Nursing Made Insanely Easy! / Edition 3

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RAYFIELD and MANNING, the authors of the bestselling NCLEX-RN 101: How To Pass! 2nd edition and Nursing Made INSANELY Easy! have done it again with this NEW edition with PHARMACOLOGY added.

An EASY, totally different bottom line approach to nursing concepts.

E ssential concepts to assist nursing students to learn and prepare for exams and the NCLEX

A ssist nursing graduates to remember health and disease concepts

S pedal images per page with essential concepts on opposite page

Y our learning is memorable and FUN!

See for yourself and, most of all HAVE FUN LEARNING AND REMEMBERING!!

"...chock-full of images that accompany verbal pictures or stories that are designed to help the reader remember the most important bottom-line concepts...uses acronyms, mnemonics, and other memory tools."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964362260
  • Publisher: ICAN Publishing Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Health Promotion Across The Life Span


Check out these kids and they will help you remember milestones for these ages. Developmental task is TRUST versus MISTRUST (Erikson).

0-3 months-Recliner is in the RECLINING position. His head lags. At two months lifts head and chest off bed. Totally dependent. Provide safe, allergy-proofed toys which are soft, cuddly and colorful.

3-6 months-SITTER-Starts rolling over. Six months of age can SIT for short periods of time leaning forward on hands. Birth weight may double at 6 months.

6-9 months-BOUNCER OR CRAWLER -Can pull self to a sitting position. They start bouncing so much that they bounce out and start crawling by 8-9 months. Everything goes in the mouth. Safety precautions!

9-12 months-CRUISER OR WALKER-Walks with help. This age loves to cruise around furniture. The birth weight may triple and length increased by 50% (12 months). Shows stranger anxiety; clings to mother. Continues in solitary play and can entertain self for short periods of time.

Toddler (1 to 3 years)

These children are "Into everything," have temper tantrums, and are called the "Terrible Two's". The typical words used with the toddler are "NO NO". Let's think of the opposite and consider PRAISING positive behavior. Refer to image for this explanation.

Notice in the image the child has a PUSH-PULL toy which is a favorite. Anything that will make them mobile so they can be AUTONOMOUS. These children like playing side by side (PARALLEL PLAY), but forget sharing!

The R is for the eyes because at bed time if certain RITUALS AND ROUTINES are not continued they will not close their eyes and go to sleep. Moral of that story is consistency! RE-GRESSION may occur during hospitalization. PRAISE appropriate behavior and ignore the rest. (Easier said than done!)

The A is for the body because toddlers are into AUTONOMY. They like to help dress and undress self. ACCIDENTS are a leading cause of death. They may have bruises on extremities from climbing and EXPLORING (E for feet). Keep poisons out of reach.

The I is for the arms, so they can be comforted by their parents. Allow parents to stay with child to decrease those S's (tears) from SEPARATION ANXIETY.

ELIMINATION (toilet training) is one of the major mile-stones for the toddler.

Poison Control

Tommy Toxin has crawled into trouble and ingested some substance that is toxic to his body. Mom should have Syrup of Ipecac around the house that will make Tommy throw up the material he has ingested. Once he has vomited, Activated Charcoal will act as an absorbent of the poison. If he has by chance swallowed any caustic or petroleum material (i.e., kerosene, gasoline), Ipecac will be contraindicated!

Calcium EDTA a chelating agent will probably be the most effective if Tommy ate paint or has lead poisoning. Our initial focus for Tommy would be ABC's (airway, breathing, and circulation). "POISON" will assist you with Tommy's plan of care.


PREVENT further absorption. Decreasing absorption may be enhanced by syrup of IPECAC-in some facilities, gastric lavage has replaced Ipecac as the initial treatment. Activated charcoal may be given after gastric lavage or 30-60 minutes after induced emesis. Dialysis may be required if all else fails.


OFF - Shower or wash OFF substance if it is radioactive. If


IDENTIFY the toxic agent - Do an accurate history and identify any available poison.


SUPPORT the client both physically and psychologically. Parents may feel guilty in regards to their parenting role. SUPPORT is important!


ONGOING Safety education regarding poison control!


NOTIFY local poison control center, emergency facility, or physician for immediate care and advice regarding treatment.

Remember-The best solution to poisons is to keep them under lock and key!

