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Your ultimate guide to nursing mnemonics. Over 100 mnemonics for nurses explained for you by the lovely Kati Kleber RN CCRN

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Your ultimate guide to nursing mnemonics. Over 100 mnemonics for nurses explained for you by the lovely Kati Kleber RN CCRN

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By nursegirl123 - Jun 21 2018
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Very monotone and hard to listen too. Good info just pretty dry.

John

By Mogei7 - Apr 26 2017
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Wow this is an amazing podcast !! Was recommended on YouTube.

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
11
7
2
4

Podcasts

By nursegirl123 - Jun 21 2018
Read more
Very monotone and hard to listen too. Good info just pretty dry.

John

By Mogei7 - Apr 26 2017
Read more
Wow this is an amazing podcast !! Was recommended on YouTube.

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Nursing Mnemonics Show by NRSNG (Memory Tricks for Nursing School)

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Your ultimate guide to nursing mnemonics. Over 100 mnemonics for nurses explained for you by the lovely Kati Kleber RN CCRN

Ep3: Hyperkalemia (MACHINE, MURDER, AIRED)

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Hyperkalemia Nursing Mnemonics

The hyperkalemia MACHINE 

Medications – ACE Inhibitors, NSAIDS, potassium-sparing diuretics

Acidosis – Metabolic and respiratory

Cellular destruction – burns, traumatic injury, hemolysis

Hypoaldosteronism – Addison’s

Intake- excessive

Nephrons- renal failure

Excretion – Impaired

MURDER
Muscle weakness

Urine- oliguria, anuria

Respiratory distress

Decreased cardiac contractility

ECG changes

Reflexes- hyperreflexia, or areflexia (flaccid)

AIRED

Administer IV Calcium – to immediately decrease cardiac toxicity

Increase excretion – via both stool (kayexlate) and urine (diuretics)

Remove sources of potassium – from all sources, including enteral, pareteral, IV,   and PO

Enhance potassium uptake into cells – insulin, glucose, sodium bicarb, beta-adrenergic antagonists

Dialysis – emergent response for patients with lethal hyperkalemia

The post Ep3: Hyperkalemia (MACHINE, MURDER, AIRED) appeared first on NRSNG.

May 10 2016

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Ep6: Hypokalemia (6 L’s)

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6 L’s
Lethargy

Leg cramps

Limp muscles

Low, shallow respirations

Lethal cardiac dysrythmias

Lots of urine (polyuria)

The post Ep6: Hypokalemia (6 L’s) appeared first on NRSNG.

May 10 2016

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Ep52 Heart Failure (HEAD, CHOP)

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Right sided:

HEAD

Hepatomegaly

Edema (Bipedal)

Ascites

Distended Neck Vein

Left Sided:

CHOP

Cough

Hemoptysis

Orthopnea

Pulmonary Congestion (crackles/rales)

The post Ep52 Heart Failure (HEAD, CHOP) appeared first on NRSNG.

Aug 29 2016

3mins

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Ep30 Arterial Blood Gases (Rome)

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ROME

Respiratory

Opposite

Metabolic

Equal

pH pCO2 HCO3
Metabolic acidosis
Low
Normal
Low
Equal
Metabolic alkalosis
High
Normal
High
Equal
Respiratory acidosis
Low
High
Normal
Opposite
Respiratory alkalosis
High
Low
Normal
Opposite

The post Ep30 Arterial Blood Gases (Rome) appeared first on NRSNG.

Jul 09 2016

2mins

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Ep78 Pre-Eclampsia (HELLP)

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HELLP

Hemolysis

Elevated

Liver function tests

Low

Platelet count

The post Ep78 Pre-Eclampsia (HELLP) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 29 2016

2mins

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Ep35 Cardiac Valves Blood Flow (Toilet Paper My A–)

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Toilet Paper My A**

Tricuspid

Pulmonic

Mitrial

Aortic

The post Ep35 Cardiac Valves Blood Flow (Toilet Paper My A–) appeared first on NRSNG.

