ABG Practice – Part 1

Show Answers Interpret the following ABG Values to determine what type of Acid-Base Imbalance is present. Uncompensated examples 1) pH: 7.30, PaCO2: 38, HCO3–: 18 2) pH: 7.25; PaCO2: 50; HCO3–: 23 3) pH: 7.49; PaCO2: 33; HCO3–: 25 Partially Compensated examples 1) pH: 7.48; PaCO2: 47; HCO3–:30 2) pH: 7.33; PaCO2: 49; HCO3–: 28 3) pH: 7.52; PaCO2: 52; HCO3–: … [Read more…]

Failing Fundamentals?

Did you finally start nursing school, only to find that you’re having trouble with one of your very first nursing classes…Fundamentals of Nursing? There are a lot of reasons why nursing students can have difficulty in school, but I often find that it relates to the way that you study.  Studying for nursing school is … [Read more…]

Prioritization Questions

In Leadership and Management class I always get confused who should be discharged first, or who should receive care first among a set of patients.  How should I prioritize care when symptoms are normal for the condition they have? ~ Submitted by Jenita That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?  Prioritization questions are some of … [Read more…]

FAQs about HESI A2

The best defense is almost always a good offense, so start preparing for HESI A2 by gathering as much information as you can.  Go to the school you are applying to and find out: Can I take HESI A2 anytime, or only on certain dates? How many times am I allowed to take HESI A2? … [Read more…]

Metabolic Acid-Base Imbalances

Acid and Base Imbalances fall into two primary category types:  Respiratory and Metabolic.  Understanding the underlying physiology of what can cause each type is essential to being able to confidently answer NCLEX questions related to Arterial Blood Gases (ABGs), fluids and electrolytes, or any illness that can cause an acid or base imbalance. Metabolic Acidosis … [Read more…]