Lets start a mnemonic thread


    Anorexia Nervosa

    A bsence of menses (amenorrhea)
    N o appetite (but with preoccupation with food)
    O bvious weight loss (15% loss of IBW)
    R educing ideation (If only I could lose more weight I'd be happy)
    E maciated
    X erostomia (dryness of the mouth)
    I mage (Body Image Disturbance - claims to feel fat even when extremely thin)
    A bnormal hair growth (lanugo or fine downy hair
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    First year in Nursing
    Specialty: Clinical exp in OB, psy, med-surg, peds


  3. by   tyler4806
    Alcohol withdrawal: clinical symptoms (HITS)
    H- Hallucinations (visual, tactile)
    I- Increased vital signs and insomnia
    T- Tremens (delirium tremens) lethal
    S- Shaking, Sweating, Seizures, Stomach pain (nausea/vomiting)
  4. by   ICU_JOSIE
    here's also something to make things easier to remember:


    stones, bones, abdominal moans and psychic groans
    1. renal ("stones")
      1. nephrolithiasis (calcium oxalate)
      2. nephrocalcinosis
        1. metastatic calcification renal tubules
        2. polyuria from loss of urine concentrating function
    2. musculoskeletal ("bones")
      1. osteitis fibrosa cystica (late finding)
        1. bone cysts from subperiosteal bone resorption
        2. "brown tumor" in jaw
      2. pseudogout
        1. calcium pyrophosphate - positively birefringent
      3. osteoporosis
    3. gastrointestinal ("abdominal moans")
      1. peptic ulcer disease
        1. calcium stimulates gastrin release
      2. acute pancreatitis
        1. calcium activates phospholipases
      3. constipation
        1. most common gastrointestinal symptom
    4. neuropsychiatric ("psychic groans")
      1. altered level of consciousness
      2. decreased concentration and memory
      3. personality change
      4. psychosis
      5. depression
  5. by   tyler4806
    Here is another one:

    Episiotomy assessment: REEDA
    Approximation of skin
  6. by   RNKay31
    [font='times new roman']"you are fried"

    f - fever (low), flushed skin
    r - restless (irritable)
    i - increased fluid retention & increased bp
    e - edema ([font='times new roman']peripheral and pitting)
    [font='times new roman']d[font='times new roman'] [font='times new roman']- decreased urinary output, dry mouth

    [font='times new roman']can also use this one:[font='times new roman']
    s = skin flushed
    a = agitation
    l = low-grade fever
    t = thirst


    signs & symptoms increased serum k+


    m - muscle weakness
    u - urine, oliguria, anuria
    r- respiratory distress
    d - decreased cardiac contractility
    e- ecg changes
    r - reflexes, hyperreflexia, or areflexia (flaccid)

    hyperkalemia causes of increased serum k+


    m - medications - ace inhibitors, nsaids
    a - acidosis - metabolic and respiratory
    c - cellular destruction - burns, traumatic injury
    h – hypoaldosteronism/ hemolysis
    i - intake -
    n - nephrons, renal failure
    e - excretion - impaired

    Last edit by RNKay31 on Sep 21, '06
  7. by   RNKay31

    C - Convulsions
    A- Arrhythmias
    T - Tetany
    S - Spasms and stridor

    Sx’s minor bleeding:

    B: Bleeding gums
    E: Ecchymoses (bruises)
    E: Epistaxis (nosebleed)
    P: Petechiae (tiny purplish spots)

    "HOOK" for serum sickness: each letter stands for a key sign or symptom of serum sickness.

    F: Fever
    A: Arthralgias
    R: Rash
    M: Malaise
  8. by   RNKay31
    Cancer Assessment

    C: Change in bowel/ bladder habits
    A: A sore that doesn’t heal
    U: Unusual bleeding or discharge
    T: Thickening or lump
    I: Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
    O: Obvious changes in a wart or mole
    N: Nagging cough or hoarseness



    Respiratory Opposite
    Metabolic Equal

    Respiratory depression inducing drugs
    "STOP breathing":
    Sedatives and hypnotics

  9. by   Paleobug
    RICE for sprains


    RACE for fires

    Remove patient
    Activate alarms
    Contain fire
    Extenguish fire
  10. by   charebec65
    Here's a website with a whole plethora of them.... some are "interesting"...

    Last edit by charebec65 on Sep 21, '06 : Reason: forgot the link
  11. by   RNKay31
    Quote from charebec65
    Here's a website with a whole plethora of them.... some are "interesting"...

    That's beautiful
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    Actually, I was going to post that same site. A friend of mine has some good contributions to that site and has her name listed in the contributors.

    I've spent the last half hour looking for her contribution and can't find it. It was along the ophthamology line. That's sort of funny because she's an OB type person.

    The site has some great pointers. Be sure to read the guidelines for ratings: G rated mnenomics to... well, more colorful variations. But once you learned it on a "colorful" theme, I'm sure you'd have a hard time forgetting it.
  13. by   luv2shop19mall
    how about this one? hot and dry sugar high
    cold and clammy need some candy
  14. by   RNKay31
    Quote from luv2shop19mall
    how about this one? hot and dry sugar high
    cold and clammy need some candy
    Wow that's a great way to remember hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.