Appendicitis – Pathophysiology, Podcast, and Nursing Care Plan


Appendicitis The appendix is a small appendage that is located at the beginning of the large intestine. Appendicitis is an inflammation to the inner lining of the appendix most often occurring in patients between age 10 – 30. Appendicitis is thought to start when the appendix becomes blocked by feces, a foreign body, or sometimes even a tumor.    Complications […]

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Peptic Ulcer Disease -Pathophysiology, Podcast, and Care Plan

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) The term Peptic ulcer disease is given when the  gastric acid in the digestive tract erodes the inner area of the small intestine, pylorus, stomach, or esophagus.  These erosions cause open sores and can become extremely painful and can even bleed. Usually, the mucus lining of the small intestine and stomach can protect against gastric acid.  However, […]

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Placenta Previa – Pathophysiology for nurses with podcast and careplan

Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa – Pathophysiology for nurses What is Placenta Previa Placenta previa is when the placenta either partially or completely covers the opening of the cervix of the pregnant patient. Severe bleeding can occur with placenta previa before, during or even after delivery. Oxygen and nutrients are supplied to the fetus by the placenta. The placenta also removes waste products […]

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Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills

Wound VAC

Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills   While there may be several different models of wound vacs in the healthcare setting, the basic concepts are the same.  Please check your facilities policies and procedures prior to using these machines. Vacuum-Assisted Closure Therapy also known in the healthcare facilities as Wound Vac have been used for over […]

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Cirrhosis of the Liver Podcast and Nursing Care Plan


Cirrhosis of the Liver Podcast and Nursing Care Plan What is Cirrhosis Cirrhosis is the result of damage to the liver. Remember that the liver is responsible for taking out harmful substances from the body. When the patient has a liver disease of other liver disorder, this can result in cirrhosis which is a late stage of fibrosis (scarring) of […]

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Pulmonary Embolism for nurses and nursing students with podcast

Pulmonary embolism for nursing students

What is a Pulmonary embolism (PE)? Here we will discuss pulmonary embolism for nurses and nursing students to help with the understand of this disease process. A PE occurs when one or more pulmonary arteries in the patients lungs have become blocked. It is possible that the pulmonary embolism was a result of a blood clot or clots that migrated […]

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How to become an LVN or LPN

How to become an LVN or LPN There are two types of nurse that fall into the practical nursing branch, a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse has depending on the institution approximately 12-18 months of study. SO when you ask yourself the question, “how do I become a nurse”, we hope that this article helps. The prerequisites: High […]

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Adrenal Fatigue or a Thyroid Problem?

Adrenal Fatigue or a Thyroid Problem?     Everybody experiences tiredness at times. After a long day, kicking off your shoes, collapsing on to the sofa and dozing off within minutes is actually perfectly normal. What isn’t normal however, is a feeling that you’re constantly tired.   Struggling to maintain your current routine, coupled with poor clarity in thinking, […]

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