school. See you there! SaveSave One of the biggest stresses faced by new nurses is the compassion fatigue. Learn how to recognize it and ways to heal your heart when it hits. One of the harshest realities for new nurses is when that first big dose of compassion fatigue hits. It can be shocking, disheartening and confusing to realize you aren't "feeling all your feelings" with every single tragedy you encounter. <br /> <br /> The first step to getting a handle on compassion fatigue is knowing that partitioning off parts of your heart is vital to your emotional survival as a nurse. The next step is learning to recognize compassion fatigue as a key component in burnout so that you can stave it off before it convinces you to throw in the towel and leave the profession (please don't go...we need you!) And, if it does run you over like a freight train, knowing when and how to seek help is crucial to your longevity as a compassionate and effective clinician. <br /> <br /> Are you looking for friendly support as you go through your pre-reqs and nursing school? Head on over to our growing Facebook group "Happy Healthy Nursing Students" where we're focused on staying happy, healthy and stress-free (or as close to it as possible) while in nursing school. <br /> <br /> See you there!<br /> https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyHealthyNursingStudents/?ref=bookmarks Straight A Nursing 21:22 V/Q Mismatch Explained Simply: Episode 46 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode-46/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:00:48 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=15285 Let's talk about V/Q mismatching in a way that even Nurse Mo can understand ;-) V/Q mismatch was a difficult concept for me when I was a student and new nurse, so I tackled it the way I do most things I find challenging...by teaching it to others! In this podcast episode, learn the basics of the V/Q mismatch, what the V and Q stand for (and it's not as straightforward as you'd think!), the two main types of V/Q mismatch and, of course, what you are going to do about it. Read the show notes here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/whats-vq-mismatch/ Want to dive deep in to respiratory? Then you'll love the respiratory section in our Med Surg Success Pack! Have you got what it takes to spot a V/Q mismatch? In this podcast episode, learn the basics of the V/Q mismatch, what the V and Q stand for (and it's not as straightforward as you'd think!), the two main types of V/Q mismatch and, of course, what you are going to do about it. Be sure to subscribe to never miss an episode!<br /> Get more nursing school facts, resources, freebies and fabulousness at http://www.straightanursingstudent.com Straight A Nursing 19:05 What They Don’t Teach in Nursing School…but Should: Episode 45 https://straightanursingstudent.com/episode-45/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:00:59 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=15279 I saw this post on Twitter and just knew I had to respond...so Ash and everyone else who has these burning questions...this one is for you! Looking for more ways to survive nursing school? Get my 5-star rated book, Nursing School Thrive Guide. Available on Amazon as paperback, audiobook or Kindle book! SaveSave SaveSave Get yours here: https://amzn.to/2xNY5Zw SaveSave From shutting down flirty patients to removing blood stains from your scrubs, let's talk about a few things they didn't teach you in nursing school. Nursing school teaches you a lot of things, but probably not some of the things you REALLY need to know. In this podcast episode we answer some burning questions posed by a nurse on Twitter who realized she didn't receive quite enough education to prepare her for the challenges of being a bedside nurse. Straight A Nursing 35:07 Transition From Pre-Nursing to Nursing Student: Episode 44 https://straightanursingstudent.com/pre-nursing-transition/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:41:28 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=15092 Being a pre-nursing student and an actual, bona-fide nursing student are two VERY different things. In this podcast episode, I share with you my best advice for transitioning from your pre-reqs to your nursing school program. The importance of being flexible Why you NEED a consistent sleep schedule The benefits of saying "so long" to a competitive mindset Why being humble is better than being right How to accept criticism with grace Are you looking for even more ways to make the transition a smooth one? Through my conversations with hundreds of nursing students, it is clear that dosage calculations are a HUGE challenge for many of you. So, I've created a Dosage Calculations Bootcamp just for you! Check it out here https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/dosage-bootcamp Being a pre-nursing student and an actual, bona-fide nursing student are two VERY different things. In this podcast episode, I share with you my best advice for transitioning from your pre-reqs to your nursing school program. -


* The importance of being flexible
* Why you NEED a consistent sleep schedule
* The benefits of saying "so long" to a competitive mindset
* Why being humble is better than being right
* How to accept criticism with grace

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Basics of Shock: Episode 43 https://straightanursingstudent.com/basics-of-shock/ Mon, 28 May 2018 17:51:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=14118 Let's chat about shock...you'll have a great time, I promise! Read the post about the basics of shock here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/basics-of-shock-2/(opens in a new tab) SaveSave Let's break down the four types of shock, how to recognize your patient is in shock and the general treatments for each type. In short terms, shock is a syndrome of hypoperfusion and hypotension that leads to inadequate oxygen delivery to the tissues and impaired cellular metabolism that ultimately results in organ dysfunction/failure. In this episode we'll talk about:<br /> *what is shock<br /> *4 classifications of shock (hypovolemic, distributive, cardiogenic and obstructive)<br /> *Assessments and things to watch for<br /> *Stages of shock<br /> *General treatment of shock<br /> *Signs/symptoms and specific treatments for various types of shock<br /> ****<br /> For more resources, visit www.straightanursingstudent.com<br /> Follow us on Twitter @straightanurse, Instagram straightanurse, and FB at www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent Straight A Nursing 55:15 How Nurses Get sh#% Done: Episode 42 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nurses-get-it-done-42/ Sat, 19 May 2018 00:59:03 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=13976 Being an awesome nurse often boils down to the ability to seemingly get 20 things done all at once while making it look like a walk in the park. Of course, this is an exaggeration...but if you've ever seen an experienced nurse manage his/her patients with apparent ease, you may have thought, "how on earth does s/he do it?" In this podcast episode, we talk about how nurses get sh#% done through the effective use of smart time management, delegation and prioritizing. Awesome things we talk about include: How do you know what your patient needs right now? How do you know what to do first when your patient needs several things all at once? You've got ten meds to give and only one IV line...which ones go in first? What can you delegate and to who should you delegate it? How do you start your shift to set yourself up for success? This podcast episode was not brought to you by any fancy sponsors because who wants to listen to a bunch of commercials? We would, however, like to take this moment to let you know about our Crucial Concepts Bootcamp! To learn more about this online course geared toward pre-nursing students and students who have just been accepted into nursing school, check it out here (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts). Now, isn't that better than a commercial for a meal delivery service or mail order bra? Just sayin' :-) SaveSave Being an awesome nurse often boils down to the ability to seemingly get 20 things done all at once while making it look like a walk in the park. Of course, this is an exaggeration...but if you've ever seen an experienced nurse manage his/her patients w...


In this podcast episode, we talk about how nurses get sh#% done through the effective use of smart time management, delegation and prioritizing. Awesome things we talk about include:

* How do you know what your patient needs right now?
* How do you know what to do first when your patient needs several things all at once?
* You've got ten meds to give and only one IV line...which ones go in first?
* What can you delegate and to who should you delegate it?
* How do you start your shift to set yourself up for success?

