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This podcast covers one essential lab value for episode including normal ranges, nursing considerations, and background information.
Normal lab values are hard to keep straight. This show includes the most common including:
Creatinine, WBC, BUN, aPTT, blood gasses, and more.
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BREAKING: Massive Updates to NCLEX due to COVID-19 (must listen)
NCSBN & PeasonVue just announced some significant changes to the NCLEX as a result of COVID-19. Here is what we are doing about it . . . MUST WATCH. Learn more about SIMCLEX at https://www.nursing.com
What’s up guys. I’m Jon Haws RN in founder of nursing.com and I’m here with
Marie Clark. Oh yeah, me. So I’ve already Clark and I am the question director here at nursing at time.
And today we wanted to come on and talk specifically. We’re kind of rushing together. You can tell we’re piecing everything together as we go. I’m actually in my closet here trying to hide the mess from you guys. Um, and Marie’s at her normal workstation cause she always works remote. But um, we, you know, with everything that’s kind of exploded over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of concerns about, well I already had my end click scheduled or I was planning to take my eclipse here in the next little bit. And the first kind of piece of information we got from Pearson view is they’re closing all testing centers and then they came back a couple of days later, uh, through the NTSB end and made some updates to that. So specifically right now we want to talk about what those updates are. Uh, Maria’s been on top of this. And so I want to let her kind of talk about what those updates are and then we’ll talk about where they take place and kind of what you guys can do. So go ahead and read.
All right. So, um, first keep in mind that Pearson view NTSB and just like everybody is scrambling to figure out what we’re supposed to do and it’s pretty anxious, anxiety provoking. I’ll even say for me looking from a distance, um, but they’re making some solutions and I think their main point here is that they want to be able to test as many students as they can under the circumstances. So just like all of us are told to stay six feet away from each other and no more than 10 people gathering at a time. And a lot of areas, including my own here in Colorado, um, the Pearson view testing centers are implementing these same things and also trying to get the students through as quickly as possible to test. And so what that looks like is they are shortening the end clicks. So if ever there was a time where you maybe want to take the end clicks, it’s now, um, we’re talking instead of 75 questions minimum, you would only have 60 minimum and then up to 130 questions.
And so, um, that’s the first and the biggest change. The other one is instead of having six hours to take these questions, you have four. But I was thinking through that and I’m like, okay, well 265 questions max or 130 questions max, you’re actually getting more time per question, so this is a good thing for you. Um, so hopefully that kind of helps ease your anxiety a little bit. You have to go in and check your email because if your test was canceled, you will get an email about that. Um, so keep looking for that. And I will tell you that I was trying to get information yesterday from Pearson view, so I hop onto their chat and I was literally on chat for two hours and did not get any response at all. And then I emailed and I also didn’t hear back. So, um, that’s kind of frustrating. I’m sure you guys frustrated too, but we just have to do the best with what we can. Um, call, check your email. If you get an email from them, you can respond to that. But yeah, so that’s kind of what we’re dealing...
Answers to Your Fears About COVID-19 (and 3 ways we can help you today)
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You’re probably feeling a bit scared right now . . .
Maybe you’re nursing school just canceled clinicals or moved classes 100% online. Now, on top of everything that it is to be a nursing student, you are dealing with the fear brought on by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Last night, I asked: “How has COVID-19 impacted you as a nursing student?” . . . I got hundreds of responses.
So I wanted to make a quick podcast to answer some of those concerns.
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NURSING Family, ⠀ Please let us know how you are being impacted by COVID-19. ⠀ ⠀ ✔️Are classes canceled?⠀ ✔️Are clinicals canceled?⠀ ✔️Has your NCLEX been canceled?⠀ ⠀ We are a #nursingfamily and we are all in this together. How can we help?
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Our Response to COVID-19
We are implementing an aggressive response to COVID-19 for nursing students and nursing school impacted. You can see all of our efforts HERE (nursing.com/lp/covid).
