Tonight will be spent drinking tea and studying in my jammies!! I’m home for the weekend because tomorrow we are having a day of fun preparations for my sister’s wedding! Going to try and get some work done tonight so I can be fully present with my sisters and mom tomorrow 💕
This semester (pediatrics and Childhood Bearing) was definitely the most difficult yet! My anxiety level was so high, i felt that my body and my mind were giving up on me. Thankfully, I made it through! Happy Friday everyone!
Pharmacology is a fundamental course for our career as nurses. Many people have asked for study tips, so I’d like to share a couple:
1. Read, Read, Read 📖
2. Know your drugs! 💊
3. Make notes in mapping form 🗺
4. Watch YouTube videos to help make things stick. .
You can do it!!! 👍🏾
Shout out to my forever Valentine who worked his first 12 hour clinical rotation shift at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center today!!! #bsnstudent
Happy Valentine’s Day! I spent my morning studying (and freaking out) for my first pathophysiology exam. Does anyone have more exciting plans than studying tonight? I’m going to be de-stressing by baking some brownies tonight before I start studying for the next exam! 🥰😋
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
If you do not already have the blood flow through the heart memorized, recite it until you’ve got it down! I can’t express how helpful knowing this information will be during your career as a healthcare provider and during your adult health/med surg courses. Knowing the flow of the blood can help you understand how the heart works and what happens when this organ fails. It can also help you understand what occurs during valvular heart disease (mitral stenosis, mitral valve prolapse, aortic stenosis, and aortic regurgitation). If you’re like me and need to start at the foundation and work your way up in order to understand a concept, then this should work for you. This is a photo of the diagram I kept in my binder and in plain view to help me along with these 11 steps of the blood flow.
1. Blood enters the right atrium from the superior and inferior venae cavae.
2. Blood in the right atrium flows through the right AV valve into the right ventricle.
3. Contraction of the right ventricle forces the pulmonary valve to open.
4. Blood then flows through the pulmonary valve into the pulmonary trunk.
5. Blood is distributed by the right and left pulmonary arteries to the lungs, where it unloads CO2 and loads O2.
6. Blood returns from the lungs via pulmonary veins to the left atrium.
7. Blood in the left atrium flows through the left AV valve into the left ventricle.
8. Contraction of the left ventricle (simultaneously with step 3) forces aortic valve to open.
9. Blood flows through the aortic valve into the ascending aorta.
10. Blood in the aorta is distributed to every organ in the body, where it unloads O2 and loads CO2.
11. Blood returns to the heart via the venae cavae.
The cardiovascular system is definitely my favorite to learn about. What’s yours?
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Sweet Valentine ♥️ my love for you is endless — Here’s to a million more by your side 💫
Blood is red
Cyanosis is blue
be safe today
or I’ll see you in the ICU
How’s that for a Valentine’s Day poem? 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️
Spending my Valentine’s Day/night in clincial today 🖤🙌🏽
It’s my last Valentine’s Day as a paramedic and student nurse (I’m coming for you BSN and NCLEX 😈)
It’s also my first and last Valentine’s Day engaged 🖤.
Peep 👀 the story if you don’t have a Valentine’s Day card yet for your significant other 😅🙂🤗.
Wanna give a special birthday shout out to my bestie👯♀️, personal psychologist 😫😅,Soror 💗💚, and best future nurse I know 👩🏾⚕️.Love you to pieces girly ♥️.I know your destined for great things and can’t wait to watch it all manifest @caribbeangirl_
Having one of THOSE days.
Got back from clinical and just sat in my car for a good 15 minutes in pure silence trying to process alllll the things I have going on.
Things to remember on days like this:
1. Would you be HAPPY if you didn’t have what you’re complaining about?
Ex. You have to wake up early for school, but would you be happy if you didn’t have the opportunity to go to school?
2. If you can change what you’re complaining about, do so. If you can’t, let it go.
Ex. Don’t like how your nurse at clinical is treating you? Either advocate to work with someone else OR continue learning from that nurse, find the silver lining, and use them as an example of how you don’t want to be.