Jul 20 2016

1min

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Fetal Acceleration (VEAL CHOP) OB Nursing

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VEAL CHOP (OB Nursing Mnemonic)

Variable – Cord Compression

Early – Head Compression

Accelerations – Okay

Late – Placental Insufficiency

I have to be honest here . . . OB Nursing was NEVER an interest of mine even before nursing school.  While I really enjoyed the rotation and feel fortunate to have seen several live births, it’s just not for me.

Because of this, it was always harder for me to feel motivated to study for OB so I ended up relying on mnemonics a bit to stay focused.  VEAL CHOP is such a helpful mnemonic that will keep fetal accelerations and decelerations clear in your mind.

What we are trying to understand with this mnemonic is when to be concerned while monitoring the fetal heart rate.  Watch the video above and download the sheet below to help you keep it straight.

The post Fetal Acceleration (VEAL CHOP) OB Nursing appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 24 2016

2mins

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Ep63 Pulmonary Edema (MAD DOG)

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Morphine – causes vasodilation resulting in decreased BP

Aminophylline – relaxes airways to make breathing easier

Digitalis – improve heart function in pulmonary edema

Diuretics (Lasix) – pull excess fluid off

Oxygen – improve oxygenation

Gases (Blood Gases/ABGs) – assesses respiratory status

The post Ep63 Pulmonary Edema (MAD DOG) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 24 2016

2mins

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Ep46 Heart Sounds (APE To Man)

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APE To Man

Aortic

Pulmonic

Erbs points

Tricuspid

Mitral

The post Ep46 Heart Sounds (APE To Man) appeared first on NRSNG.

Aug 15 2016

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Ep4: Hypernatremia (FRIED, SWINE, SALT, MODEL)

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Hypernatremia Nursing Mnemonic

You are FRIED from learning about sodium

Flushed skin

Restlessness:  irritability

Increased fluid retention and increased BP

Edema:  peripheral and pitting

Decreased urinary output, dry mouth

SWINE  

(bacon has high amounts of sodium)

Sleepy – lethargy (typically the very first sign!)

Weakness

Irritability

Neuromuscular excitability

Edema

SALT

Skin flushed

Agitation

Low grade fever

Thirst
MODEL

Medications / Meals

Osmotic diuretics

Diabetes insipidus

Excessive water loss

Low water intake

The post Ep4: Hypernatremia (FRIED, SWINE, SALT, MODEL) appeared first on NRSNG.

May 11 2016

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Ep56 Myocardial Infarction (MONATAS)

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MONATAS

Morphine

Oxygen

Nitrates (Nitroglycerin)

Aspirin (ASA)

Thrombolytics

Anticoagulants

Stool Softeners

The post Ep56 Myocardial Infarction (MONATAS) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 07 2016

2mins

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Ep68 Dialysis (AEIOU)

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Check the vowels: AEIOU

Acid-Base Problems

Electrolyte Problems

Intoxications

Overload of fluids

Uremic Symptoms

The post Ep68 Dialysis (AEIOU) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 05 2016

3mins

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Ep21: Steps in the Nursing Process (ADPIE)

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ADPIE (A Delicious PIE)

Assessment

Diagnosis

Planning

Implementation

Evaluation

The post Ep21: Steps in the Nursing Process (ADPIE) appeared first on NRSNG.

Jun 13 2016

1min

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Ep64 Toxicity/Sepsis (6 Ts)

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The 6 T’s:
Tachycardia
Tachypnea
Tremors
Toxic look
Tiredness
Temperature (fever)

The post Ep64 Toxicity/Sepsis (6 Ts) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 26 2016

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Ep50 Hypoxia (RAT BED)

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RAT BED

Early Hypoxia:

Restlessness

Anxiety

Tachycardia  / Tachypnea

Late Hypoxia:

Bradycardia

Extreme Restlessness

Dyspnea

The post Ep50 Hypoxia (RAT BED) appeared first on NRSNG.

