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The 6 Ps of Compartment Syndrome: Episode 119
Compartment syndrome occurs when pressure inside a limb or other compartment of the body rises to the point that it impedes blood flow. Left untreated, compartment syndrome can result in tissue death and loss of the affected limb.  In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the six Ps of compartment syndrome, how we assess patients and what the emergency treatment is for this serious condition. Looking for a great Facebook group full of positive, supportive and encouraging nursing students? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group here: Read the show notes here:
Sep 17, 2020
Taking care of surgical patients: Episode 118
One of the most critical times in a surgical patient’s hospital stay is the period right after surgery and the day or two that follow. Taking care of patients at this stage requires diligence, quick thinking, and an eye for spotting and preventing complications. Today we’ll be chatting about taking care of patients in the post-anesthesia recovery period when they are potentially the most unstable, and then transitioning to talk about nursing care once the patient leaves PACU.  Want to learn more about PACU nursing? Check out this blog post where I discuss my transition from ICU to recovery room: Read the show notes here:
Sep 10, 2020
It’s time we talked about time management: Episode 117
In episode 114 we talked a lot about time management and prioritizing in clinical, but what about in your nursing school classes? Today I’ll be talking about one of my favorite subjects...being organized and efficient in nursing school. Looking for a way to stay on top of your busy schedule? Check out our planners here:
Sep 03, 2020
Pediatric Pharmacology 101: Episode 116
As cute and adorable as they are, kids are not just tiny adults. Especially when it comes to pharmacology. The way kids absorb, distribute, metabolize and excrete drugs varies greatly, making pediatric pharmacology a truly unique subject.  If you’re heading into your pediatric rotation or starting out as a new pediatric RN, then pop in those earbuds. I’ll talk you through the key things you need to know to utilize medications safely in this very special and vulnerable population.  Want to “bulletproof” your medication administration? Download my freebie here: Read the show notes here:
Aug 27, 2020
Pharmacology for diabetes management: Episode 115
When you think of diabetes, chances are you immediately think of insulin. But did you know there are quite a few pharmacological treatments that go way beyond insulin? In this episode, we’ll talk about insulin and non-insulin treatments for diabetes mellitus.  Are you looking for a foolproof way to perform dosage calculations...even the tricky ones? Check out Dosage Calculations Bootcamp here: Read the show notes here:
Aug 20, 2020
Let’s thrive in your preceptorship! Episode 114
Hopefully your final semester clinical experience hasn’t been impacted negatively from Covid-19 and you’re embarking on your preceptorship with joy and anticipation! These clinical hours are absolutely precious. You definitely want to get as much out of each and every minute so you can make that transition from student to new-grad RN with relative ease. In this week’s podcast, I’ll talk you through my best tips for thriving in this cumulative clinical experience. Good luck! You’re going to do great! Looking for the brain sheets and run sheets mentioned in this episode? They’re right here:
Aug 13, 2020
But first, let’s talk about third spacing: Episode 113
Today we’ll be diving into third spacing and fluid shifts. This is a process you’ll see quite often in critical care, but also in Medical-Surgical patients as well.  So, pop in those earbuds and get outside for a’s beautiful out! Enjoy! There is still time to enroll in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp for the Fall of 2020, but only if you hurry! Enrollment closes August 11, 2020 and you can grab your spot right here: View the show notes here:
Aug 06, 2020
Capnography: Episode 112
While pulse oximetry tells you about your patient’s oxygenation status, capnography tells you about their ventilatory status. In fact, capnography can alert you to declines in respiratory function much faster than pulse oximetry, which makes it a wonderful tool in sedated patients or those recovering from surgery. In this podcast episode, learn the basics of capnography monitoring and how it helps keep patients safe. . Check out Episode 89 for more information about oxygenation, which is actually a complex concept for many students to master (but not you!). . Snag your spot in Crucial Concepts Bootcamp and prepare to achieve total nursing school mastery. . Read the show notes here:
Jul 30, 2020
Starting nursing school soon? Do these five things before you start: Episode 111
If you’re a new nursing student who is starting your program, CONGRATULATIONS! Before classes begin, it’s important to set yourself up for success. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk about five easy things you can do before classes begin that will help you start your program with your best foot forward. Click here to grab the blood flow cheatsheet! Bloodflow Through HeartDownload Bloodflow MnemonicDownload Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open for enrollment! This course arms you with the core concepts you need to achieve total nursing school mastery. . Grab my Nursing School Thrive Guide on Amazon and see why it has an average 5-star review: (#ad) . Wondering what supplies you need for nursing school?
Jul 23, 2020
TORCH infections: Episode 110
In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of TORCH infections, which occur when pathogens are transmitted from mom to baby during pregnancy or delivery. These infections are toxoplasmosis, other (syphilis, listeria, varicella zoster, parvovirus), rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus. We’ll touch on the key details you need to know to prep for your NCLEX and your nursing school exams! . Show notes available here: . Ready to be the most organized student in your class? Get the planner made just for nursing students here: . Do you LOVE the PodQuizzes at the end of some of our episodes? Then you’ll LOVE our flashcard app (COMING SOON!). Get on the waitlist here and be the first to know when we launch:
Jul 16, 2020
Heliox to the rescue: Episode 109
Sometimes an asthma attack can be so severe that oxygen and bronchodilators simply aren’t enough. Heliox to the rescue! Heliox is a mixture of helium plus oxygen that creates a gas that is lower in density, thereby decreasing work of breathing and helping inhaled medications get into the more distal areas of the bronchial tree. . View the show notes here: . Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open for enrollment! This course arms you with the core concepts you need to achieve total nursing school mastery.
Jul 09, 2020
Brain sheets decoded: Episode 108
In episode 7 I talked about how to give an excellent end-of-shift report. In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into how nurses use “brain sheets” to ensure that report is thorough and efficient. For this episode, you’re going to want to print out the downloadable PDF and follow along with me as we go through all the components of an effective brain sheet so you can feel confident in the clinical setting. . Download the report sheet for one patient here: . Download the report sheet for multiple patients here: . Looking for a way to boost your nursing school success? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp teaches you the core, underlying concepts you need and is especially helpful for incoming students. All the juicy details are here: . Ready to master dosage calculations in a step-by-step manner that will give you total confidence? Dosage Calculations Bootcamp is your new BFF! . Listen to Episode 7: Giving End-of-Shift Report: (
Jul 02, 2020
It’s okay to be scared of GI bleeds: Episode 107
Patients with active GI bleeding are definitely high on my list of things that make me nervous. In many cases these patients can decompensate quickly, so careful monitoring and decisive action are key to keeping them safe. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about the nursing care of patients with GI bleeds so that you can feel ready for anything. . Want to be the most organized student in your class? Get the planner made just for nursing students here: . Do you LOVE the PodQuizzes at the end of some of our episodes? Then you’ll LOVE our flashcard app (COMING SOON!). Get on the waitlist here and be the first to know when we launch:
Jun 25, 2020
The nursing student’s guide to Kawasaki disease: Episode 106
In this week’s podcast episode we’re diving into Kawasaki disease, a condition that mainly affects children under the age of 8 who are Japanese or of Pacific Islander descent (though it’s certainly not limited to this group). We’ll go through Kawasaki disease in peds patients using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method, which is the perfect way to learn the info most likely to be on your exams.  Show notes available here: ( **** Looking for a way to get and stay organized in nursing school? Our planners were designed with your busy schedule in mind. Check them out here ( and see why they’ve got a 5-star rating!
Jun 18, 2020
Handling offensive odors with compassion and grace: Episode 105
In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some interesting disease conditions that can often be recognized by the very distinct odors they produce. In addition, we’ll also talk through some tried-and-true strategies for dealing with foul odors in the clinical setting so you keep your patients (and yourself) comfortable. Show notes available here: ( Our nursing student planners are available as printable PDF or digitally for your iPad/tablet. Grab yours here:
Jun 11, 2020
Job, NCLEX and life tips for the new grad nurse: Episode 104
Making the transition from nursing student to new grad nurse is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking and amazing experiences you’ll ever have. Even though you’re excited, you’re likely also a little bit nervous (maybe even scared!). These tips for new grad nurses will help you ease into your new role like a pro. Show notes are available here: ( Interested in creating a nursing portfolio? See my how-to here: ( Got an interview coming up? Master these 20 questions and wow everyone on your interview panel ( Brain sheets are key to keeping you organized and efficient throughout your shift. Grab some free brain sheets here: ( Ready to gear up for your new job? What supplies do you really need? (
Jun 04, 2020
Real talk about hydroxychloroquine: Episode 103
Let’s talk about hydroxychloroquine...what it’s actually used for and the nursing assessments and safety guidelines surrounding this medication. We’ll use the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework, DRRUGS to make things nice and organized (and hopefully, easy to remember!) Show notes available here: ( Craving a way to get uber-organized for nursing school? Our nursing student planners are right here and they are gorgeous! (
May 28, 2020
How to set boundaries and deal with difficult patients and families: Episode 102
Today we’re going there...talking about how to deal with difficult patients and families. While most people you encounter as a nurse are a pleasure to work with, there’s always going to be challenging interactions. With the right attitude and a commitment to setting boundaries and expectations, you can help shield yourself from taking it personally or getting emotionally wounded. If you are a new nurse or a nursing student, this one is especially for you! Show notes are available here: ( Shout out to Alwin who left such a great review about the planners! Just ordered my second planner from Nurse Mo! Looking forward to another organized year!! This planner is really the best for nursing students! So motivating to be able to check those little to-do lists! Love it! -Alwin Looking for the planner that Alwin is so in love with? It’s right here, and right now you can get 30% off with the discount code CELEBRATE100 through May 2020: (
May 21, 2020
The beginner’s guide to recognizing first, second and third degree heart blocks: Episode 101
In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through first, second and third-degree heart blocks so you can recognize them quickly in the clinical setting or on your exams. Together, we’ll cover: -key ECG elements of each heart block-the many names for the second-degree blocks (why are there so many???)-causes of heart blocks-nursing assessments and interventions-an easy way to keep it all straight Show notes are available here: ( Looking for tips on thriving in nursing school? Grab the Nursing School Thrive Guide here ( #ad References: Continuing Education Consortium. (2008). Basic cardiac monitoring course. Continuing Education Consortium. Garcia, T., & Miller, G. (2004). Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation. Jones and Bartlett.