3. You are responsible for your own happiness.
Ex. I cannot MAKE other people happy if they want to be miserable, and I should focus on making myself happy.
2/13/19: So today was my first day shadowing a RN during my Med/Surg rotation and I definitely have somewhat of a change of heart for Med/Surg 🤨because I’ve always said I would never work on a Med/Surg unit 😅
Back in 2016-2017 I worked on a Med/Surg unit as a PCA🏥 & I absolutely DISLIKED it, the nurses were so burnt out, everyone DID NOT work as a team🙅🏽♀️, nurses treated the PCAs like crap, and staffing was horrible. It even got to a point where I had take a nurse to the side and confront her for talking to me unprofessionally in front of a patient😒
But my experience today was the complete opposite! Everyone worked together, everyone respected one another, & even if the day got a little crazy, I would consider it organized chaos!🤯 So I’ll add Med/Surg to my list of other specialties I’m interested in😜🤔
#nursingstudent #studentnurse #nursingschool #futurern #futurernbsn #bsnstudent #medsurg
Postpartum notes! I’ve learned that there is A LOT of information for maternal but only so much is needed! Tips on how I managed to survive this concept:
Break the concept down into antepartum, labor & birth & then postpartum
Antepartum focuses more so on assessment & patient teaching. What‘a the importance of taking folic acid & prenatals? When can you auscultate fetal heart sounds? •
Labor & birth is more so hands on. This is the intervention portion. What are you going do if mom or baby is in distress? What are you going to do if the cord is wrapped around babies neck? ALWAYS THINK AHEAD!
Postpartum focuses on assessment, interventions & patient teaching. What are you going to teach mom about sleeping? Why are you palpating the fundus? What should the fundal height be post birth? Why are you assessing the amount of blood on mom’s pad?
Let me know in the comments if you’re looking forward to learning about maternal, what other things you’d like to see from maternal & how you even studied for maternal! Happy Wednesday Y’all ♥️
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Not only is this week Valentine’s Day, but it is also Heart Failure Awareness Week! Heart failure occurs when the heart becomes too weak to pump efficiently. Consequently, it can’t provide enough cardiac output to maintain the metabolic needs of the body. Some causes of heart failure include uncontrolled hypertension, recreational drug use, myocardial infarction (heart attack), faulty heart valves (e.g stenosis, regurgitation), arrhythmias (e.g atrial fibrillation, tachycardia), smoking, family history, etc. Preventative measures include smoking cessation, healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction, and regular screenings and check ups. The “Do Your Part, Know Your Heart” campaign of the Heart Failure Society of America seeks to make living with heart failure less of a challenge, and arms patients with the information and resources they need to take control of their heart health. Do your part, Know your Heart! ❤️💉 #heartfailureawareness #heartfailureawarenessweek #cardiology #cardiovasculardisease #heartdisease #wearred #nursing #medicine #fitness #gored #heart #littmannstethoscope #littmanncardiologyiv #bsnstudent #nursingstudent #nursingschool #preDNP #preDNPstudent #futurenurse #futuredoctor #futurenursepractitioner
Sporting my favorite sweatshirt from school today! There’s always been a stigma against community colleges, and I get it somewhat. I’ve had mediocre teachers at time here, but the majority of my teachers teach at 4 year state or private universities as well, and use the same material for both schools. So don’t event let someone make you feel less because you decided to save some money taking your basics at a community college. #collegegirls #college #communitycollege #tcc #womeninmedicine #nursingstudent #prenursing #bsnstudent #prebsn #rntomd #bsntomd #premed
Also don’t @me
about the fact that we haven’t taken down our Christmas tree
Wellness Tip: If you're living with generalized anxiety, practicing daily meditation may help you to overcome anxiety and reduce tension in your body. One aspect of anxiety is racing thoughts that won’t go away. Meditation helps with this part of the problem by quieting the overactive mind. Instead of buying into your fearful thoughts, you can start identifying with the silence that exists between every mental action. Through regular practice, you experience that you’re not simply your thoughts and feelings. 🧘🏾♀️👩🏽⚕️👨🏾⚕️
This week’s mood.😬
Honestly I’ve been kind of a mess this past week. My grandmother passed away at 91 and I was at her wake on Thursday and funeral on Friday. While I am sad she is no longer with us, I know she lived a beautiful long life and she was ready. ♥️
Also, this weekend I have competition with my school’s dance team, so we have been having tons of practices to perfect our pom routine. 💃🏼
AND... I have a Fundamentals exam tomorrow, which I am kinda stressing about! I’ve been studying round the clock and have probably consumed my body weight in coffee! ☕️
At this point I know I have to keep pushing on and “get it done.” And I can do this!
