3 Things To Do Before Nursing School Starts

3 Things To Do Before Nursing School Starts

Hey there friend! So first, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’re in nursing school! That is a HUGE accomplishment and I am so proud of you. Whether you are just starting out or are in your last year, give yourself a long pat on the back for coming this...
Setting IV Pump Drip Rates

Setting IV Pump Drip Rates

Want to know the best two words a nurse can hear? IV PUMP. Okay, so maybe it’s not at the top, top of the list. I imagine “sinus rhythm” or “no bleeding” might be higher up there. But it must make at least the top 10. And why...
Calculating Basic IV Drip Rates

Calculating Basic IV Drip Rates

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Look at you go, girlfriend! You are just plowin’ on through this dosage calculation series and ready to rock that exam (and maybe show off a little at clinical). Today we’re talking about calculating intravenous (IV) drip rates. There are...
6 Easy Steps to Ace Dosage Calculations

6 Easy Steps to Ace Dosage Calculations

Two words that send most nursing students anxiety through the roof: Dose Calc. (I know that I just went tachycardic). Most nursing programs require you to take at least one dosage calculation exam to continue in their program, and a lot of schools require multiple...
The Contraction Sequence of the Heart

The Contraction Sequence of the Heart

Welcome back, friend! Last month we talked about the movement of blood through the heart. If you missed that post, you can find it here. So now, let’s add another layer: the hearts pattern of contraction. The Contraction Sequence of the Heart The pumping action...
Blood Flow Through the Heart

Blood Flow Through the Heart

I don’t know about you, but when I started nursing school, I couldn’t remember as much from anatomy and physiology as I should have (and was expected from me). Up-regulation of receptors? Oh right…that’s actually a thing. Langerhan’s...
How to Identify Heart Sounds

How to Identify Heart Sounds

Hey there, friend! Today we are talking about a *little* subject called heart sounds. Even though they’re little and hard to hear sometimes, they’re kind of a big deal. Knowing the normal rhythm of the heart as well as the most common abnormal heart sounds...