This podcast episode was not brought to you by any fancy sponsors because who wants to listen to a bunch of commercials? We would, however, like to take this moment to let you know about our Crucial Concepts Bootcamp! To learn more about this online course geared toward pre-nursing students and students who have just been accepted into nursing school, check it out here (https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/crucial-concepts). Now, isn't that better than a commercial for a meal delivery service or mail order bra? Just sayin' :-)

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The Nurse’s Guide to Common Diuretics: Episode 41 https://straightanursingstudent.com/the-nurses-guide-to-common-diuretics-episode-41/ Wed, 02 May 2018 18:49:58 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=13617 Diuretics are used quite frequently in the clinical setting. In this podcast episode, we discuss the ins and outs of: Loop diuretics Potassium-sparing diuretics Thiazide diuretics Specialty diuretics In this brief overview, you'll learn the most common diuretics used in each of these classes, how they work, what you need to watch for and how you'll educate the patient. Enjoy! Holland, L. N. (2003). Core concepts in pharmacology. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. Diuretics are used quite frequently in the clinical setting. In this podcast episode, we discuss the ins and outs of: Loop diuretics Potassium-sparing diuretics Thiazide diuretics Specialty diuretics - In this brief overview,


* Loop diuretics
* Potassium-sparing diuretics
* Thiazide diuretics
* Specialty diuretics

In this brief overview, you'll learn the most common diuretics used in each of these classes, how they work, what you need to watch for and how you'll educate the patient.

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COPD Nursing Interventions: Episode 40 https://straightanursingstudent.com/copd-nursing/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:04:28 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=13209 In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of COPD nursing interventions and assessments. You will see a LOT of COPD patients in the clinical setting, and many times they are in acute distress requiring immediate and decisive intervention. Knowing what to watch for, how to intervene and how to safely care for these patients will help make you a more confident nurse. Enjoy! This podcast episode is brought to you by the Straight A Nursing Planner. Are you a busy nursing student or pre-nursing student? If you've been feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unorganized, then check out our latest and greatest planner designed just for nursing students! (https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursingschoolplanner/) In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of COPD nursing interventions and assessments. You will see a LOT of COPD patients in the clinical setting, and many times they are in acute distress requiring immediate and decisive intervention.




This podcast episode is brought to you by the Straight A Nursing Planner. Are you a busy nursing student or pre-nursing student? If you've been feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unorganized, then check out our latest and greatest planner designed just for nursing students! (https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursingschoolplanner/)]]>
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IV Therapy for Nursing Students: Episode 39 https://straightanursingstudent.com/iv-therapy-episode-39/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:00:17 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=12041 IV therapy is so much more than simply giving your patient's fluids. It's knowing what kind of IV access is most appropriate for your patient, how to care for it, what you can and can't infuse through it....AND it's knowing which fluids are best for your patient's current condition. In this podcast episode we cover the basics of IV therapy including the following: Peripheral IV lines Midline catheters PICC lines Central lines Tunneled lines Port-a-cath How to care for these lines, how to use them and what meds/fluids can go into each one Get the accompanying study guide here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/downloads/intro-iv-therapy/ IV therapy is so much more than simply giving your patient's fluids. It's knowing what kind of IV access is most appropriate for your patient, how to care for it, what you can and can't infuse through it....


In this podcast episode we cover the basics of IV therapy including the following:

* Peripheral IV lines
* Midline catheters
* PICC lines
* Central lines
* Tunneled lines
* Port-a-cath
* How to care for these lines, how to use them and what meds/fluids can go into each one

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Dealing with Nursing School Stress: Episode 38 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-stress/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:58:58 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=11633 Nursing school stress comes in many forms and from many different directions. The key to managing it effectively is knowing what to expect and having a solid game-plan to meet it head-on! In this podcast episode we talk about the main sources of nursing school stress and some key strategies to help you mitigate them. So, get on your walking shoes, pop in your ear buds and let's get outside for some fresh air while you listen to our stress-busting episode! And, if you are interested in MORE advice and tips on staying healthy, happy and less-stressed in nursing school, be sure to check out the Facebook group 'Happy Healthy Nursing Students." It's a great place to share tips, advice, motivation and ideas for combating stress, staying the course with healthy eating and making time for YOU during these very busy years. Need to buy yourself some extra time so you can devote more attention to self-care? Then be sure to check out our premium study guides and resource materials. We recently heard from a student who stated, "My practice test results using Straight A Nursing have routinely been ‘leaps and bounds’ better than ANY & ALL scores I have recently received using Kaplan’s Test Prep, UWorld, or the multiple other popular NCLEX prep programs." WOW! To access the FB group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyHealthyNursingStudents/ To check out our premium study guides: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-notes/premium-study-guides/ SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave Nursing school stress comes in many forms and from many different directions. The key to managing it effectively is knowing what to expect and having a solid game-plan to meet it head-on! In this podcast episode we talk about the main sources of n...


In this podcast episode we talk about the main sources of nursing school stress and some key strategies to help you mitigate them. So, get on your walking shoes, pop in your ear buds and let's get outside for some fresh air while you listen to our stress-busting episode!

And, if you are interested in MORE advice and tips on staying healthy, happy and less-stressed in nursing school, be sure to check out the Facebook group 'Happy Healthy Nursing Students." It's a great place to share tips, advice, motivation and ideas for combating stress, staying the course with healthy eating and making time for YOU during these very busy years.

Need to buy yourself some extra time so you can devote more attention to self-care? Then be sure to check out our premium study guides and resource materials. We recently heard from a student who stated, "My practice test results using Straight A Nursing have routinely been ‘leaps and bounds’ better than ANY & ALL scores I have recently received using Kaplan’s Test Prep, UWorld, or the multiple other popular NCLEX prep programs." WOW!

To access the FB group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyHealthyNursingStudents/

To check out our premium study guides: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-notes/premium-study-guides/

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Anticoagulants: Episode 37 https://straightanursingstudent.com/anticoagulants-episode-37/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:00:23 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=10709 In this podcast episode we talk about the main medications used to prevent and treat blood clots. Lovenox Heparin Coumadin Eliquis and other new-generation anticoagulants Brilinta and other platelet inhibitors TPA In the clinical setting, you'll see anticoagulants used for a wide variety of patients, including those with acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke and DVT. For more study aids, resources and awesome nursing school tips, check out the website at www.straightanursingstudent.com SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave In this podcast episode we talk about the main medications used to prevent and treat blood clots. Lovenox Heparin Coumadin Eliquis and other new-generation anticoagulants Brilinta and other platelet inhibitors TPA
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* Heparin
* Coumadin
* Eliquis and other new-generation anticoagulants
* Brilinta and other platelet inhibitors
* TPA



In the clinical setting, you'll see anticoagulants used for a wide variety of patients, including those with acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke and DVT.

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Warrior Advocacy: Episode 36 https://straightanursingstudent.com/warrior-advocacy-podcast/ Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:00:24 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=10145 In this podcast, we feature our very first guest interview! Please pardon the sound quality as we are still getting the technical details figured out....the message our guest shares is worth it, I promise! In nursing school you learn about being an advocate for your patient, and our guest (Eve) shares with you her views on what she calls "Warrior Advocacy" which is represented by a relentless pursuit of whatever is in the best interests of your patients AND your profession. As new nurses (and nursing students), speaking up for your patients can be intimidating. With this podcast we hope to share some valuable insights into making advocacy less daunting so that you can confidently speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. If you'd like to hear more from Eve, check out her twitter feed @browofjustice or visit her website at www.essentiallycalcium.com. Enjoy! NOTE: If you heard this podcast when you downloaded Episode 35, the fix is easy! Just delete episode 35 from your device, and re-download it. You should then receive the correct episode, which was about hemodynamic medications. In this podcast, we feature our very first guest interview! Please pardon the sound quality as we are still getting the technical details figured out....the message our guest shares is worth it, I promise!


