ABG Interpretation, part 10: Example problems 9-12 - LevelUpRN

ABG Interpretation, part 10: Example problems 9-12

July 01, 2021 4 min read 3 Comments

In this video, Cathy covers ABG interpretation practice problems 9-12. You can download the practice questions and answer key and follow along as she explains how to work through the problems.
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ABG Interpretation, part 9: Example problems 5-8 - LevelUpRN

ABG Interpretation, part 9: Example problems 5-8

June 29, 2021 4 min read 1 Comment

In this video, Cathy covers ABG interpretation practice problems 5-8. You can download the practice questions and answer key and follow along as she explains how to work through the problems.
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ABG Interpretation, part 8: Example problems 1-4 - LevelUpRN

ABG Interpretation, part 8: Example problems 1-4

June 24, 2021 4 min read 1 Comment

In this video, Cathy covers ABG interpretation practice problems 1-3. You can download the practice questions and answer key and follow along as she explains how to work through the problems.
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Clinical Skills - Vital Signs: Temperature, Pulse, Respirations & Blood Pressure - LevelUpRN

Clinical Skills - Vital Signs: Temperature, Pulse, Respirations & Blood Pressure

March 26, 2022 12 min read

A demonstration on how to obtain vital signs including temperature (oral, axillary, temporal, tympanic and rectal), pulse (palpating and auscultating), respirations, and blood pressure.
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Clinical Skills - Assessing Orthostatics - LevelUpRN

Clinical Skills - Assessing Orthostatics

March 22, 2022 3 min read

A demonstration on how to assess a patient's orthostatic blood pressure, with the assistance of a special guest.
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Clinical Skills - IV Piggyback (Secondary) - LevelUpRN

Clinical Skills - IV Piggyback (Secondary)

March 17, 2022 4 min read

A demonstration on how to set up an intravenous piggyback medication (secondary).
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Dosage Calculation: Reconstitution - LevelUpRN

Dosage Calculation: Reconstitution

October 29, 2021 2 min read 5 Comments

In this video, Cathy works through a reconstitution dosage calculation problem submitted by a YouTube viewer. She uses dimensional analysis to solve the problem, and goes through each step in detail. Want Cathy to work through a different type of dose calculation problem? Leave your example in the comments!
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Nursing Dosage Calculations, Part 1: Example Problems 1-3 - LevelUpRN

Nursing Dosage Calculations, Part 1: Example Problems 1-3

July 17, 2020 3 min read 5 Comments

In this video, Cathy covers Dosage Calculation practice problems 1-3. You can download the practice questions and answer key and follow along as she explains how to work through the problems.
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Nursing Dosage Calculations, Part 2: Example Problems 4-5 - LevelUpRN

Nursing Dosage Calculations, Part 2: Example Problems 4-5

July 17, 2020 3 min read 4 Comments

In this video, Cathy covers Dosage Calculation practice problems 4-5. You can download the practice questions and answer key and follow along as she explains how to work through the problems.
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EKG Interpretation, part 1: Introduction - LevelUpRN

EKG Interpretation, part 1: Introduction

July 11, 2020 1 min read 3 Comments

In this introduction video, Cathy goes over the key information that will be covered in her EKG interpretation video series, which is intended to help nurses, nursing students, and other medical professionals/students understand and interpret electrocardiogram results.
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EKG Interpretation, part 2: Placement of EKG leads, Heart Conduction System and EKG Basics - LevelUpRN

EKG Interpretation, part 2: Placement of EKG leads, Heart Conduction System and EKG Basics

July 10, 2020 5 min read 1 Comment

Learn where to place the 10 electrodes when performing a 12 lead EKG, the steps in the Heart Conduction System, and how those steps are reflected on an EKG waveform. Plus EKG basics, including: duration of small boxes and big boxes, and expected amplitude and duration of the EKG components.
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EKG Interpretation, part 3: Analysis of Heart Rhythm, Heart Rate, P wave, PR interval and QRS complex - LevelUpRN

EKG Interpretation, part 3: Analysis of Heart Rhythm, Heart Rate, P wave, PR interval and QRS complex

July 09, 2020 5 min read 4 Comments

In this article, we cover the key steps in analyzing an EKG strip: determining the heart rhythm (regular vs. irregular), determining the heart rate using small box method vs. big box method vs. 6-second strip method; P waves; PR intervals; and QRS complexes.
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Fundamentals - Community Health, part 9: Disasters and Triage - LevelUpRN

Fundamentals - Community Health, part 9: Disasters and Triage

June 21, 2023 5 min read

Different actions that should occur before, during, and after disasters. These include mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. the classification system used to triage during mass casualty events.
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Fundamentals - Community Health, part 8: Epidemiology - LevelUpRN

Fundamentals - Community Health, part 8: Epidemiology

June 14, 2023 5 min read

Epidemiology including the epidemiologic triangle. This triangle consists of the agent, host, and environment. Ellis then discusses other important terms in epidemiology like incidence, prevalence, attack rate, endemic, epidemic, and pandemic.
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Fundamentals - Community Health, part 7: Community Health Plan and Assessments - LevelUpRN