May 14, 2020
Keeping your patient safe after thyroid removal surgery: Episode 100
Taking care of patients after a thyroidectomy involves very specific assessments and interventions if complications arise. In this podcast episode, we’re using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method to go through signs/symptoms after thyroidectomy, how you should assess the patient, what tests and treatments will be administered, and how you’ll educate the patient.  Ready to get organized for nursing school? Our planners are available in printable PDF format and digital format for your tablet. Both are available here: Celebrate 100 episodes with me! Use the discount code CELEBRATE100 at and get 30% off a nursing student planner through the month of May, 2020. Hungry for more thyroid learning? Check out Episode 61 on hypothyroidism (, and Episode 58 for hypothyroidism ( 
May 07, 2020
Providing end of life care: Episode 99
Providing end-of-life care focused on comfort and dignity is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things we can do for our patients. In this podcast episode, I talk you through what to expect as your patient (or the patient’s family) prepares for death, what nursing interventions will be needed, and how you can provide everyone involved with care that is as competent as it is compassionate. Show notes are available here: Looking for the Straight A Nursing planners? Grab yours here:
Apr 30, 2020
Levels of consciousness simplified: Episode 98
Probably one of the elements of a head-to-toe assessment that is subject to the most uncertainty is the patient’s  level of consciousness. Knowing the difference between each level of consciousness will help you chart accurately and communicate your patient’s condition with precision.  So, if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between obtunded and stuporous, or lethargic and somnolent...pop your earbuds in and take a listen! Show notes are available here: Looking for the Straight A Nursing planners? Grab yours here:
Apr 23, 2020
Albuterol: Episode 97
Albuterol is one of those medications you’ll see used so frequently that it almost seems like everyone gets a dose of albuterol here and there. While this isn’t entirely true, it is a pretty common medication that you’ll see regularly in the clinical setting. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through the must-know information about Albuterol so you can ensure it’s given safely and that your professors won’t be able to trick you with any of those challenging NCLEX-style exam questions.  Using the Straight A Nursing pharmacology framework “DRRUGS,”  we’ll look at Albuterol in an organized and systematic manner (drug class, routes, regular dose range, uses, guidelines and side effects). Show notes available here: you a new student interested in starting the semester way ahead of the game? Then, you’ll love my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (
Apr 16, 2020
Perfecting your start-of-shift routine: Episode 96
Learning how to manage your time is one of the biggest hurdles in clinical and even when you’re beginning as a new nurse.  After much trial and error with my own practice, I finally settled on a solid start-of-shift routine that helped me start each day off as organized and methodical as possible. I found that on those days when I neglected my routine, I was much more frazzled, unfocused, and ended up wasting more time by trying to play catch up. In this podcast episode, I share with you seven things to do at the beginning of your shift. Take a listen and then I invite you to devise your own start-of-shift routine so you can feel like the confident, organized nurse you are! Show notes are here: Download a sample Run Sheet here: Are you a new student interested in starting the semester way ahead of the game? Then, you’ll love my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp (
Apr 09, 2020
The low-down on dialysis: Episode 95
In this podcast episode I'll talk you through the basics of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Pop in those earbuds and learn all about key nursing assessments and interventions, how to monitor your patient for complications, what lab values you'll follow, how to keep your patient safe, and the nitty-gritty details you need for those dialysis NCLEX and nursing school exam questions. ** Starting nursing school soon? Grab my free guide, the 11 Habits of Successful Nursing Students here: **
Apr 02, 2020
Bulletproof your patient: Episode 94
What does it mean to keep your patients safe? Is it keeping them from falling, avoiding medication errors, or preventing pressure-related injury? Yes, yes and definitely yes! And while you can’t cushion your patient with bubble wrap, you can take steps to do what I call “bulletproofing” your patient against harm.  In this podcast episode I share with you my best tips for creating an organized room and an environment that promotes safety, helps prevent errors and sets things up so anyone could take over for you without missing a beat. As always, please defer to your facility's protocols as they will always trump my recommendations and advice. These are great guidelines, but every facility is different, so make sure you do your homework. Looking for the Bulletproof Your Patient checklist? It's right here! (for those viewing on a podcast, player, grab it at Bulletproof Patient ChecklistDownload Come join the Facebook group! We’d love to have you! (
Mar 26, 2020
What to do when you’re failing nursing school: Episode 93
If you’re failing, in clinical jeopardy or struggling with nursing school, then this episode is for you! I know how hard you’ve been working and I know this must be a really difficult time for you, so just know that I am absolutely rooting for you every step of the way. Even if you’re not currently struggling, you’ll get some great tips that can help you stay ahead of the game. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: Steps to take when you’re failing a courseWhat to do if you’re failing in clinical or in clinical jeopardyHow to survive skills check-offsMy best tips for turning things aroundAdvice for filing an appeal Need a Nursing School Booster Shot? Got test anxiety? I got you! Struggling to take effective notes in nursing school? NCLEX-style questions got you shaking in your Danskos? Decipher them with these strategies Not sure where to place your focus in nursing school? Try these tips: Is your study group wasting your time? Turn that time-waster into a life-saver: Looking for a way to learn and study disease conditions? Grab a LATTE!
Mar 19, 2020
Placenta problems got you perplexed? Episode 92
Two placental disorders that you’ll need to be able to differentiate are placental abruption (also known as abruptio placentae) and placenta previa. In this podcast episode, we’ll talk through the key differences and nursing interventions so it all makes perfect sense. In this podcast you’ll learn: What these two conditions areClassification criteria Key signs and symptoms for each Risk factors for both conditionsMedical and surgical treatmentsNursing interventions for bothHow to differentiate between the two for your exams Want a little more help understanding the key differences? Read the show notes and see the table we created here ( Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! ( Looking for the electrolytes bundle at 30% off? Use code LOVENURSING2020 and grab yours here through March 31, 2020
Mar 12, 2020
Say hello to haloperidol: Episode 91
Haloperidol (Haldol) is a traditional antipsychotic with some very distinct guidelines that could show up on your next exam or with your next combative, delirious patient.  In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: What Haldol is used for in the clinical settingThe multiple ways Haldol can be given (and how we’re going to give it for acute agitation in the hospital)THE most important thing you need to know before you give Haldol and what to monitor afterwards.The very dangerous thing that could happen to your patient with Haldol administrationMonitoring parametersCommon side effects of Haldol Plus, I’m sharing a sneak peak into my Pharmacology course and an acronym that can help you focus your studying when learning new medications.  Want to learn more about the QT interval? ( Want to see how I remember drug side effects? ( Want to “bulletproof” your medication administration? ( Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group! ( Episode notes here: (
Mar 05, 2020
Assess these five things with every patient interaction: Episode 90
When  you think about a nurse’s superpowers, you might picture someone performing CPR or rushing to open the airway of a patient in respiratory arrest. But the nurse’s real superpower is his or her ability to assess. It’s the watchful awareness of the nurse that catches subtle changes in patient condition that enable the team to intervene BEFORE the unthinkable happens.  In this podcast episode, I’m going to talk with you about the importance of those routine interactions and how they can provide you with a wealth of data about your patients. By assessing these five things with every patient contact, you can catch changes in patient condition even before your next head-to-toe assessment is due. When you develop a habit of using every patient interaction as an opportunity to assess, you become hypervigilant about your patient and begin to develop those rockstar assessment skills. Show notes are here: Looking for the electrolytes bundle at 30% off? Use code LOVENURSING2020 and grab yours here through March 31, 2020
Feb 27, 2020
Oxygenation and related concepts: Episode 89
A lot of nursing schools are changing to a concept-based curriculum where instead of teaching disorders in isolation, they teach concepts that have broader application. For example, instead of just teaching about asthma, these programs teach oxygenation as a concept and use asthma as an example for beginning students (and then more complex disorders such as ARDS for the advanced students). By learning about oxygenation as a concept, the consensus is that you’ll apply this knowledge more easily in clinical (and on exams) because you’ll have a better understanding of how it interrelates with the patient’s overall condition.  In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of oxygenation and some related concepts. You will learn: The difference between oxygenation and ventilationThe difference between hypoxia and hypoxemiaThe difference between diffusion and perfusionWhy hypoxia and hypoxemia do not always co-exist (though they often do!)How optimal oxygenation looks in a healthy patient vs how it looks in a patient with a respiratory disorderHow the body compensates for chronic low oxygen levelsThe importance of airway patencyNursing interventions for patients having oxygenation challenges And to drive the concept of oxygenation home, we’ll talk through three case studies using our fictitious patients, Bob, Sally and James. They are each in distress for very different reasons, but they’re all related to oxygenation. Enjoy! Looking for episode notes? They’re right here: (  Loving this podcast? We’d love if you could rate and review wherever you get your podcast fix! And be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!
