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Antibiotics Review Part 4: What are Macrolides?

When reviewing various drugs, the commonly taught principle is that when a drug ends in certain suffixes like “–lol,” that’s automatically a beta-blocker, whereas medications that end in “–pine” are calcium channel blockers. However, since we do not live in a perfect world, there are always exceptions to the rule like atropine which ends in [...]

By | 2018-12-21T19:15:31+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antibiotics Review Part 4: What are Macrolides?

Antibiotics Review Part 3: What is Tetracycline?

For individuals who are prone to acne eruptions, tetracycline is quite a familiar ingredient in their daily skin care routine. Tetracycline is a type of antibiotic medication that is used to treat some bacterial infections, which includes acne. Tetracycline primarily works to cease the growth and the worsening of bacteria; this type of antibiotic can [...]

By | 2018-12-19T03:04:29+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antibiotics Review Part 3: What is Tetracycline?

How to Effectively Diagnose Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Before going into details on how to efficiently diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), we’ll have a quick overview and some signs and symptoms. Overview Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) develops due to the building up of fluids inside the alveoli or the microscopic, elastic sacs of air inside the lungs. This build-up of fluid [...]

By | 2018-12-17T04:57:04+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Medical, Nursing School|Comments Off on How to Effectively Diagnose Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Cellular Physiology: Sodium Potassium Pump

For this sodium-potassium pump lesson, we’ll learn the essence and responsibility, and the overall mechanism of the enzyme. The sodium-potassium pump can be quite a perplexing topic especially to nursing students due to its nature, function, and how the entire process contributes to healthier well-being. Sodium-Potassium Pump Explained At this very moment, there is a [...]

By | 2018-12-14T02:30:54+00:00 December 14th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Cellular Physiology: Sodium Potassium Pump

OB Nursing Review: What is the Coombs Test for Rh Factor?

For nursing students, the Coombs test for Rh factor in pregnant women can be quite confusing. To understand precisely what how the Coombs test works and what Rh factor is, we’ll be discussing that in this article. The Immune System First, we have to know what happens inside the body to call for a Coombs [...]

By | 2018-12-12T01:39:41+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on OB Nursing Review: What is the Coombs Test for Rh Factor?

Cardiovascular Physiology: Preload and Afterload

What is the difference between preload and afterload? This is one of most frequently asked questions and probably one of the most confusing topics that nursing students encounter during their lectures and clinical rotations. To settle the confusion once and for all, we will provide you with the most uncomplicated answer. The Slingshot Analogy The [...]

By | 2018-12-10T04:33:33+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Cardiovascular Physiology: Preload and Afterload

3 Easy Ways to Drastically Improve Your Exam Scores

Hey, guys. Let us a quick break from our usual discussions about nursing topics and deviate to three simple techniques that will immensely enhance your study habits, thereby boosting your exam scores big time. Once you get to know these methods, learning and remembering every subject will become far less complicated and more enjoyable. Without [...]

By | 2018-12-05T06:00:36+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Student Info|Comments Off on 3 Easy Ways to Drastically Improve Your Exam Scores

Dosage Calculations: IV Drip Factor

Assuring that every patient is provided with the appropriate medication and dose is fundamental in safeguarding their welfare; this is one of the primary responsibilities of the healthcare team, especially the nurses. In this lesson, we’ll be discussing the essential relevance of accurate dosage calculation, mostly focusing on intravenous drip factor or the drip rates. [...]

By | 2018-12-03T05:16:56+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Dosage Calculations: IV Drip Factor

Pharmacology 101: The Role of Calcium Channel Blockers in Heart Failure and MI

Heart failure is a condition that is identified as the heart’s inefficiency to pump blood supply to various areas of the body adequately. If there is an insufficient flow of blood, all primary functions of the body are disrupted. While there are instances wherein pumping difficulties cause the heart failure, other patients suffer due to [...]

By | 2018-11-28T05:17:49+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Pharmacology 101: The Role of Calcium Channel Blockers in Heart Failure and MI

Antihistamine Pharmacology

Antihistamines are types of drugs that nurses usually encounter on a daily basis; these drugs are also available over-the-counter in various pharmacies worldwide. Before going into what antihistamines are, we must first understand what these drugs are blocking and how they affect the body. In this lecture you can expect the following topics to be [...]

By | 2018-11-26T05:22:13+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Antihistamine Pharmacology