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Rapid Response RN

A show for Nurses who want the knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond to any emergency.

108: Liver Failure Part 1: Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

No matter your specialty, every nurse cares for patients with liver failure. Host Sarah Lorenzini starts off this four-part series on liver failure by sharing the story of a rapid response call that featured classic complications of cirrhosis: ascites, jaundice, and hypotension. Exacerbating the patient’s terminal condition was a suspected diagnosis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.In this episode, Sarah details how her team managed this case and breaks down the pathophysiology of cirrhosis, including why liver failure leads to so many complications. She covers how to assess and care for patients with cirrhosis, emphasizing the important role of nurses in educating families on liver failure.Tune in for critical insights into the management of liver failure and its complications!Topics discussed in this episode:Initial assessment of a rapid response call for hypotensionPathophysiology of cirrhosis and its complicationsManagement of spontaneous bacterial peritonitisRole of nurses in liver failure patient careMentioned in this episode:Rapid Response Academy LinkWanna check out Rapid Response Academy: The Heart and Science of Caring for the Sick? click this link to learn more: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/communityRapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55LQqeDg6XFeixvZLEp4xE To get the FREE Rapid Response RN Assessment Guide and the coupon code for $10 off the cost of the course, message Sarah on Instagram @TheRapidResponseRN and type the word PODCAST! This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique https://www.podcastboutique.com
June 7, 2024

107: Nurse Stories From NTI 2024

NTI 2024 brought together critical care nurses from across the country, and this episode highlights over 10 of their most heartwarming and unforgettable stories. Host Sarah Lorenzini speaks to ICU nurses and nurse educators who share tales of human connection, critical thinking, and compassionate care. From navigating crazy shifts to creating new patient programs, their stories showcase the incredible impact nurses have on patients’ lives and the healthcare system.Tune in to celebrate the dedication, empathy, and resiliency of today's nurses!Connect with Maddi Flanagan:https://www.instagram.com/nurse.maddi/Connect with Michael DeFrancisco:https://www.instagram.com/camp_competencyConnect with Nicole Kupchik:https://www.instagram.com/nicolekupchik/Connect with Nick McGowan:https://www.instagram.com/critical_care_academy/Connect with Kali Dayton:https://www.instagram.com/daytonicuconsulting/Mentioned in this episode:Rapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55LQqeDg6XFeixvZLEp4xE To get the FREE Rapid Response RN Assessment Guide and the coupon code for $10 off the cost of the course, message Sarah on Instagram @TheRapidResponseRN and type the word PODCAST! This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique https://www.podcastboutique.com
May 31, 2024

106: Are Nursing Care Plans an Absolute Waste of Time? With Flight Nurse and Educator Nurse Gwenny

Nursing care plans are the bane of many a nursing student’s academic experience. They are seen as an unnecessary burden to their already heavy workload. But they play an important role in the nursing process, and nurses put these plans into clinical practice every day — whether they realize it or not.In this episode, Nurse Gwenny, an ER and flight nurse turned EMS educator, speaks with host Sarah Lorenzini about the relevancy and value of nursing care plans. She shares real-life examples of the impact these plans have on critical care thinking and decision-making, especially in high-pressure environments. Nurse Gwenny also discusses her passion for teaching, and how she leverages her experience and insights in her role as an educator.Sarah and Nurse Gwenny also explore the “green flags” of nursing practice, diving into notable traits like a positive attitude, desire to learn from mistakes, and more.Tune in to learn how to embrace care plans, improve patient care and your nursing skills!Topics discussed in this episode:The value of nursing care plansBridging theory and practice in critical care educationUtilizing care plans in during critical care scenariosPracticing critical care thinking and decision makingIdentifying key traits of exemplary nursesThe importance of continuous learn and growth in nursingConnect with Nurse Gwenny:https://www.instagram.com/nursegwennyrn/https://www.tiktok.com/@nurse.gwenny/Check out Gwenny's book, BUT WHY?: Going Beyond the What So You Can Understand the Why of Critical Care Transport: https://a.co/d/28tLpjPMentioned in this episode:Rapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55LQqeDg6XFeixvZLEp4xE To get the FREE Rapid Response RN Assessment Guide and the coupon code for $10 off the cost of the course, message Sarah on Instagram @TheRapidResponseRN and type the word PODCAST! This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique https://www.podcastboutique.com
May 24, 2024

105: So You Want to Go Back to School Part 2 With Guest Nurse Educator Patrick McMurray