Feb 20, 2020
Vital skills for vital signs: Episode 88
As a new nursing student, it’s absolutely vital that your vital signs assessments be totally on point. After all, the MDs and RNs are counting on YOU to provide reliable information about their patients. If you’re feeling a lot of pressure, don’t worry. I’ve got you! In this podcast episode, I’m sharing with you all the best tips for taking vital signs like a pro. You’ll learn all kinds of great info like how axillary temps differ from oral temps, the best way to palpate a brachial pulse and how to count respirations without your patient changing their breathing pattern on you (you’re so sneaky!).  Ready to learn some tools you can use on your very next clinical day? Then pop in those ear buds and let’s get to work! Read more about vital signs: --- Are you working hard to put all the pieces together for your care plans? A key component you may be overlooking is the important role your patient’s electrolyte levels play in their overall clinical picture. If you’re ready to go beyond simply memorizing normal reference ranges, then it’s time to grab the Straight A Nursing Electrolytes Bundle at 30% off with the discount code LOVENURSING2020  Discount valid through March 31, 2020.
Feb 13, 2020
The Five Ws of Post-Op Fever: Episode 87
When taking care of patients in the post-operative period, you’re going to be watching them closely for any signs of complications...including a fever.  In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about “The Five Ws” of post-op fever...wind, water, walking, wound and wonder drugs. What’s all this mean? Pop in your ear buds and find out! Read about post-op fever here: ---- Struggling to take epic nursing school notes? Why bother, when they’ve already been done for you? Check out our Med Surg Success Pack and spend more time learning and less time stressing: Got a question about nursing school? Then ask your new friends in the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group:
Feb 06, 2020
Surviving skills check off and sim lab: Episode 86
Sitting down to take an exam is one thing, but having to actually perform tasks and use critical thinking in the moment is something else altogether. That’s why many students struggle through two of the most dreaded assessments in nursing school: skills check-offs and simulation.  In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through strategies to help you shine in your skills check-offs and absolutely thrive in your simulation experiences. What is an incredibly stress-inducing situation for many could become a valuable and dynamic learning experience, but only if you leave your anxiety about it at the door. Find out how in this week’s episode. Read more about skills check-offs here: Read more about simulation lab here: Struggling in your Med Surg course? Grab the Med Surg Success Pack here: Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group:
Jan 30, 2020
Five attitude adjustments to make for nursing school: Episode 85
Even the most successful pre-nursing students can find themselves blindsided by the realities of nursing school. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through five attitude adjustments to make that will help you make the successful transition from pre-nursing student to nursing school rockstar!  Show notes are here: There’s still time to start a new planner for 2020! Grab yours here: Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook Group:
Jan 23, 2020
Corticosteroids and nursing interventions: Episode 84
One of the most common medication classes you'll encounter in nursing is corticosteroids. They are used to treat a variety of conditions and come with unique side effects and dosing schedules. In this podcast episode you'll learn: What are corticosteroids?Conditions treated by corticosteroid therapyThe risks of using long-term corticosteroidsThe many formulations that corticosteroids come inSide effects of corticosteroidsHow a patient stops taking corticosteroidsNursing care plan components including diagnoses, interventions and expected outcomes Show notes and references can be found here: There’s still time to start a new planner for 2020! Grab yours here:
Jan 16, 2020
Ventilators for nursing students: Episode 83
Mechanical ventilators are complex pieces of equipment that respiratory therapists study for years to master. As a nursing student, or new nurse, it's easy to feel intimidated by the many components, alarms, dials and displays. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through the basics of ventilators for nursing students, giving you the foundation knowledge you need to thrive in the critical care environment. You'll learn: Key concepts related to mechanical ventilationVentilator anatomyVentilator settings (FiO2, PEEP and rate)Mechanical ventilator modesTwo ventilator alarms you MUST always be aware of Show notes and references can be found here:
Jan 09, 2020
Mastering the head-to-toe assessment: Episode 82
One of the most difficult and intimidating skills you will need to master early on in your nursing education is the full head-to-toe-assessment. In this episode, Nurse Mo walks you through a standard assessment and tips on how to prepare for your skills check-off.  If your school has not provided you with a full listing of the components of your assessment, download this Excel file, edit to add any details relevant to your program and practice, practice, practice! You’ve got this! Read more about doing a head-to-toe-assessment here: Head-To-Toe-AssessmentDownload
Jan 02, 2020
Diving into schizophrenia: Episode 81
In this week’s podcast we’ll be diving into schizophrenia, a psychiatric disorder that can have debilitating effects. It’s a complicated type of psychosis that has four subsets, each with its own unique profile. In this episode you’ll learn:  The four subsets of schizophrenia and the signs/symptoms of eachThe four categories of schizophrenia symptoms, including positive and negativeHow to identify disorganized speech and disorganized thinkingHow to differentiate between types of “negative symptoms”The common types of delusions you’ll see in schizophreniaThe different types of hallucinations your patient could haveHow schizophrenia is treatedHow to communicate with a patient who has schizophrenia Enjoy! References can be found here: Stressed about starting nursing school? We've got a cure for that. Sign up for here:
Dec 19, 2019
Why keeping a clinical journal is a genius idea: Episode 80
In a job with a steep learning curve and many opportunities to learn from experience, a clinical journal can help you in so many ways. In this episode we’ll talk through all the ways a clinical journal can help you: Debrief after clinical. This will help you learn from past experiences, which is a critical skill for any nursing student or nurseIdentify your current goals and track your progressMonitor how satisfied you are with your current situationDevelop communication strategiesManage work or school-related stressStay focused on your “why”Define your career pathway Of all these reasons, using a journal as a way to debrief after clinical is one of THE most valuable things you can do as a student or new nurse. Lucky you, I’ve developed a debrief form that you can download here: Enjoy! Looking for the references? Here they are: Stressed about nursing school? We've got a cure for that. Sign up here:
Dec 12, 2019
Need help understanding HELLP Syndrome?: Episode 79
In Episode 68, we talked about preeclampsia which has many complications. One of those is HELLP syndrome, which is a life-threatening condition that occurs during the later stages of pregnancy or that first week or so after giving birth. HELLP syndrome has a mortality rate of 30% and involves severe blood and liver dysfunction.  In this podcast episode we’ll talk about:  What the acronym HELLP stands forHow HELLP syndrome is classifiedThe signs and symptomsWhat tests are conduction when HELLP syndrome is suspectedComplications of HELLP syndrome, including DIC, liver failure and cerebral hemorrhageHow HELLP syndrome is treated Enjoy! And, references can be found here: Stressed about starting nursing school? We've got a cure for that. Sign up for here:
Dec 05, 2019
Beta Blockers: Episode 78
One of the most common medication classes you’ll see in the clinical setting is the beta blocker. In this episode we’ll talk about what they are, how they work, what they do, what conditions they’re used for and how you’re going to monitor your patient. Some key information you’ll learn is:  How beta blockers work in the autonomic nervous systemThe types of beta receptors in the bodyWhere beta blockers exert their influence and how this affects the patientCommonly used beta blockers and the many conditions they’re used to treatA closer look at metoprolol, including its formulations and dosages, how you’ll monitor the patient, and what key education you’ll need to provide. References available here: Starting nursing school or struggling to keep your head above water? Download the 11 Habits of Successful Nursing Students here:
Nov 28, 2019
Got cortisol? Understanding Cushing’s and Addison’s Disease: Episode 77
When looking at endocrine disorders, it’s often helpful to look at them in pairs whenever possible because often the symptoms will mirror one another. In this week’s episode we look at two endocrine conditions related to the adrenal glands: Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease. In this episode we’ll cover: Basics of Addison’s Disease (also known as adrenal insufficiency)The differences between primary and secondary adrenal insufficiencySigns, symptoms, tests and treatments for Addison’sComplications of Addison’s Disease, including Addisonian CrisisBasics of Cushing’s Disease (hypercortisolism)Complications of Cushing’s DiseaseSigns, symptoms, tests and treatments for Cushing's  References viewable here ( Starting nursing school or struggling to keep your head above water? Download the 11 Habits of Successful Nursing Students here:
Nov 21, 2019
Bulletproof medication administration: Episode 76
In nursing school you’ve definitely learned the five rights of medication administration as a key component in keeping your patients safe. But if you want to go even further and truly understand all the factors that go into giving medication safely, then you’re in the right place my friend.  In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through the five rights of medication administration that all nursing schools teach. Then, I’ll add on an additional six that will take your critical thinking skills to the next level.  By making these eleven guidelines a part of your routine, you will Bulletproof your medication administration practice. And who doesn’t love that? Want to take this knowledge with you to clinical? Download my cheatsheet here: Do you know what unit conversations you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab our FREE Guide: Read the show notes here:
Nov 14, 2019
Nursing care of patients in alcohol withdrawal: Episode 75
Helping a patient through alcohol withdrawal is, hands down, one of the most challenging things you will encounter as a nurse. It requires patience, empathy, a strong backbone and high vigilance to keep both you and the patient safe.  In this podcast episode, you will learn:  The timeline of alcohol withdrawalThe range of symptoms and when they occurSerious complications such as delerium tremens and Wernicke’s encephalopathyNursing care of the patient following the LATTE method framework If you, or someone you know, needs help with substance abuse, please reach out to SAMHSA via their national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or through their website at Read the show notes here:
Nov 07, 2019
Study groups are (usually) a waste of time: Episode 74
Study groups and nursing school go hand-in-hand. They seem to be everyone's "go to" tactic when they are struggling with a class, and everyone seems to love them, so they MUST be incredibly helpful. And, the bigger the better. Right?  Wrong. In this podcast episode I’ll let you in on the key reasons why your study group might be wasting you time and detracting you from meeting your goals.  But don’t worry. I also provide tips for creating a study group environment that works.  Looking for more tips for success in nursing school? Get them here with my 5-star rated book, Nursing School Thrive Guide: Read about this topic here:
