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Your ultimate guide to NCLEX® prep and nursing school by NRSNG.com. The premier nursing podcast.

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Your ultimate guide to NCLEX® prep and nursing school by NRSNG.com. The premier nursing podcast.

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Finally

By AmberLarry - Jul 18 2017
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Something to play in the car and not waste any study time ever... because nursing school

NRSNG is exactly what the "doctor" ordered

By HOOCH STEELERS NATION - Feb 07 2017
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Thank you so much for creating these podcasts, your hard work is appreciated! The NRSNG program is a tremendous gift for all future nurses, it's exactly what the "doctor" ordered! I can't wait to see you on the other side and call you my colleague. ~ FUTURE RN

iTunes Ratings

29 Ratings
Average Ratings
20
4
3
1
1

Finally

By AmberLarry - Jul 18 2017
Read more
Something to play in the car and not waste any study time ever... because nursing school

NRSNG is exactly what the "doctor" ordered

By HOOCH STEELERS NATION - Feb 07 2017
Read more
Thank you so much for creating these podcasts, your hard work is appreciated! The NRSNG program is a tremendous gift for all future nurses, it's exactly what the "doctor" ordered! I can't wait to see you on the other side and call you my colleague. ~ FUTURE RN
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The Unofficial NCLEX® Prep Podcast by NRSNG

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Your ultimate guide to NCLEX® prep and nursing school by NRSNG.com. The premier nursing podcast.

Rank #1: Ep001: What Do Nurses Need to Know About Advanced Directives

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It is the nurse’s job and part of the law (Client Self-Determination Act) to assess for existing advanced directives and integrate them into the patient’s care, and inform and educate about them if the patient is unfamiliar with advanced directives

Wikipedia | Mayo Clinic

  • Check the EHR for any advanced directives
  • Ask the patient: “Mr. Smith, do you have any advanced directives already set up? Do you have a living will or healthcare power of attorney?
  • If the patient says yes, ask for copies so that they can be added to the chart

Educate the patient

about them if they don’t have any or know what they are

Definitions:

  • A living will is a document that says what you want to be done, or not done, in the event that you become incapacitated
  • A durable power of attorney is someone who makes medical decisions for you when you are incapacitated
  • Assess for existing advanced directives
  • If the patient becomes incapacitated, integrate them into their care

A health care proxy is the document that outlines who the durable power of attorney is

The post Ep001: What Do Nurses Need to Know About Advanced Directives appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 16 2016
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Rank #2: Ep049 Protect Patient from Injury

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        • Falls: initiate fall risk care plan if appropriate, make sure patient is safe to ambulate, initiate all fall precautions
        • Electrical hazards
        • Unsafe behavior from other patients or visitors

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Jun 25 2018
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Rank #3: Ep039: Providing Care Within the Legal Scope of Practice

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Mar 07 2017
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Rank #4: Ep080 Safety and Infection Control Use of Restraints Monitorevaluate patient response to restraintssafety device

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  • Evaluate routinely, based on kind of restraint
    • IE if it’s a violent restraint, q15 min at minimum
  • Assess skin q30min, remove q2hr and provide ROM, fluids, toileting, food, and so forth
  • Renew order if still needed

The post Ep080 Safety and Infection Control Use of Restraints Monitorevaluate patient response to restraintssafety device appeared first on NRSNG.

Aug 02 2017
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Rank #5: What Was it Like to be a Nurse During Hurricane Harvey? Nurse Erika Share Her Story

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When a natural disaster strikes, patients don’t magically stop being sick.  I am honored to share the story of Erika RN BSN, who stayed in the hospital 108 hours during Hurricane Harvey providing care for her patients.

I am honored to count myself among the ranks of such amazing nurses.

We all know, going into nursing, that we will care for patients selflessly.  The #harveynurses exemplify what it means to be a nurse so perfectly.

If you are wondering how you can help with the aftermath, we wrote a post about it here.

I want to express a sincere thank you to those nurses who so bravely and selflessly represented nurses during the storm and now, throughout the cleanup.

Our goal at NRSNG has always been to provide tools and confidence to help nurses succeed.  This interview should instill a great deal of confidence in your choice to be a nurse.  You are entering the ranks of the BEST profession in the world!

Listen to the episode here:

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Sep 04 2017
19 mins
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Rank #6: Ep038 Report Unsafe Practice of Health Care Personnel and Intervene as Appropriate

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  • Substance abuse/diversion
  • Improper care
  • Staffing practices

The post Ep038 Report Unsafe Practice of Health Care Personnel and Intervene as Appropriate appeared first on NRSNG.

Jan 06 2017
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Rank #7: Ep056: Determine Which Patients(s) to Recommend for Discharge in a Disaster Situation

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  • Important that only the sickest ones are in the facility
    • Think patients on ventilators or respiratory support, on vasoactive medications, patients that would likely die or have profound, life-altering effects  if not receiving care they can only receive in the hospital

The post Ep056: Determine Which Patients(s) to Recommend for Discharge in a Disaster Situation appeared first on NRSNG.

