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Get useful tips, clinical wisdom, nursing inspiration and exploration of key topics from Straight A Nursing. Join Nurse Mo to learn about a wide range of topics ranging from the basics of nursing care to complicated cases seen in the ICU.
160 Episodes
As you probably have surmised by now, pharmacology is not one-size-fits-all especially when we look at age-related considerations. In this episode, we’ll talk through the pharmacologic differences in elderly patients: absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and some other important factors that come in to play. Are you tired of studying at your desk, staring at books or a computer screen? Well then let’s change the way you study! Head on over to Study Sesh, my special private podcast that enables you to study while still living your life. Imagine how great it would be to go on a walk and come back physically refreshed AND knowing all the cranial nerves :-) See the show notes and references on Geriatric Pharmacology here:
With the Next Generation NCLEX possibly launching in 2023, students who are beginning nursing school in 2021 are understandably asking a lot of questions about the NCLEX and the potential new format they’ll be facing after graduation. In this episode we’ll talk through: What the NCLEX is How the NCLEX and adaptive testing work Current NCLEX question types Changes coming with the Next Generation format The core foundation principals the exam assesses as it determines if you are ready for practice!   For an example of case study questions: Other sample questions: NCLEX RN Test Plan from NCBSN:   Want to change how you prep for NCLEX and nursing school exams? Head on over to Study Sesh, the podcast that utilizes audio to free you from your desk and computer while still enabling you to review and learn:   Resources for this episode available here:
Gallbladder disease is often due to gallstones (cholelithiasis) and inflammation (cholecystitis). In this podcast episode we’ll talk through some key things you need to know to take care of patients with these conditions, including: Gallbladder A&P review (it’s quick, I promise!) What are gallstones anyway? What causes gallbladder inflammation? Nursing care using the Straight A Nursing LATTE method   Want to change the way you study? Check out Study Sesh, the audio-based study format that utilizes PodQuizzes, drills, case studies and more to train your brain to think like a nurse!   For references, visit the episode narrative here:
A key concept you will start hearing about from almost the first day of nursing school is immobility. If your vision of being a nurse had to do with getting the sick people tucked in and snug in their beds, then you are in for a surprise. As great as it sounds to tuck our patients in and let them rest, it’s actually one of the worst things we can do.    Immobility is actually enemy #1 in nursing, and for so many reasons. After you listen to this episode, you’ll be getting everyone you can up and out of bed!   For all references utilized to create this amazing podcast episode, visit the blog article here:   Are you a planner? Does checking things off a list give you a thrill? Then you’ll go crazy for our planners made just for nursing students. Check them out here:
Unless you come from a first-responder background, you’re most likely more than a little bit nervous at the thought of your first code blue. In this episode we’ll talk about what to expect when you push that little button that makes the big noise. Memories of my first code blue Recognizing a code blue Responding to the code Being prepared BEFORE the code   For the current BLS and ALCS guidelines, visit the American Heart Association website.   Does getting organized for nursing school make your heart beat a little faster? Then you’ll love the planners we create just for nursing students. You can check them out and grab yours here:    Read the show notes here:
When we talk about sinus rhythms, we’re not just talking about “normal sinus rhythm.” We’re actually talking about the standard rhythms that originate in the sinus node…could be too fast, could be too slow and could be juuuuuuust right. In this episode we’re breaking down:  The components of a “normal” sinus rhythm Sinus tachycardia characteristics, causes and treatment Sinus bradycardia characteristics, causes and treatment How to identify sinus rhythm with PACs What exactly is sinus arrhythmia and why it’s usually no big deal The differences between sinus block, sinus pause and sinus arrest You’ll be excited to hear there’s a PodQuiz at the end of this episode. And if you LOVE PodQuizzes, you’ll love love love the new podcast I’m developing that is devoted to PodQuizzes and some other really cool ways to help you study. Be on the look out for Nursing School Study Sesh coming soon! To get notified when we go live, click here: Are you a “planner person?” Then you’ll go crazy for our planners made just for nursing students. Check them out here: Read the show notes here:
One of the most common and often-prescribed drug classes is that of benzodiazepines. In this podcast episode we’re talking about:    How benzodiazepines work What conditions they are used for (there are a lot!) Abuse and tolerance Guidelines for safe administration Patient teaching   Plus, I share my completely goofy but totally effective method for remembering all the side effects.    Don’t miss out on your chance to get completely organized for nursing school with one of our amazing planners!   Read the show notes and references here:
A student reached out to me a few weeks ago to ask “How do you leave your work at the hospital? What do you do when a patient touches your heart, but you have to leave and go home?”   In this podcast episode we’ll be diving into compassion fatigue, what causes it, the signs, and how to prevent it.    We’ve also got exciting things happening at Straight A Nursing! Maybe you noticed the fancy new intro music to go along with our fancy new website ( You can now more easily find podcast episodes by using the directory. Simply click on “DIRECTORY” in the main navigation to look for topics by specific subject.   Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is on sale right now, and if you’ve been eying it then this is a great time to enroll. The prices goes up on April 25th, 2021 and it will never be priced this low again! You can learn more about Bootcamp here (    It’s also planner time! Our planners go on sale twice a year, so be sure you check out the latest editions so you can get completely organized for nursing school (
When we’re looking at burns, we’re going to be looking at four main factors. The type of burn, the amount of surface burned, the depth of the burn and the location of the burn. We’ll dive into each of those in this episode and even do a little practice estimating TBSA.    We’ve also got exciting things happening at Straight A Nursing! Maybe you noticed the snazzy new intro music to go along with our snazzy new website (    Our spring sale for Crucial Concepts Bootcamp is happening right now through April 24! Save $8 using coupon code FUTURENURSE. You can learn more about Bootcamp here (    And, last but not least...our planners go on sale twice a year, so be sure you check out the latest editions so you can get completely organized for nursing school (   For references utilized to create this episode, visit the blog post here (
When your patient has a sudden change in neurological status, it can be very scary for everyone involved. If your patient is having a stroke, their best chance for a positive outcome is TIMELY intervention. In today’s episode we’ll be talking through what happens when you call a stroke alert on your patient.  What are you doing to prepare for nursing school? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp teaches you foundation concepts including dosage calculations, medical terminology and how to tackle NCLEX style questions (and so much more): For references, visit this link:
So very many of you have written emails, reviews and social media messages telling me how you listen to the podcast while you're exercising, making dinner, driving to class or doing chores around the house. For a lot of you, my voice is one you hear often throughout your program and it makes me feel like I'm along with you on your journey. I am speaking deep from within my heart when I say I absolutely LOVE being your study buddy!! Since we spend so much time together, I thought it would be fun for you to get to know me a little more...after all, if we're going to be making dinner together or folding the laundry, we should probably also be BFFs. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it for you. Thanks so much for making the podcast a part of your life and helping us reach the HUGE milestone of 2 million downloads! You're the BEST!
If there’s one thing that gets nursing students and new nurses REALLY nervous (like voice shaking, sweat-on-the-forehead nervous), it’s calling the MD with a concern about your patient. You might be thinking, “What if I don’t know what to say?” or “What if they ask me a question I don't know the answer to?” or even “What if they yell at me, tell me to stop wasting their time, and hang up on me?”  Don’t worry, my friends! As usual, I have got your back :-) In this episode, we’ll be talking all about SBAR, a concise communication format used extensively in the clinical setting.  First, we’ll go over SBAR...what do all those letters represent? I’ll give you my best tips for what to do BEFORE you use SBAR And, we’ll see how it works in action with some SBAR scenarios Want to see how to use SBAR to give end-of-shift report? Read about it here: Or listen to the Episode 7 here (or wherever you tune in to podcasts from): Starting nursing school soon? Crucial Concepts Bootcamp can give you the leg up you need to start your program with confidence. See references and show notes here:
One of the first things you’ll learn in your OB class is what’s expected in a normal, uncomplicated, low-risk labor and delivery. Once you’ve got that down, it’s much easier to conceptualize the high-risk complex L&D issues (and yes, they do get complicated!) Today we’re talking about:  The signs an individual is in labor Differentiating between true labor and false labor Physiological changes during labor (both parent and baby) The 6 Ps of labor The stages of labor Want more Nurse Mo in your life? Get extra tips, cat pics and get to know me personally when you follow me on Instagram! @straightanurse Read the show notes and see references here: UPDATE: Please note that since recording this podcast I have learned that not all pregnant individuals are women and that by using terms like "mom" or "mother" I have left many of you out of the conversation, and for that I apologize. I have realized I have a knowledge gap in this area and am actively seeking to learn more so my language can be inclusive to all pregnant individuals. If this episode left you feeling like I don't see you, I want you to know that I do value you and your experience very much. I am deeply grateful to those who kindly suggested I seek more understanding in this area. As healthcare professionals, we can make such a huge impact when we seek to understand our patients, value their unique experiences and get to know them for who they are...not who we assume them to be. Again, my apologies for making assumptions and I look forward to using more inclusive language in future episodes. Warmly, Nurse Mo.
Today we’re taking a deep dive into angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (otherwise known as ACE inhibitors). In this podcast episode you will learn:  The RAAS pathway (understanding this is crucial to understanding how and why ACE inhibitors work!) How to easily spot an ACE inhibitor What conditions ACE inhibitors are used to treat Adverse effects of ACE inhibitors...including one that can be life threatening! Are you as obsessed about patient safety as I am? Learn how to BULLETPROOF your medication administration here: Are you looking for an awesome community to support you on your nursing school journey? Join my Facebook group, Thriving Nursing Students and instantly have more than 14K new friends :-) Read the show notes and see references here:
Nursing school is challenging, intense and even really frustrating at times. In this week’s podcast episode we’re talking about nursing school burnout, my friends: All the reasons a nursing student might experience me, it’s not just you!  How to recognize when you are on your way to burnout (and hopefully catch it before it gets too bad!) Tips to help you avoid it or even combat it once it hits. Need a little extra encouragement? Visit and write a letter to your future self to be delivered at a time when you anticipate needing a pep talk or reminder of why you are on this journey :-)  Starting nursing school soon? Get my FREE 20 Secrets of Successful Nursing Students guide here: For references, visit this link:
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction that occurs immediately (or shortly after) exposure to an antigen. Because it can quickly be fatal, it’s crucial that you understand how to recognize it and intervene immediately. In this podcast episode we’ll talk through: What happens in anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock Why it is potentially fatal The signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis Nursing interventions for anaphylaxis, including medications How to monitor the patient Want more Nurse Mo in your life? Follow me on Instagram (and see occasional pictures of my cat!) @straightanurse  See references here:
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be a highly effective treatment for depression and bipolar disorder, though it is shrouded in suspicion as one of the most stigmatized therapies currently in use. In this podcast episode we’ll talk about ECT, why and how it is used and nursing interventions for patients undergoing this therapy. For show notes & references: Looking for a foolproof way to organize your busy nursing school schedule? Our planners make it easy! Plus, with nursing facts for each and every week, it’s full of info to help you on your exams. Grab yours here: Do you love “The Gram” as much as I do? Then follow me @straightanurse
Even though most nursing students LOVE clinical, there’s still often a lot of worry and uncertainty surrounding the experience. In this episode we’ll talk about some of the most common worries students have about clinicals and dispel them one by one.  Links mentioned in this episode:  Nursing diagnoses: Dealing with bullies: Clinical debrief form: Want to see what Nurse Mo is up to in between podcast episodes? Follow me on Instagram @straightanurse Looking for your new BFFs? Join the Thriving Nursing Students Facebook group!
In this special bonus episode we’re exploring what it’s like to pursue a career as a CRNA. Join me as I interview Jenny Finnell, creator of the CRNA School Prep learn more click here: In this episode Jenny shares her expertise in navigating the complex journey of becoming a CRNA, including: What students can start doing NOW to prepare What the application process is like Where a nurse should work prior to applying to CRNA programs What CRNA school is like Financial considerations for CRNA school Where CRNAs work and what she loves most about her career! Not ready to join the academy but want to explore the world of CRNA nursing? Then check out her Facebook group called I.C.U Dreaming About Anesthesia. See you there!
If I had to name the top three things that make me nervous at the bedside, pediatric respiratory distress would be at the top of that list. And for very good reason.  In this podcast episode I’ll talk you through all the reasons that pediatric respiratory distress is of special concern and what you (as the awesome nurse that you are) are going to do about it. Blog post and references here: Want more Straight A Nursing Pod-Quizzes? Sign up to be notified here. Have you subscribed to the podcast, but still want more? Then follow me on Instagram @straightanurse
Comments (24)