Aug 24 2016

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Ep36 CHF (UNLOAD FAST)

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UNLOAD FAST

U sit Upright

Nitro

Lasix

Oxygen

Aminophylline

Digoxin

Fluids – decrease

Afterload – decrease

Sodium – decrease

Tests: dig level, ABG, K+

The post Ep36 CHF (UNLOAD FAST) appeared first on NRSNG.

Jul 23 2016

1min

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Ep32 Asthma (ASTHMA)

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ASTHMA

Adrenergic (Albuterol)

Steroids

Theophylline

Hydration (IV)

Mask (Oxygen)

Antibiotics

The post Ep32 Asthma (ASTHMA) appeared first on NRSNG.

Jul 13 2016

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Ep73 Manic Attack (DIG FAST)

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DIG FAST

Distractibility

Indiscretion

Grandiosity

Flight of Ideas

Activity Increase

Sleep Deficit

Talkative

The post Ep73 Manic Attack (DIG FAST) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 17 2016

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Ep25 Steroids (6 S’s)

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6 S’s

Sugar – hyperglycemia

Soggy Bones – causes osteoporosis

Sick – decreased immunity

Sad – depression

Salt – water and salt retention (hypertension)

Sex – decreased libido

The post Ep25 Steroids (6 S’s) appeared first on NRSNG.

Jun 27 2016

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Ep10: Beta blockers (1 heart, 2 lungs)

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Beta 1: heart

Beta 2: lungs

You have one heart and two lungs

Beta Blockers Mnemonics

The post Ep10: Beta blockers (1 heart, 2 lungs) appeared first on NRSNG.

May 19 2016

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Why I Give A Shit (or what is your mission statement)

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I got a text from my sister, who was in the hospital for induction, at 1:30am that rocked my world.

She text me and told me that her nurse – the nurse who will be receiving my new nephew into the world – uses NRSNG.

Moments like this rock me to the core.  I know that every human will one day cross paths with a nurse.  Whether that is during the best moments or darkest moments in life, a nurse will be there.

Our mission at NRSNG is to be “the best place to learn nursing” . . . the reason that means so much to us is because we fully recognize that one day, a nurse who uses NRSNG will care for me, my wife, or my child.  That motivates us to do our BEST each and every day.

Listen to the podcast episode here:

Mission Statement

I would be lying to you if I said that being a nurse was easy . . . it’s not.

But it IS worth it.  There are beautiful moments that make you a better person.  There is no better work in the world than touching human lives.

To help you through those most difficult moments – a personal mission statement can be your best friend. Take 2 minutes to write down your “WHY”.  We will each have our own personal “WHY” and I can’t tell you what yours is, but write it down and let it carry you through those hardest moments.

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May 09 2019

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I’m a Little Bit Scared to Share This #vulnerable

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Can I be honest?

I had an amazing experience last month.   It was one of those moments when you are filled with thousands of emotions ranging from happiness to sadness all at the same time.  Have you ever felt that before?

"You never know the reach you will have as a nurse."

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The past year has been incredibly busy for my family and I for many reasons, and this is something that I haven’t shared publicly, but in the last year my grandma and grandpa (on my mom’s side) both passed away almost exactly a year apart from each other, one from a stroke and the other from pneumonia complicated by dementia.

This has been hard for the entire family, my mom especially (obviously).

But I want to rewind the clock a bit to my first semester in nursing school, and then we will come back to last month.

My First Semester of Nursing School

During my first semester of nursing school one of my grandpa on my dads side passed away rather quickly.  That was in 2011.  I’ve talked many times about how difficult that first semester of nursing school was here and here.

Long story short, my wife was 7 months pregnant.  We had just moved to Illinois from Texas.  We had just pulled out $40,000 in student loans.

My parents were kind enough to pay for a ticket out to the funeral in Arizona.  I went to funeral, and it changed everything for me!

