THE MAR ( MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION RECORD}
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  What is the MAR? The MAR is the medication administration record. It is a complete record which is kept on every patient. It includes the patient's name, age, diagnosis, height, weight and allergies. All medications ordered by the doctor and a place to sign when medications are given. Five rights: There are 5 basic rights for medication administration. Over time, more rights have been recognized. This may  vary from 7 or more. Always follow your Institution's policies and procedures, in order to avoid error ..read more
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NEUMEICAL PAIN SCALE ASSESSMENT
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1M ago
  Scenario: Paul had surgery on his back two days prior. He is having pain and requests medication. The nurse does an assessment. Neumerical pain scale assessment This a very useful tool when assessing pain. It is  based on a scale of 0-10 ( 10 being the worst). A ladder starts from the ground which is the lowest point. It escalates to the highest point, so does the pain. Pain scale: 0 = no pain 1-3 = mild pain 4-6 = pain is considered moderate 7-10 = pain is extreme or severe Helpful hints: Medication that is given by mouth, takes longer to be absorbed than when it is given&nbs ..read more
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COMMON CAUSES OF MEDICATION ERRORS
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1M ago
When a patient is admitted to a healthcare facility,  information such as allergies, past medical history, height, weight and medications are taken and recorded. This will help  the doctor when prescribing medications.  It will also be of use to the pharmacist with providing correct drug dosages.    MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION  Regardless of where a nurse works,  medication administration is done. The nurse who gives drugs of any kind, should take the time, to ensure  that everything is done correctly. Le ..read more
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WAS AN ASSESSMENT DONE?
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1M ago
Scenario 1: Lynn is a new RN. Her preceptor did not do a good job explaining the correct way to do an  assessment. Lynn is not aware of the mistake she is about to make. She goes to the bedside of a patient who does not respond.  Her mistake is obvious, no assessment was done.To compound the problem, Lynn leaves the pills at the patient's bedside. She  then advises the patient , to take the medication when awake. Scenario 2 : Lynn returns twenty minutes later. The  medication she left at the bedside, has been removed.  She has no idea who took it . She h ..read more
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HORMONES AND THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
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1M ago
                           The Endocrine System is made up of glands that secrete hormones.    Hormones are necessary for regulating normal body functions.               The information provided on hormones and the endocrine system is intended to help the nurse understand this complex system.            There are Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 , including quiz questions in each part.  To learn more, please click on the link below:    ..read more
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NURSING ADVANCEMENTS
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3M ago
  Dear nurses, There is no denying that the Nursing profession has come  a long way. We need only look back at the Florence Nightingale era and can clearly see the advancements. These specialties, were once  non-existent, but have  become commonplace. Dearnurses.com is no longer available, but has been replaced by the links below. Learn more, by clicking on the links: -  ICP Monitoring - Hemodynamic Monitoring - Hemodialysis - Clinical judgement ..read more
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DEFINING DERMATOMES
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4M ago
  SPINAL COLUMN The spinal column is made up of a collection of bones that protect the spinal cord. There are disks between the bones. There are nerves in the spinal cord that originate from the  brain. SPINAL INJURIES  Injury to the spinal cord, may result in decreased sensation to the extremities and torso. CHECKING DERMATOMES Checking dermatomes, is usually done by using a pin and cautiously pricking the skin of the arms, fingers,  legs and feet. In addition, asking the patient if the  sensation is dull, sharp or absent. It is important to document findings. En ..read more
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MERRY CHRISTMAS
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5M ago
  Dear Nurses,  I just want to wish you a safe and happy Christmas ..read more
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL
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6M ago
  Dear nurses, I want to wish you all , a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. You can follow me on Instagram for cooking tips and recipes. Just click on the link below: Grandmatrinifare ..read more
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NURSING FROM OLD TO NEW
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7M ago
Dear nurses, Hope your week is going well. Sometimes it is hard to believe that Nursing has grown into such a wonderful profession. I try to share my years of learning with those who are new to the profession. Dearnurses.com is no longer  available. But, there are videos that are still helpful. So, just click on the link: Care planning ..read more
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