Esme12's Nursing Blog

By Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator

Joined Aug 12, '05. Posts: 37,508 (36% Liked) Likes: 44,925

The following are articles I have written and shared with the nursing community. If you enjoy an article please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Why I love being a nurse....

A long time ago I took care of a Class IV cardiac. For those of you who don't know what this is...a class IV cardiac patient are symptomatic at rest. They tolerate no activity. Today they are candidate for transplant. Then, they waited to die without the benefits of a portable VAD. Mr. Jones (name changed to protect his identity) was a "frequent flyer". These are patients we seen again and again for the same diagnosis. He was an intelligent man, had his own business, and was well... Read More →

Counterpulsation. What kind of counter is that? is not in your kitchen.... Counterpulsation : count-er-pul-sa-tion (kown'ter-pŭl-sā'shŭn), A means of assisting the failing heart by automatically removing arterial blood just before and during ventricular ejection and returning it to the circulation during diastole; a balloon catheter is inserted into the aorta and activated by an automatic mechanism triggered by the ECG. (Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary) The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) was introduced the in the... Read More →

My beloved nursing students

To my beloved nursing students. There are many of us here who love helping you. We ask that you show us your work. Show us that you have your critical thinking caps on and are trying to grasp this new way of thinking. Tell us what you think and we will go out of our way to help you. Saying that we will not do your homework is not being mean. Our job is to help you become the best nurse that you can be. We want you to have the AhHa moment where it suddenly clicks and makes sense. ... Read More →

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