Fundamentals - Community Health, part 7: Community Health Plan and Assessments

June 07, 2023 3 min read

The nursing process steps as they relate to developing a community health plan, including specific data collection methods used in the assessment of a community like informal interviews, direct observation, windshield surveys, secondary analysis, and surveys.
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Maternity - Postpartum, part 5: Postpartum Hemorrhage, Endometritis, Mastitis, Mental Health Concerns - LevelUpRN

Maternity - Postpartum, part 5: Postpartum Hemorrhage, Endometritis, Mastitis, Mental Health Concerns

November 30, 2021 12 min read 2 Comments

The postpartum complications of postpartum hemorrhage, endometritis, mastitis, and potential mental health concerns.
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Maternity - Postpartum, part 4: Changes, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism - LevelUpRN

Maternity - Postpartum, part 4: Changes, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism

November 30, 2021 8 min read

Cardiovascular changes of the postpartum patient. In addition, the potential postpartum complications of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE).
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Maternity - Postpartum, part 3: Maternal Role Attainment, Parental-Infant Bonding, Sibling Adaptation - LevelUpRN

Maternity - Postpartum, part 3: Maternal Role Attainment, Parental-Infant Bonding, Sibling Adaptation

November 30, 2021 8 min read

The three phases of maternal role attainment, signs of optimal and impaired parental-infant bonding, parental teaching related to sibling adaptation, and patient teaching on sexual intercourse in the postpartum period.
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Med-Surg - Integumentary System, part 11: SJS and TEN - LevelUpRN

Med-Surg - Integumentary System, part 11: SJS and TEN

April 11, 2023 2 min read

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), including pathophysiology, signs/symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care for these life-threatening skin reactions.
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Med-Surg - Integumentary System, part 10: Lice & Scabies - LevelUpRN

Med-Surg - Integumentary System, part 10: Lice & Scabies

April 03, 2023 3 min read

Parasitic infestations, including pediculosis (i.e., lice) and scabies. Risk factors, signs/symptoms, treatment and patient teaching for lice and scabies.
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Med-Surg - Integumentary System, part 9: Lyme Disease - LevelUpRN

Med-Surg - Integumentary System, part 9: Lyme Disease

March 28, 2023 2 min read

Lyme disease—the prevention, stages of lyme disease, symptoms of lyme disease, diagnosis and treatment.
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Pharmacology, part 9: Anticholinergic Effects, Bleeding & Infection Precautions - LevelUpRN

Pharmacology, part 9: Anticholinergic Effects, Bleeding & Infection Precautions

January 16, 2023 4 min read 1 Comment

Key side effects that occur with many medications, including: anticholinergic side effects, increased risk of bleeding, and increased risk of infection. Key medications and drug classes that have anticholinergic side effects. Anticholinergic signs and symptoms, nursing care of patients taking anticholinergic medications, and patient teaching on management of these side effects. Key medications that increase a patient's risk of bleeding, signs and symptoms of bleeding, and nursing care and patient teaching on bleeding precautions. Key medications that cause immunosuppression and increase a patient's risk for infection. Nursing care and patient teaching regarding infection precautions.
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Pharmacology, part 8: Antidotes & Antibiotic Teaching - LevelUpRN

Pharmacology, part 8: Antidotes & Antibiotic Teaching

January 16, 2023 3 min read

The antidotes for key medications and important nursing care and patient teaching for patients taking antibiotics.
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Pharmacology, part 7: Medication Reconciliation, Herb-Drug & Food-Drug Interactions - LevelUpRN

Pharmacology, part 7: Medication Reconciliation, Herb-Drug & Food-Drug Interactions

January 16, 2023 4 min read

An overview of medication reconciliation, key herb-drug interactions and food-drug interactions.
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Nutrition, part 4: Fat Soluble Vitamins - Vitamins A, D, E, K - LevelUpRN

Nutrition, part 4: Fat Soluble Vitamins - Vitamins A, D, E, K

July 16, 2021 4 min read 2 Comments

What does the body use vitamins A, D, E, and K for? Which foods are good sources of these vitamins? We'll cover all of this plus the signs of deficiency and toxicity for each of these vitamins.
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Nutrition, part 3: Water Soluble Vitamins - B-complex vitamins, vitamin C - LevelUpRN

Nutrition, part 3: Water Soluble Vitamins - B-complex vitamins, vitamin C

July 16, 2021 4 min read 1 Comment

The functions and sources of B-complex vitamins, as well as risk factors associated with deficiency. Conditions that result from deficiencies of B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folate/Folic Acid), and B12 (Cobalamin). The functions and sources of vitamin C, as well as the risk factors and signs/symptoms associated with scurvy.
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Nutrition, part 2: Macronutrients - Carbohydrates, Lipids, Protein - LevelUpRN

Nutrition, part 2: Macronutrients - Carbohydrates, Lipids, Protein

July 16, 2021 6 min read

The lowdown on the three macronutrients, including function and food sources for each. Carbohydrates: simple vs. complex, glycogen, and fiber. Fat: saturated vs. unsaturated vs. trans, and cholesterol. Protein: amino acids; complete, incomplete, complementary, anabolism/catabolism, and nitrogen balance.
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Peds, part 45: Musculoskeletal Disorders - Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis & Osteomyelitis - LevelUpRN

