50 Mnemonics & Tricks Every Nurse Should Know

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Being a nurse is a serious profession. There are a lot of things to learn and a never-ending pool of information that needs to be remembered.

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Fortunately, there are plenty of nursing mnemonics that you can use in studying your lessons. Here are 50 nursing mnemonics and tricks every nurse should know:

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1. Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose levels in the blood. It usually results from insufficient intake of food, too much exercise and excessive insulin administration.

Immediate symptoms of hypoglycemia include cool clammy skin, anxiousness, excessive sweating, confusion, blurred or double vision and irritability. Onset of hypoglycemia is rapid at around 1-3 hours.

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Study Guides:

Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose) – American Diabetes Association

Hypoglycemia Definition – Mayo Clinic

2. Abnormal Posturing

Decorticate posturing is the abnormal flexion posture of the body when there are problems in the cervical spinal tract or in the cerebral hemisphere part of the brain. The decorticate posture can be easily remembered by the “Flexor” keyword as the arms in this posture will bend inward into the chest.

Decerebrate posture, on the other hand, is the abnormal extension of the upper extremities usually in response to external stimuli. It is often associated with problems within the midbrain or pons. It is characterized by the extension of the arms and legs while the head is arched backwards.

abnormal posturing nursing mnemonics

Study Guides:

What Causes Posture Abnormal? 12 Possible Conditions  – Healthline

Abnormal Posturing and Potential Causes – Disabled World

3. Head Injury

In the first 24 hours after a head injury, a person should be closely observed for signs and symptoms of worsening condition that may indicate severe brain injury.

The level of consciousness should be assessed first – determine if there is drowsiness, confusion or difficulty in arousing patient. Seizures, visual problems and unequal dilation or constriction of pupils during examination should also be noted.

Bleeding or water drainage from the nose or ears and projectile vomiting are also classic symptoms of serious brain injury. Symptoms related to paralysis like slurred speech and loss of sensation in certain extremity should also be observed.

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Study Guides:

Severe Head Injury – NHS

Traumatic Brain Injury – Alzheimer’s Association

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