In nursing school you learn about being an advocate for your patient, and our guest (Eve) shares with you her views on what she calls "Warrior Advocacy" which is represented by a relentless pursuit of whatever is in the best interests of your patients AND your profession.

As new nurses (and nursing students), speaking up for your patients can be intimidating. With this podcast we hope to share some valuable insights into making advocacy less daunting so that you can confidently speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

If you'd like to hear more from Eve, check out her twitter feed @browofjustice or visit her website at www.essentiallycalcium.com.

Enjoy!



NOTE: If you heard this podcast when you downloaded Episode 35, the fix is easy! Just delete episode 35 from your device, and re-download it. You should then receive the correct episode, which was about hemodynamic medications.]]>
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Hemodynamic Medications: Episode 35 https://straightanursingstudent.com/hemodynamic-medications-podcast-35/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:47:37 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=10138 In this podcast episode we talk about hemodynamic medications that you're likely to encounter in Advanced Med/Surg and/or your ICU clinical rotations. With this basic introduction to these powerful medications, you'll have a general understanding of why they are used and how they are administered. Norepinephrine Vasopressin Neosynephrine Epinephrine Dobutamine Dopamine Milrinone Looking for even more ways to rock nursing school? Check out the Nursing School Thrive Guide:  https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-thrive-guide/ or our handy and delightful study guides for Med/Surg 1: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-notes/premium-study-guides/ PLEASE NOTE: We are having technical issues, some of you may have received an interview podcast here instead of Hemodynamic Medications. We are working with our podcasting platform to correct this. If this occurs, delete the episode from your podcast feed and then re-load it...that should fix it! SaveSave In this podcast episode we talk about hemodynamic medications that you're likely to encounter in Advanced Med/Surg and/or your ICU clinical rotations. With this basic introduction to these powerful medications,


* Norepinephrine
* Vasopressin
* Neosynephrine
* Epinephrine
* Dobutamine
* Dopamine
* Milrinone

Looking for even more ways to rock nursing school? Check out the Nursing School Thrive Guide:  https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-thrive-guide/

or our handy and delightful study guides for Med/Surg 1: https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-notes/premium-study-guides/

PLEASE NOTE: We are having technical issues, some of you may have received an interview podcast here instead of Hemodynamic Medications. We are working with our podcasting platform to correct this. If this occurs, delete the episode from your podcast feed and then re-load it...that should fix it!

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‘Twas the Night Before Clinical: Episode 34 https://straightanursingstudent.com/twas-night-clinical-episode-34/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:00:58 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=9146 Since it's the holidays, let's all take a break from studying, shall we? Enjoy a sweet little Christmas tale, relax with your family and friends, eat too many cookies, wear too many pajamas and feel joy in whatever way makes your heart sing. We'll be back to studying again in 2018 with many, many exciting things in store INCLUDING: A Nursing School Bootcamp for all you new students Premium lecture-style podcasts A pre-printed planner that is going to knock your socks off and... Maybe even an app to help take your studying to the next level May 2018 be your best year yet...I know it will be for all of us at Straight A Nursing! Thanks to all of you who keep this website going and sharing your successes via email, FB and Twitter...it really warms my heart to know I am helping nursing students around the world :-) Since it's the holidays, let's all take a break from studying, shall we? Enjoy a sweet little Christmas tale, relax with your family and friends, eat too many cookies, wear too many pajamas and feel joy in whatever way makes your heart sing.


* A Nursing School Bootcamp for all you new students
* Premium lecture-style podcasts
* A pre-printed planner that is going to knock your socks off and...
* Maybe even an app to help take your studying to the next level

May 2018 be your best year yet...I know it will be for all of us at Straight A Nursing! Thanks to all of you who keep this website going and sharing your successes via email, FB and Twitter...it really warms my heart to know I am helping nursing students around the world :-)]]>
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What Is the PF Ratio: Episode 33 https://straightanursingstudent.com/pf-ratio/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:54:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=8815 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) Are you ready to plan for a stellar year? Then get the ONLY planner for nursing students by clicking this link right here! 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)



Are you ready to plan for a stellar year? Then get the ONLY planner for nursing students by clicking this link right here!]]>
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Ventilator Weaning Starts at Intubation: Episode 32 https://straightanursingstudent.com/ventilator-weaning/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:08:44 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=8460 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. The five main things to take into account when weaning your patient from the ventilator Goals for FiO2, PEEP and ventilator mode How the patient's neuro status comes into play How mechanical ventilation causes deconditioning in your patient How you and the interdisciplinary team can work together to optimize your patient for possible extubation General guidelines for conducting a spontaneous awakening trial and spontaneous breathing trial (SAT/SBT) Example of what a typical extubation is like and your role in the process Some things to watch for after extubation Are you looking for even MORE resources to help you succeed in nursing school (or maybe even on the job?). Our premium study guides might just help! 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,


* The five main things to take into account when weaning your patient from the ventilator
* Goals for FiO2, PEEP and ventilator mode
* How the patient's neuro status comes into play
* How mechanical ventilation causes deconditioning in your patient
* How you and the interdisciplinary team can work together to optimize your patient for possible extubation
* General guidelines for conducting a spontaneous awakening trial and spontaneous breathing trial (SAT/SBT)
* Example of what a typical extubation is like and your role in the process
* Some things to watch for after extubation




Are you looking for even MORE resources to help you succeed in nursing school (or maybe even on the job?). Our premium study guides might just help!]]>
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Trauma Case Study: Episode 31 https://straightanursingstudent.com/trauma-podcast/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:03:38 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=8090 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. In this podcast, we go through a trauma case study that highlights this in detail. Follow along through four shifts as you take care of a young trauma victim with multiple problems, multiple changes in condition and multiple priorities to manage. It's a lot to juggle, so if you'd like to read about it instead, look for the blog post titled Trauma Nursing Case Study at www.straightanursingstudent.com. *DISCLAIMER: This is a fictitious patient and is not based in any way on actual events. 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 ...


In this podcast, we go through a trauma case study that highlights this in detail. Follow along through four shifts as you take care of a young trauma victim with multiple problems, multiple changes in condition and multiple priorities to manage. It's a lot to juggle, so if you'd like to read about it instead, look for the blog post titled Trauma Nursing Case Study at www.straightanursingstudent.com.

