#351: Ask Me Anything! 
Straight A Nursing
by Nurse Mo
4d ago
On mobile? Listen with your favorite podcast player here. In this special AMA series, I’m answering your questions about nursing school! Here’s what I’m answering this week:  Do you have study tips for Maternal/Newborn and Peds? What’s it like to go from LPN to RN?  How do you cope with feelings of loneliness/isolation from studying a lot? How long are clinical days? Any advice for taking the NCLEX? My classmate said it was very hard. ___________________ FREE CLASS – If all you’ve heard are nursing school horror stories, then you need this class! Join me in this on-demand sess ..read more
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#350: Two Types of Calcium Channel Blockers
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by Nurse Mo
1w ago
On mobile? Listen with your favorite podcast player here. Did you know there are two types of calcium channel blockers? One type mostly affects heart rate, while the other type mostly lowers blood pressure. To learn the difference between these two types so you’ll understand why certain CCBs are prescribed, hit play on this case study episode! You’ll learn: How CCBs exert their mechanism of action How CCBs treat hypertension, angina, and tachyarrhythmias Overview of the two types of CCBs Important things to monitor when your patient is taking one of these medications Signs of CCB toxicity Es ..read more
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Focus on Pharm: Calcium Channel Blockers
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by Nurse Mo
1w ago
Patient 1 Situation: Lloyd, a 48-year-old male patient consults his primary care physician for a routine physical. Background: Lloyd has a history of asthma, eczema, GERD, obesity, and IBS. Assessment: HR: 78, BP 162/92, RR 16, SpO2 96% on RA, Temp 36.9.  Recommendation: The MD diagnoses Lloyd with stage 2 hypertension and prescribes amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker. She provides education on the DASH diet and encourages Lloyd to lose excess weight. Lloyd is scheduled for a follow-up phone appointment in two weeks for evaluation and possible dose adjustment.  Patient 2 Sit ..read more
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#349: Assessing Skin Signs Case Study
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by Nurse Mo
2w ago
On mobile? Listen with your favorite podcast player here. Noticing changes in condition often means noticing changes in the patient’s skin signs. Unfortunately, nurses are not always taught how to assess skin signs in patients with darker or yellow-toned skin. In this case study, you’ll follow along as a patient presents to the ED and shows various skin sign changes due to his clinical condition.  Hit play on this episode, and get ready to take report on Mr. Abrams! ___________________ Full Transcript – Read the article and view references FREE CLASS – If all you’ve heard are nursing sch ..read more
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Case study for GIB, liver disease, and skin assessment
Straight A Nursing
by Nurse Mo
2w ago
Your patient is Mr. Abrams, a 63 year-old Black male with a history of non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis, esophageal varices, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, and renal insufficiency. He does not drink alcohol, smoke or use recreational drugs. He is a retired elementary school teacher, married, and has two grown children.  Mr. Abrams is brought to the emergency department by ambulance. Paramedics tell you he has been complaining of shortness of breath, weakness, and dizziness as well as black, tarry stools for the past three days. He had a syncopa ..read more
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#348: Molar Pregnancy NCLEX Review
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by Nurse Mo
3w ago
Molar pregnancy, which also goes by the name “hydatidiform mole” is a gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) that involves abnormal egg fertilization and subsequent growth of nonviable tissue. In this episode, you’ll learn: The key differences between complete and partial molar pregnancy Risk factors for molar pregnancy Complications of molar pregnancy Common signs and symptoms of an individual with complete or partial molar pregnancy Priority assessments Key tests utilized to evaluate the condition Treatments for molar pregnancy Follow-up education ___________________ Full Transcript – Re ..read more
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Caring for Patients with Molar Pregnancy
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by Nurse Mo
3w ago
What is molar pregnancy? Molar pregnancy, which also goes by the name “hydatidiform mole” is a gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD). Trophoblasts are the first cells to develop once an egg is fertilized. They supply the embryo with nutrients and become part of the placenta. In a healthy pregnancy, this process is well controlled by the body. But in GTD, the body’s regulatory systems are not working properly. This leads to the proliferation of abnormal tissue that resembles clusters of grapes. The molar growth must be removed because it has the potential to develop into a choriocarcinoma, wh ..read more
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#347: Hyperkalemia Deep Dive
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by Nurse Mo
1M ago
Hyperkalemia is an elevated potassium level that can have serious consequences if left untreated. In this episode, you’ll learn: The role of potassium in the body Dangers of hyperkalemia Causes of hyperkalemia What is a hyperkalemic emergency? Treatments for hyperkalemia Hyperkalemia prevention for patients with ESRD ___________________ Full Transcript – Read the article and view references. FREE CLASS – If all you’ve heard are nursing school horror stories, then you need this class! Join me in this on-demand session where I dispel all those nursing school myths and show you that YES…you ca ..read more
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Hyperkalemia Causes and Treatment
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by Nurse Mo
1M ago
Hyperkalemia is an elevated potassium level that can have serious consequences if left untreated. In this article, learn what causes hyperkalemia, clinical signs and symptoms, how it is treated, and how at-risk patients can prevent it. The role of potassium in the body Potassium is the most abundant intracellular cation in the body, meaning that most of it lives within the cell. The higher concentration of potassium inside the cell forms an electrochemical gradient that is maintained by the sodium-potassium ATPase transporter. This gradient is essential for nerve transmission and muscle contra ..read more
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#346: Distributive Shock Simplified
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by Nurse Mo
1M ago
This special episode is part of a nursing podcast PodCrawl to celebrate Nurses Week and increase awareness about the different types of shock. This episode covers distributive shock, and you can find episodes about hypovolemic shock, obstructive and cardiogenic shock in the links down below. And, you might even discover a new nursing podcast to binge! In this episode you’ll learn:  The basics about hemodynamics, including the factors that affect blood pressure The hemodynamics of distributive shock Key things to know about each subtype of distributive shock – anaphylactic shock, neuroge ..read more
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