Nursing educators may not hold the most glamorous position, but they are undoubtedly the backbone of the profession. Nurse Educator Patrick McMurray exemplifies this by bringing creativity and inclusivity into nursing education, supporting nurses at every stage of their career.In this episode, host Sarah Lorenzini talks to Patrick about his approach to teaching complex concepts and preparing students to succeed beyond the classroom. Using interactive learning strategies and holistic methods, Patrick helps nurses deepen their understanding of nursing practices and effectively apply their knowledge in clinical settings.Patrick also offers a glimpse into a day in the life of a nursing educator, and discusses the profound impact nursing educators have on the future of nursing. His insights will help you determine if a transition to nursing education is the right next step in your career.Join us for part two of the “So You Want to Go Back to School” series with Patrick McMurray!Topics discussed in this episode:The appeal of nursing education as a careerWhat it means to be a good educatorRewards and challenges of being a nursing educatorRedefining nursing educationA day in the life of a nursing educatorNursing education as an act of justiceThe future of nursing educationLearn more about Patrick and find free educational resources on his website!https://www.patmacrn.com/Connect with Patrick McMurray:https://www.instagram.com/patmacrn/https://twitter.com/nursepatmacrnhttps://www.tiktok.com/@patmacrnMentioned in this episode:Rapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55LQqeDg6XFeixvZLEp4xE To get the FREE Rapid Response RN Assessment Guide and the coupon code for $10 off the cost of the course, message Sarah on Instagram @TheRapidResponseRN and type the word PODCAST! This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique https://www.podcastboutique.com AND If you are planning to sit for your CCRN and would like to take the Critical Care Academy CCRN prep course you can visit https://www.ccrnacademy.com and use coupon code RAPID10 to get 10% off the cost of the course!
May 17, 2024

104: Obstructive Shock With Guests Bryan Boling and Brandon Oto From the Critical Care Scenarios Podcast

Obstructive shock may be the least common type of shock, but it’s no less critical. As part of Nurse PodCrawl 2024, Bryan Boling and Brandon Oto from the Critical Care Scenarios podcast join host Sarah Lorenzini in this episode to talk about the critical care management of obstructive shock. Together, they walk nurses through a patient scenario, detailing the diagnostic process of obstructive shock due to pulmonary embolism.Sarah, Bryan and Brandon review the three main causes of obstructive shock: pulmonary embolism, tension pneumothorax, and cardiac tamponade. They also discuss the importance of clinical assessments and diagnostic tools like ultrasound to distinguish between each cause, as well as considerations for treatment.This episode is the perfect resource for nurses who want to deepen their understanding of obstructive shock. Tune in now to hear insights from three experienced pros!Topics discussed in this episode:Patient assessment and key diagnostic toolsDiagnosing obstructive shock due to pulmonary embolismTreating obstructive shock due to pulmonary embolismTreatment implications for major causes of obstructive shockDiagnosis and treatment of tension pneumothoraxTreatment strategies for cardiac tamponadeKey takeaways on obstructive shock managementCheck out the rest of Nurse PodCrawl 2024 episodes around cardiogenic, hypovolemic, and distributive shock!Critical Care Scenarios: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/critical-care-scenarios/id1491559787How Not to Kill Your Patient: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-not-to-kill-your-patient/id1612099061Nurse Dose Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nurse-dose-podcast/id1486427611The Q Word Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-q-word-podcast/id1407523803Straight A Nursing: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/straight-a-nursing-study-for-nursing-school-exams-nclex/id1210975738Up My Nursing Game: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/up-my-nursing-game/id1527032817Mentioned in this episode:Nurse's Week 2024 SpecialHAPPY NURSE'S WEEK! You can use code: NURSESWEEK2024 When you check out to get 50% off your first month of Rapid Response AcademyRapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify:...
May 10, 2024

103: Should Families Be Allowed to be Present During Resuscitation?

Which side of the debate do you fall on?  Should families be present during resuscitation or escorted to a quiet area to wait? Among those advocating for family presence are nursing researchers, Margo Halm, APRN-BC, PhD, FAHA, NEA-BC and Jessica Sexton, MSN, RN, CPEN. During their conversation with host Sarah Lorenzini, they explain why family presence is so important in patient-centered care and how nurses can facilitate a shift towards embracing this practice in their hospital.Despite being backed by research, the concept of family presence during resuscitation is still debated by many healthcare professionals. Margo and Jessica address the common misconceptions that surround this controversial topic, provide insights on navigating institutional resistance, and share best practices of a family presence facilitator (FPF).This episode also features powerful stories on the impact of family presence, tips on how to have important conversations with families and patients, and more. Tune in now!Topics discussed in this episode:Benefits of family presence for nurses, patients, and familiesMisconceptions of family presence during resuscitationThe role of a family presence facilitatorBest practices and avoiding common mistakes as a FPFAdvocating for family presence in your hospitalStories that demonstrate the impact of family presenceHow to overcome resistance to family presenceRead more in the AACN Practice Alert, Facilitating Family Presence During Resuscitation and Invasive Procedures Throughout the Lifespan:https://aacnjournals.org/ccnonline/article/44/2/e1/32253/Facilitating-Family-Presence-During-ResuscitationLearn more about Margo and Jessica’s session at the 2024 NTI Conference:https://www.aacn.org/conferences-and-events/events-calendar/national-events/event-sessions/national-teaching-institute---2024/c60m296/family-presence-during-resuscitation-and-invasive-procedures-updates-to-the-aacn-practContact Margo Halm at [email protected]!Mentioned in this episode:Rapid Response Academy LinkWanna check out Rapid Response Academy: The Heart and Science of Caring for the Sick? click this link to learn more: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/communityRapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55LQqeDg6XFeixvZLEp4xE To get the FREE Rapid Response RN Assessment Guide and the coupon code for $10 off the cost of the course, message Sarah on Instagram @TheRapidResponseRN and type the word PODCAST! This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique https://www.podcastboutique.com
May 3, 2024

