Monday, August 9, 2010

Thoughts on Feeling Intimidated

I don't like it.
I won't let it happen again.
The End.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Maternity Questions Killed Me Today

30% on the quiz.  ACK!!  Here are today's review topics:

Moro Reflex:  I knew this one, but I missed TWO questions.  How in the world...

Naegele's Rule: 
1st day of LMP (last menstrual period) + 1 year - 3 months + 7 days = due date
Check out this quick read published in July 2010 about using Parikh's Formula instead of Naegele's Rule. 

McBurney's Point: 1/3rd distance from the anterior superior iliac spine to the umbilicus.  Deep tenderness in this area can mean appendicitis.  ImpactedNurse has a nice post with 6 other abdominal assessment "signs".

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sphincter of Oddi, Babinski's Sign and Fundal Height

Reviewing these topics today---

Sphincter of Oddi:  Controls bile and pancreatic juice flow. Yum-o!!  Go ahead and color it, you know you want to...

Watch the big toe! If it moves up that may indicate CNS issues. This sign is normal in babies though because they are not yet neurologically mature.

Fundal height by week: 


I'm on a 4 week break right now and thought it would be a good time to get cranking again on these NCLEX questions. Summer classes were crazy and I never got around to carving out time to do even one study question. I've decided to keep track of my quiz scores as I do them daily. I got this idea from an RN friend who I can't find online hiss! (Sarah Page if you are reading this--Let me know where you are!!) Anyway, I'm going to post my scores daily. I'll mainly be using Saunders Comprehensive Review NCLEX-RN book. So far, this has been my all-time favorite. Other books will be added though because I might be nearing the end of the questions from Saunders. You can keep up with my progress by clicking on the "Daily NCLEX" link under my top header.