Nursing tales

The biggest life lesson I’ve learned from a Seasoned Nurse

Today I was in a very long grocery line when a 50-ish year old lady in front of me, turned around and struck up a conversation. She was asking my about the Muscle Milk that I was about to buy and if I liked that flavor, blah, blah, blah when the conversation took a turn.… Continue reading The biggest life lesson I’ve learned from a Seasoned Nurse

Signs and Symptoms

3 Types of Chest Pain

Chest pain is a diverse topic. Patients who present to the ER with chest pain could be having a life-threatening cardiac or respiratory condition. As a nurse, your job is to figure out: is the patient having a heart attack? An aortic aneurysm? A pulmonary embolism? Etc. or is the patient experiencing a non-life-threatening condition… Continue reading 3 Types of Chest Pain

Emergency Medications, Pharmacology

What does Adrenergic and Cholinergic mean?

When it comes to terms like Cholinergic, Anticholinergic, Adrenergic, etc. I find myself in a sea of double negatives and symptoms swirling about so much so that I lose my footing. It's complicated, but not SO complicated that it can't be simplified, at least a little bit. Adrenergic stimulates Sympathetic AKA fight or flight Cholinergic stimulates Parasympathetic AKA rest… Continue reading What does Adrenergic and Cholinergic mean?

Emergency Medications, Pharmacology

How do you give Amiodarone in V-Tach?

Besides being fun to say, Amiodarone is no joke. In the Emergency Setting, it is used for atrial and ventricular cardiac arrhythmia's, you know the kind you press code blue for and pee your pants a little. It also has some not so awesome side effects that you NEED to consider when giving this medication.… Continue reading How do you give Amiodarone in V-Tach?