Teaching... an often daunting task. Teaching is a great way for us to reinforce our own personal knowledge as well as pass on our knowledge to other people. One of the funnest things I do in my job is to teach undergraduate nursing students and postgraduate nursing students. But, for most of us teaching is scary and difficult. Particular characteristics make a great teacher, but everyone can learn. Read on to learn some tips and tricks on teaching.
This is for Simone, who knows just how obsessive compulsive I am with positioning - and documentation.
It is a common occurrence that when a patient emerges from anaesthesia after surgery, they don't complain of surgical site pain. Instead, they complain about musculoskeletal pain, or nerve pain which is frequently caused by patients being poorly positioned on the operating table.
Not only does poor positioning lead to pressure injuries, nerve damage and muscle damage, it can also have significant effects on patients cardiovascular and respiratory status.
High Flow Nasal Cannulas' (also known as High Flow Nasal Prongs) are a relatively new invention in the medical field. It is a highly effective way to administer supplemental oxygen that is heated and humidified. Many clinical studies indicate that High Flow Nasal Cannulas' are a superior oxygen delivery device, that provide improved outcomes to unwell patients.
They are a form on non-invasive respiratory support. The effects of High Flow Nasal Cannula are similar to those of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, CPAP, with a mask.
This blog post will look at what High Flow Nasal Cannulas' are, and why we use them.
Patients make their first judgment of a healthcare worker in the first few seconds of meeting them. We want this impression to be a positive one that will boost our relationship with our patients. A positive relationship with our patients will allow us, as nurses, to gain valuable insight into the patients perspective and care for them holistically. For some people charisma comes naturally and they have a way of getting along with nearly everyone. But for others, this still takes practice. Keep reading for some tips and strategies to better engage with your patient.
Airway is one of the most important considerations in critical care, anaesthesia and resuscitation scenarios. It forms the first step of our primary survey, and is the one of the leading causes of death in emergent situations. This blog post is all about airways - from the perspective of a perianaesthesia and critical care nurse.
In this post we will cover the anatomy of the airway. Then, go into various different ways of maintaining an airway in a patient who may be unresponsive/unconscious.