How do you guys handle stress and crazy schedules? Let me know in the comments! 📥
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One of the biggest pieces of advice I share with new nurses and students is that you earned this degree && license. Don’t let anyone take that away from you. Unfortunately, that sometimes means reevaluating your circle of friends, where you hang out, or your environment. You don’t ever want to find yourself in a position where that license you worked so hard to earned is taken away from you or on the line!!!! #nursingtiptuesdays #nursingstudent #rn #simplynursing #dnp #bsnstudent #nursingadvice #goals #limitlessnursing
In one month I’ll finally have my life back and y’all I can’t even wait 🤯.
The last year was spent sacrificing time with family, friends, and our little farm animals to get a four year degree in one year 🙌🏽
I managed to work while doing this program and still made deans list / honor roll every dang term. 👩🎓🔥
As much as I appreciate and value the hard work, extra caffeine, and late nights 💤, I really can’t wait to JUST work and have my life back ✌🏽
That means getting a dang hair cut, having a normal workout schedule again, and traveling around with my soon-to-be HUSBAND and reconnecting with friends I haven’t been able to see in forever 🖤
Until then, please excuse my cracked nails, damaged hair and tiny little frizzy bun, and severe bags under my eyes 👀. Hot mess express 🚂 for 30 more days ✌🏽
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind! Between doctor appointments, exams and RUA papers...I've just been trying to keep my head above water. But I'm still having a good time and received high grades on both exams last week! Hard work pays off. 💪🏼
Week 7 is already quickly approaching which means Health Assessment check offs. I've written a script and have started to carry it with me everywhere to be sure I'm ready.
If anyone who has already been through check offs wants to drop me some tips below, I would deeply appreciate it 😊
Life is better with you by my side 💋
This week has made me want to pull my hair out and drop out of school.
I had tests in three of my four classes. I felt like I didn’t have the time to study with a sick toddler. My anxiety exhausted me mentally and physically & I just couldn’t bring myself to look at the material. I was ready to be done.
But anything worth doing is going to be hard. I was tested this week and last, that is for sure. I made it through, though. Two of my three tests were decent, and my third one was definitely not what I wanted. I only have room for improvement now.
I wanted to quit. But I came home to my man, my son, and my dogs and I was reminded why I started this. I was meant to be a nurse and I was meant to be more for my family. So here is to persevering because I can and because I need to. ✨
#StudentNurse #Motivation #BSNStudent #FutureNurse #MomLife #WifeLife
Just showing y’all a glimpse of a day in my life 😀 Link is in my bio 🥰
Do what you Love, and Love what you Do!
Balancing life can sometimes be a bit messy... I work full time as a nurse for a company I love! I am also in my last semester of BSN completion and am currently in clinicals.
Did I forget to mention that I'm also married and have 2 minis that I am responsible for, plus one fur baby! You guys, trying to balance all that can sometimes be overwhelming! I have allowed my anxiety take over and I spiral out of control every now and again!
If this is you, please know that you aren't alone! Take some time to take care of yourself, whether that be exercising, reading, having dinner with your best friend!
Celebrating finishing my last paper and ending 2 more classes! #BSNstudent
The arterial blood gasses of a patient with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are:
pH -7.34, PaO2 -80mmHg, PaC02-47 mmHg, HCO3-28 mEq/L - [ ]
Based on these findings, what is the priority action of the nurse?
A- No action is required
B-Administer an IV corticosteroid
C-Performing rigorous suctioning
D- Administer oxygen 4L/minute via mask - [ ]
Please place you answer and rationale below . Happy thinking Med Fam ♥️