Category: Clinical

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#vhd: Heart Valve Assessment

Like many focused assessments, a cardiac assessment requires a systematic approach–partly so we don’t miss anything indicating dysfunction, and partly because there are so many important components that give a complete picture of cardiovascular function. Following a review of patient...

/ November 13, 2018

Handling the death of a patient

Whether a nurse’s first experience with the death of a patient is during their time as a student or as a nurse, the experience comes with responsibilities and emotions. It is an honor to bear witness to and provide dignity...

/ November 8, 2018

Hey iSBAR, pick up the PACE!

Transferring the responsibility of caring for a patient between two nurses is commonly referred to as change-of-shift report or handoff report. This report ensures continuity of care across time. It is best done, at least partially, at the patient’s bedside...

/ October 18, 2018

Concept Mastery: Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis means the liver is scarred beyond repair. This normally rubbery, vascular, filtration organ, the liver, becomes so scarred that it cannot carry out its duties. In addition to not being able to perform correctly, a cirrhotic liver causes many...

/ October 11, 2018

Critical Thinking, UGH!

Critical thinking – Critical reasoning – Clinical reasoning – Clinical Judgment From day 1, the nursing professors and instructors talk about how students have to use critical thinking. WHAT IS THAT? Critical thinking is a mental process. It requires observation, experience,...

/ September 20, 2018

Concept Mastery: Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the atria in the heart quiver, rather than contract and beat. Instead of a normal and perfusing heart rate of about 80 beats per minute, the person gets a heart rate of roughly 200 beats per...

/ August 2, 2018

No one knows everything.

Sick of hearing about evidence-based practice? The idea has always been there: check your facts before you do a thing, right? Otherwise we’d all still be using old-wives tales to provide care. Old-wives tales include not allowing a pregnant woman...

/ June 28, 2018

Nursing Pages to Follow

Here is a short collection of enjoyable and useful sites for any stage in your nursing career! Enjoy!!! SITE LINKS EMBEDDED IN EACH IMAGE! Cool Pages on the Interweb No matter your question, AHRQ has you covered with the latest...

/ June 14, 2018
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Nursing Gets Stranger

Nursing Gets Stranger Than We Suppose As I write this, I know it will be seen by nursing students, nurses that are getting ready to take their NCLEX, new grads that have been on the job in their first few...

/ June 7, 2018

Nurse to Nurse Report

Pssst…  Dear soon to be and new nurses, Stick with me a moment here, and you’ll get a leg up on something that will make a big difference in your outlook on nursing, your new professional peer relationships, and your...

/ May 17, 2018