I had a sort of epiphany. I realized that in those last minutes of my grandpas life nurses were caring for him.  I wanted to feel and know that they were caring for him as deeply as I would.

I realized that I was very literally caring for someones grandpa, mom, daughter . . . loved one.  I vowed to myself to care more deeply for each and every patient.

This Last Year

So over the course of the last year, my grandma passed away (stroke) and just 12 months later, my grandpa (pneumonia).  I worked as a NEURO ICU nurse before doing NRSNG full-time so during the final moments of my grandmas life I was fielding questions and educating family on the process.  She passed away in 2016.

They lived out in Arizona, and I am back in Texas.  So again, we were relying on amazing nurses to love and care for my grandparents.

My grandpa began to get more and more sick (with both dementia and other complications). He finally became most bed ridden and developed pneumonia in April 2017.  On grandpas last night, two of my uncles were at the bedside with him.  We got the text at 1am that he had passed away.

My wife and I, with our children flew out to Arizona for the funeral.  After the funeral we had a small lunch with family. My uncle came up to me in tears and told me about the last night with my grandpa in the hospital.

He said the nurse that was taking care of my grandpas was amazing and so caring.  Then he shared this story with me:

During the night he mentioned to the nurse that his nephew (me) was also a nurse.

He said, “He has a website for nurses called NRSNG.com.”

The stopped what she was doing and said, “I love NRSNG without NRSNG I would have never made it through nursing school.”

In that moment, I felt like the vow I made to myself back in 2011 to care deeper for my patients had come full circle.

You never know who you will touch as a nurse.

We love each of you and we take the responsibility of helping you along in your journey VERY seriously.  Thank you for being a part of the NRSNG Family.  Some day, it is very likely that ONE of you will care for me, my wife, or one of my children.  Thank you in advance!

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May 26 2017

10mins

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Ep86 Tracheal Esophageal Fistula (3 Cs)

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The 3 C’s

Choking

Coughing

Cyanosis

The post Ep86 Tracheal Esophageal Fistula (3 Cs) appeared first on NRSNG.

Nov 16 2016

1min

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Ep83 Child Abuse (CHILD ABUSE)

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CHILD ABUSE

Child’s excessive knowledge of sex and abusive words

Hair growth in various lengths

Inconsistent stories from the child and parent/s

Low self-esteem

Depression

Apathy, no emotion

Bruised

Unusual injuries

Serious injuries

Evidence of old injuries

The post Ep83 Child Abuse (CHILD ABUSE) appeared first on NRSNG.

Nov 09 2016

2mins

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Ep82 Umbilical cord

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Two areolas

One  vagina

Two umbilical arteries, one umbilical vein

The post Ep82 Umbilical cord appeared first on NRSNG.

Nov 07 2016

1min

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Ep79 Intra Uterine Device (PAINS)

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PAINS
Period (menstrual: late, spotting, bleeding)
Abdominal pain, dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
Infection (abnormal vaginal discharge)
Not feeling well, fever or chills
String missing

The post Ep79 Intra Uterine Device (PAINS) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 31 2016

2mins

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Ep78 Pre-Eclampsia (HELLP)

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HELLP

Hemolysis

Elevated

Liver function tests

Low

Platelet count

The post Ep78 Pre-Eclampsia (HELLP) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 29 2016

2mins

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Ep77 Fetal Wellbeing (ALONE)

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ALONE

Amniocentesis

L/S Ratio

Oxytocin Test

Non-Stress Test

Estriol Level

The post Ep77 Fetal Wellbeing (ALONE) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 26 2016

2mins

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Fetal Acceleration (VEAL CHOP) OB Nursing

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VEAL CHOP (OB Nursing Mnemonic)

Variable – Cord Compression

Early – Head Compression

Accelerations – Okay

Late – Placental Insufficiency

I have to be honest here . . . OB Nursing was NEVER an interest of mine even before nursing school.  While I really enjoyed the rotation and feel fortunate to have seen several live births, it’s just not for me.

