El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07 - page 31

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  1. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Well....guess what? It's been 4 weeks!



    Actually...the back rub really did feel good. LOL
  2. by   Spill
    We are in week five of school!!!!! Woo Hoo--Keep on chuggin.
  3. by   Spill
    Jaxia and Yang, what did you do to prepare for your first lecture exam?

    Just looking for some ideas.

    I read, study guide, medspub.
  4. by   JaxiaKiley
    Hey Spill,

    I really just went through the questions on medspub and made sure to read the rationales for the ones I got wrong so that I would understand why there were the way they were. Medspub really helped me because it set up the questions like they were on the test. One thing I realized is that studying like I did for A&P (with flash cards) sure isn't going to work for these tests!

    When is your phy assessment checkoff? Ours is tomorrow.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    One thing I realized is that studying like I did for A&P (with flash cards) sure isn't going to work for these tests!
    That's for sure!!! Actually, the only notecards that are really good to still make and study from are the values.


    (Potassium, calcium, chloride, sodium, Magnesium, pH.....stuff like that.)
  6. by   Yin Yang
    I read all the chapters, did the sections on Medspub. If I got it wrong, I read the wrong rationale to see why it was wrong (what was wrong with my thinking), and then the right rationale to learn how I should be thinking. I did Prenhall, I did the Fundamentals Success book questions, and I did some Kaplan NCLEX questions. I really kept up with it though and did it in little bits over the last 3 weeks so it wasn't so intense right before the test. I studied for a few hours on the day before, but stopped by 7:30 pm. It seemed to work pretty good for me. Wish me luck on Physical Assessment tomorrow!

    Yang
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Good luck to everyone on their check-offs this week!!!!!
  8. by   JaxiaKiley
    Hey -- I have a quick question: what is "voiding spontaneously"? To me, that would mean that they cannot control when they urinate, right? But that doesn't make sense with "If voiding spontaneously, assess pattern."

    Help?
  9. by   LKG6
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    Hey -- I have a quick question: what is "voiding spontaneously"? To me, that would mean that they cannot control when they urinate, right? But that doesn't make sense with "If voiding spontaneously, assess pattern." Help?
    That's a good question. For me, it means that pt can void and doesn't need catheter. So you can ask about the frequency, color, amount, etc. What do you all think?

    And good luck with PA.
    Katie
  10. by   BrieRN07
    Quote from LKG6
    That's a good question. For me, it means that pt can void and doesn't need catheter. So you can ask about the frequency, color, amount, etc. What do you all think?

    And good luck with PA.
    Katie
    I agree... at some facilities, voiding spontaneously replaces the "WNL" on the charts.

    -Brianna
  11. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from LKG6
    That's a good question. For me, it means that pt can void and doesn't need catheter. So you can ask about the frequency, color, amount, etc. What do you all think?

    And good luck with PA.
    Katie

    That's exactly right...frequency, amount, color, clarity, burning, itching. The pt is voiding spontaneously without a catheter. If not spontaneously, you look at the cath bag to see color/amount/clarity.


    Amount is important because if it is dribbling then it could indicate UTI, same with freq, clarity, burning.....


    All you ever wanted to know about urinating spontaneously, and then some. :roll
  12. by   JaxiaKiley
    Yet another reason why I love this board Thanks!!!

    Ahh, I had to look it up in Webster, because spontaneous doesn't mean that to me. But, it looks like they are using the 3rd definition:

    3 : controlled and directed internally : SELF-ACTING <spontaneous movement characteristic of living things>

    So, now I understand that. What about "assesses pattern." What do I say? 'How many times have you gone to the bathroom today?' Is that enough for the 'pattern,' or do I need more (maybe, 'how many times a day do you normally go to the bathroom?')?

    Thanks so much!!
  13. by   LKG6
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    So, now I understand that. What about "assesses pattern." What do I say? 'How many times have you gone to the bathroom today?' Is that enough for the 'pattern,' or do I need more (maybe, 'how many times a day do you normally go to the bathroom?')?
    You can ask both. How many times today and if it is a normal pattern for the pt. Then ask everything else that Funny described. (It also depends on your instructor. Some of them have specific requirements for PA. )
    Katie

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