#351: Ask Me Anything!
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
17h ago
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 session where I dispel all those nursing school myths and show you ..read more
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#350: Two Types of Calcium Channel Blockers
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
1w ago
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 Essential patient education ___________________ Full Transcr ..read more
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#349: Assessing Skin Signs Case Study
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
2w ago
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 school horror stories, then you need this class! Join me in th ..read more
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#348: Molar Pregnancy NCLEX Review
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
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 - Rea ..read more
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#347: Hyperkalemia Deep Dive
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
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 c ..read more
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#346: Distributive Shock Simplified
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
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, neurogen ..read more
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#345: Little Bellies Gone Bad - Pediatric GI Disorders
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
1M ago
Children can have a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders, and exams will require you to be able to differentiate between each one. In this episode, I’m providing a high level overview of common pediatric GI disorders: Gastroesophageal reflux disease Hirschsprung disease Intussusception Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis Biliary atresia Meckel’s diverticulum Short bowel syndrome Plus, there’s a PodQuiz at the end…so make sure you listen all the way through! ___________________ Full Transcript - Read the article and view references. FREE CLASS - If all you've heard are nursing school horror sto ..read more
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#343: BONUS! Hypercapnia with Rapid Response RN
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
1M ago
I’m sharing one of my favorites from the Rapid Response RN podcast with you in this special bonus episode! If you haven’t started listening to this podcast yet, you are going to LOVE Sarah! Her podcast helps nurses boost their confidence when responding to emergencies. New episodes drop every Friday, so make sure you are following the Rapid Response RN show, too! ___________________ Rapid Response and Rescue Class - Take your assessment and emergency response skills to the next level with this training from Sarah Lorenzini, the Rapid Response RN! FREE CLASS - If all you've heard are nursing sc ..read more
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#341: The Pulmonary Embolism and Cardiac Connection
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
2M ago
If you’re learning about advanced Med Surg concepts or even working in the clinical setting, you’ve no doubt heard of pulmonary embolism. But did you know it goes beyond impaired gas exchange? Hit play on this episode to learn how a pulmonary embolism can impair cardiac function, potentially leading to devastating consequences. In this episode, you’ll review foundation concepts to help you understand this connection: Cardiopulmonary circulation Pulmonary embolism pathophysiology The factors that contribute to blood pressure ___________________ Full Transcript - Read the article and view refe ..read more
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#340: How to get into CRNA school - Interview with Jenny Finnell
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by Maureen Osuna, MSN, RN - Nursing school educator, author, and nursing student enthusiast.
2M ago
If you’ve ever thought that CRNA school might be in your future, the time to start preparing is now…even if you’re not in nursing school yet! In this episode, I’m joined by Jenny Finnell, CRNA and CEO of CRNA School Prep Academy. Not only is Jenny a great mentor, but she’s also extremely knowledgeable about what it takes to get into a CRNA program.  Hit play on this episode to get some of your questions about the path to CRNA school, such as:  How do you know if CRNA school is the right career path for you? What sorts of things does a CRNA do? When is the ideal time to start preppin ..read more
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