Oct 31, 2019
Let’s talk ventricular septal defects: Episode 73
To follow up with our episode about atrial septal defects, it’s now time to look at how this same anomaly affects physiology when it occurs in the ventricles. In this podcast episode, I’ll talk you through: How a VSD affects physiologyReview of the flow of blood through the heartComplications of a VSD, including Eisenmenger syndromeSymptoms a baby with VSD may haveHow a VSD is treated Access the full show notes here
Oct 24, 2019
Reversal agents save the day: Episode 72
As the main advocate for your patient’s safety, it’s important to understand that some medications can cause life-threatening conditions such as respiratory depression, bradycardia and even bleeding. And while not all medications have a reversal, some of them do...thank goodness! In this podcast episode, we’ll talk about some of the most common meds that, if overdone, may require emergent reversal.  OpioidsBenzodiazepinesBeta blockersHeparinWarfarinFactor Xa inhibitors And, just as important as knowing what the reversal agents are, is knowing the risk that come with their administration. There’s a lot to unpack here, so grab your FREE  Reversal Agents Cheat Sheet here: For references, see the blog post on the Straight A Nursing website:
Oct 17, 2019
Seizure disorders simplified: Episode 71
Seizure disorders can be quite complex as there are many different types, they have multiple causes and can present in a variety of ways. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about the basics of seizures, how they’re treated, and seizure nursing interventions to keep your patients safe.  This episode includes Causes of seizureThe different types of seizuresNursing interventions during and after the seizureOverview of “seizure precautions”Common seizure medicationsThe difference between seizures and pseudoseizures **Looking for the nursing student planners mentioned in this episode? Get yours here ( For references, visit the blog post associated with this episode (
Oct 10, 2019
Atrial septal defects in infants: Episode 70
In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks you through the key components of atrial septal defects in infants. Pathophysiology of ASDSigns/symptoms of ASD in infantsHow ASD is diagnosedASD treatments and complications To see references, check out the blog post here:
Oct 03, 2019
Overcoming imposter syndrome: Episode 69
If you've ever said to yourself, "I don't belong here" or "They're going to find out I don't know what I'm talking about" then you may very well suffer from imposter syndrome. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about imposter syndrome, why it's so common in nursing students and why it has absolutely nothing to do with how amazing you actually are. Read the corresponding blog post about overcoming imposter syndrome in nursings school:
Sep 26, 2019
What you need to know about preeclampsia: Episode 68
Preeclampsia is a somewhat common but very dangerous condition that can cause serious, even fatal, consequences for mom and baby. In this podcast episode, you'll learn: What is preeclampsia?What is eclampsia?How is preeclampsia diagnosed?What are the signs/symptoms of preeclampsia?How is it treated?What are the risk factors for preeclampsia?What are the complications? For references, please visit the blog post associated with this episode:
Sep 19, 2019
Test anxiety in nursing school: Episode 67
Overcoming test anxiety in nursing school starts with recognizing WHY it happens so you can talk yourself off the's going to be okay, I promise! In this podcast episode, I explain all the reasons why you could have test anxiety in nursing school, even if you've never suffered from it before. If you haven't snagged your FREE GUIDE "The 11 Habits of Successful Nursing Students" get yours here! For references, please visit the accompanying blog post here:
Sep 12, 2019
Pancreatitis nursing care: Episode 66
Learn pancreatitis nursing care in this podcast episode to help you in your Med Surg course and in your clinical's even a great refresher for post-licensure nurses, too! In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through pancreatitis nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method: how will the patient LOOK, how will you ASSESS the patient, what TESTS will be ordered, what TREATMENTS will be provided, and how will you EDUCATE the patient? The LATTE method is great because it really helps you focus on the important things you need to know for exams and clinical. Please take a moment to rate and review this podcast...I love reading your comments and hearing how this podcast helps you feel more prepared for nursing school! For references, please see the accompanying blog post here (
Sep 05, 2019
Let’s talk about acid-base balance: Episode 65
Acid-base balance is one of those things that occur "behind-the-scenes" with all of your patients. But when this balance is off, it can be pretty dramatic! In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo takes you through a review of acid-base physiology and then brings it home with patient scenarios you're likely to see in the clinical setting. In this episode we'll review:Common causes of acid-base imbalancesWays the body compensates and regulates pHRespiratory compensationRenal compensationFour patient scenarios If you're in Advanced Med/Surg and want to practice ABGs, go through my step-by-step tutorial here ( For references, see the accompanying blog post here (
Aug 29, 2019
Atelectasis nursing interventions: Episode 64
In this podcast episode Nurse Mo takes the complex topic of atelectasis and breaks it down to the "must know" information you need to take care of your patients, write care plans and do well on your nursing school exams. The types of atelectasis...who knew there were so many?Who is at risk for atelectasis (it's a lot of folks!)How to assess for postoperative atelectasisComplications of postoperative atelectasisAtelectasis nursing interventions...what are you going to DO about it? We'll even talk about ways to incorporate atelectasis treatment and prevention into your care plans, and if you'd like to read about it, you can check out the full blog post here: Have you enrolled in our Crucial Concepts Bootcamp? Everything you need to know to be prepared and successful for nursing school, all in one place. Enrollment for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open three times per year to coincide with most nursing school programs. Get on the waitlist and join our next group of students when enrollment opens. We advise completing Bootcamp BEFORE your program starts. Check it out here:
Aug 23, 2019
How to administer nitroglycerin: Episode 63
Learning how to administer nitroglycerin can be challenging for nursing students because it is available in so many different forms. And if that isn't enough, each formulation has its own distinct method of administration. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through how nitroglycerin is given and the nursing implications for each type. Are you enjoying the podcast? Then please consider leaving a review and rating! It helps us appear more prominently in searches AND convinces other students to give it a try. Plus, I read each and every review and love getting your feedback! Do you know what unit conversions you need to master to safely administer medications? Grab the FREE Guide here: Read the blog post about how to administer nitroglycerin here:
Aug 16, 2019
Understanding angina: Episode 62
In this podcast episode I talk about the different types of angina, their causes, symptoms and options for treatment. This episode dovetails perfectly with Episode 60 (slinked below) on Acute Coronary Syndrome, so if you haven't listened to that one yet...go back and listen to it...then come back here. Are you a brand new nursing student that's nervous, excited, or even terrified? Then you will LOVE my Crucial Concepts Bootcamp! Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is open three times per year to coincide with most nursing school programs. Get on the waitlist and join our next group of students when enrollment opens. I advise all students to get through the course BEFORE classes start. Click the slink to learn more, view the curriculum and see how it can help you start your program with your very best foot forward.: I would LOVE to see you all there! Podcast Episode 60: Get the show notes here:
Aug 09, 2019
Hyperthyroidism, when your thyroid just won’t stop: Episode 61
To continue our endocrine series, today we're talking about hyperthyroidism. Also known as Graves Disease, hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid produces too much hormone. Left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening complications. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks you through hyperthyroidism using the LATTE will the patient LOOK, how will you ASSESS them, what TESTS will be ordered, what TREATMENTS will be provided, and how will you EDUCATE the patient? It's a tried-and-true method that helps you focus on what you need to know for your clinical and nursing school exams! Thanks so much for listening, thanks so much for all the kind words, and best of luck in school! Read more about hyperthyroidism in the blog post on the Straight A Nursing website: This podcast episode is brought to you by Nursing School Thrive Guide, my 5-star rated book designed to help new nursing students kick $%# in nursing school! Get yours as a paperback, Kindle book or audiobook on Amazon today...and do more than just survive nursing school...THRIVE in nursing school! Grab yours here: (#ad) Looking for an awesome group of nursing students to hang out with online? Join my facebook group Thriving Nursing Students here: Hope to see you there!
Aug 02, 2019
Acute coronary syndrome: Episode 60
Acute coronary syndrome is a medical emergency that requires prompt recognition and treatment. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down the key information you need to understand this important topic so you can answer those tricky exam questions with ease! If you're looking for show notes, the blog post related to this topic is live on the Straight A Nursing Website. Interested in dialing in your foundation knowledge of the cardiovascular system? Our premium notes at AMAZING and we offer the cardiovascular set for FREE! Check it out at: Thanks for listening and best of luck with school!
Jul 29, 2019
The nurse’s guide to DVTs: Episode 59
DVTs (deep vein thromboses) are a serious risk for hospitalized patients and can cause fatal complications. In this nurse's guide to DVTs, learn the signs and symptoms of a DVT, how they are treated and how nurses play a key role in their prevention. If you enjoy this podcast and find it a helpful way to review or study, please be so kind as to leave us a review and rating. This helps boost our rankings in the podcast searches and helps other listeners find the show! Plus, your feedback is invaluable to helping keep the topics relevant and the show as awesome as possible. Many thanks to all of you for making this podcast so're the best!! Read more about DVTs:
Jul 18, 2019
Hypothyroidism…when your thyroid just can’t anymore: Episode 58
In this podcast episode Nurse Mo walks you through hypothyroidism using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method.
May 02, 2019
Right-sided vs left-sided heart failure: Episode 57
In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down heart failure to make a complex disease process easy to understand. You'll learn the causes of heart failure, how it's diagnosed, how it's  treated, and how to differentiate between right-sided and left-sided failure. Basically, everything you need to know to do well in clinical and on your exams. GO YOU! Looking for more help with cardiology? Download our free cardiovascular study guide here! For those of you accessing this podcast on your mobile device, the free study guide is at Does your nursing school schedule fill you with anxiety? Conquer it with our nursing student planner, which you can check out at Best of luck with school!