Because of this, it was always harder for me to feel motivated to study for OB so I ended up relying on mnemonics a bit to stay focused.  VEAL CHOP is such a helpful mnemonic that will keep fetal accelerations and decelerations clear in your mind.

What we are trying to understand with this mnemonic is when to be concerned while monitoring the fetal heart rate.  Watch the video above and download the sheet below to help you keep it straight.

The post Fetal Acceleration (VEAL CHOP) OB Nursing appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 24 2016

2mins

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Ep75 Episiotomy (REEDA)

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REEDA

Redness

Edema

Ecchymosis

Discharge, Drainage

Approximation

The post Ep75 Episiotomy (REEDA) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 22 2016

1min

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Ep73 Manic Attack (DIG FAST)

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DIG FAST

Distractibility

Indiscretion

Grandiosity

Flight of Ideas

Activity Increase

Sleep Deficit

Talkative

The post Ep73 Manic Attack (DIG FAST) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 17 2016

4mins

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Ep68 Dialysis (AEIOU)

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Check the vowels: AEIOU

Acid-Base Problems

Electrolyte Problems

Intoxications

Overload of fluids

Uremic Symptoms

The post Ep68 Dialysis (AEIOU) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 05 2016

3mins

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Ep66 Truama (ABCDEFGHI)

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ABCDEFGHI

Airway

Breathing

Circulation

Disability

Examine

Fahrenheit

Get Vitals

Head to Toe Assessment

Intervention

The post Ep66 Truama (ABCDEFGHI) appeared first on NRSNG.

Oct 01 2016

7mins

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Ep65 Transient Incontinence (DIAPERS)

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DIAPPERS

Delirium

Infection

Atrophic Urethra- atrophy of the urethra

Pharmaceuticals- blood pressure medication, antidepressants, diuretics, sleeping pills

Psychologic

Excess Urine Output

Restricted Mobility

Stool Impaction

The post Ep65 Transient Incontinence (DIAPERS) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 28 2016

1min

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Ep64 Toxicity/Sepsis (6 Ts)

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The 6 T’s:
Tachycardia
Tachypnea
Tremors
Toxic look
Tiredness
Temperature (fever)

The post Ep64 Toxicity/Sepsis (6 Ts) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 26 2016

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Ep63 Pulmonary Edema (MAD DOG)

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Morphine – causes vasodilation resulting in decreased BP

Aminophylline – relaxes airways to make breathing easier

Digitalis – improve heart function in pulmonary edema

Diuretics (Lasix) – pull excess fluid off

Oxygen – improve oxygenation

Gases (Blood Gases/ABGs) – assesses respiratory status

The post Ep63 Pulmonary Edema (MAD DOG) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 24 2016

2mins

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Ep62 Prostate (FUN)

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Prostate Problems are no… FUN

Frequency

Urgency

Nocturia

The post Ep62 Prostate (FUN) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 21 2016

1min

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Ep61 Elimination (POOPER SCOOP)

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POOPER  SCOOP

(Promotion)

Position

Output

Offer Fluids

Privacy

Exercise

Report Results

(Evaluation)

Size (Amount)

Consistency

Occult Blood

Odor

Peristalsis

The post Ep61 Elimination (POOPER SCOOP) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 19 2016

2mins

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Ep60 Pupillary reaction (PERRLA)

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PERRLA

Pupils

Equally

Round and

Reactive to

Light and

Accommodate

The post Ep60 Pupillary reaction (PERRLA) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 17 2016

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Ep57 Moles (ABCDs)

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ABCD’s
Asymmetry- is the mole irregular in shape?
Border- is the border irregular, notched, or poorly defined?
Color- does the color vary (for example, between shades of brown, red, white, blue, or black)?
Diameter- is the diameter more than 6 mm?

The post Ep57 Moles (ABCDs) appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 10 2016

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