Quote from bmadden0516
Thanks for your reply. I guess, I need to know a good way to take in this information. It appears to be a lot and I guess to have any charts, diagrams, mneumonic devices, ideas? I am not too sure how to get started on this. I have done a majority of the reading - it just seems to be confusing.
This is how I got through electrolytes...
First I took each electrolyte and defined it. Then I took the values and ranges and understood that for example Sodium (135-145) <135 Hyponatremia, >145 Hypernatremia. Then I broke those two up and studied all the nursing assessments for each. For example, some causes for Hyponatremia- excessive sweating, tap H20 enemas, etc... and then studied the symptoms.. Personality changes, n/v, diarrhea, etc... then the nursing care. After I was able to conquer and understand that I went on to the Hypernatremia and did the same thing. From there I moved on the Potassium and all the others. After you get through all the electrolytes and have an idea of what they all stand for you can start comparing them and grouping them into categories. For example, monitor I & O for all of them, assess for acidosis ( Hyperkalemia, and Hypercalcemia).
Hope this helps a bit. Are you doing acid base balance along with this? We did and that also helped out alot by comparing certain electrolytes. If there is anything else I can tell you about this please let me know. Good luck.