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TriciaJ RN

Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory

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    In patients  with hypertension, what was the effect of a daily exercise regimen on reducing blood pressure compared with a dash diet   In one year? 


    is this a good PICO question? 

    1. TriciaJ

      TriciaJ, RN

      Sorry, I have no idea what a PICO question is.  You might want to post your question publicly; you're likelier to get help.

      As for the study:  you'd have to find a group of people with hypertension who would be willing to follow the DASH diet faithfully for one year and forego all exercise.  And you'd have to find another group willing to exercise but forego the DASH diet.  Would that mean they couldn't eat anything on the DASH diet?

      I don't think anyone's physician would advocate participation in such a study.   They'd be much more likely to encourage their patients to embrace a regimen of diet and exercise.  If this type of study hasn't already been done, there's probably a reason for it.

  2. I need some advice. I’m very interested in Nursing but I’m terrified that someone will die on my watch. Is that a fear every nurse has? 

    1. TriciaJ

      TriciaJ, RN

      Well, yes, that's why we're there.  To hopefully keep people from dying.  But sometimes they die anyway.  Sometimes we expect it and keep the person as comfortable as possible.  Sometimes we don't expect it and work really hard at bringing them back.  Nursing involves every stage of life, from birth to death.

      What's the part that worries you the most?  Are you squeamish at the thought of a dead body?  Are you worried that it might somehow be your fault or you'll be blamed even if it isn't?  

      We all have fears and worries as nurses.  It's a stressful occupation.  But it also provides a lot of personal satisfaction.  We all have situations that we're squeamish about.  Sometimes we get over those things, and sometimes we seek jobs where we don't have to deal with them.

      For example, if you get a job in a clinic you have a low chance of someone dying on your watch.  Or you may find yourself working in hospice and loving it.  Best wishes whatever you decide to do.

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