1. ok ok .. now I am scared
    we have a huge exam coming in two weeks and it is constructed this way
    they give us 6 patient cases and then we will have an oral examination on

    medications ( effect on symtoms, pathology, side-effects)
    evaluation ( of the pat. what to observe and why)
    care plans (demands and resources, taking into account age, sex, illnesses and other factors)
    specific nuring interventions
    also what legal aspects are to be concidered

    and we are not allowed to bring any notes or so forth.. all in your head

    we received our cases yesterday and they are so vague .. this thing is HUGE .. it counts for 13 weeks credit..

    sorry guys .. thanks for listening
    I am gonna get back to the books now ..

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  3. by   Jennerizer
    Wow.......sounds difficult but I'm sure you'll do well. Good luck!!!
  4. by   Diana in Sweden
    thanks Jen
    what threw me is that the cases are just so vague
    85 yr old with suspected DVT....slight shortness of breath.. ..
    could be many things .. I suppose that is the point .. things are seldom clear in real life but I would have liked a few more details...
    thanks again for the encouragement
    I appreciate it no end :-)
  5. by   Katnip
    That's all they give you?

    I guess I'd just start by looking for PEs in that.

    I sure wish you the best of luck Diana.
  6. by   Diana in Sweden
    what is a PE? ... doen't use english in the workplace so I sometimes missunderstand nursing jargon

    ok there are a few more details but not much at all to go on...
    thanks for the luck .. I need all I can get
  7. by   essarge
    Just follow your nursing skills:

    Assess the patient
    Give nursing diagnosis

    If you follow this outline you should be fine
  8. by   Diana in Sweden
    thanks essarge .. I really just have to calm down .. I know my stuff.. well I think I do anyway .. lol
  9. by   kimtab
    PE=Pulmonary Embolism. That's what I would think of too if all I had to go on was suspect DVT and SOB
  10. by   Diana in Sweden
    yes thank you .. I was thinking of that .. or that the patient might have a long term cor. incomp that increases the risk of DVT. We are going to get barraged with questions and have to be prepared to show all relationships between illnesses.
    thanks again
  11. by   New CCU RN
    Good luck.... i would also lean towards PE if the patient also had DVT and SOB
  12. by   Diana in Sweden
    thanks everyone
    yes PE is my first choice too....
    btw I am not fishing for answers... just needed to vent about how the exam was set up and how huge it is ..
    that said ...I am gratefull for any and all help
  13. by   kimtab
    It does sound hard but you know what, it sounds like you will definitely learn a lot preparing for it and hopefully it will be an accurate measure of your knowledge. Good luck!
  14. by   Diana in Sweden
    you guys are a huge support!