*DISCLAIMER: This is a fictitious patient and is not based in any way on actual events.]]>
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How to Perform an Awesome Head-to-Toe Assessment: Episode 30 https://straightanursingstudent.com/perform-awesome-head-toe-assessment-episode-30/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:38:21 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=7657 Nursing is all about SEEING something and then DOING something. We see problems, we fix them. We see potential problems and we try  to avoid them. That's it in a nutshell, folks! And that's where your head to toe assessment comes into play. As one of the most important skills you will learn EVER, it's also one of the fist really big things you'll tackle in your fundamentals course. It can be overwhelming at first, so that's why we're going to break it down Straight A Nursing style. In this podcast, we cover the basics of a head-to-toe assessment so that you can get in there and practice with confidence. Want to read about it too? Check out this amazing guest post! Looking for even more ways to study? Check out our premium study guides...now bundled for your convenience! Just go to www.straightanursingstudent.com and click on STUDY GUIDES in the header. Enjoy! Nursing is all about SEEING something and then DOING something. We see problems, we fix them. We see potential problems and we try  to avoid them. That's it in a nutshell, folks! And that's where your head to toe assessment comes into play.


As one of the most important skills you will learn EVER, it's also one of the fist really big things you'll tackle in your fundamentals course. It can be overwhelming at first, so that's why we're going to break it down Straight A Nursing style.

In this podcast, we cover the basics of a head-to-toe assessment so that you can get in there and practice with confidence. Want to read about it too? Check out this amazing guest post!



Looking for even more ways to study? Check out our premium study guides...now bundled for your convenience! Just go to www.straightanursingstudent.com and click on STUDY GUIDES in the header. Enjoy!]]>
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Sodium and Phosphorus: Episode 29 https://straightanursingstudent.com/sodium-phosphorus-podcast-episode-29/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:25:03 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=6727 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 :-) In this podcast we cover all the basics about these two very important electrolytes: Na and Phos key roles in the body Misc "fun facts" about Na and Phos...things you never knew you needed to know! Hyponatremia, hypernatremia, hypophosphatemia and hyperphosphatemia signs and symptoms Causes of Na and Phos imbalances Nursing interventions for Na and Phos imbalances A message for our podcast listeners: Looking for a way to get organized in nursing school? Visit our website for the ONLY planner designed just for nursing students. Check it out at www.straightanursingstudent.com and click on "SHOP" in the header. Not into planning, but into preparing? Then the Nursing School Thrive Guide is for you. Check it out at our website or at Amazon and see why it's getting a 5-star average rating! 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,


In this podcast we cover all the basics about these two very important electrolytes:

* Na and Phos key roles in the body
* Misc "fun facts" about Na and Phos...things you never knew you needed to know!
* Hyponatremia, hypernatremia, hypophosphatemia and hyperphosphatemia signs and symptoms
* Causes of Na and Phos imbalances
* Nursing interventions for Na and Phos imbalances




A message for our podcast listeners: Looking for a way to get organized in nursing school? Visit our website for the ONLY planner designed just for nursing students. Check it out at www.straightanursingstudent.com and click on "SHOP" in the header.

Not into planning, but into preparing? Then the Nursing School Thrive Guide is for you. Check it out at our website or at Amazon and see why it's getting a 5-star average rating!]]>
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What to Focus on in Nursing School: Episode 28 https://straightanursingstudent.com/focus-nursing-school/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:20:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=6125 In this podcast episode, we go over the MOST important things you need to focus on in order to be successful in nursing school. If you're a first semester student or a struggling student, you might just be able to turn things around with the right focus.   In this podcast episode, we go over the MOST important things you need to focus on in order to be successful in nursing school. If you're a first semester student or a struggling student, you might just be able to turn things around with the right focu...


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Magnesium and Chloride: Episode 27 https://straightanursingstudent.com/magnesium-chloride-episode-27/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:20:23 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=5247 We continue our electrolytes bonanza this week with magnesium and chloride. In this podcast episode we cover hypomagnesemia, hypermagnesemia, hypochloremia and hyperchloremia. And beyond just going over the normal lab ranges, we talk about all kinds of fun stuff: the main roles of magnesium and chloride in the body how to recognize magnesium and chloride imbalances common causes of imbalances of these key electrolytes nursing interventions, assessment parameters and treatments for magnesium and chloride imbalances Find more amazing resources at www.straightanursingstudent.com Enjoy! We continue our electrolytes bonanza this week with magnesium and chloride. In this podcast episode we cover hypomagnesemia, hypermagnesemia, hypochloremia and hyperchloremia. And beyond just going over the normal lab ranges,


* the main roles of magnesium and chloride in the body
* how to recognize magnesium and chloride imbalances
* common causes of imbalances of these key electrolytes
* nursing interventions, assessment parameters and treatments for magnesium and chloride imbalances

Find more amazing resources at www.straightanursingstudent.com

Enjoy!]]>
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Potassium and Calcium: Episode 26 https://straightanursingstudent.com/potassium-calcium-episode-26/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:20:34 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=5243 Understanding the important role that electrolytes play will separate you from the ho-hum nurse and catapult you into Awesome Nurse Status. If you're a student, you might think that it's simply a matter of knowing what the normal and abnormal values are...but that's just a teeny tiny part of it! In this podcast, we talk about potassium and calcium: important roles of potassium and calcium potassium and calcium "fun facts" (and yes...they ARE fun!) signs and symptoms of hypokalemia, hyperkalamia, hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia common causes of potassium and calcium imbalances assessment parameters, nursing interventions and how to treat If you're finding this podcast on iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher...be sure to check out all the great resources at www.straightanursingstudent.com Enjoy! Understanding the important role that electrolytes play will separate you from the ho-hum nurse and catapult you into Awesome Nurse Status. If you're a student, you might think that it's simply a matter of knowing what the normal and abnormal values ar...


In this podcast, we talk about potassium and calcium:

* important roles of potassium and calcium
* potassium and calcium "fun facts" (and yes...they ARE fun!)
* signs and symptoms of hypokalemia, hyperkalamia, hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia
* common causes of potassium and calcium imbalances
* assessment parameters, nursing interventions and how to treat

If you're finding this podcast on iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher...be sure to check out all the great resources at www.straightanursingstudent.com

Enjoy!]]>
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The Basics of Stroke Nursing: Episode 25 https://straightanursingstudent.com/stroke-nursing-podcast/ Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:25:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=4537 In Med/Surg 1, you learn the basics of stroke nursing and how rewarding and challenging it can be to care for these patients. And, because the human brain is an extraordinary thing, the manifestations of stroke and the nursing interventions are enough to make your head spin! In this podcast we cover the basics of stroke, including: Causes and pathophysiology Difference between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke Stages of stroke Clinical manifestations of stroke Prevention Treatment of an evolving stroke Long-term treatment of a stroke patient Enjoy! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh In Med/Surg 1, you learn the basics of stroke nursing and how rewarding and challenging it can be to care for these patients. And, because the human brain is an extraordinary thing, the manifestations of stroke and the nursing interventions are enough ...


In this podcast we cover the basics of stroke, including:

* Causes and pathophysiology
* Difference between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
* Stages of stroke
* Clinical manifestations of stroke
* Prevention
* Treatment of an evolving stroke
* Long-term treatment of a stroke patient

Enjoy!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Nursing Shift Routines: Episode 24 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-shift-routines/ Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:25:15 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=4514 I 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. Do you have a tried-and-true routine that keeps you organized? Share it in our Facebook group Thriving Nursing Students! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh I 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.