Peds, part 45: Musculoskeletal Disorders - Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis & Osteomyelitis

August 08, 2023 3 min read

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and osteomyelitis. The cause, signs/symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and family teaching for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The pathophysiology, risk factors, signs/symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of osteomyelitis.
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Peds, part 44: Musculoskeletal Disorders - Osteogenesis Imperfecta & Rickets - LevelUpRN

Peds, part 44: Musculoskeletal Disorders - Osteogenesis Imperfecta & Rickets

August 04, 2023 2 min read

Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Rickets. The cause, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta. The cause, risk factors, signs and symptoms, labs, and treatment of Rickets.
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Peds, part 43: Musculoskeletal Disorders - Legg-Calve Perthes and Clubfoot - LevelUpRN

Peds, part 43: Musculoskeletal Disorders - Legg-Calve Perthes and Clubfoot

July 28, 2023 2 min read

Legg-Calve Perthes disease and clubfoot. The risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Legg-Calve Perthes. Risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and family teaching for clubfoot.
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Pharm Basics, part 9: Blood Transfusions - LevelUpRN

Pharm Basics, part 9: Blood Transfusions

August 13, 2021 4 min read

The types of blood products and infusion times for each of these products. Best practices for blood transfusions and the different types of blood transfusion reactions (mild allergic, anaphylactic, febrile, septic, acute hemolytic, and circulatory overload). The nursing care of blood transfusion reactions in general, along with specific interventions for the different types of reactions.
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Pharm Basics, part 8: IV Complications - LevelUpRN

Pharm Basics, part 8: IV Complications

August 13, 2021 5 min read

The following IV complications: phlebitis, infiltration, extravasation, catheter embolus, and fluid overload. The symptoms and nursing care of each complication.
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Pharm Basics, part 7: Routes of Administration: Peripheral IVs, Central Venous Catheters - LevelUpRN

Pharm Basics, part 7: Routes of Administration: Peripheral IVs, Central Venous Catheters

August 13, 2021 7 min read 2 Comments

The intravenous (IV) route for medication administration. Best practices for insertion of an IV, nursing care of the IV, and medication administration through the IV. Covers Central Venous Catheters (CVCs), including the types of CVCs and nursing care of CVCs.
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Psychiatric Mental Health - Disorders, part 40: Paraphilic Disorders

Psychiatric Mental Health, part 40: Disorders - Paraphilic Disorders

October 02, 2023 2 min read

The difference between paraphilia and paraphilic disorders. Some of the main paraphilic disorders, including: exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, frotteurism, sexual sadism, sexual masochism, and pedophilia.
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Psychiatric Mental Health - Disorders, part 39: Substance Use Disorders

Psychiatric Mental Health, part 39: Disorders - Substance Use Disorders

September 25, 2023 4 min read

Addiction and substance use disorders. Important terminology regarding addiction, including: intoxication, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal. Alcohol use disorder, including the signs and symptoms of intoxication, signs and symptoms of withdrawal, signs and symptoms of delirium tremens, nursing care of a patient experiencing alcohol withdrawal, and treatment to promote alcohol abstinence. Opioid use disorder, including the signs and symptoms of intoxication, signs of toxicity (i.e., opioid overdose), the antidote for opioids, signs of opioid withdrawal, and treatment of opioid use disorder. Finally, stimulant use disorder, including the signs and symptoms of intoxication, signs and symptoms of toxicity, signs and symptoms of withdrawal, and treatment of stimulant use disorder.
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Psychiatric Mental Health - Disorders, part 38: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia vs. Delirium

Psychiatric Mental Health, part 38: Disorders - Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia vs. Delirium

September 18, 2023 4 min read

Alzheimer's disease and reviews the differences between dementia and delirium. The symptoms of early-stage, moderate-stage, and late-stage Alzheimer's disease, along with other symptoms associated with dementia, such as confabulation, preservation, and sundowning. The diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care of a patient with Alzheimer's disease. Important teaching regarding home safety. Finally, key differences between dementia and delirium.
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Next Generation NCLEX: Your Questions Answered - LevelUpRN

Next Generation NCLEX: Your Questions Answered

May 01, 2023 12 min read 4 Comments

In this video, Ellis goes over the what, why, and when of the Next Generation NCLEX. They then do a bit of a dive into the new item types and scoring.
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Unboxing the Nursing School Survival Kit - LevelUpRN

Unboxing the Nursing School Survival Kit

January 23, 2023 6 min read

Meris Shuwarger, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN just got her own Ultimate Nursing School Survival Kit and she had to share her reaction with everyone. 

Here's what she had to say.

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#1 Tip to Dealing with Stress in Nursing School - LevelUpRN

#1 Tip to Dealing with Stress in Nursing School

September 30, 2022 2 min read 2 Comments

If nursing school (or your nursing career) has you feeling stressed, you are definitely not alone! Cathy explains her favorite tip to keep stress and cortisol in check.
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