New Nurse Podcast
By Andria, RN, BSN, CCRN
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As a new nurse you might be worried about killing your patient. This podcast will help you avoid doing that by teaching you what to do if you find yourself in a "worst case scenario" in the ICU..
||CleanWhat’s in your IV bag?||Ever wondered what kind of fluids are hanging in your IV bag and why? - Hopefully, this audio podcast will answer all of your questions about: Crystalloids Isotonic Solutions: Normal Saline, Lactated Ringers, D5W - Hypotonic Solutions: D51/2 NS, .||12/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVasoactives and Low Blood Pressure Part II||Dopamine/Inotropin Dopamine is a dose dependent medication, meaning it activates different receptors depending upon the dose given. Low dose activates dopaminergic receptors which causes vasodilation. At 2-10 mcg/kg/min,||11/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVasoactives and Low Blood Pressure Part I||Definitions Vasoactive is an umbrella term for any drug that makes your heart rate and/or blood pressure go up or down. Vasopressor, on the other hand, is a term for a drug that makes your blood pressure goes up by the process of vasoconstriction (squ..||11/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Become a CRNA- Nurse Anesthetist||Bad News: CRNA is no longer the Best Kept Secret in Healthcare! Yep..Nurse Anesthesia is no longer the best kept secret- a lot of your co-workers in the ICU are thinking about applying and they are going to be your biggest competition.||11/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSepsis Demystified||Why do our ICU patients get sepsis? They are likely on antibiotic therapy, making our patients susceptible to resistant organsims. Plus, our patients are already sick and possibly immunocompromised. Just being in the hospital is a risk as patients dea..||11/7/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe ICU Assessment||Every ICU has a slightly different requirement as far as what you are assessing as the RN. Even though every patient is unique, there is a general ICU assessment that will work for most. In this audio only version,||11/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorst Case Scenario 3: Chest Tubes!||Chest tubes are not as scary as they sound. If the chest tube is already in place and there are no immediate problems, chances are your 12 hour shift is going to be ok. If not, we'll teach you exactly what to do. -||10/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeath in the ICU||Download the related podcast about Death in the ICU! When physicians have decided there is nothing more they can do for a patient, they will often speak with the families and encourage them to withdraw care.||9/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHemodynamics: Arterial Lines||Everything you need to know about Arterial Lines in this audio only version! - What types of patients get arterial lines? What does the nurse need to know about arterial lines? How do you troubleshoot arterial lines? - And I need a big favor!||8/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorse Case Scenario 2: Intubation||Download to learn more about respiratory failure, and what the nurse does before, during, and after intubation. Causes of Respiratory Failure Sepsis, Pneumonia (aspiration), COPD Exacerbation, Trauma, Pulmonary Embolism, Pneumothorax,||7/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorst Case Scenario: Head and Neck||Download! What to do if your patient has a seizure, vomits blood or self-extubates, etc. - In this crazy job called nursing, everything that can go wrong WILL go wrong at some point in your career. I am dedicating this post to some worst case scenari.||6/20/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanABG’s and Vents for Dummies||Download! This AUDIO only version will cover the following topics: ABG interpretation made easy! ABG in the real world: the ICU What do you NEED to know about Ventillator Settings? - great link for practice ABG's: - http://www.realnurseed.||6/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanICU for Dummies!||Download! - What every new nurse wishes he/she knew. - In this AUDIO ONLY version, I will blow your mind and tell you everything you need to know about: ICU Dayshift vs ICU Nightshift Traveling with your patients to CT/MRI Lab results, CBC,||5/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPulses Really are Important!||Download! - Our documentation requires us to chart pulses and whether they have been confirmed by palpation, Doppler, or if they are absent. I usually check pulses while I'm assessing neurological status in an awake patient but every RN has their own.||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Neuro ICU for Beginners||Download! There are a lot of abbreviations in the Neuroscience ICU and you will almost never hear the layman's term stroke. That is what confused me when I began. I was listening to report and hearing SAH, IVH, ICP, CPP, SDH, DAI, blah blah blah.||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLogrolling Patients with Spinal Precautions||Download! - A patient with a cervical injury may have orders to logroll. Please refer to my blog post on Spinal Precautions if you would like more information about spinal injuries. Back to the logroll. Logroll? What are we- lumberjacks?||11/17/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpinal Precautions||Download! - Who Needs Spinal Precautions? Spinal Precautions are taken for patients with neurological deficits and those complaining of neck pain or tenderness after an injury. Examples include patients who have undergone a fall, a violent injury,||11/17/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
Pulses Really are Important!
This podcast is good stuff for new nurses. I am going to share with some nursing students I know. I think they would find it very comforting - hearing from someone new to nursing like they will be soon.
Andria has a great voice for podcasts!
Well thought out and very informative!
Andria really knows her stuff! I personally have enjoyed all the shows and feel it's perfect for anyone entering into the medical profession!
Awesome and much needed podcast
Recently discovered this podcast while doing an assignment for a class. I wish I'd found a podcast like this in my first year of ICU nursing. It's so important to hear from your peers. Just wanted to let you know I wrote a little blurb about your podcast for my assignment. Read below:
I did a search in the ITunes store under the podcast section. I simply entered “nursing” into the search field to get a broad range of results. I discovered a podcast of interest to me as an ICU nurse of 3 years: “New Nurse Podcast” by Andria, RN, BSN, CCRN. She is a nurse in the Neuro ICU nurse with about 2 to 3 years of working experience. In her podcasts she talks about her experiences and covers ICU topics relevant to newer nurses. Subscribing to this podcast is free and currently features 6 audio podcasts: “ABG’s and Vents for Dummies”, “ICU for Dummies! ”, “Pulses Really are Important”, “The Neuro ICU for Beginners”, “Logrolling Patient with Spinal Precautions”, and “Spinal Precautions”. The release dates of her podcast are not on a regular schedule and span between 11/2010 to 6/2011. I really enjoyed listening to her podcasts. Her style is informal; you feel like you are listening to a colleague talking. I think it’s important for new nurses to hear from their peers as a source for learning from others, feeling camaraderie, and gaining confidence. I myself utilized the allnurses.com Graduate Nurses and ICU Nurses forums a lot during my first year, but I never thought to look into podcasts. I think it would have been helpful if I had found a similar podcast to this in my first year.
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