Do you have a tried-and-true routine that keeps you organized? Share it in our Facebook group Thriving Nursing Students!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Basics of Depression: PodQuiz Episode 23, https://straightanursingstudent.com/depression-in-nursing-school/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:25:48 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3804 Hey hey guys and gals! It's time for another PodQuiz and this one is a doozy! Maybe you've noticed that studying depression in nursing school is really tough...it's a complex topic that requires all your critical thinking skills.  This PodQuiz covers some of the basics you'll need to know to rock that mental health exam and take really good care of patients with depression during your mental health clinical rotation (and anywhere else you might encounter them). Major depressive disorder vs. dysthymia disorder Communication strategies Suicide NEED TO KNOW facts and interventions Drug therapies for depression SSRIs, MAOIs and more Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) If you've never done a PodQuiz, here's how it works. You'll hear a question...then a pause. This pause is so you can actually ANSWER the question! Then, you'll hear the answer. It is basically like doing flashcards for your ears. So cool, right? So...grab your walking shoes, get the leash on Fido, and GET OUTSIDE while you study! No sitting at your desk...deal? Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh And, when you DO get back to your desk, supplement your learning with mental health nursing notes available in the resources section of https:www.straightanursingstudent.com. On a side note, nursing students suffering from depression is a really big problem. For resources and help, please reach out to your health care provider, your family and your friends. You can find support right here: http://www.dbsalliance.org P.S. I care Hey hey guys and gals! It's time for another PodQuiz and this one is a doozy! Maybe you've noticed that studying depression in nursing school is really tough...it's a complex topic that requires all your critical thinking skills.


* Major depressive disorder vs. dysthymia disorder
* Communication strategies
* Suicide NEED TO KNOW facts and interventions
* Drug therapies for depression
* SSRIs, MAOIs and more
* Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

If you've never done a PodQuiz, here's how it works. You'll hear a question...then a pause. This pause is so you can actually ANSWER the question! Then, you'll hear the answer. It is basically like doing flashcards for your ears. So cool, right?

So...grab your walking shoes, get the leash on Fido, and GET OUTSIDE while you study! No sitting at your desk...deal?

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

And, when you DO get back to your desk, supplement your learning with mental health nursing notes available in the resources section of https:www.straightanursingstudent.com.

On a side note, nursing students suffering from depression is a really big problem. For resources and help, please reach out to your health care provider, your family and your friends. You can find support right herehttp://www.dbsalliance.org

P.S. I care]]>
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Respiratory Nursing Interventions: Episode 22 https://straightanursingstudent.com/respiratory-nursing-interventions-podcast/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:25:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3800 Respiratory nursing interventions come into play all the time. After all, difficulties can present in many forms, but the end-game is all the same...your patient can't breathe as well as they should. And it can be scary for both the patient AND the nurse. In this podcast we cover the most common ailments you need to know for Med/Surg I, including: Asthma: clinical manifestations, diagnostics, treatment, medications, nursing interventions COPD: emphysema, bronchitis, complications, nursing interventions Pneumonia: pathophysiology, signs & symptoms, treatment, nursing interventions Atelectasis: manifestations, treatment Ready to up your game? Learn when your patient needs intubation right here! (or simply check out Podcast Episode 18 if you're viewing this on your podcast app!) Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh For more, visit us at: web: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com Twitter: @straightanurse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent Insta: straightanurse Respiratory nursing interventions come into play all the time. After all, difficulties can present in many forms, but the end-game is all the same...your patient can't breathe as well as they should. And it can be scary for both the patient AND the nur...


In this podcast we cover the most common ailments you need to know for Med/Surg I, including:

* Asthma: clinical manifestations, diagnostics, treatment, medications, nursing interventions
* COPD: emphysema, bronchitis, complications, nursing interventions
* Pneumonia: pathophysiology, signs & symptoms, treatment, nursing interventions
* Atelectasis: manifestations, treatment

Ready to up your game? Learn when your patient needs intubation right here! (or simply check out Podcast Episode 18 if you're viewing this on your podcast app!)

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

For more, visit us at:

web: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com

Twitter: @straightanurse

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent

Insta: straightanurse]]>
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Change the Way You Study with the LATTE Method: Episode 21 https://straightanursingstudent.com/latte-podcast/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:00:53 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3629 Looking for tips on how to study in nursing school? In this podcast I share with you the study method that changed my life, made me a more efficient student, focused my studying, and helped me understand the nurse's role in caring for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. If you are over-studying, spending hours of precious time developing concept maps and writing up case studies, then I am so excited to share the Straight A Nursing LATTE method with you. It is a systematic, organized way to focus your studying and the most streamlined, efficient, SMART and effective way to learn, review and retain complex information. Listen to this podcast to see exactly how it works, and you can a free downloadable template here. Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Looking for tips on how to study in nursing school? In this podcast I share with you the study method that changed my life, made me a more efficient student, focused my studying, and helped me understand the nurse's role in caring for patients with bot...


If you are over-studying, spending hours of precious time developing concept maps and writing up case studies, then I am so excited to share the Straight A Nursing LATTE method with you. It is a systematic, organized way to focus your studying and the most streamlined, efficient, SMART and effective way to learn, review and retain complex information.

Listen to this podcast to see exactly how it works, and you can a free downloadable template here.

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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How to Be a Rockstar in Nursing School Clinicals: Episode 20 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-school-clinicals/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:30:03 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3520 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. Listen to this podcast to get my most USEFUL tips for rocking those nursing school clinicals! Want even more tips? Check these out! Looking for the book? It's right here! #ad 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 ab...


Listen to this podcast to get my most USEFUL tips for rocking those nursing school clinicals!

Want even more tips? Check these out!

Looking for the book? It's right here! #ad]]>
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Enteral Feeding and NG Tubes: PodQuiz Episode 19 https://straightanursingstudent.com/enteral-feeding-podquiz/ Tue, 04 Jul 2017 18:32:13 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3363 It's time for another PodQuiz! If you aren't familiar with this form of podcast, you are in for a treat! This is THE BEST WAY to study while also getting your life back on track. It's basically like doing flashcards, but instead of sitting and staring at your phone (or stack of index cards if you're "old-school") it's an auditory quiz! I ask a question and then pause, giving you time to answer...then I tell you the answer (and sometimes with some little extra 'real-world' tidbits thrown in for good measure). In this PodQuiz we cover the oh-so-exciting topic of enteral feeding and some basics of NG tubes. And, on a side note, if you want to see what an NG tube looks like when it goes to the wrong spot...check out this post! So here's the deal with PodQuizzes...you are supposed to GET UP and do something! Go for a walk, catch up on laundry, take the dog to the lake, run errands, plant flowers, paint the house...whatever it is, do something productive while you study. You'll be AMAZED at how more "together" you feel when you can catch up on much-needed chores, errands or exercise while also studying! No sitting at your desk! Honor system, ok? Want MORE PodQuizzes? Then you will absolutely FLIP for Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast. Get all the details at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh It's time for another PodQuiz! If you aren't familiar with this form of podcast, you are in for a treat! This is THE BEST WAY to study while also getting your life back on track. It's basically like doing flashcards,


In this PodQuiz we cover the oh-so-exciting topic of enteral feeding and some basics of NG tubes. And, on a side note, if you want to see what an NG tube looks like when it goes to the wrong spot...check out this post!

