Nursing Skills: How to measure blood pressure and what do the numbers mean

How to measure blood pressure – Nurse skills   Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio like this: Read as “117 over 76 millimeters of mercury” Systolic The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). Diastolic […]

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Some medical motivation – Gifted Hands

  Here is a little story about an incredibly wonderful physician. When I get the nursing students on their first day of rotations/clinicals, some are anxious, nervous, or scared. ┬áNot sure if they can make another semester or term of school. ┬áI have given them an extra credit assignment to watch this movie. ┬áIt is about a man who seemed […]

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Definition Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy (gestation). Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use sugar (glucose). Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health. Any pregnancy complication is concerning, but there’s good news. Expectant moms can help control gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising and, […]

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NCLEX exam results for 2014 RN and PN – Exams

The NCLEX exam results are back for 2014. The following is the actual breakdown for the exam: ┬á There are many resources available to help you with your test taking strategies. Take as many NCLEX practice questions ┬átests as you can. ┬áI would recommend taking the NCLEX as soon as possible as graduation. ┬áWaiting until you feel the perfect time […]

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Dosage Calculations Practice – Dosage Calculation 1A

How to calculate IV flow rates: Intravenous fluid must be given at a specific rate, neither too fast nor too slow. The specific rate may be measured as ml/hour, L/hour or drops/min. To control or adjust the flow rate only drops per minute are used. The burette contains a needle or plastic dropper which gives the number of drops per […]

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Intro Septic Shock – Pathophysiology

Sepsis Sepsis is a serious bodywide response to bacteremia or another infection. Septic shock is life-threatening low blood pressure (shock) due to sepsis. Usually, sepsis results from certain bacterial infections, often acquired in a hospital. Having certain conditions, such as a weakened immune system, certain chronic disorders, an artificial joint or heart valve, and certain heart valve abnormalities, increases the […]

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