Cardiac Rhythms (reading, meds, simulator) and more (Newsletter)

Cardiac Rhythms (reading, meds, simulator)

Cardiac Rhythms (reading, meds, simulator)

Summer vacation is almost over. I hope you’ve had a great time doing whatever you’ve been doing. Now it’s time to get back to work.

Here are some tips for 1st Year Nursing students – even if you aren’t one, you might find some of those tips will help you. Please share.


This section will have a couple of subjects / items that were on the NCLEX.

Today we’re going to talk about cardiac rhythms. It is one of those skills that might take awhile to learn, but once you do, you’ll remember them. While you’re taking the NCLEX most questions related to strips will ask about what you should do after you see a certain rhythm. So you’ll want to know not only the rhythm but what to do about it.

Cardiac Rhythms – a pdf.

An excellent EKG simulator.

Cardiac Rhythms and their treatments.


Tools you can use – I’ve used Khan Academy many times for math, I never knew that they had a section that was dedicated to the circulatory system, but they do and you should check it out.

 NCLEX Drug Review –

Last issue : Acyclovir (Zovirax) Antiviral

This time – Atropine

Consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.

Helps keep your heart rate stable after a heart attack or during surgery. Lowers the amount of body fluids inside your mouth and throat before a surgery. This keeps you from possibly choking on your saliva while you are unconscious.

Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline


Epinephrine is used to treat a number of conditions including: cardiac arrest, anaphylaxis, and superficial bleeding. It has been used historically for bronchospasm and hypoglycemia, but newer treatments for these that are selective for β2 adrenoceptors, such as salbutamol are currently preferred.

While epinephrine is often used to treat cardiac arrest it has not been shown to improve long-term survival or improve mental function after recovery. It does, however, improve return of spontaneous circulation.

Epinephrine/adrenaline is the drug of choice for treating anaphylaxis.

More information on Cardiac Arrest –


What does the word stat mean? Where does it come from?

Stat is a common medical abbreviation used in emergency room language to mean that something is urgent. Stat is from the Latin statim, meaning ‘immediately’.

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Good Deals – Amazon still has their back to school deals going on – My daughter is beginning her freshmen year of college. She had four classes this semester and one of the books we rented for around $25. We rented it from Amazon. The used price of the book was $100, the new price was over $150 and it was a book that she really wasn’t going to use but for this class (it was a communications book).

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