So here's the deal with PodQuizzes...you are supposed to GET UP and do something! Go for a walk, catch up on laundry, take the dog to the lake, run errands, plant flowers, paint the house...whatever it is, do something productive while you study. You'll be AMAZED at how more "together" you feel when you can catch up on much-needed chores, errands or exercise while also studying! No sitting at your desk! Honor system, ok?

Want MORE PodQuizzes? Then you will absolutely FLIP for Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast. Get all the details at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Hyponatremia: Episode 17 https://straightanursingstudent.com/hyponatremia-podcast-episode-17/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:00:32 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3259 In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of hyponatremia: What is hyponatremia? Common causes The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia How it's treated Read the article on hyponatremia here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/hyponatremia/ 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. Enjoy! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of hyponatremia: What is hyponatremia? Common causes The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia How it's treated Read the article on hyponatremia here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.
* What is hyponatremia?
* Common causes
* The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia
* How it's treated



Read the article on hyponatremia here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/hyponatremia/

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.

Enjoy!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Developing Your Nursing Intuition: Episode 16 https://straightanursingstudent.com/nursing-intuition/ Mon, 22 May 2017 13:00:16 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3232 Developing your nursing intuition and clinical judgment takes time, experience and exposure to LOTS of patients and many different situations. Learning which five assessments you'll need to get you there is key! Over time (and after you've assessed a lot of patients and dealt with multiple scenarios) you'll start to develop an intuition and be able to "sense" when your patients are in trouble. And it all starts right here with five basic (and easy) assessments. Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Developing your nursing intuition and clinical judgment takes time, experience and exposure to LOTS of patients and many different situations. Learning which five assessments you'll need to get you there is key!


Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Arrhythmia Basics for Nursing Students: Episode 15 https://straightanursingstudent.com/arrhythmia-basics/ Mon, 08 May 2017 20:17:13 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3211 Let's review arrhythmia basics for nursing students. In this podcast episode, we'll talk through what causes them, how to identify them AND what you are going to do about them. PACs Atrial Flutter Atrial Fibrillation SVT V-Tach V-Fib Idioventricular rhythms Pulseless rhythms This episode is a great review if you're in Advanced Med/Surg, heading into your final semester preceptorship or starting out as a new nurse. For even more information about arrhythymias, check out this post or this one on heart blocks.  Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Let's review arrhythmia basics for nursing students. In this podcast episode, we'll talk through what causes them, how to identify them AND what you are going to do about them. PACs Atrial Flutter Atrial Fibrillation SVT V-Tach


* PACs
* Atrial Flutter
* Atrial Fibrillation
* SVT
* V-Tach
* V-Fib
* Idioventricular rhythms
* Pulseless rhythms

This episode is a great review if you're in Advanced Med/Surg, heading into your final semester preceptorship or starting out as a new nurse. For even more information about arrhythymias, check out this post or this one on heart blocks. 

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Pediatric Nursing Quiz A: PodQuiz Episode 14 https://straightanursingstudent.com/pediatric-nursing/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:57 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3182 In this PodQuiz we cover three very common pediatric nursing topics! Peds nutrition (how many calories in an ounce of breast milk?) Peds assessment (at what age can you assess a radial pulse?) Peds psychosocial (how do you help a school-age child adapt to hospitalization?) 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. Subscribe at iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher...and please rate & review if you like what you hear! Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh If you love flashcards, then you’ll love the Straight A Nursing app! Get on the notification list here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25 For even more awesome resources, tips, tricks, study guides and more...visit www.straightanursingstudent.com. In this PodQuiz we cover three very common pediatric nursing topics! Peds nutrition (how many calories in an ounce of breast milk?) Peds assessment (at what age can you assess a radial pulse?) Peds psychosocial (how do you help a school-age ...
* Peds nutrition (how many calories in an ounce of breast milk?)
* Peds assessment (at what age can you assess a radial pulse?)
* Peds psychosocial (how do you help a school-age child adapt to hospitalization?)



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.

Subscribe at iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher...and please rate & review if you like what you hear!

Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

If you love flashcards, then you’ll love the Straight A Nursing app! Get on the notification list here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25

For even more awesome resources, tips, tricks, study guides and more...visit www.straightanursingstudent.com.]]>
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Psychopharmacology Study Tips: Episode 13 https://straightanursingstudent.com/psychopharmacology-podcast/ Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:00:46 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3129 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 of psychopharmacology study tips. In this episode we cover: the atypical antidepressants traditional antidepressants atypical antipsychotics traditional antipsychotics mood stabilizers anticonvulsants anxiolytics and more! Plus...bonus...I sing goofy songs. TWICE! Anything to help you guys! Read the article on psychopharmacology here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/psychopharmacology-the-easy-way/ Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Want MORE Straight A Nursing resources? Download the psychopharmacology study guide here! And get more notes and resources at www.straightanursingstudent.com! Ready to ROCK nursing school? Get my book Nursing School Thrive Guide on Amazon as a paperback, Kindle book or audio book. (#ad) Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents/ Stalk us on Instagram @straightanurse 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...


In this episode we cover:



* the atypical antidepressants
* traditional antidepressants
* atypical antipsychotics
* traditional antipsychotics
* mood stabilizers




* anticonvulsants
* anxiolytics
* and more!

Plus...bonus...I sing goofy songs. TWICE! Anything to help you guys!

Read the article on psychopharmacology here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/psychopharmacology-the-easy-way/

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

Want MORE Straight A Nursing resources?

* Download the psychopharmacology study guide here!
* And get more notes and resources at www.straightanursingstudent.com!
* Ready to ROCK nursing school? Get my book Nursing School Thrive Guide on Amazon as a paperback, Kindle book or audio book. (#ad)
* Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent
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Name the Diagnosis: PodQuiz Episode 12 https://straightanursingstudent.com/diagnosis/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:28:36 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3115 In this PodQuiz, we have a LOAD of fun! You'll listen to a list of signs/symptoms and then try to name which diagnosis/disease they refer to. How fun is that? It's a great way to study for your comprehensive exit exam and NCLEX! Ready to see how smart you are? Then give this PodQuiz a go! Having a blast with PodQuizzes? Studying while driving, running, walking, doing laundry or otherwise getting your life back? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh If you love flashcards, then you’ll love the Straight A Nursing app! Get on the notification list here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25 In this PodQuiz, we have a LOAD of fun! You'll listen to a list of signs/symptoms and then try to name which diagnosis/disease they refer to. How fun is that? It's a great way to study for your comprehensive exit exam and NCLEX!


Ready to see how smart you are? Then give this PodQuiz a go!

Having a blast with PodQuizzes? Studying while driving, running, walking, doing laundry or otherwise getting your life back? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

If you love flashcards, then you’ll love the Straight A Nursing app! Get on the notification list here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/82facc6b25]]>
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Liver Failure Basics: Episode 11 https://straightanursingstudent.com/liver-failure-basics-podcast-episode-11/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:47:00 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3107 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. Download the LATTE Method template here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/b69ebb053d Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh 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?


