In this episode, I’ll give you the inside scoop on amiodarone so you can truly grasp why it is *the* most prescribed antiarrhythmic medication. We’ll unpack its unique mechanism of action that makes it so effective, share a real-world case that shows amiodarone in action, as well as have a candid talk about its adverse effects. Join me to find out why after 40 years, this versatile antiarrhythmic still has a prime place in the hospital. The story of amiodarone is a fascinating one – and as nurses, we owe it to our patients to know it!
Do you want to enhance your understanding and effectively use atropine in the treatment of bradycardia? Starting with atropine’s mechanism of action, we will explore its proper use for symptomatic bradycardia, including it’s important contraindications. We’ll also cover some of atropine’s other fascinating roles beyond the heart. You’ll walk away with greater confidence in both the appropriate applications and limitations of atropine for bradycardia.
Part one of our cardiac medication mini-series spotlights Milrinone. We’ll unpack milrinone’s mechanism of action, indications, and potential pitfalls. This high-value overview distills need-to-know details about milrinone for seasoned critical care nurses and students alike.
We often draw blood gasses looking for an ACIDosis, but what about when you discover an ALKAlosis?
In this episode, I share a story of a patient with a history of CHF, admitted for diuresis. She was initially improving but becames lethargic and difficult to arouse. We were surprised when her VBG showed alkalosis instead acidosis. Guest Sarah Lorenzini from the Rapid Response RN, helped me make sense of our finding.
Listen in to learn about this rare acid base imbalance that can occur as a result of a very common intervention.
In nursing, we’re taught certain conventions in school. But what happens when those practices don’t match up with real-life situations? Join me as we delve into the controversial topics of administering medication one-by-one through feeding tubes, the presence of air bubbles in IV lines, and the appropriate size of IV catheters for blood transfusions. Get ready for a shocking revelations that might just leave you questioning what you thought you knew about nursing.
Dive into the world of trauma nursing from the FAST exam, to the operating room and subsequent inpatient care. Michelle Dedeo, trauma and neuro clinical nurse specialist, explains key trauma concepts such as the trauma assessment, the triad of death, and massive transfusion protocols.
Have you ever wondered what float pool nursing is like? These nurses fill staffing gaps throughout various units in the hospital, meaning no two days are the same. Listen in as I discuss what float pool nursing is, it’s pros and cons, and who would make an ideal float pool nurse. Whether you’re an experienced nurse looking for a change of pace or a nursing student who is intrigued by the idea of having a lot of variety, this episode on float pool nursing is for you!
As nurses, we are trained to be on high alert for sepsis, but don’t be fooled! This episode covers sepsis imposters: the sneaky diagnoses that present similarly to sepsis but could prove deadly if misdiagnosed. Follow along as Dawn Carpenter, DNP shares real-life case studies that will help you identify the subtle clues that could make the right diagnosis… and potentially save a life.
Have you noticed that your patients are being prescribed SGLT-2 inhibitors, even if they don’t have diabetes? If your patient asked, would you be able to explain why they are taking an SGLT-2 inhibitor?
Listen in to learn about how this new and fascinating class of medication that was designed for diabetes is now being prescribed for heart failure, too.