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  1. SC injection sites with ascites
    Ascites is build up of fluid between the peritoneum (the protective membrane of the abdominal cavity) and the abdominal organs, so this fluid accumulates underneath whatever layers of subcutaneous...
    Nov 11
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  2. IV starts in nursing schools
    There are actually many large and reputable hospitals that have IV teams available 24 hours per day, and the floor nurses are not certified, trained, or allowed by policy to place IVs.
    Nov 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. IV starts in nursing schools
    One of my instructors offered a 1 credit elective course in IV therapy for senior nursing students where we learned the basics of blood draws, IV starts, accessing ports, and central line dressing...
    Nov 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. October 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    "If you think this is going to get you out of helping with the flu shot clinic, you better think again!"
    Oct 20
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  5. patient-centered outcomes
    A patient centered outcome is something that the patient learns/does that's related to their own health. The assignment is asking you to write an example of a patient centered outcome using those...
    Oct 19
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  6. bathing
    We don't use CHG on the skin of any baby younger than 2 months. Even for central line dressing changes, we use betadine.
    Oct 17
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  7. Bathing with IVs, central lines and wound dressings
    Plastic wrap is great for covering IV's and PICC lines. For ports and central lines in the chest, you can wrap the chest with plastic wrap, or Glad Press and Seal works really well too (we tell...
    Oct 17
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  8. Lab draws
    Our PICU draws all our own labs. Our peds floor only draws from central lines and the lab comes to draw the venipunctures.
    Oct 17
    Forum: Pediatric Nursing
  9. Clinical Reasoning Judgement
    Look at it this way- was suctioning going to harm the patient? Provided you are allowed and capable of performing the skill correctly, suctioning a patient when it isn't necessary (once) is not going...
    Oct 10
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  10. October 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    "Looks like your Halloween costume is free this year."
    Oct 5
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  11. Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia
    You already have a population- "mechanically ventilated patients". VAP is a risk for all intubated patients regardless of their age. For your 2-3 sentence statement, I'd structure it like this: ...
    Oct 5
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  12. Thinking of picking up a minor?
    I have a BSN with a minor in psychology. Simply put, nobody cares. It doesn't even appear on your diploma. It really has no bearing on my resume, especially since I didn't pursue psychiatric nursing....
    Sep 29
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  13. Risk for vs Actual
    "Infection" is not a NANDA nursing diagnosis. It's a medical diagnosis. "Risk for infection" is a NANDA nursing diagnosis. It has goals and interventions for management specific to the nurse's scope...
    Sep 29
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  14. condom catheters
    1 gram = 1mL of fluid. Strict I&O can quite easily be calculated for an incontinent person by weighing the soiled brief and subtracting that value from the weight of a dry brief. Unless the patient...
    Sep 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Help with NCLEX style questions!
    When you narrow down the answers, what criteria are you using to decide which is "most correct"? Do you find yourself going against your instincts? Going back and changing the answer? Or is your...
    Sep 26
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  16. very basic question on nclex :(
    Analyzing every question on a test this important is normal. Try to tell yourself that you did your best and you can't change anything at this point. The test asks you a series of questions of...
    Sep 26
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  17. School/Life Balance - How Do You Do It???
    Honestly, I think a lot of the talk about nursing school being SO time consuming that you'll never have time for fun or friends or family is a little silly. Yes, it takes a lot of work. But it's no...
    Sep 25
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  18. Why do we hate admissions?
    All of the above, perhaps? I think the biggest issue is that it is so time consuming to do the admission assessment and documentation, teaching, inventory of personal items, orientation to the room,...
    Sep 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Made my first "Nursing" connection
    Good for you! It's awesome when you start seeing that you can put the pieces together and think critically. Soon, you'll be making these connections without even realizing it!
    Sep 20
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  20. Intermittent Unexplained Fever in 20 months old
    Who is taking the temperatures? The mother or the office? Has the mother used the same thermometer throughout these past months or has it been replaced (ruling out an incorrectly calibrated...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Pediatric Nursing
  21. Capstone project on congenital hypothyroidism
    I'd do some preliminary research before you decide on a thesis. It's easier to write about a topic that has several good research studies easily available. To get your started, think about...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  22. Early signs of respiratory distress in pediatrics
    I want you to try something... Set your timer on your phone for 90 seconds. Hold your breath. Hold your breath as long as you can, or until the timer reaches 0. Note how you feel as your drive to...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  23. order of priority of nursing diagnosis
    Just like when you're prioritizing care, prioritize your nursing diagnoses based on the ABC's. Then ask yourself which ones are causing the most immediate risk or compromise to the patient? The...
    Sep 4
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  24. get fired?
    I'm going to give you some hard truths. You've been a nurse for 6 months and you said yourself that you're still getting used to the routine. You still have a lot of learn. You didn't elaborate on...
    Sep 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. oral health in the ICU
    Oral care decreases the risk of VAP as it helps remove bacteria from the mouth. There are several research studies to back this up. Here is one:...
    Aug 27
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing


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