Mar 22, 2019
The complexities of lupus simplified: Episode 56
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)  is a complex illness known as "the great imitator" because its signs/symptoms can mimic so many other diseases. Diagnosis is often a convoluted and lengthy pathway with many patients suffering for years before learning their joint pain, GI symptoms, hair loss and multitude of other symptoms are indeed SLE. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo breaks down lupus into easy-to-understand chunks that will help you care for these complex patients and crush your nursing school exams. Using Nurse Mo's signature LATTE method, you will learn: What is lupus? What are the causes of lupus? What happens in the pathophysiology of lupus? What are the clinical manifestations of lupus? How is lupus diagnosed? How is lupus treated? What education is crucial for patients with lupus? Looking for more guidance learning about immunity? Get our study guide here and here: Thanks to everyone who has given this podcast such glowing reviews! Love the podcast? Rating and reviewing help the podcast show up in searches so I can help other nursing it really makes my day!
Feb 09, 2019
The nurse’s guide to hyperkalemia: Episode 55
Of all the electrolytes you'll evaluate when taking care of patients, potassium is one of the most important. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the causes of hyperkalemia, the signs of this common condition, and what you are going to do to keep your patient's safe. Looking for more resources to help you understand electrolytes? Get our electrolytes bundle here! For those of you viewing on iTunes or another podcast's the link!  
Jan 28, 2019
Nursing school clinical rotations: Episode 54
In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo describes all the types of nursing school clinical rotations you could encounter on your journey to become a nurse. And here's a's so much more than taking care of sick people in the hospital!
Jan 05, 2019
TPA administration: Episode 53
You've most likely heard of TPA because of its widespread usage in ischemic stroke, but did you know there are several other uses for this clot-busting drug as well? In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo talks about the five common uses for TPA and what you are going to monitor as you give this very potent (and potentially risky) medication.   SaveSave SaveSave
Nov 18, 2018
Plan for nursing school success: Episode 52
If there's one thing I get emails and questions about it's how on earth to manage everything efficiently in nursing a close second are your questions about how to study, which is completely revealed here! But before we get started...confession time! I recently struggled with this problem myself. I'm in graduate school, I work full-time (typically three days in a row), manage this website, produce a podcast and now have a dining room full of the most beautiful planners ever to sell. To say I am busy is an understatement! And guess what happened? I kinda semi-bombed a quiz in my advanced physical assessment class. Why? Because I hadn't managed my time well in the weeks leading up to the quiz and I took it without really preparing. I just assumed I'd do fine even though I'm super busy and didn't actively plan for nursing school success. Major fail. So, I decided I'd probably better take my own advice and follow my tried-and-true method for managing a ridiculous schedule. Here's how to do it: Step 1: Gather all the syllabi for all your classes. I like to print mine out on color-coded paper (I love color-coding!). Open a spreadsheet and then take a look at all your syllabi...each one should have a full listing of everything you will be graded on this semester. Enter each item into your spreadsheet like this: As you go through all your tasks, you cross them off and let me tell you it FEELS AMAZING!! Step 2: For day-to-day time management, you need to get all your to-do items into a planner/calendar of some kind. You have a few options for this: Digital Only: If you are using a digital system only (like Google calendar for instance), you're going to need to go beyond just putting in your appointments and exams. You absolutely MUST put in all your items. Get 'em in there and attach alerts to them so you're not blindsided by having something due THAT DAY that you totally forgot about! Paper Only: The only time a paper-only system works well is if you carry your planner with you everywhere. If you find that sometimes you're out and about with just your phone, you'll want to adopt more of a hybrid system (see below). Hybrid System: This is the system that I recommend as it really is the best of both worlds. You've got your paper calendar as your main planner. It has your to-do lists and weekly schedule (basically the nitty-gritty of your life) but then you've also got your big events on the digital calendar...mainly I use this for appointments and times when I physically have to BE somewhere or do something at a set time. Plus, it's helpful to have these types of things on a digital calendar that you share with other people in your household (especially if you've got childcare to coordinate with your significant other!!). Whatever system you use, get ALL your to-do items in there. All your exam dates, project due dates, quiz dates, discussion board posting dates, face-to-face class dates, online class dates, clinical days...EVERYTHING. I use red ink for all school-related items so that it always stands out (have I mentioned I'm a huge fan of color-coding?) :-) Step 3: Get the rest of your life in your calendar. This would be your doctor's appointments, kids schedules, work schedule, etc. What you may find at this point is that you're going to need to be very stingy with your time if you're going to get everything done. Now that you've got your due dates and appointments in your calendar, you need to start scheduling your time. So, as I fill in my calendar, I use the monthly view for the "big picture items" such as exams, clinical days, work days and project due dates. On the weekly view I get very detailed about how I am going to allocate my time. If I know I need to read a chapter for my physical assessment class, I block out that hour in my calendar. If I know I need to work on a project or a paper, I block out the time throughout the week so I know I have allocated enough time to get...
Nov 01, 2018
The scoop on poop: Episode 51
I always laugh and laugh and laugh when I hear stories of nursing students who think they'll never have to deal with poop and that toileting and bowel care is a job for the nurses aids or techs. Pause here while I insert a lot of really loud laughter...because to even think that for one tiny little second is hilarious. Like really? Do you know what nurses do? Nurses help people and one of the things we help people do is poop! Say it loud and say it proud, people! In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about all things poop. When there's too much, when there's not enough, all the different shades (from grey to red to black) and what you are going to do about it. If there's nothing else you learn from this podcast episode, it is to treat your patients with dignity. As you help them with this most basic function, do so in a way that preserves their pride, their comfort and their grace. That is your job as their advocate...never forget that.
Oct 16, 2018
Let’s review cranial nerves: Episode 50
Knowing your cranial nerves is essential to conducting a thorough neurological exam. You learn what they are and what they do in A&P, and in nursing school you learn how to assess them. In this podcast episode, Nurse Mo covers all the cranial nerves, whether each is motor or sensory (or both), what the nerves do and how you assess their function. Piece of cake!
Oct 02, 2018
Nursing school pharmacology – antihypertensives: Episode 49
Many of you have emailed or reached out on social media asking about help with nursing school pharmacology. One of the most common types of drugs you'll be seeing in the clinical setting are antihypertensives. So if you're struggling to remember beta blockers vs diuretics vs ace inhibitors. No worries! In this podcast episode we cover: The drug classes: calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, vasodilators, diuretics and adrenergic blockers Common drug names found in each class Where in the body the drugs have their effect WHY the drugs work to reduce blood pressure (this is key!) What you, the amazing nurse, are going to watch for with each type I've also created this handy downloadable guide so you don't have to take notes (but you can if you want to, of course...just not while you're driving!)
Sep 27, 2018
Giapreza in septic shock: Episode 48
One of the newest drugs to hit the critical care environment is angiotensin II, which goes by the brand name Giapreza. It is a continuous IV infusion used for patients in septic shock or other forms of distributive shock. In this podcast episode Nurse Mo talks about the basics of this new medication, how it's administered (it's in nanograms!!!!) and what to watch out for (so many things!) Take a listen to learn more about Giapreza in septic shock. And, if you'd like to visit the manufacturer's website, it's right here! ( Giapreza angiotensin II. (n.d.). Retrieved September 4, 2018, from
Sep 04, 2018
When your nursing heart is broken, dealing with compassion fatigue: Episode 47
One of the harshest realities for new nurses is when that first big dose of compassion fatigue hits. It can be shocking, disheartening and confusing to realize you aren't "feeling all your feelings" with every single tragedy you encounter. The first step to getting a handle on compassion fatigue is knowing that partitioning off parts of yourself is vital to your emotional survival as a nurse. The next step is learning to recognize it as a key component in burnout so that you can stave it off before it comes on full force. And, if it does run you over like a freight train, knowing when and how to seek help is crucial to your longevity as a compassionate and effective clinician. Looking for friendly support as you go through your pre-reqs and nursing school? Head on over to our growing Facebook group "Happy Healthy Nursing Students" where we're focused on staying happy, healthy and stress-free (or as close to it as possible) while in nursing school. See you there! SaveSave
Aug 21, 2018
V/Q mismatch explained simply: Episode 46
Let's talk about V/Q mismatching in a way that even Nurse Mo can understand ;-) V/Q mismatch was a difficult concept for me when I was a student and new nurse, so I tackled it the way I do most things I find teaching it to others! In this podcast episode, learn the basics of the V/Q mismatch, what the V and Q stand for (and it's not as straightforward as you'd think!), the two main types of V/Q mismatch and, of course, what you are going to do about it. Want to dive deep in to respiratory? Then you'll love this!
Aug 07, 2018
What they don’t teach in nursing school…but should: Episode 45
I saw this post on Twitter and just knew I had to Ash and everyone else who has these burning questions...this one is for you! Looking for more ways to survive nursing school? Get my 5-star rated book, Nursing School Thrive Guide. Available on Amazon as paperback, audiobook or Kindle book! SaveSave SaveSave Get yours here: Nursing School Thrive Guide SaveSave
Jul 27, 2018
Transition from pre-nursing to nursing student: Episode 44
Being a pre-nursing student and an actual, bona-fide nursing student are two VERY different things. In this podcast episode, I share with you my best advice for transitioning from your pre-reqs to your nursing school program. The importance of being flexible Why you NEED a consistent sleep schedule The benefits of saying "so long" to a competitive mindset Why being humble is better than being right How to accept criticism with grace Are you looking for even more ways to make the transition a smooth one? Through my conversations with hundreds of nursing students, it is clear that dosage calculations are a HUGE challenge for many of you. So, I've created a Dosage Calculations Bootcamp just for you! Check it out here 
Jul 11, 2018
Basics of shock: Episode 43
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May 28, 2018
How nurses get sh#% done: Episode 42
Being an awesome nurse often boils down to the ability to seemingly get 20 things done all at once while making it look like a walk in the park. Of course, this is an exaggeration...but if you've ever seen an experienced nurse manage his/her patients with apparent ease, you may have thought, "how on earth does s/he do it?" In this podcast episode, we talk about how nurses get sh#% done through the effective use of smart time management, delegation and prioritizing. Awesome things we talk about include: How do you know what your patient needs right now? How do you know what to do first when your patient needs several things all at once? You've got ten meds to give and only one IV line...which ones go in first? What can you delegate and to who should you delegate it? How do you start your shift to set yourself up for success? This podcast episode was not brought to you by any fancy sponsors because who wants to listen to a bunch of commercials? We would, however, like to take this moment to let you know about our new Straight A Nursing Bootcamp, launching in Fall 2018! To learn more about this online course geared toward pre-nursing students, check it out here ( and sign up on our mail list to get updates AND early-bird pricing when the course is released! Now, isn't that better than a commercial for a meal delivery service or mail order bra? Just sayin' :-) SaveSave
May 19, 2018
The nurse’s guide to common diuretics: Episode 41
Diuretics are used quite frequently in the clinical setting. In this podcast episode, we discuss the ins and outs of: Loop diuretics Potassium-sparing diuretics Thiazide diuretics Specialty diuretics In this brief overview, you'll learn the most common diuretics used in each of these classes, how they work, what you need to watch for and how you'll educate the patient. Enjoy! Holland, L. N. (2003). Core concepts in pharmacology. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.