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 3
Contributors 4
Preface 6
Affirmation 7
Prioritizing (First) 14
Delegation (Delegator) 16
Ancillary Personnel Limitations (Part, Can't) 18
Cost Effectiveness (Save) 20
Disaster Plan (A, B, C) 22
Legal Aspects (The 4 D's) 24
Infection Control
Universal Precautions (Gloves) 26
Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) 28
Fever 30
Beta Strep (B Strep) 32
End of Life (Death) 34
Physical Assessment
Tools of Physical Assessments 36
Stethoscope 38
Vital Signs 40
Cardiac Sounds 42
Breath Sounds 44
Transmitted Voice Sounds 46
Cranial Nerves (3,4,6,8) 48
Neurological Checks (Perl Mae) 50
Health Promotion Across the Life Span
Growth and Development Throughout the Life Span 52
Infancy 54
Toddler (Praise) 56
Poison Control (Tommy Toxin) 58
Preschooler (Magic) 60
School Age (Dimple) 62
Adolescent (Pairs) 64
Immunizations (Immunized) 66
Diagnostic Procedures (Act Now) 68
Danger Signs in Pregnancy (Cabs) 70
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (Peace) 72
Magnesium Sulfate Toxicity (Burp) 74
Nonstress Test 76
Intrapartum and Postpartum
Signs and Symptoms of Labor and Delivery (Worlds) 78
Fetal Heart Decelerations 80
Late Decelerations (unCoil) 82
Active Phase of Labor (Mad) 84
Pitocin 86
Regional Anesthesia (Region) 88
Transition Phase (Tired) 90
Postpartum Assessment (Bubble He) 92
Therapeutic Diets
Foods High in Folic Acid 94
Foods High in Iron 96
Foods High in Protein 98
Foods High in Potassium 100
Foods High in Sodium 102
Low Residue Diet 104
Psychiatric Nursing Concepts
Therapeutic Communication (Trust) 106
Eating Disorders (Eating) 108
Interventions for Anxiety (Calmer) 110
Anti-Anxiety Medications (Bats) 112
Depression (In Sad Cages) 114
Management of Depression (Peer) 116
Antidepressant Medications
Tricyclics (Tina Tricycle) 118
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO) 120
Bipolar Disorder (Clown) 122
Lithium 124
Schizophrenia (Hard) 126
Undesirable Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs (Stance) 128
Alcoholism (Copes) 130
Dementia (Slow House of Alzheimer's) 132
Later Changes with Dementia 134
Combative Client (Combat) 136
Visual Changes 138
Open Angle Glaucoma (Open) 140
Medications for Open Angle Glaucoma (Bahm) 142
Miotics (Constrict Eyes) 144
Ear Drops (Up/Down) 146
Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (Soggy Sid) 148
Diabetes Insipidus (Dilute) 150
Hyperthyroidism (Go Getter Gertrude) 152
Thyroidectomy (Bow Tie) 154
Hypothyroidism (Morbid Matilda) 156
Diabetes Mellitus (Fido) 158
Insulin (Peak Times for Insulin) 160
Hypoglycemia (Tired) 162
Cushing's Syndrome (Cushy Carl) 164
Addison's Disease (Anemic Adam) 166
Cardiac System
Cyanotic Heart Defects (T's) 168
Tetralogy of Fallot (Drops) 170
Congenital Cardiac Assessment (Hearts) 172
Hypertension (Catapres) 174
Reduce Cardiac Workload (Spare) 176
Ace Inhibitors 178
Beta Blockers (Road Block to Beta Blockers) 180
Calcium Channel Blockers 182
Loop Diuretics (Lou La Bell) 184
Atrial Dysrhythmias 186
Heart Blocks 188
Ventricular Fibrillation (Shock, Shock, Shock) 190
Pulmonary Edema (Mad Dog) 192
Acid Base (Red Van) 194
Acid-Bases Status (Rome) 196
Compensatory Mechanisms 198
Acid-Base (Calling The Shots) 200
Shock (Decreased Venous Return) 202
Shock (Help Stamp Out Shock) 204
Respiratory System
Abnormal Lung Sounds 206
COPD 208
Interventions for COPD 210
Asthma 212
Aminophylline Toxicity (Amily Toxicity) 214
Beta[subscript 2]-Adrenergic Agonist (Max Air) 216
Cystic Fibrosis (Sicker Kid) 218
Ventilator Care (Vent) 220
Tuberculosis (INA) 222
Fluid Volume Status 224
Fluid Shifts 226
Renal Pathology 228
Burns 230
Mastectomy (Breast) 232
Menopause (Minnie Pause) 234
Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (Turps) 236
Safety With Radium Implants 238
External Radiation (Shade) 240
Gastrointestinal System
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's (Cramps) 242
Colostomy (Connie Colostomy) 244
Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) 246
Gastric Reflux (Reflux) 248
Antacids (Aunt Acid's Family) 250
GI Assessments (Drapes) 252
Dumping Syndrome (Dump Truck) 254
Nasogastric Tube (NG Tube) 256
Anticholinergic Medications 258
Elevated Liver Enzymes (ABC) 260
Cirrhosis (Ascites) 262
Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Overdose 264
Pancreatitis (Pan Am Lips) 266
Neurological System
Meningocele/Omphalocele (Seals) 268
Hydrocephalus (Pies) 270
Glasgow Coma Scale 272
Vital Signs for Shock vs. IICP 274
Nursing Care for IICP (Heads) 276
Seizures (Caesar) 278
Dilantin (Dial at Ten) 280
Parkinson's Disease (Park Dark) 282
Myasthenia Gravis (Myra Dystonia) 284
Bell's Palsy (Image) 286
Trigeminal Neuralgia (Paine) 288
Musculoskeletal System
Adverse Effects of Immobility (Awful) 290
Peripheral Vascular Diseases (Venous) 292
Allopurinal (Gout) 294
Osteoporosis (Josephine Bone-A-Part) 296
Arthritis (Arthur Itis) 298
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications (NSAIDS) 300
Traction (Fracture) 302
Crutch Walking 304
Spinal Cord Client (Crutches) 306
Anticoagulants 308
Autonomic Dysreflexia 310
Labs to Remember
Monitoring Drugs by the Magic 2's 312
Remember the 4's 314
Index 316
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