* 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. Download the LATTE Method template here: https://straightanursing.ck.page/b69ebb053d

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Nursing Fundamentals Quiz B: PodQuiz Episode 10 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podquiz-fundamentals-2/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:00:43 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3076 Think you know your nursing fundamentals? Listen to this Nursing Fundamentals Quiz 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. Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Subscribe to the Straight A Nursing podcast and please rate & review if you like what you hear! For even more awesome resources, tips, tricks, study guides and more...visit www.straightanursingstudent.com. Think you know your nursing fundamentals? Listen to this Nursing Fundamentals Quiz and find out!  In this episode, we cover: Bowel elimination Ostomies Enemas Occult blood and pH testing Urinalysis Latex allergies


* 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.

Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

Subscribe to the Straight A Nursing podcast and please rate & review if you like what you hear!

For even more awesome resources, tips, tricks, study guides and more...visit www.straightanursingstudent.com.]]>
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Renal Failure Basics: Episode 9 https://straightanursingstudent.com/renal-failure-basics/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:00:02 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3039 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. In this podcast, we go over some of the renal failure basics you'll need for Med/Surg I and your first semester clinical rotations. We'll cover: renal anatomy overview & functions of the kidney basic diuretic info incontinence & the micturition reflex UTIs difference between pre-renal, intra-renal and post-renal failure glomerulonephritis (try saying that five times fast!) nephrotic syndrome pyelonephritis nursing care of a patient in renal failure Review tons of great info at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com, including an in-depth post on renal failure basics right here! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Want more Straight A Nursing in your life? Stalk us on Twitter @straightanurse Drool over our pics on Instagram, follow @StraightANurse Like us and comment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent Join our FB group Thriving Nursing Students: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents If you find this podcast useful, please subscribe and review us! Thanks! 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,


In this podcast, we go over some of the renal failure basics you'll need for Med/Surg I and your first semester clinical rotations. We'll cover:

* renal anatomy overview & functions of the kidney
* basic diuretic info
* incontinence & the micturition reflex
* UTIs
* difference between pre-renal, intra-renal and post-renal failure
* glomerulonephritis (try saying that five times fast!)
* nephrotic syndrome
* pyelonephritis
* nursing care of a patient in renal failure

Review tons of great info at https://www.straightanursingstudent.com, including an in-depth post on renal failure basics right here!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

Want more Straight A Nursing in your life?



* Stalk us on Twitter @straightanurse
* Drool over our pics on Instagram, follow @StraightANurse
* Like us and comment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent
* Join our FB group Thriving Nursing Students: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents



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Fundamentals Quiz A: PodQuiz Episode 8 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podquiz-fundamentals-episode-8/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:29 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=3032 Hey there first semester students...are you stressing about your Fundamentals class or your skills check-offs? In this Fundamentals Quiz we go over some basics, 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! Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Follow Straight A Nursing on social media! Instagram: @StraightANurse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents Pinterest: Straight A Nursing Tons of free resources online at www.straightanursingstudent.com. Hey there first semester students...are you stressing about your Fundamentals class or your skills check-offs? In this Fundamentals Quiz we go over some basics, including: restraints and fall risk skin integrity


* 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!

Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

Follow Straight A Nursing on social media!
Instagram: @StraightANurse

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent

Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thrivingnursingstudents

Pinterest: Straight A Nursing

Tons of free resources online at www.straightanursingstudent.com.]]>
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Giving End-of-Shift Report: Episode 7 https://straightanursingstudent.com/shift-report/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:00:20 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2999 In this podcast we talk about giving a succinct, flawless and informative end-of-shift report. Sounds simple enough, right? It should be, but you'd be surprised how often a bad shift report can leave you with more questions than answers. But, if you follow these guidelines, you'll be someone that all the other nurses LOVE getting report from...and yes, you will be giving report as students, too! An awesome shift report starts with your "brain sheet." This is a sheet of paper where you write down all the pertinent data you need to take excellent care of your patients. Here's what my brain sheet for the ICU looks like: Isn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? Note that you would never use a brain sheet like this for Med/Surg or someplace where you have 4-5 patients...you'd never get through report before the end of your shift! As you give report, you basically go through all the items on your brain sheet. I like to start with the patient's name, age, admit date, diagnosis, who the docs are, allergies, code status and any pertinent psychosocial stuff. It might sound like this: This is Jane McDoe, 46 year old female. Admitted on March 10th for a perforated diverticulum. Surgeon is Dr. Hodges, renal is consulting. She's allergic to penicillin and is a Full Code. Her daughter is Gertrude, but she lives in New Zealand and won't be here until tomorrow night. Next, you want to get into their pertinent past medical history and why they came into the hospital. It might go like so: She has a past medical history of chronic renal insufficiency, diverticulitis, DM2, HTN, smoker with 20 pack-year history and bipolar disorder. She presented to the ED with severe abdominal pain and lethargy. Now, you want to go through a brief story of what's happened to the patient since admission. Again, you'd only go into detail if the patient is in the critical care setting. If on a Med/Surg floor or something similar, just the highlights...surgery date or other significant milestones. She got a CT of the abdomen, was admitted and had surgery with Dr. Hodges that same day. She was hypertensive after surgery and unable to wean off vent. She came to ICU, stayed intubated overnight and self-extubated on the morning of the 11th. She was emergency reintubated and remained hypertensive...now on a Cardene gtt. Chem panel showed hyperkalemia and hyperphosphatemia in conjunction with minimal urine output and an increasing creatinine. Renal consulted and decided to start dialysis...a Quentin cath was placed  and HD started. Once you're through your little snapshot of their hospital stay and significant events up to that point, you start your head-to-toe. Pain, temp, neuro, cardiac, respiratory, etc... You end with your recommendations and the plan for the patient. I like to include any upcoming lab draws or scheduled tasks so they don't get missed. And because you wrote everything down on your brain sheet, you won't forget a thing. Easy peasy! Take a listen and see just how flawless and simple end-of-shift report can be. What makes YOU nervous about clinicals (if you're a student) or your new role as an RN? Let us know in the comments below! P.S. You can download those amazing brain sheets here! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh In this podcast we talk about giving a succinct, flawless and informative end-of-shift report. Sounds simple enough, right? It should be, but you'd be surprised how often a bad shift report can leave you with more questions than answers. But,


An awesome shift report starts with your "brain sheet." This is a sheet of paper where you write down all the pertinent data you need to take excellent care of your patients. Here's what my brain sheet for the ICU looks like:

Isn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

Note that you would never use a brain sheet like this for Med/Surg or someplace where you have 4-5 patients...you'd never get through report before the end of your shift!

