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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: podcast 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: podcast 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: Podcast 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: podcast 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: Podcast 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
PodQuiz Depression: 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: Podcast 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: Podcast 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
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: Podcast 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: Podcast 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: Podcast 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
PodQuiz Pediatric Nursing Part 1: 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: Podcast 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: Podcast 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
PodQuiz Fundamentals 2: 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: Podcast 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
PodQuiz Fundamentals: 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
Podcast Episode 7: Giving End-of-Shift Report
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
Podcast Episode 6: Neuro Essentials PodQuiz
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
Podcast Episode 5: ICP Management
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
Podcast Episode 4: Basic Respiratory Quiz
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
Podcast Episode 3: ARDS
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
Podcast: Diabetes
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?
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