Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dave's fixed Study guide

Some of you have Mistaken this for Dave's blog. He was kind enough to post his excellent guide here but it is not his blog.
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Deer Park

Deer Park Tibetan Buddhist temple.

Able to visit before 1st day of CPNE.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A little slice of paradise in Madison

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Holly, I tried to follow your suggestions. The Hawaii Ironman t-shirt is poser wear. I did not earn that. A full ironman is on my bucket list but passing the CPNE is #1 on the bucket list right now.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Those damn bubbles!

An attempt to clear those air bubbles that plague the syringe

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SQ station

I fail thi station. Do you know why?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Grid

This is the way I use a grid. It's up to use to customize it the way that works best for you. If you use nmenumics or not, the GRID can help you pass.

Monday, June 30, 2008

IM lab station

I've read of students failing because they were worried about compatability of mixing the 2 meds assigned. The purpose of this station is to show your ability to mix two medications in the same syringe. So don't worry about compatability.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

IV lab

IV push lab

Complete wound using parachute to pack.

Parachute detailed

The parachute method. Do not take as an instruction. Purely for entertainment and evaluation.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

INtro and 20 minute again

After a practicing this and reading a lot of post, Lisa S. (THANK YOU) I realized that making a grid is useless if you don't follow it! Funny thing is that you would think that nerves would cause me to lean on it more. The opposite turned out to be true. Currently using the whiteboard to reinforce Santa like behavior. Have your list and check it twice.
Remember, No style points are awarded in the CPNE but forgetting a Critical element will earn you a fail. Good luck in studies.

CA and CE

introducing Kiwi and Mango

Thursday, June 19, 2008

West Coast Tina's workshop

The classroom
Tina's class has a huge advantage over the traveling workshops. You couldn't possibly carry this much equipment. If you live in California it's a pretty easy decision which workshop to attend. The labs are designed to be exactly what you'll find at the CPNE. The disadvantage is that is you live on the wrong coast it will involve some traveling. The first time I went I expected the class to be filled with west coasters, I was surprised to find the class filled with students from around the county. The work ethic here is STRONG! Don't expect lunch till around 2pm and it's no problem to stay late and practice. Once back at the Hotel you can unwind with some homework. All depends on how much you want to put into it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Parachute method of packing wound

I'm used to the ribbon method but this might be quicker and easier to do when the hands are shaking. If you have any tips or pointers or criticism please post a comment or send me email.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Re: traction

According to the Photo guide of Nursing Skills

Traction is defined as the application of a pulling force to an extremity or another part of the body while countertraction pulls in the opposite direction.

see pic
Ensure pt. is positioned in the center of the bed with the affected leg aligned with the trunk of the body. Misalignment is the leading cause of complications for patients in traction.
Examine the weights and pulley system. Ensure that pull goes directly through the long axis of the fractured bone.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

About Me

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Born in Germany, RN at UCLA, Attended La Quinta high school. Old and still an Idealist