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Best of luck!!
i’m not sure if this would be helpful to you but the way i remember some of the cardiac medications is by knowing the ending letters for example 'ril' and 'lol'
the more you practice, the more familiar they will appear. it takes time to adjust and understand the medications. always utilize the intranet within the hospital or current medication books to look up meds.
quick run down of it….
anticoagulants (blood thinners): most common ones: dalteparin (fragmin), danaparoid (orgaran), enoxaparin (lovenox), heparin (there are various ones out there), tinzaparin (innohep), and warfarin (coumadin)
angiotensin-converting enzyme (ace) inhibitors: use for improvement of cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure and heart failure. common ones you might have seen on your unit would be: lisinopril (prinivil, zestril), moexipril (univasc), perindopril (aceon), quinapril (accupril),benazepril (lotensin), captopril (capoten), enalapril (vasotec), fosinopril (monopril), ramipril (altace) and trandolapril (mavik)
easiest way to remember ace inhibitors is their ending of 'ril'. it depends on the hospital whether they use brand or generic names of medications. however most do use brand names or both on medication labels.
angiotensin ii receptor blockers (or inhibitors): common ones being: irbesartan (avapro),
losartan (cozaar), telmisartan (micardis) and valsartan (diovan), candesartan (atacand), eprosartan (teveten)
these usually have the "tan"...i just picture myself in a hot summer day trying to get a tan...something along that anyway.
beta blockers: bisoprolol/hydrochlorothiazide (ziac), propranolol (inderal), sotalol (betapace) and timolol (blocadren), acebutolol (sectral), bisoprolol (zebeta), carteolol (cartrol), metoprolol (lopressor, toprol xl), nadolol (corgard), atenolol (tenormin), betaxolol (kerlone)
beta blockers with the brand names have 'lol' ending…it was always easy for me to remember it by this as a lot of msn conversations contain lol this and that…hopefully it makes sense to you! (lol )
calcium channel blockers: bepridil (vascor), diltiazem (cardizem, tiazac), felodipine (plendil), nifedipine (adalat, procardia), nimodipine (nimotop),amlodipine (norvasc, lotrel), nisoldipine (sular) and verapamil (calan, isoptin, verelan)
some of these end with “ine”…but many other different medications do so i would be careful until knowledge or familiarity is gained.
best thing to always do is ask when you don't know and look up medications...never assume you know or 'think' you know. medication errors are serious and do result in complications if nurses/other health care professionals are not careful in understanding side effects, reason for giving medications and any other issues that may come up. remember that your patients will ask you what the medications are....so be prepared (or have resources to access). it is a learning process, no one expects or should expect you to know thousands of meds by your final year.
good luck and enjoy your learning stages:d
You will start off with the educational components in school and slowly drift into practicing hands on skills through clinical or practice lab. Take it easy and transition slowly without putting too much stress on yourself. Congrats and enjoy the prosperous future ahead of you.
Here is a general outline of what you may find in your early years of education/practice.
Head to toe assessment
Assessment: Intake and Output
Transfer Technique: Assisting patients from bed to chair, to sitting position
Using Transfer Agents: Slide board or mechanical liftAmbulation Aids: Measuring and fitting when necessary
Ambulation Aids: Patient Teaching
Bathing a Patient: Complete or Partial Bed Baths
Bed Making: Occupied
Bed Making: Unoccupied
Bedpans and urinals, toileting needs of patient
Communication is key: communicating with a depressed, angry, anxious and etc patient
Indwelling Urinary Catheter: Insertion
Urinary Catheters: Condom catheters, indwelling catheter care, irrigation
Indwelling Urinary Catheter: Removal
Indwelling Urinary Catheter: Urinalysis Collection
Medication Therapy: Intravenous Medication, by mouth (PO), subcutaneous injections, Intramuscular injections, ear & eye drops, metered-dose inhalers, rectal suppositories
Medication Administration: Nasogastric Tube
Oral Hygiene: Please don’t forget the small stuff that is very important
Nasogastric Tube: Insertion and Removal
Ostomy Appliance: Change
Oxygen Therapy and Oxygen Delivery: General Principles
Pain Assessment and management
Specimen Collection: Midstream (Clean-Voided) Urine, nose and throat specimens for culture, sputum, timed urine specimen, wound drainage specimen
Staple and suture removal
Sterile Field Preparation
Suctioning: Artificial airway, nasopharyngeal, nasotracheal, oropharyngeal
Blood and Blood Component: Administration
I was so moved and touched by your story. I cannot even imagine what you must have felt and gone through while being employed at that facility. I only hope and pray that 2010 will bring you success and good fortune. I do not believe a nurse so dedicated and honest should be lost through a facilities mistakes, lack of educational resources and transition for new grads. It was not your fault to be thrown into a stressful position without further training and mentoring.
I just hope you do not give up as we NEED amazing and honest nurses such as yourself. Give it time and you will receive a worthy job, suitable and fitting to your needs and skill. Please do stay true to yourself and what you believe is right!!
Best of luck!
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