May 02, 2018
COPD nursing interventions: Episode 40
In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of COPD nursing interventions and assessments. You will see a LOT of COPD patients in the clinical setting, and many times they are in acute distress requiring immediate and decisive intervention. Knowing what to watch for, how to intervene and how to safely care for these patients will help make you a more confident nurse. Enjoy! This podcast episode is brought to you by the Big Beautiful Planner. Are you a busy nursing student or pre-nursing student? If you've been feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unorganized, then check out our latest and greatest planner designed just for nursing students! (
Apr 18, 2018
IV therapy for nursing students: Episode 39
IV therapy is so much more than simply giving your patient's fluids. It's knowing what kind of IV access is most appropriate for your patient, how to care for it, what you can and can't infuse through it....AND it's knowing which fluids are best for your patient's current condition. In this podcast episode we cover the basics of IV therapy including the following: Peripheral IV lines Midline catheters PICC lines Central lines Tunneled lines Port-a-cath How to care for these lines, how to use them and what meds/fluids can go into each one Get the accompanying study guide here:
Mar 17, 2018
Dealing with nursing school stress: Episode 38
Nursing school stress comes in many forms and from many different directions. The key to managing it effectively is knowing what to expect and having a solid game-plan to meet it head-on! In this podcast episode we talk about the main sources of nursing school stress and some key strategies to help you mitigate them. So, get on your walking shoes, pop in your ear buds and let's get outside for some fresh air while you listen to our stress-busting episode! And, if you are interested in MORE advice and tips on staying healthy, happy and less-stressed in nursing school, be sure to check out the Facebook group 'Happy Healthy Nursing Students." It's a great place to share tips, advice, motivation and ideas for combating stress, staying the course with healthy eating and making time for YOU during these very busy years. Need to buy yourself some extra time so you can devote more attention to self-care? Then be sure to check out our premium study guides and resource materials. We recently heard from a student who stated, "My practice test results using Straight A Nursing have routinely been ‘leaps and bounds’ better than ANY & ALL scores I have recently received using Kaplan’s Test Prep, UWorld, or the multiple other popular NCLEX prep programs." WOW! To access the FB group page: To check out our premium study guides:   SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
Mar 01, 2018
Anticoagulants: Episode 37
In this podcast episode we talk about the main medications used to prevent and treat blood clots. Lovenox Heparin Coumadin Eliquis and other new-generation anticoagulants Brilinta and other platelet inhibitors TPA In the clinical setting, you'll see anticoagulants used for a wide variety of patients, including those with acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke and DVT. For more study aids, resources and awesome nursing school tips, check out the website at SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
Feb 12, 2018
Warrior advocacy: Episode 36
In this podcast, we feature our very first guest interview! Please pardon the sound quality as we are still getting the technical details figured out....the message our guest shares is worth it, I promise! In nursing school you learn about being an advocate for your patient, and our guest (Eve) shares with you her views on what she calls "Warrior Advocacy" which is represented by a relentless pursuit of whatever is in the best interests of your patients AND your profession. As new nurses (and nursing students), speaking up for your patients can be intimidating. With this podcast we hope to share some valuable insights into making advocacy less daunting so that you can confidently speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. If you'd like to hear more from Eve, check out her twitter feed @browofjustice or visit her website at Enjoy! NOTE: If you heard this podcast when you downloaded Episode 35, the fix is easy! Just delete episode 35 from your device, and re-download it. You should then receive the correct episode, which was about hemodynamic medications.
Jan 29, 2018
Hemodynamic medications: Episode 35
In this podcast episode we talk about hemodynamic medications that you're likely to encounter in Advanced Med/Surg and/or your ICU clinical rotations. With this basic introduction to these powerful medications, you'll have a general understanding of why they are used and how they are administered. Norepinephrine Vasopressin Neosynephrine Epinephrine Dobutamine Dopamine Milrinone Looking for even more ways to rock nursing school? Check out the Nursing School Thrive Guide: or our handy and delightful study guides for Med/Surg 1: PLEASE NOTE: We are having technical issues, some of you may have received an interview podcast here instead of Hemodynamic Medications. We are working with our podcasting platform to correct this. If this occurs, delete the episode from your podcast feed and then re-load it...that should fix it! SaveSave
Jan 18, 2018
‘Twas the night before clinical: Episode 34
Since it's the holidays, let's all take a break from studying, shall we? Enjoy a sweet little Christmas tale, relax with your family and friends, eat too many cookies, wear too many pajamas and feel joy in whatever way makes your heart sing. We'll be back to studying again in 2018 with many, many exciting things in store INCLUDING: A Nursing School Bootcamp for all you new students Premium lecture-style podcasts A pre-printed planner that is going to knock your socks off and... Maybe even an app to help take your studying to the next level May 2018 be your best year yet...I know it will be for all of us at Straight A Nursing! Thanks to all of you who keep this website going and sharing your successes via email, FB and really warms my heart to know I am helping nursing students around the world :-)  
Dec 22, 2017
What the heck is the P/F Ratio: Episode 33
In this podcast we talk about one of the MOST useful and EASIEST, QUICKEST calculations you can do to determine just how sick your respiratory-compromised patient is...the PF ratio! Check out some of the amazing things you'll learn: What the P and F stand for; what is PaO2 and what is FiO2? Difference between PaO2 and SaO2 Optimal PaO2 ranges and levels of hypoxemia How to calculate the PF ratio and what the heck it means What the numbers tell us and how it applies to the overall clinical picture For more information on ARDS, check out this post, this awesome podcast episode or this SUPER awesome reference sheet. (if your podcast platform does not support links, please visit the website for total linkage at Are you ready to plan for a stellar 2018? Then get the ONLY planner for nursing students by clicking this link right here! Right now, we're running a special for podcast listeners with the promo code PODNURSE...get $5 off the biggest, baddest, most beautiful planner out there! Discount available through December 17th!
Dec 13, 2017
Ventilator weaning starts at intubation: Episode 32
In this episode of the Straight A Nursing podcast, we talk about ventilator weaning, which is actually a process that starts the moment the patient is intubated. If you are entering your advanced Med/Surg clinical rotation or are new to the ICU, this podcast will provide you with the basic knowledge you need to advocate for your patient and help guide them toward extubation. The five main things to take into account when weaning your patient from the ventilator Goals for FiO2, PEEP and ventilator mode How the patient's neuro status comes into play How mechanical ventilation causes deconditioning in your patient How you and the interdisciplinary team can work together to optimize your patient for possible extubation General guidelines for conducting a spontaneous awakening trial and spontaneous breathing trial (SAT/SBT) Example of what a typical extubation is like and your role in the process Some things to watch for after extubation Are you looking for even MORE resources to help you succeed in nursing school (or maybe even on the job?). Our premium study guides might just help!
Dec 04, 2017
Trauma case study: Episode 31
As I've said many times before, nursing is all about solving problems. You SEE something, you DO's so simple. But, at the same time, putting it into practice can be quite complex. The patient problems you start out with at the beginning of your shift, are not always going to be the same problems you're dealing with a few hours in. As a nurse, your ability to adapt, reprioritize and reevaluate is the MOST ESSENTIAL thing you can do. In this podcast, we go through a trauma case study that highlights this in detail. Follow along through four shifts as you take care of a young trauma victim with multiple problems, multiple changes in condition and multiple priorities to manage. It's a lot to juggle, so if you'd like to read about it instead, look for the blog post titled Trauma Nursing Case Study at *DISCLAIMER: This is a fictitious patient and is not based in any way on actual events.
Nov 15, 2017
How to perform an awesome head-to-toe assessment: Episode 30
Nursing is all about SEEING something and then DOING something. We see problems, we fix 'em. We see potential problems and we try like heck to avoid 'em. That's it. Sounds so simple right? And it all starts right here. With the head-to-toe assessment. It's your first Big Mega Skill to learn in first semester and is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you will ever ever learn. Ever. In this podcast, we cover the basics of a head-to-toe assessment so that you can get in there and practice with confidence. Want to read about it too? Check out this amazing guest post! Looking for even more ways to study? Check out our premium study bundled for your convenience! Just go to and click on STUDY GUIDES in the header. Enjoy!
