Anyone have tips/mnemonics to remember s/s?

  1. 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.

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  3. by   jov
    Quote from dex77
    . 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? :spin:
    LOL medical people always spell it mneumonic...

    I try not to memorize but to understand the concepts behind the s/s.

    Success in nursing school is about connecting the dots...
  4. by   JentheRN05
    hot/dry = sugar high
    cold/clammy = needs candy

    Diabetes it's the only one I can think of at this moment
  5. by   EricJRN
    Hope your exam went well!
  6. by   Achoo!
    heart failure-
    Left= lungs
    Right= rest of the body
  7. by   Tnurse3329
    Last week...I was so stressed about all the s/s of CHF. My instructor assigned us a concept map due the next day. At first we were all fussing about another project to do in such limited time. However, I ended up really enjoying this project. I made mine kinda tongue in cheek. The concept map was very helpful because I drew figures to match the different symptoms and then wrote the symptom underneath. When I took the test yesterday, I was able to visualize the pictures and what side of the page R (right side failure) or L (left side failure) they were on. I hope this idea will help you.
  8. by   DoubleblessedRN
    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:
    BUBBLE HE

    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.
    Homan's sign
    Emotional state

    Also remember to assess the incision site if the pt had a c-section.
    Last edit by DoubleblessedRN on Nov 15, '06 : Reason: typo
  9. by   psalm
    Here's a couple:

    lavage = leave

    gavage = give
  10. by   WDWpixieRN
    More please!! These are great!!
  11. by   TxNurse2Be
    I am in my last year of NS. What has helped me out a great deal is 'Memory Notebook of Nursing' Volumes I and II. They are the GREATEST! The are full of pictures and mnemonics and cute ways to remember things.check them out online. I think joann zerwekh, is the writer. I highly recomend them!
  12. by   DoubleblessedRN
    For 3 lead ECG placement: White right, smoke over fire: The white lead goes over the right subclavian, the black (smoke colored) goes over the left subclavian, and smoke is above fire, so the red lead (fire colored) goes on the left lower rib area.

    For the newer 5 leads, all is the same except that the green goes on the right lower rib area and the brown goes on the lower sternum/xiphoid area.

    Beta 1: heart
    Beta 2: lungs. Just remember: You have 1 heart and 2 lungs
  13. by   Megsd
    Quote from medic2ernurse2b
    For 3 lead ECG placement: White right, smoke over fire: The white lead goes over the right subclavian, the black (smoke colored) goes over the left subclavian, and smoke is above fire, so the red lead (fire colored) goes on the left lower rib area.

    For the newer 5 leads, all is the same except that the green goes on the right lower rib area and the brown goes on the lower sternum/xiphoid area.

    Beta 1: heart
    Beta 2: lungs. Just remember: You have 1 heart and 2 lungs
    Yeah, for the 5 lead telemetry monitors, it was snow (white) over grass (green), smoke over fire, and chocolate in the middle.
  14. by   luv2shopp85
    I recomend getting the memory notebook of nursing volumes 1 and 2 and the diagnostic tests and meds one. It has many pictures you can color of simple things to remember about diseases and meds and signs and symptoms. If you're a visual learner... you'll love it! I got it at the end of my first year of nursing and I wish i had gotten it sooner. These books are amazing. In fact a lot of the things people are writing here can be found in those books as well.

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