1. New to this site! Was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips with studying diabetes, thyroid, and endocrine system?
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  3. by   Bess87
    the 'Incredibly Easy!' line of books is excellent.
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    The American Diabetes Assoc has a lot of great patient teaching materials, and you can learn a lot from them. Ask your local CDE, certified diabetes educator, an RN, at the hospital or call an endocrinologist's office to ask if you can come see some of their patient teaching materials.
  5. by   Esme12
    Somequick notes.......

    hypokalemia: muscle weakness, dysrhythmias, increase k (raisins, bananas, apricots, oranges, beans, potatoes, carrots, celery)
    hyperkalemia: murder – muscle weakness, urine (oliguria/anuria), respiratory depression, decreased cardiac contractility, ecg changes, reflexes

    hyponatremia: nausea, muscle cramps, increased icp, muscular twitching, convulsion; osmotic diuretics, fluids
    hypernatremia: increased temp, weakness, disorientation/delusions, hypotension, tachycardia; hypotonic solution

    hypocalcemia: cats – convulsions, arrhythmias, tetany, spasms and stridor
    hypercalcemia: muscle weakness, lack of coordination, abdominal pain, confusion, absent tendon reflexes, sedative effect on cns

    hypomg: tremors, tetany, seizures, dyrshythmias, depression, confusion, dysphagia; dig toxicity
    hypermg: depresses the cns, hypotension, facial flushing, muscle ewakness, absent deep tendon reflexes, shallow respirations, emergency

    addison’s: hypoNA, hyperk, hypoglycemia, dark pigmentation, decreased resistance to stress, fractures, alopecia, weight loss, gi distress
    cushings: hyperna, hypok, hyperglycemia, prone to infection, muscle wasting, weakness, edema, htn, hirsutism, moonface/buffalo hump
    addisonian crisis: n/v, confusion, abdominal pain, extreme weakness, hypoglycemia, dehydration, decreased bp

    pheochromocytoma: hypersecretion of epi/norepi, persistent htn, increased hr, hyperglycemia, diaphoresis, tremor, pounding ha; avoid stress, frequent bating and rest breaks, avoid cold and stimulating foods, surgery to remove tumor

    here are some good resource sites.

    Endocrine Diseases: thyroid, parathyroid adrenal and diabetes - EndocrineWeb


    http://freenursetutor.com/topics-to-...ne-system.html free

    Last edit by Esme12 on Feb 12, '13
  6. by   chibiRN
    I have a couple of really great recorded lectures on these topics that helped me quite a bit with NCLEX. They are by no means the end all be all but helpful in recognizing signs/symptoms. PM me with your email address if you want them =)