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, including an in-depth post on renal failure basics right here!

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