Jun 05 2017
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Rank #8: Ep002: Advocating for Your Patient – What Does it Mean?

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Advocating – help the patient and their support system understand the clinical picture and identified treatment options, identify their wants/needs, support the patient, speak on their behalf if needed, and uphold and protect their rights

The foundation of being an advocate is checking your personal beliefs at the door to help the patient figure out what is best for them

Use resources to facilitate their decision-making process and decisions. Examples include:

  • Interpreter if not English-speaking
  • Case manager to facilitate identified agreed-upon discharge needs (hospice, SNF, nursing home, and so forth)

Educate staff as appropriate

The post Ep002: Advocating for Your Patient – What Does it Mean? appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 16 2016
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Rank #9: Ep000: Welcome to the Unofficial NCLEX® Prep Podcast for Nursing Students

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Welcome to our brand new . . . hot off the presses podcast.  This podcast is designed to provide you with a step-by-step outline for the majority of the key points the NCSBN wants nursing students to know before taking the NCLEX®.

Each episode is between 5-15 minutes and covers one bullet point from the NCLEX® Test Plan.

We do have a free download that goes along with this podcast outlining the points discussed. You can download that here at: NRSNG.com/NCLEXprep.

This document is an ever growing study guide that includes well outlined points.  Rather than outlining disease processes, meds, and other medical information, this podcast will focus on the nursing concepts and fundamental nursing information.

This podcast is sure to be a massive resource for you as a nursing student.  New episodes will be added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

To help see this podcast grow the best thing you can do is subscribe, share, and review.

The post Ep000: Welcome to the Unofficial NCLEX® Prep Podcast for Nursing Students appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 16 2016
27 mins
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Rank #10: Ep051: Implement Seizure Precautions for At-risk Patients

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  • Many disease processes can put patients at an increased risk for seizures
    • Brain injury or trauma
    • Drugs, medication
    • Withdrawing from alcohol or other drugs
    • Fevers
    • History seizure activity
    • See this list from John Hopkins about various causes of seizures
  • Patients can experience a seizure with little to no warning
  • Must provide a safe environment should this event occur, therefore all patients at risk for seizures should have precautions in place
  • Hospitals will have policies that outline specifics.  These most likely will include, but are not limited to:
    • Padded side rails
    • All 4 side rails up
    • Suction MUST be set up and ensure that it works appropriately
    • Ambu bag must be nearby

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May 24 2017
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Rank #11: Ep 047: Safety and Infection Control: Accident Prevention: Idenitfy and Faciliate Correct use of Infant and Child Car Seats

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  • Really important, especially with first time parents
  • Can be easily done incorrectly, not as straightforward as some anticipate
  • Some facilities may have it as part of policy to make sure family knows how to properly use before leaving

The post Ep 047: Safety and Infection Control: Accident Prevention: Idenitfy and Faciliate Correct use of Infant and Child Car Seats appeared first on NRSNG.

May 01 2017
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Rank #12: Ep021: Nursing Documentation

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  • If it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done!

        • Nurses are responsible for documenting many things. Some of which include:
          • Care plans
          • Medications (many facilities use barcode scanning)
          • Nursing notes
          • Assessments (focused, head to toe, vascular access devices, lines, tubes, airways, pain, sedation, restraints)
          • Patient education
        • Pay close attention to documentation training courses; the faster and more efficient you are at charting, the less time you spend in front of the computer
        • Have the mentality when you’re charting that you want whomever reads it in the future to have a clear picture of what was happening with the patient at any point in their stay while you’re caring for them.
        • Write like it’s going to be read in a deposition in the future
        • Always document the facts and things that you’ve seen or done, never assume anything
          • For example, if you walk into your patient’s room and they are on the floor and the patient says they fell..
            • Do not chart: “Patient fell.”
            • Chart: “Walked into patient’s room, noted patient lying on ground at the foot of the bed.”

The post Ep021: Nursing Documentation appeared first on NRSNG.

Nov 04 2016
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Rank #13: Ep004: Identify Tasks for Delegation Base on Patient Needs

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  • NCSBN Delegation | ANA: Developing Delegation Skills
  • You will be responsible for delegating tasks to others; nursing assistants, other nurses, and so forth
  • Not all tasks are appropriate to delegate
    • You can only delegate tasks for which you are responsible for
    • Even after you have delegated a task, you are still ultimately responsible for it.  The person delegated to also assumes some responsibility, but it ultimately goes back to you.
  • Make sure the person you’re delegating tasks to has had the appropriate training, skills, and experience before having them complete tasks independently and unsupervised
  • Right task (for example, removing a foley)
  • Right circumstances (is the patient stable?  Is it a routine removal?)
  • Right person (is it the correct person to delegate this task to?)
  • Right direction or communication (are you communicating expectations clearly?)
  • Right supervision or feedback (do you need to supervise directly, or someone else? Is this someone else qualified to do so?  Do they know what complications to report to you?)
  • The nurse practice act, your state’s limitations, and your facility’s policies and procedures all can dictate which tasks you can delegate and who you can delegate to
  • Communication is vital: use the 5 rights of delegation
  • Follow up to make sure the task was completed appropriately
  • Evaluate effectiveness of staff members’ time management skills

The post Ep004: Identify Tasks for Delegation Base on Patient Needs appeared first on NRSNG.

