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Straight A Nursing

Educational podcast for nursing students featuring Nurse Mo, MSN, RN.

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How to Perform an Awesome Head-to-Toe Assessment: Episode 30

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!


2 Nov 2017

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Let’s Talk About Acid-Base Balance: Episode 65

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 scenariosIf you're in Advanced Med/Surg and want to practice ABGs, go through my step-by-step tutorial here (https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/abgs-easy-as-1-2-3/)For references, see the accompanying blog post here (https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/understanding-acid-base-balance)


29 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Potassium and Calcium: Episode 26

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


11 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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Mastering the Head-to-Toe Assessment: Episode 82

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://www.straightanursingstudent.com/our-first-guest-post-doing-a-head-to-toe-assessment/Head-To-Toe-Assessment Download: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Head-To-Toe-Assessment.xlsx


2 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Right-Sided vs Left-Sided Heart Failure: Episode 57

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://www.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://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursingschoolplanner/Best of luck with school!


22 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Nursing School Pharmacology – Antihypertensives: Episode 49

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


27 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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Renal Failure Basics: Episode 9

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 failureWant 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 page titled "Sleepless in Scrubs" Review tons of great info at www.straightanursingstudent.com, including an in-depth post on renal failure basics right here!If you find this podcast useful, please subscribe and review us! Thanks!

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26 Mar 2017

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Episode 3

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 a post on renal basics (coming soon!).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!


5 Mar 2017

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Beta Blockers: Episode 78

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 systemThe types of beta receptors in the bodyWhere beta blockers exert their influence and how this affects the patientCommonly used beta blockers and the many conditions they’re used to treatA 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://www.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


28 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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What to Do When You’re Failing Nursing School: Episode 93

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 courseWhat to do if you’re failing in clinical or in clinical jeopardyHow to survive skills check-offsMy best tips for turning things aroundAdvice for filing an appealNeed a Nursing School Booster Shot? https://straightanursing.mykajabi.com/boostershotGot test anxiety? I got you! https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/test-anxiety-in-nursing-school-episode-67/Struggling to take effective notes in nursing school? https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/taking-notes/NCLEX-style questions got you shaking in your Danskos? Decipher them with these strategies https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nclex-strategies/Not sure where to place your focus in nursing school? Try these tips: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/focus-nursing-school/Is your study group wasting your time? Turn that time-waster into a life-saver: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/podcast74/Looking for a way to learn and study disease conditions? Grab a LATTE! https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/latte-podcast/


19 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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What to Focus on in Nursing School: Episode 28

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.


2 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Basics of Shock: Episode 43

Let's chat about shock...you'll have a great time, I promise!Read the post about the basics of shock here: https://www.straightanursingstudent.com/basics-of-shock-2/(opens in a new tab)SaveSave


28 May 2018

Rank #12

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Fundamentals Quiz A: PodQuiz Episode 8

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 eliminationOur 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!Please follow on social media at Twitter @StraightANurse, on Insta (@StraightANurse) on FB at https://www.facebook.com/straightanursingstudent, on Pinterest at Straight A Nursing and, of course, online at www.straightanursingstudent.com.


23 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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Respiratory Basics: PodQuiz Episode 4

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. Let me know if you love it!Help us reach more students! Rate and review us on iTunes, share on social media and tell your classmates! Thanks!


9 Mar 2017

Rank #14

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COPD Nursing Interventions: Episode 40

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://www.straightanursingstudent.com/nursingschoolplanner/)


18 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Plan for Nursing School Success: Episode 52

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...


1 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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Arrhythmia Basics for Nursing Students: Episode 15

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 rhythmsThis 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.


8 May 2017

Rank #17

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Psychopharmacology Study Tips: Episode 13

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!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


11 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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Hyponatremia: Episode 17

In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of hyponatremia: What is hyponatremia? Common causes The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia How it's treatedAs 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!


5 Jun 2017

Rank #19

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Change the Way You Study with the LATTE Method: Episode 21

Looking for tips on how to study in nursing school? In this podcast I share with you the study method that changed my life. I am not kidding. I found that I was getting SERIOUSLY bogged down when doing case studies...going off on tangents, looking up every single little thing. Basically, making mountains out of mole hills.I knew I needed a systematic, organized way to approach case studies and disease processes. But how? Introducing LATTE! It is seriously 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!


8 Aug 2017

Rank #20