Episodes
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that causes an obstruction to the outflow of urine. In this episode, you’ll learn the basics about this condition: * Who’s most at risk * The complications of BPH * Signs and symptoms * Key assessments for BPH * Common tests utilized in the evaluation of patients with BPH * BPH treatments, including medications and TURP surgery * Why TURP Syndrome happens, how it’s treated, and how...
Published 12/01/22
In the third episode of our “Say Yes to Success” miniseries sponsored by ATI I’m sharing 12 tried and true tips you can use to prepare for final exams. Take a minute to follow the show so you don’t miss a single one of these bonus episodes! >>>>Win an ATI TEAS comprehensive study package - ATI is giving away two TEAS comprehensive study packages! The first winner was announced Nov 22, 2022, and the second winner will be announced Dec 13, 2022. To enter head on over to my...
Published 11/28/22
Published 11/28/22
Reye’s syndrome is a rare but very serious condition that involves acute encephalopathy, cerebral edema and fatty liver failure. The pathophysiology is not fully understood but what we do know points to mitochondrial injury secondary to viral illness and the use of aspirin in young children. In this episode you will learn: * Who is most affected by Reye’s syndrome * Complications of the condition * Signs and symptoms * Key assessments and diagnostic tests * Nursing...
Published 11/24/22
If you’re heading into nursing school, there’s a good chance you’ll be taking the ATI TEAS exam as part of your application process. In this episode, I’m sharing three key things to know about the TEAS so you can be prepared and perform your best on this crucial exam! The information I’m sharing comes straight from ATI, the creators of the TEAS exam and the sponsor of our “Say Yes to Success” series. Take a minute to follow the show so you don’t miss a single one of these bonus...
Published 11/21/22
In this episode, I’m finishing up the series on 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students by revealing secrets #18, #19 and #20. Scroll to the bottom for links to all the other secrets, and a link to download them all in one handy guide. Episode Resources: Thriving Nursing Students: Join a Facebook group where we focus on thriving and loving nursing school! Crucial Concepts Bootcamp: Get prepared for nursing school, learn dosage calculations, and so much more! 20 Secrets of...
Published 11/17/22
If there’s one thing that’s consistent throughout all of nursing school it’s the constant feedback - on exams, in clinical, in skills lab, on assignments and in simulation lab. And yes, sometimes that feedback isn’t what we were hoping to hear and it can be really demoralizing if you let it. But with the right mindset, you can accept even the harshest feedback without it blowing your confidence! In this episode I’m sharing some mindset tips and a new way to view feedback so that it helps...
Published 11/14/22
Transfusing blood products is a high-risk procedure that requires careful attention to detail and excellent patient assessment skills. For this reason, any time you administer blood products you will be doing it with another RN to ensure all the safety checks have been conducted. Whether you’re a nurse wanting to boost your confidence in this area, or a student preparing for a blood transfusion check-off, this lesson is a great review of the key things you need to know. You’ll learn: *...
Published 11/10/22
Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a life threatening condition in which there is a severe reaction to the amniotic fluid and fetal debris that enter maternal circulation during the birthing process, resulting in cardiovascular collapse. In this episode, you’ll learn about the pathophysiology and how to care for patients with amniotic fluid embolism. Helpful links for this episode: Want to get a study guide that goes with this lesson? Check out the Power Guide here. Maximize your...
Published 11/03/22
Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which skeletal muscle cells break down and leak their contents into the extracellular space and bloodstream. I usually saw this complex condition in the MICU due to patients who were “found down” and had been lying in one position, completely immobile, for extended periods of time. In this episode you’ll learn: * The causes of rhabdomyolysis (there are a lot!) * Pathophysiology * Rhabdomyolysis complications * Signs and symptoms of...
Published 10/27/22
How confident are you in cardiac assessment? Learn the key components in this episode, including: * Knowing when it’s appropriate to go beyond the head-to-toe assessment and do a full-blown cardiac assessment * Relevant vital signs and their significance * Questions to ask the patient * General observations to make * How to conduct a chest pain assessment * How to auscultate the heart, including which side of the stethoscope to actually use * Normal and abnormal heart...
Published 10/20/22
In this episode I am interviewing Susan Jarvis, a nursing student in Florida who is going through nursing school with ZERO debt, thanks to the power of scholarships! Hit the play button to hear how she did it and get inspired to secure some nursing school scholarships for yourself!
Published 10/15/22
Lithium is a very common medication that you’ll see regularly in the clinical setting (and on exams if you’re a student!). In this episode you’ll learn: * The basics of lithium including drug class, routes of administration and regular dose * Conditions lithium is used to treat * Factors that contribute to lithium toxicity * Signs and symptoms of lithium toxicity * Key assessments and labs for a patient taking lithium * Safe administration, including the key drug-drug...
