I wanted to share the Study Guide that I made for my Maternal-Child Nursing Exam. I actually put it all in a 3 ring binder with other pertinent information that I thought might be useful. This was my way of studying for my exam among other things that I did. It was a HUGE help. However, keep in mind that it is not an all-inclusive study guide. There are obviously some things that I did not get included. We basically only had about 1 1/2 weeks to study for this exam. Keep in mind that we are in the RN Mobility program, which means that we are supposed to already know the information. I would highly suggest that in addition to using notes to study, practice as many NCLEX style questions as you possibly can prior to testing. Knowing how to answer NCLEX style questions can make or break you in nursing school.
“Spontaneous Abortion” has less than 20 letters [it’s exactly 19 letters].
Spontaneous abortion is defined as delivery or loss of products of conception at less than 20 weeks gestation.
Parity Abbreviations (ie: G3, T2 P1 A0 L3)
“To Peace And Love“:
T: of Term pregnancies
P: of Premature births
A: of Abortions (spontaneous or elective)
L: of Live births
· Describes the outcomes of the total number of pregnancies (Gravida).
Produce cervical mucous
Relax uterine smooth muscle
Oxycotin sensitivity down
Gonadotropin [FSH, LH] secretions down
Endometrial spiral arteries and secretions up
Temperature up / Tit development
Excitability of myometrium down
Teratogenic drugs“W/ TERATOgenic”:
Epileptic drugs: phenytoin, valproate, carbamazepine
Third element: lithium
OCP and other hormones (eg danazol)
Teratogenic drugs: major non-antibiotics
Remember: TAP CAP:
Aspirin & indomethacin
“That deaf and dumb cat ate my blueberry muffin and stepped on my PDA”
~Blueberry Muffin…type of skin lesion seen
~PDA……..Patent Ductus Arteriosus
”Rubber Ducky, I’m so blue!” = Congenital signs of Rubella (German Measles)
Ducky = Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Deafness
I’m = Eyes (cataracts, retinopathy, micropthalmia, glaucoma)
So = Slow or growth and developmental retardation
Blue = Blueberry Muffin” purpura on skin
German measles is also called Rubella. If a mom contract this during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, then the child can be born with congential rubella syndrome (CRS) which can be serious and devastating. Miscarriage results in up to 20% of cases. The Rubber Ducky I’m So Blue rhyme can help point out significant symptoms in neonates born with CRS.
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