Sep 26 2016
11 mins
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Rank #14: Ep070: Safety and Infection Control Standard Precautions Understand Communicable Diseases

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  • Airborne – isolation room, negative pressure room, must wear appropriate mask and additional PPE (gown, gloves)
    • Measles
    • Varicella
    • Tuberculosis
  • Droplet – isolation room, surgical mask okay, gown, gloves
    • Meningitis
    • Pertussis
    • Pneumonia
    • Influenza
  • Contact – isolation room, gown and gloves
    • Colonized organism, or present of / infection with an MDRO
    • MRSA, VRE
  • Enteric – contact precautions but must wash hands with soap and water, no hand sanitizer
    • Clostritium difficile

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Jul 10 2017
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Rank #15: Ep054: Verify Appropriateness and/or Accuracy of a Treatment Order

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  • Do not blindly follow orders; practice with a questioning attitude
  • Quote from Scrubs, the TV show
    • Nurse (to doctor): “Doug wanted me to give him 500,000 mg of morphine… I thought I’d check with you first before I killed a man.”
  • Doctors and ordering providers may order or write for the incorrect thing when they meant something different, they may have put an order in on the wrong chart, or wrote an incorrect dosage.  
  • This is why there are many checks and balances… the ordering provider, the pharmacist, the nurse and so forth
  • Report errors and incidents appropriately

The post Ep054: Verify Appropriateness and/or Accuracy of a Treatment Order appeared first on NRSNG.

May 31 2017
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Rank #16: Ep036 Review facility policy and state mandates prior to agreeing to serve as an interpreter for staff or primary health care providers

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  • To be clinically appropriate medical interpreter, you must have appropriate credentials
  • This is important because medical jargon is very different from fluency in a language, therefore competency and knowledge of specific medical jargon in various languages must be verified prior to the facility being able to say one is an official medical interpreter

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Jan 02 2017
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Rank #17: Ep020: Provide and Recieve Report

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  • Report will look different in various areas of the hospital
    • ED report is very short and concise
    • Critical care report is very detailed
    • Floor report is more detailed than the ED, but less detailed than critical care
    • Some facilities use standardized report forms (for example, SBAR)
    • Basically communicating info from one shift to the next:
      • What the nurse needs to know to safely care for the patient for the next 12 hours and coordinate care within the healthcare team
    • When receiving report, wait until reporting nurse is done to ask questions

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Nov 02 2016
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Rank #18: Ep066: Safety and Infection Control Reporting Incident Identify Where Reporting of Incident is Appropriate

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  • Acknowledge and document practice error per policy
    • For example, medication error, accidental needlestick, incorrect order entry, patient transferred to incorrect unit
  • Evaluate response to error/event/occurrence
    • Evaluate patient
    • Does a process need to change to prevent this from occurring in the future or was it human error?

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Jun 28 2017
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Rank #19: Ep029: Obtaining Informed Consent

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        • What is informed consent?  Basically the patient is giving permission for treatment and acknowledging that they understand the risks and benefits of the procedure as well as the consequences for not receiving the treatment.
        • Wikipedia
        • The patient must be an adult that is mentally and emotionally competent to sign their own consent
          • Those that may not be able to consent for themselves:  unconscious, declared incompetent, under the influence of medications/alcohol/illegal drugs, or mentally impaired (for example, advanced dementia)
        • Questions must be answered
        • It is also signed by the health care provider performing the procedure and an adult witness (many times the nurse is the witness)
        • It is a LEGAL document
        • Identify appropriate person to provide informed consent for patient
          • The patient should always consent if it is medically appropriate
          • parent, legal guardian, health care power of attorney, next of kin
          • If patient is unable to consent themselves, you may need to reference advanced directives or work with case management to determine the appropriate person to get consent from
        • Make sure to use an appropriate interpreter if English is not the patient’s primary language
          • Interpreter must be from the facility, not the patient’s loved ones
        • There are different kinds of consent
          • Admission / consent to treat
          • Immunization
          • Blood transfusion
          • Surgical
          • Research
          • Special consents: organ donation, autopsy, restraints, photographs, food from home, and many others
        • It is really important to make sure the patient understands the procedure both at the consent is obtained and continually after
        • Consent should be placed in the chart – they are extremely important
        • Patient example:
          • A patient is admitted to the ICU for an obstructed bowel
            • An admission / consent to treat is obtained
          • The patient needs 2 units PRBC’s
            • The nurse obtains a consent to transfuse blood products
          • The patient needs to go to surgery for a bowel resection
            • The surgeon and nurse obtain consent for surgery
          • The patient has complications and qualifies for a research study
            • The patient signs consent for the study
          • The patient codes after surgery and has an anoxic brain injury; declared brain dead and is now an organ donor
            • The HCPOA signs consent for donation

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Nov 23 2016
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Rank #20: Ep028: Practice in a Manner Consistent with a Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses

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Nov 21 2016
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