I'm a 1st yr, 1st semester NS. I've been doing ok in my classes so far as far as grades go but I think I would be better off if I could remember the signs and symptoms for many of the topics we cover. For example, tomorrow I have an exam on fluid, electrolyte, acid/base imbalance. So, hypo vs hypervolemia, hypernatrimia vs hyponatremia etc. I usually need a lot of time and repetition to memorize things but, I just get these s/s so mixed up! Anyone have any mneumonics or other techniques to remember these things? I had a lot of trouble when we covered pneumonia, COPD as well.
Nov 15, '06
I know you're only in your first semester but I am currently in OB. My clinical instructor taught us an acronym for assessing a postpartum patient:
Breasts, such as pain from engorgement or drying, and teaching about breastfeeding.
Uterus: the height of the fundus and firmness of uterus
Bladder: location of bladder and urinary output if pt has IV or if pt has voided after cath removal
Bowels: bowel sounds, and questioning about flatus and last BM
Lochia: color and amount
Episiotomy: Assess pain and for signs of infection at incision site.
Also remember to assess the incision site if the pt had a c-section.
Last edit by DoubleblessedRN on Nov 15, '06
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