Nov 02, 2017
Sodium and phosphorus: Episode 29
When it comes to learning electrolytes in nursing school, sodium is one you'll probably talk about a lot and phosphorus is one you might not talk about much at all. But once you start working, especially if you're in critical care, you'll be talking sodium AND phos all the live-long day. Well maybe not ALL day, but probably MOST days :-) In this podcast we cover all the basics about these two very important electrolytes: Na and Phos key roles in the body Misc "fun facts" about Na and Phos...things you never knew you needed to know! Hyponatremia, hypernatremia, hypophosphatemia and hyperphosphatemia signs and symptoms Causes of Na and Phos imbalances Nursing interventions for Na and Phos imbalances A message for our podcast listeners: Looking for a way to get organized in nursing school? Visit our website for the ONLY planner designed just for nursing students. Check it out at and click on "SHOP" in the header. Not into planning, but into preparing? Then the Nursing School Thrive Guide is for you. Check it out at our website or at Amazon and see why it's getting a 5-star average rating!
Oct 16, 2017
What to focus on in nursing school: Episode 28
In this podcast episode, we go over the MOST important things you need to focus on in order to be successful in nursing school. If you're a first semester student or a struggling student, you might just be able to turn things around with the right focus.  
Oct 02, 2017
Magnesium and Chloride: Episode 27
We continue our electrolytes bonanza this week with magnesium and chloride. In this podcast episode we cover hypomagnesemia, hypermagnesemia, hypochloremia and hyperchloremia. And beyond just going over the normal lab ranges, we talk about all kinds of fun stuff: the main roles of magnesium and chloride in the body how to recognize magnesium and chloride imbalances common causes of imbalances of these key electrolytes nursing interventions, assessment parameters and treatments for magnesium and chloride imbalances Find more amazing resources at Enjoy!
Sep 18, 2017
Potassium and Calcium: Episode 26
Understanding the important role that electrolytes play will separate you from the ho-hum nurse and catapult you into Awesome Nurse Status. If you're a student, you might think that it's simply a matter of knowing what the normal and abnormal values are...but that's just a teeny tiny part of it! In this podcast, we talk about potassium and calcium: important roles of potassium and calcium potassium and calcium "fun facts" (and yes...they ARE fun!) signs and symptoms of hypokalemia, hyperkalamia, hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia common causes of potassium and calcium imbalances assessment parameters, nursing interventions and how to treat If you're finding this podcast on iTunes, Google Play or sure to check out all the great resources at Enjoy!
Sep 11, 2017
The basics of stroke nursing: Episode 25
In Med/Surg 1, you learn the basics of stroke nursing and how rewarding and challenging it can be to care for these patients. And, because the human brain is an extraordinary thing, the manifestations of stroke and the nursing interventions are enough to make your head spin! In this podcast we cover the basics of stroke, including: Causes and pathophysiology Difference between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke Stages of stroke Clinical manifestations of stroke Prevention Treatment of an evolving stroke Long-term treatment of a stroke patient Enjoy!
Sep 04, 2017
Nursing shift routines: Episode 24
We get so many readers of the blog asking about nursing shift routines. How do you start your day? How do you stay organized? The key to getting and staying organized is having some consistent routines such as the ones outlined in this podcast: Start of shift routine First assessment routine "Spot-check" routine End of shift routine Armed with a few nursing shift routines, you will immediately reap the benefits of having a more organized approach to time management and your ever-changing priorities as an RN or student nurse. Do you have a tried-and-true routine that keeps you organized? Share it in the comments below, or visit if you're accessing this podcast on iTunes, GooglePlay or Stitcher!
Aug 28, 2017
Basics of depression: PodQuiz Episode 23
Hey hey guys and gals! It's time for another PodQuiz and this one is a doozy! Maybe you've noticed that studying depression in nursing school is really's a complex topic that requires all your critical thinking skills.  This PodQuiz covers some of the basics you'll need to know to rock that mental health exam and take really good care of patients with depression during your mental health clinical rotation (and anywhere else you might encounter them). Major depressive disorder vs. dysthymia disorder Communication strategies Suicide NEED TO KNOW facts and interventions Drug therapies for depression SSRIs, MAOIs and more Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) If you've never done a PodQuiz, here's how it works. You'll hear a question...then a pause. This pause is so you can actually ANSWER the question! Then, you'll hear the answer. It is basically like doing flashcards for your ears. So cool, right? So...grab your walking shoes, get the leash on Fido, and GET OUTSIDE while you study! No sitting at your And, when you DO get back to your desk, supplement your learning with these awesome notes! (if your'e on your podcast app...visit the website and choose Mental Health in the drop down menu under study guides). On a side note, nursing students suffering from depression is a really big problem. For resources and help, please reach out to your health care provider, your family and your friends. You can find support right here: P.S. I care
Aug 21, 2017
Respiratory nursing interventions: Episode 22
Respiratory nursing interventions come into play all the time. After all, difficulties can present in many forms, but the end-game is all the same...your patient can't breathe as well as they should. And it can be scary for both the patient AND the nurse. In this podcast we cover the most common ailments you need to know for Med/Surg I, including: Asthma: clinical manifestations, diagnostics, treatment, medications, nursing interventions COPD: emphysema, bronchitis, complications, nursing interventions Pneumonia: pathophysiology, signs & symptoms, treatment, nursing interventions Atelectasis: manifestations, treatment Ready to up your game? Learn when your patient needs intubation right here! (or simply check out Podcast Episode 18 if you're viewing this on your podcast app!) For more, visit us at: web: Twitter: @straightanurse Facebook: Insta: straightanurse
Aug 14, 2017
Change the way you study with the LATTE method: Episode 21
In this podcast I share with you the study method that changed my life. I am not kidding. I found that I was getting SERIOUSLY bogged down when doing case studies...going off on tangents, looking up every single little thing. Basically, making mountains out of mole hills. I knew I needed a systematic, organized way to approach case studies and disease processes. But how? Introducing LATTE! It is seriously the most streamlined, efficient, SMART and effective way to learn, review and retain complex information. Listen to this podcast to see exactly how it works!
Aug 08, 2017
How to be a rockstar in nursing school clinicals: Episode 20
This podcast covers my best advice for being a rockstar in your nursing school clinicals. If you're like me, you are VERY nervous about starting clinicals...whether it's your first semester or your last. Making sure you are prepped to do and BE your absolute best ensures you get the most out of this very valuable time. Listen to this podcast to get my most USEFUL tips for rocking those nursing school clinicals! Want even more tips? Check these out! Looking for the book? It's right here!
Aug 01, 2017
Enteral feeding and NG tubes: PodQuiz Episode 19
It's time for another PodQuiz! If you aren't familiar with this form of podcast, you are in for a treat! This is THE BEST WAY to study while also getting your life back on track. It's basically like doing flashcards, but instead of sitting and staring at your phone (or stack of index cards if you're "old-school") it's an auditory quiz! I ask a question and then pause, giving you time to answer...then I tell you the answer (and sometimes with some little extra 'real-world' tidbits thrown in for good measure). In this PodQuiz we cover the oh-so-exciting topic of enteral feeding and some basics of NG tubes. And, on a side note, if you want to see what an NG tube looks like when it goes to the wrong spot...check out this post! So here's the deal with are supposed to GET UP and do something! Go for a walk, catch up on laundry, take the dog to the lake, run errands, plant flowers, paint the house...whatever it is, do something productive while you study. You'll be AMAZED at how more "together" you feel when you can catch up on much-needed chores, errands or exercise while also studying! No sitting at your desk! Honor system, ok? Enjoy!
Jul 04, 2017
Hyponatremia: Episode 17
In this podcast episode we talk about the basics of hyponatremia: What is hyponatremia? Common causes including neuro injury, psych disorder, even just plain ol' poor judgment The signs/symptoms of hyponatremia How you treat it a As usual, this podcast and blog are not intended to replace current evidence-based practice or your institutions policies and procedures. It is intended for educational purposes only. Enjoy!  
Jun 05, 2017
Developing your nursing intuition: Episode 16
Developing your intuition as a nurse takes time, experience and exposure to LOTS of patients and LOTS of different situations. Learning which 5 assessments you'll need to get you there is key! Over time (and after you've assessed a lot of patients and dealt with multiple scenarios) you'll start to develop an intuition and be able to "sense" when your patients are in trouble. And it all starts right here with five basic (and easy) assessments. Listen to this podcast on iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher...and if you're finding us for the first time through one of those...see more at Thanks for listening!  
May 22, 2017
Arrhythmia Basics: Episode 15
Let's review basic arrhythmias, what causes them, how to identify them AND what you are going to do about them. Ready? In this podcast, we cover loads of goodies: PACs Atrial Flutter Atrial Fibrillation SVT V-Tach V-Fib Idioventricular rhythms Pulseless rhythms This episode is a great review if you're in Advanced Med/Surg, heading into your 4th semester preceptorship or starting out as a new nurse. For even more information about arrhythymias, check out this post or this one on heart blocks.  If you're coming to this podcast through iTunes, GooglePlay or Stitchr, then did you know you can get LOADS more goodies at Oh yes! Come check it out!
May 08, 2017
Pediatric nursing part A: PodQuiz Episode 14
In this PodQuiz we cover three very common pediatric nursing topics! Peds nutrition (how many calories in an ounce of breast milk?) Peds assessment (at what age can you assess a radial pulse?) Peds psychosocial (how do you help a school-age child adapt to hospitalization?) What's a PodQuiz? It's essentially flashcards for your ears! Nurse Mo asks a question, pauses while you answer, then states the's a fantastic way to study while you're on the go, exercising, commuting, folding laundry, making dinner, feeding the baby, getting your nails get the idea. Subscribe at iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher...and please rate & review if you like what you hear! For even more awesome resources, tips, tricks, study guides and more...visit
Apr 24, 2017
Psychopharmacology Simplified: Episode 13
Is psychopharmacology causing you mental distress? So many drugs, so many side's a LOT to keep track of! Lucky for you I came up with a goofy way to remember key facts about these complex medications...and now I'm sharing it with you in this week's podcast! In this episode we cover: the atypical antidepressants traditional antidepressants atypical antipsychotics traditional antipsychotics mood stabilizers anticonvulsants anxiolytics and more! Plus...bonus...I sing goofy songs. TWICE! Anything to help you guys! Want MORE Straight A Nursing goodies? Download the psychopharmacology study guide here! And get more notes and resources at! Ready to ROCK nursing school? Get my book Nursing School Thrive Guide on Amazon as a paperback, Kindle book or audio book. Chat with us on Twitter @StraightANurse Follow on Facebook at Stalk us on Instagram at Straight A Nursing
Apr 11, 2017
Name the diagnosis: PodQuiz Episode 12
In this PodQuiz, we have a LOAD of fun! You'll listen to a list of signs/symptoms and then try to name which diagnosis/disease they refer to. How fun is that? It's a great way to study for your comprehensive ATI or whatever exit exam you use at your school. Ready to see how smart you are? Then give this PodQuiz a go! Having a blast with PodQuizzes? Studying while driving, running, walking, doing laundry or otherwise getting your life back? Then please RATE and REVIEW on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay...whatever floats your boat!