Published 10/13/22
Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome (DDS) is a serious and rare complication of dialysis that involves a range of neurological symptoms that are primarily considered to be a consequence of cerebral edema and increased intracranial pressure. Learn about the pathophysiology of DDS and how we prevent (and treat it) in this episode! Get a downloadable study guide that goes along with this episode! Check out Power Guides here! Review the very important concept of third spacing here. Want to...
Published 10/06/22
Trauma informed care is an approach to practice that strives to understand how past traumas affect why our patients do (or don’t do) what is needed in order to manage their health optimally. This concept of trauma informed care is gaining traction and being extensively studied in healthcare, education and public health. By providing trauma informed care, we bring the whole patient fully into their treatment plan and we cannot have patient-centered care without it. Want to change the way...
Published 09/29/22
There are so many different types of anemia that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why I’m breaking down the key types in this episode! Anemia can be tough! That’s why you should check out Power Guides and get a downloadable study guide that goes along with each episode delivered to your inbox every week! Want to maximize your learning by reading this information, too? Check out the article and references here.   RATE, REVIEW AND FOLLOW! If this episode helped you,...
Published 09/22/22
Polyhydramnios is a condition in which there is too much amniotic fluid produced during pregnancy. In this episode you’ll learn the causes of polyhydramnios as well as the serious consequences that can occur. Get a downloadable study guide that goes along with this episode! Check out Power Guides here! Learn more about oligohydramnios here. Want to maximize your learning by reading this information, too? Check out the article and references here. RATE, REVIEW AND FOLLOW! If this...
Published 09/15/22
Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency that is caused by a massively overblown response to infection. Sepsis affects more than 1.7 million adults in the U.S. each year and is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three patients who die in the hospital have sepsis. Early recognition and treatment are necessary to improve patient outcomes. Early goal directed therapy for sepsis was first introduced in...
Published 09/08/22
Have you ever thought about hospice nursing? I am so excited to share this interview with you where I talk with Nurse Allie, an absolutely incredible and inspiring hospice RN. Learn more about this beautiful specialty and check out Allie on her instagram at @nurse_allie (you won’t regret it!)   RATE, REVIEW AND FOLLOW! If this episode helped you, please take a moment to rate and review the show! This helps others find the podcast, which helps me help even more people :-) Click here,...
Published 09/03/22
An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal cluster of blood vessels that lack a capillary network, which results in both disrupted blood flow and disrupted oxygen delivery. In this episode I’m talking you through AVMs step-by-step so you can (finally) understand them! Want to get a study guide that goes with this lesson? Check out Power Guides here. Learn more about neurological assessment here. Want to maximize your learning by reading this information, too? Check out the...
Published 09/01/22
In this episode I talk with Savannah from Net Worth Nurse about financial literacy and investing for nurses. You can learn more about Savannah and her mission to teach nurses about real estate investing at www.networthnurse.co     RATE, REVIEW AND FOLLOW! If this episode helped you, please take a moment to rate and review the show! This helps others find the podcast, which helps me help even more people :-) Click here, scroll to the bottom, then simply tap to rate with 5 stars...
Published 08/27/22
This week on the podcast, we’re tackling postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). It’s a disorder of the autonomic nervous system that has a wide range of symptoms. You’ll learn: * POTS pathophysiology * The physiological causes of POTS * Signs and symptoms of POTS * Key assessments * Tests utilized to diagnose the condition * Treatments for POTS, including pharmacology and lifestyle modifications * POTS education (there is a lot!) Want to maximize your...
Published 08/25/22
A few years ago I made the big leap from ICU to PACU and I haven’t looked back since. Sure, I loved the ICU where I worked, but I made the decision to step away from that so I could step even more into this…podcasting and teaching online. And I have to say, though I first was drawn to PACU for the flexible schedule it allowed me, I’ve really loved working in this environment. In this week’s episode, I’m taking you to work with me and talking through a typical day in the post anesthesia...
Published 08/18/22
I worked in the MICU for about eight years and most of my patients had some kind of respiratory involvement. For some it was pneumonia, for others it was ARDS, and some were simply on a ventilator because of a neurological impairment. Needless to say, I got really good at respiratory assessments. In this episode I’m sharing my best tips for conducting a respiratory assessment step-by-step. Want to maximize your learning by reading this information, too? Check out the article and...
Published 08/11/22
When I was a student (and new nurse) I remember hearing medical terms all the time that would make me think, “I should probably know what that means, but I’m too embarrassed to ask.” And I hated how that made me feel… lost, incompetent, out of the loop, and unsure of myself. You can imagine what feeling this way did to my confidence level. Yep…pretty low sometimes. In this episode I’m diving into some common medical terms that students (and even experienced nurses) often feel a little...
Published 08/04/22