Sickle Cell Anemia Pathophysiology, Podcast, and Nursing Care Plan

Sickle cell anemia

Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia that is inherited. In this condition there is not an adequate number of healthy red blood cells to transport enough oxygen to your organs and tissues. Usually, red blood cells are concave in appearance. Because of their shape, the cells are flexible and can move easily through your body […]

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Ace Inhibitors – Pharmacology for Nurses with podcast

Medications

Ace Inhibitors – Pharmacology for Nurses Ace Inhibitors are also known as Angiotensin-converting enzyme is used to treat conditions such as: Hypertension Migraines Coronary artery disease Heart failure (CHF) Heart Attacks (MI) Some Chronic renal failures Diabetes Scleroderma For exam questions on Ace inhibitors, remember that it is used to:   lower the blood pressure Increase cardiac output by dilating […]

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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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Clostridium difficile aka C. diff Nursing Care Plan

C. Diff nursing care plan

Clostridium difficile aka C. diff Nursing Care Plan Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is starting to become more and more common in the healthcare facilities. This bacterium causes symptoms that range from diarrhea to life threatening inflammation of the colon. Older patients that are admitted into long term or acute care facilities usually become ill with C.diff. C.diff usually occurs after the […]

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Clostridium difficile aka C. diff review for nurses & nursing students with podcast

clostridium difficile, C. diff

Clostridium difficile aka C. diff review for nurses & nursing students Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is starting to become more and more common in the healthcare facilities. This bacterium causes symptoms that range from diarrhea to life threatening inflammation of the colon. Older patients that are admitted into long term or acute care facilities usually become ill with C.diff. C.diff usually […]

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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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Rheumatic fever for nurses and nursing students with podcast

Rheumatic fever for nurses and nursing students

Rheumatic fever for nurses and nursing students: Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory illness that occurs as a complication of strep throat that may not have been treated correctly.  Scarlet fever which is different from rheumatic fever, and strep throat are also caused by a group A streptococcus bacterial infection. Rheumatic fever can occur in younger children and adults, however, it […]

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Myasthenia Gravis Nursing Care Plan

Myasthenia Gravis Nursing Care Plan Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune in short means that the body is attacking itself.  This disorder is characterized by fatigue and generalized weakness of any of the muscles that are under voluntary control. This disease attacks the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which is outside the brain and spinal cord. It can surface at […]

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Nurses do you know the facts about the Official “Do Not Use” List

Nurse Charting

The joint commissions status update on how registered nurses, LPN, LVN, and other nursing fields should avoid the words listed in the article below, it outlines the “Do not Use” list for nursing and medical staff on charting.  These abbreviations have been shown to be misread multiple times.  Computerized charting has helped alleviate some errors from these written orders, however, not […]

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Normal and Adventitious Lung Sounds tutorial for nursing students

Normal and Adventitious Lung Sounds   What are lung sounds Lungs sounds are the same as breath sounds or respiratory sounds, these sounds can be heard (auscultated) on the anterior (front) and posterior (back) of the patients chest wall using a stethoscope. Normal Breath Sounds Normal lung sounds are classified as bronchial, tracheal, or bronchovesicular. When documenting the lung sounds, […]

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