Some of our efforts include:
* Reducing the price of our NURSING STUDENT & NCLEX Academies by 36% until May 15, 2020
* Providing free student accounts to any nursing school experiencing closures until May 15, 2020
* Develop a Nursing Clinical 360 course
* Donating up to $10,000 to WHO COVID-19 Response Fund
* Providing pizza 🍕 dinners to night shift nurses
We Are All In This Together
From the early days of NURSING.com (NRSNG), I used to say “We’re all in this together . . . “. That is true now more than ever.
We need you. I hope this podcast episode helps reduce some of your fears or at least gives you some motivation to keep going.
Resources Mentioned In The Episode
* Nursing Student Academy
* NCLEX Prep Academy
* Serenity Prayer
* Pearson Vue Updates
I’m a Little Bit Scared to Share This #vulnerable
Can I be honest?
I had an amazing experience last month. It was one of those moments when you are filled with thousands of emotions ranging from happiness to sadness all at the same time. Have you ever felt that before?
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The past year has been incredibly busy for my family and I for many reasons, and this is something that I haven’t shared publicly, but in the last year my grandma and grandpa (on my mom’s side) both passed away almost exactly a year apart from each other, one from a stroke and the other from pneumonia complicated by dementia.
This has been hard for the entire family, my mom especially (obviously).
But I want to rewind the clock a bit to my first semester in nursing school, and then we will come back to last month.
My First Semester of Nursing School
During my first semester of nursing school one of my grandpa on my dads side passed away rather quickly. That was in 2011. I’ve talked many times about how difficult that first semester of nursing school was here and here.
Long story short, my wife was 7 months pregnant. We had just moved to Illinois from Texas. We had just pulled out $40,000 in student loans.
My parents were kind enough to pay for a ticket out to the funeral in Arizona. I went to funeral, and it changed everything for me!
I had a sort of epiphany. I realized that in those last minutes of my grandpas life nurses were caring for him. I wanted to feel and know that they were caring for him as deeply as I would.
I realized that I was very literally caring for someones grandpa, mom, daughter . . . loved one. I vowed to myself to care more deeply for each and every patient.
This Last Year
So over the course of the last year, my grandma passed away (stroke) and just 12 months later, my grandpa (pneumonia). I worked as a NEURO ICU nurse before doing NRSNG full-time so during the final moments of my grandmas life I was fielding questions and educating family on the process. She passed away in 2016.
They lived out in Arizona, and I am back in Texas. So again, we were relying on amazing nurses to love and care for my grandparents.
My grandpa began to get more and more sick (with both dementia and other complications). He finally became most bed ridden and developed pneumonia in April 2017. On grandpas last night, two of my uncles were at the bedside with him. We got the text at 1am that he had passed away.
My wife and I, with our children flew out to Arizona for the funeral. After the funeral we had a small lunch with family. My uncle came up to me in tears and told me about the last night with my grandpa in the hospital.
He said the nurse that was taking care of my grandpas was amazing and so caring. Then he shared this story with me:
During the night he mentioned to the nurse that his nephew (me) was also a nurse.
He said, “He has a website for nurses called NRSNG.com.”
The stopped what she was doing and said, “I love NRSNG without NRSNG I would have never made it through nursing school.”
In that moment, I felt like the vow I made to myself back in 2011 to care deeper for my patients had come full circle.
You never know who you will touch as a nurse.
We love each of you and we take the responsibility of helping you along in your journey VERY seriously. Thank you for being a part of the NURSING Family. Some day, it is very likely that ONE of you will care for me, my wife, or one of my children. Thank you in advance!
White Blood Cell (WBC)
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NRSNG Isn’t Mine . . . It’s OURS!
So . . . I guess this episode is just about 8 minutes of a few thoughts on my mind. Mostly though, I just want you all to know how much you really mean to us!
NRSNG.com isn’t mine . . . it’s OURS. And you are a part of it. Thank you for being a part of the NRSNG family!
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Troponin I (cTNL)
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