Here's a simple picture everyone should memorize when thinking of ABGs. It will help you memorize metabolic acidosis/alkalosis and respiratory acidosis/alkalosis.
A complete explanation can be found here
Practice problems can be found here
Posted especially for my friend Kristen :)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
hey everyone i'm back. so it's been a year since i graduated, walked across the stage and received my RN pin. it's also been a year since i took the NCLEX and passed. I am now working at a nearby hospital as a Registered Nurse in a MedSurg/Oncology/Remote Telemetry Floor. A little bit of everything but I can say i've learned a lot in my 8 month and counting of being employed there full time.
Life as an RN isn't that glamorous. 90% of the time you are stressed over your team of patients. You've got to have a excellent prioritization skill, excellent critical thinking skills, lots and lots of patience and still be able to smile at the end of the day. It's rough when you have between 5-7 patients all needing your attention at the same time. Add to that equation the family members who wants to know everything, and i mean EVERYTHING, including the doctor's treatment plan. I honestly don't have access to what the doctor's brain is thinking in regards to the patient's care. All i can tell them is what's written as plan of care. Anything that's not written is not included in the plan of care. One MD once told me to tell the patient's family that if they wanted to manage the patient's care themselves, they can very well go and find another doctor. LOL!
...will continue later :) Read more...