Apr 07, 2017
Liver Failure Basics: Episode 11
In this episode, we go through the basics of liver failure using my ingenious, wonderful, amazing LATTE method, which breaks down any patient condition into the "need to know" info. L = How will the patient LOOK? A = How will you ASSESS the patient? T = What TESTS will be ordered? T = What TREATMENTS will be provided? E = How do you EDUCATE the patient/family? Amazing, right? For more resources, visit For LATTE resource sheets, look under "resources" in the top nav bar. Enjoy!  
Apr 02, 2017
Fundamentals B: PodQuiz Episode 10
Think you know your nursing fundamentals? Listen to this PodQuiz and find out!  In this episode, we cover: Bowel elimination Ostomies Enemas Occult blood and pH testing Urinalysis Latex allergies Sterile field What's a PodQuiz? It's essentially flashcards for your ears! Nurse Mo asks a question, pauses while you answer, then states the's a fantastic way to study while you're on the go, exercising, commuting, folding laundry, making dinner, feeding the baby, getting your nails get the idea. Subscribe at iTunes, GooglePlay and Stitcher...and please rate & review if you like what you hear! For even more awesome resources, tips, tricks, study guides and more...visit  
Mar 30, 2017
Renal Failure Basics: Episode 9
Renal function is one of the most important AND most common things you'll keep an eye on as an RN...that's because so many things can cause it to take a dive: the meds we give, hypotension, contrast dye, decreased volume states, hemorrhage, dehydration, infection, crush injuries and on and on and on. In this podcast, we go over some of the renal failure basics you'll need for Med/Surg I and your first semester clinical rotations. We'll cover: renal anatomy overview & functions of the kidney basic diuretic info incontinence & the micturition reflex UTIs difference between pre-renal, intra-renal and post-renal failure glomerulonephritis (try saying that five times fast!) nephrotic syndrome pyelonephritis nursing care of a patient in renal failure Want more Straight A Nursing in your life? Stalk us on Twitter @straightanurse Drool over our pics on Instagram, follow Straight A Nurse Like us and comment on Facebook at Join our FB group page titled "Sleepless in Scrubs" Review tons of great info at, including an in-depth post on renal failure basics right here! If you find this podcast useful, please subscribe and review us! Thanks!
Mar 26, 2017
Fundamentals A: PodQuiz Episode 8
Hey there first semester students...are you stressing about your Fundamentals class or your skills check-offs? In this PodQuiz we go over some basic nursing fundamentals, including: restraints and fall risk skin integrity oxygen administration and O2 sat monitoring respiratory assessment digestion and elimination Our PodQuiz episodes are essentially flashcards for your ears...I read a question, then pause so you can answer it, then follow up with the answer. It's THE BEST way to study while still getting out and doing SOMETHING productive. I guarantee you'll love it! Please follow on social media at Twitter @StraightANurse, on Insta (code name StraightANurse) on FB at, on Pinterest at Straight A Nursing and, of course, online at
Mar 23, 2017
Giving End-of-Shift Report: Episode 7
In this podcast we talk about giving a succinct, flawless and informative end-of-shift report. Sounds simple enough, right? It should be, but you'd be surprised how often a bad shift report can leave you with more questions than answers. But, if you follow these guidelines, you'll be someone that all the other nurses LOVE getting report from...and yes, you will be giving report as students, too! An awesome shift report starts with your "brain sheet." This is a sheet of paper where you write down all the pertinent data you need to take excellent care of your patients. Here's what my brain sheet for the ICU looks like: Note that you would never use a brain sheet like this for Med/Surg or someplace where you have 4-5'd never get through report before the end of your shift! As you give report, you basically go through all the items on your brain sheet. I like to start with the patient's name, age, admit date, diagnosis, who the docs are, allergies, code status and any pertinent psychosocial stuff. It might sound like this: This is Jane McDoe, 46 year old female. Admitted on March 10th for a perforated diverticulum. Surgeon is Dr. Hodges, renal is consulting. She's allergic to penicillin and is a Full Code. Her daughter is Gertrude, but she lives in New Zealand and won't be here until tomorrow night. Next, you want to get into their pertinent past medical history and why they came into the hospital. It might go like so: She has a past medical history of chronic renal insufficiency, diverticulitis, DM2, HTN, smoker with 20 pack-year history and bipolar disorder. She presented to the ED with severe abdominal pain and lethargy. Now, you want to go through a brief story of what's happened to the patient since admission. Again, you'd only go into detail if the patient is in the critical care setting. If on a Med/Surg floor or something similar, just the date or other significant milestones. She got a CT of the abdomen, was admitted and had surgery with Dr. Hodges that same day. She was hypertensive after surgery and unable to wean off vent. She came to ICU, stayed intubated overnight and self-extubated on the morning of the 11th. She was emergency reintubated and remained on a Cardene gtt. Chem panel showed hyperkalemia and hyperphosphatemia in conjunction with minimal urine output and an increasing creatinine. Renal consulted and decided to start dialysis...a Quentin cath was placed  and HD started. Once you're through your little snapshot of their hospital stay and significant events up to that point, you start your head-to-toe. Pain, temp, neuro, cardiac, respiratory, etc... You end with your recommendations and the plan for the patient. I like to include any upcoming lab draws or scheduled tasks so they don't get missed. And because you wrote everything down on your brain sheet, you won't forget a thing. Easy peasy! Take a listen and see just how flawless and simple end-of-shift report can be. What makes YOU nervous about clinicals (if you're a student) or your new role as an RN? Let us know in the comments below!   P.S. You can download those amazing brain sheets here!
Mar 19, 2017
Neuro Essentials: PodQuiz Episode 6
The first "PodQuiz" was so well-received that we're continuing it this week with an audio quiz about neuro essentials. In this PodQuiz, you'll get a chance to review neuro assessment (including all the cranial nerves), Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and Stroke. Not sure what a PodQuiz is? In a nutshell, it's a way to review and quiz yourself on material using audio...I ask a question, there's a pause while you answer, then I state the answer. It's like doing flashcards with your ears! To subscribe, click on the iTunes link below OR search for “Straight A Nursing” on iTunes and then hit the SUBSCRIBE button…and be sure to leave a review to help us appear in the rankings so other students can find us and benefit, too! See more at! Copyright 2017 Mo Media
Mar 16, 2017
Managing ICP: Episode 5
Managing ICP (intracranial pressure) is a complex balancing act. In this podcast you'll learn the basics of ICP monitoring and management, what to watch for, when to intervene and HOW to intervene.  
Mar 11, 2017
Respiratory basics: PodQuiz Episode 4
This episode debuts something I'm really excited about....if you've ready my book, Nursing School Thrive Guide, you know that I am a big fan of learning in a variety of ways. of the things I did when I was a student was to record audio quizzes so I could basically quiz myself on topics while I went for a walk, did the laundry, cleaned house....whatever. It freed me from the prison of my desk and used a different part of my brain as well. Win-Win! In this "Pod-quiz" episode, I quiz you on basic respiratory topics...from respiratory assessment to some common disorders including asthma, COPD, pneumonia and atelactasis. I hope you find it as helpful as I did. Let me know if you love it! Help us reach more students! Rate and review us on iTunes, share on social media and tell your classmates! Thanks!
Mar 09, 2017
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Episode 3
In this episode we talk about the basics of ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. It is the most severe form of acute lung injury and is something we see pretty regularly in the MICU. Learn about the different stages that occur as ARDS develops, what you're going to assess and how the patient is going to be treated in this episode of the Straight A Nursing Podcast. Also, if you're listening to these in order...I apologize...the "diabetes" post was posted too early, so when you listen to that one and hear that I've gotten better equipment, note that it won't be evident until we get to a post on renal basics (coming soon!). To subscribe, click on the iTunes link below OR search for "Straight A Nursing" on iTunes and then hit the SUBSCRIBE button...and be sure to leave a review to help us appear in the rankings so other students can find us and benefit, too! See more at! For a handy reference sheet that you can print here!
Mar 05, 2017
What you need to know about diabetes: Episode 2
Hands-down, diabetes is probably THE most common comorbidity you'll see in the hospital setting. Understanding the two "big daddy" diabetes complications should help you take care of these very sick patients. DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and HHS (hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome) are deadly serious conditions that require a diligent RN and a solid grasp of the pathophysiology and treatment plans. Subscribe to the podcast on for "Straight A Nursing" and click the SUBSCRIBE button! Leave a review to help us show up in the rankings so other students can find us, too!
Mar 02, 2017
Emergency or Not? Episode 1
As a student nurse or even a brand new nurse, you may find that you are often perplexed if the situation your patient is facing is an actual emergency or not. In this episode we cover some basic scenarios that need to be evaluated quickly so that you can intervene appropriately and swiftly.  
Mar 01, 2017