As you give report, you basically go through all the items on your brain sheet. I like to start with the patient's name, age, admit date, diagnosis, who the docs are, allergies, code status and any pertinent psychosocial stuff. It might sound like this:
This is Jane McDoe, 46 year old female. Admitted on March 10th for a perforated diverticulum. Surgeon is Dr. Hodges, renal is consulting. She's allergic to penicillin and is a Full Code. Her daughter is Gertrude, but she lives in New Zealand and won't be here until tomorrow night.
Next, you want to get into their pertinent past medical history and why they came into the hospital. It might go like so:
She has a past medical history of chronic renal insufficiency, diverticulitis, DM2, HTN, smoker with 20 pack-year history and bipolar disorder. She presented to the ED with severe abdominal pain and lethargy.
Now, you want to go through a brief story of what's happened to the patient since admission. Again, you'd only go into detail if the patient is in the critical care setting. If on a Med/Surg floor or something similar, just the highlights...surgery date or other significant milestones.
She got a CT of the abdomen, was admitted and had surgery with Dr. Hodges that same day. She was hypertensive after surgery and unable to wean off vent. She came to ICU, stayed intubated overnight and self-extubated on the morning of the 11th. She was emergency reintubated and remained hypertensive...now on a Cardene gtt. Chem panel showed hyperkalemia and hyperphosphatemia in conjunction with minimal urine output and an increasing creatinine. Renal consulted and decided to start dialysis...a Quentin cath was placed  and HD started.
Once you're through your little snapshot of their hospital stay and significant events up to that point, you start your head-to-toe. Pain, temp, neuro, cardiac, respiratory, etc... You end with your recommendations and the plan for the patient. I like to include any upcoming lab draws or scheduled tasks so they don't get missed. And because you wrote everything down on your brain sheet, you won't forget a thing. Easy peasy!

Take a listen and see just how flawless and simple end-of-shift report can be.

What makes YOU nervous about clinicals (if you're a student) or your new role as an RN? Let us know in the comments below!

P.S. You can download those amazing brain sheets here!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Neuro Assessment Quiz: PodQuiz Episode 6 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podquiz-neuro-essentials/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:00:55 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2898 The first "PodQuiz" was so well-received that we're continuing it this week with a neuro assessment quiz. In this PodQuiz, you'll get a chance to review neuro assessment (including all the cranial nerves), Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and Stroke. Not sure what a PodQuiz is? In a nutshell, it's a way to review and quiz yourself on material using audio...I ask a question, there's a pause while you answer, then I state the answer. It's like doing flashcards with your ears! Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh The first "PodQuiz" was so well-received that we're continuing it this week with a neuro assessment quiz. In this PodQuiz, you'll get a chance to review neuro assessment (including all the cranial nerves), Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and Stroke.


In this PodQuiz, you'll get a chance to review neuro assessment (including all the cranial nerves), Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and Stroke. Not sure what a PodQuiz is? In a nutshell, it's a way to review and quiz yourself on material using audio...I ask a question, there's a pause while you answer, then I state the answer. It's like doing flashcards with your ears!

Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Managing ICP: Episode 5 https://straightanursingstudent.com/icp-management/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:00:37 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2876 Managing ICP (intracranial pressure) is a complex balancing act. In this podcast you'll learn the basics of ICP monitoring and management, what to watch for, when to intervene and HOW to intervene. Read about ICP Management here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/managing-icp/ Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Managing ICP (intracranial pressure) is a complex balancing act. In this podcast you'll learn the basics of ICP monitoring and management, what to watch for, when to intervene and HOW to intervene. Read about ICP Management here: https://straighta...


Read about ICP Management here: https://straightanursingstudent.com/managing-icp/

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Respiratory Basics: PodQuiz Episode 4 https://straightanursingstudent.com/respiratory-quiz/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:00:47 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2850 This episode debuts something I'm really excited about....if you've ready my book, Nursing School Thrive Guide, you know that I am a big fan of learning in a variety of ways. So...one of the things I did when I was a student was to record audio quizzes so I could basically quiz myself on topics while I went for a walk, did the laundry, cleaned house....whatever. It freed me from the prison of my desk and used a different part of my brain as well. Win-Win! In this "Pod-quiz" episode, I quiz you on basic respiratory topics...from respiratory assessment to some common disorders including asthma, COPD, pneumonia and atelactasis. I hope you find it as helpful as I did. Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Help us reach more students! Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, share on social media and tell your classmates! Thanks! This episode debuts something I'm really excited about....if you've ready my book, Nursing School Thrive Guide, you know that I am a big fan of learning in a variety of ways. So...one of the things I did when I was a student was to record audio quizzes...


In this "Pod-quiz" episode, I quiz you on basic respiratory topics...from respiratory assessment to some common disorders including asthma, COPD, pneumonia and atelactasis. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.

Did you LOVE studying this way? Then check out Study Sesh, our private members-only podcast at https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh

Help us reach more students! Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts, share on social media and tell your classmates! Thanks!]]>
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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Episode 3 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast-ards/ Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:00:30 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2844 In this episode we talk about the basics of ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. It is the most severe form of acute lung injury and is something we see pretty regularly in the MICU. Learn about the different stages that occur as ARDS develops, what you're going to assess and how the patient is going to be treated in this episode of the Straight A Nursing Podcast. Also, if you're listening to these in order...I apologize...the "diabetes" post was posted too early, so when you listen to that one and hear that I've gotten better equipment, note that it won't be evident until we get to an episode on renal basics. To subscribe, click on the iTunes link below OR search for "Straight A Nursing" on iTunes and then hit the SUBSCRIBE button...and be sure to leave a review to help us appear in the rankings so other students can find us and benefit, too! See more at www.straightanursingstudent.com! For a handy reference sheet that you can print out...click here! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh In this episode we talk about the basics of ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. It is the most severe form of acute lung injury and is something we see pretty regularly in the MICU. Learn about the different stages that occur as ARDS develops,


Also, if you're listening to these in order...I apologize...the "diabetes" post was posted too early, so when you listen to that one and hear that I've gotten better equipment, note that it won't be evident until we get to an episode on renal basics.

To subscribe, click on the iTunes link below OR search for "Straight A Nursing" on iTunes and then hit the SUBSCRIBE button...and be sure to leave a review to help us appear in the rankings so other students can find us and benefit, too! See more at www.straightanursingstudent.com!

For a handy reference sheet that you can print out...click here!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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What You Need to Know About Diabetes: Episode 2 https://straightanursingstudent.com/podcast-diabetes/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:38:45 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2841 Hands-down, diabetes is probably THE most common comorbidity you'll see in the hospital setting. Understanding the two "big daddy" diabetes complications should help you take care of these very sick patients. DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and HHS (hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome) are deadly serious conditions that require a diligent RN and a solid grasp of the pathophysiology and treatment plans. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes...search for "Straight A Nursing" and click the SUBSCRIBE button! Leave a review to help us show up in the rankings so other students can find us, too! Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh Hands-down, diabetes is probably THE most common comorbidity you'll see in the hospital setting. Understanding the two "big daddy" diabetes complications should help you take care of these very sick patients.


Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes...search for "Straight A Nursing" and click the SUBSCRIBE button! Leave a review to help us show up in the rankings so other students can find us, too!

Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh]]>
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Emergency or Not? Episode 1 https://straightanursingstudent.com/emergency-or-not/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:39:30 +0000 https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/?p=2819 As a student nurse or even a brand new nurse, you may find that you are often perplexed if the situation your patient is facing is an actual emergency or not. In this episode we cover some basic scenarios that need to be evaluated quickly so that you can intervene appropriately and swiftly. Take auditory learning even further with Study Sesh, my private podcast that uses PodQuizzes, Drills, Case Studies and more to truly change the way you study. Learn more here: https://learn.straightanursingstudent.com/study-sesh As a student nurse or even a brand new nurse, you may find that you are often perplexed if the situation your patient is facing is an actual emergency or not. In this episode we cover some basic scenarios that need to be evaluated quickly so that you c...


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