Hi Nurse Mo, Thank you so much for this comprehensive resource! I am seriously considering becoming a nurse and your content is exactly what I need to hear. Thank you for your amazing effort!

May 14th

neda darabi

Wish it had a text for international students so it would be much easier to study...

Mar 19th
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mrym mhm


Feb 21st


the way she tells this story is very dramatic and I love it 👏 making nursing fun!

Feb 9th

Shiva Ghavimi

perfect 👍

Feb 9th

mrym mhm

how can I see the passage of the podcast? because I'm a foreigner and it's a bit hard for me to understand these information

Dec 10th

Rozhan Zare

Hi, please I need its transcript, can you?

Nov 15th
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Vctoria Wlls

Could you please do a podcast on therapeutic communication and deescalation in the psychiatric setting. thank you!

Jul 7th

Heidi Christensen

Hey from Idaho! There is a group of us that listen to your show, we are second year students at the college of Western idaho, we love your show!!! It would be so helpful if you took a deeper dive into respiratory since we'll be testing when we go "back" to school 4/6. Thank you! Amy, Heidi, Sage, Alishia, Mary Lou, Alexis, Brittney, Susan, Saira!

Mar 26th

Budhakala Rai

the best podcast for nurses🥰🥰🥰🥰😇😇😇😇😇😇

Mar 8th

Emily W

can you do an episode on the concept of inflammation?

Mar 2nd

jmbp pbmj


Nov 15th


00:19 skip musical intro 01:20 skip whole intro

Nov 5th


00:17 skip musical intro 02:17 skip whole intro

Nov 5th


00:27 skip musical intro 01:00 skip whole intro

Nov 4th
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Chrystina Bemment

Exactly what I was looking for, thank you! 🌟

Jun 5th

Dennis Yang

great podcast! easy to listen to and informative

Dec 10th

rosebeth vincen

Thank you

Nov 8th

Julie Larson

Love this! This is my first time hearing your podcast. I start nursing school in 2 1/2 weeks (at age 44). I didn't want this podcast to end. Thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Aug 8th

Charles Ferguson

Straight A Nursing podcasts are just awesome, they are perfect for future nurses or like me and you want some refresher courses. Excellent for the commute to work.

Feb 28th
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