Clubbing of the fingers and/or toes can mean someone has a decreased O2 level. It can indicate problems with the Heart, or things like Lung Cancer, or Bronchiectasis. You can read more about this here.
We have another big test and skill validation (Physical Examination & Health Assessment) coming up this Thursday, 2/26. I can’t speak for everyone in the class, , but I am, of course, nervous. I have a great deal riding on making it through this program. The thing about nursing school is that you have to make certain grades on each of the tests and skill validations, otherwise you are out of the program. This puts an extreme amount of pressure on the student. The mobility program is not quite like the traditional RN program. This 1st semester is killer. Basically, you are doing a year’s worth of LPN classes all crammed into one semester. It is, for all intents and purposes, a fast track into the RN program for currently licensed LPN’s. It cuts off some of the time that it takes to complete the RN program. Read the rest of this entry
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If you are anything like me, you need all the help you can get to remember everything. Here is a collection of various mnemonics that can help you remember at least some of the aspects of the nursing physical health assessment.
If you are like me, you have never actually seen a positive and negative Babinski Reflex on an adult. This video shows a positive reflex on one foot and then a negative reflex on the other foot in the same adult. So, what does a positive Babinski test indicate in an adult? When the Babinski reflex is present in a child older than 2 years or in an adult, it is often a sign of a brain or nervous system disorder. Disorders may include: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig disease), Brain tumor or injury, Meningitis, Multiple sclerosis, Spinal cord injury, defect, or tumor, Stroke. Read the rest of this entry