102: SIADH vs DI With Guest Nick McGowan RN, MSN

We’ve talked about hyponatremia, but what do you know about Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone secretion (SIADH) and Diabetes Insipidus (DI)? In this episode, host Sarah Lorenzini and Nick McGowan RN, MSN dive into these diseases that develop from complex hormonal responses that manage the body’s water and sodium.They explore the pathophysiology of both conditions, contrasting the excessive water retention in SIADH with the excessive water loss in DI and how this impacts diagnostic and treatment approaches. Nick identifies which labs and assessments are crucial to accurately diagnose and treat patients, highlighting the importance of neurologic assessments and best practices for correcting sodium.Sarah and Nick also touch on the debate around cerebral salt wasting, and share interesting facts about the history of these conditions. Tune in to hear key lessons on recognizing and  treating these conditions from an experienced ICU nurse!Topics discussed in this episode:Symptoms and signs of SIADH and DIThe pathophysiology of SIADH and DIDiagnostic approaches and key lab valuesTreatment and management of SIADHTreatment and management of DILessons from SIADH and DI patient storiesCheck out Nick's course over at Critical Care Academy!🔗 https://www.ccrnacademy.com?ref=sarahlorenziniConnect with Nick McGowan:https://www.instagram.com/critical_care_academy/https://www.youtube.com/@criticalcareacademy8312https://www.facebook.com/CCRNacademyhttps://www.tiktok.com/@criticalcareacademyMentioned in this episode:Rapid Response and Rescue Intro CourseCONNECT 📸 Connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapidresponsern/ 🫶 Check out my membership: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/community 📚 Check out my course: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/learnmore 🧑‍💻Check out my website: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/ 📬 Subscribe to my newsletter: https://www.rapidresponseandrescue.com/login 🎁 Affiliation and discounts: https://hoo.be/therapidresponsern SAY THANKS 💜Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/rapid-response-rn/id1535997752 💚Leave a rating on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55LQqeDg6XFeixvZLEp4xE To get the FREE Rapid Response RN Assessment Guide and the coupon code for $10 off the cost of the course, message Sarah on Instagram @TheRapidResponseRN and type the word PODCAST! This episode was produced by Podcast Boutique https://www.podcastboutique.com
April 26, 2024

BONUS PodSwap: RSI Drugs with Nurse Mo From Straight A Nursing Podcast

On this special PodSwap Episode, you will be hearing from Nurse Mo from the Straight A Nursing Podcast! She does an amazing job breaking down all the pharmacology of medications we use for Rapid Sequence Intubation or RSI.Rapid sequence intubation, a procedure performed to emergently intubate a patient with an intact gag reflex in cases of acute respiratory failure and/or cardiovascular collapse. As a nurse working in the emergency department or ICU, you will be obtaining and may be administering the medications used to perform a rapid sequence intubation. Please be aware of your scope of practice and facility protocol regarding the administration of these medications. In some cases, the medications can only be administered by a physician.Which combination of medications the physician chooses will vary depending on a variety of factors including the patient’s condition and physician preference. A common combination is a sedative with a short-acting paralytic, though analgesics may also be utilized. This episode provides an overview of the medications commonly utilized for RSI:PropofolSuccinylcholineRocuroniumVecuroniumEtomidateKetamineFentanylMidazolam___________________You can check out the following from Nurse Mo:Full Transcript – Read the article and view referencesFREE CLASS – If all you’ve heard are nursing school horror stories, then you need this class! Join me in this on-demand session where I dispel all those nursing school myths and show you that YES…you can thrive in nursing school without it taking over your life!Study Sesh – Change the way you study with this private podcast that includes dynamic audio formats that help you review and test your recall of important nursing concepts on-the-go. Free yourself from your desk with Study Sesh!Fast Pharmacology – Learn pharmacology concepts in 5 minutes or less in this audio based program. Perfect for on-the-go review!Pharmacology Success Pack – Want to get a head start on pharmacology? Download the FREE Pharmacology Success Pack
April 23, 2024
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Do you want to go from dreading emergencies to feeling confident and ready to jump into action to rescue your patient?

Well, this show will let you see emergencies unfold through the eyes of a Rapid Response Nurse. With real life stories from the frontlines of nursing, host Sarah Lorenzini MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, a Rapid Response Nurse and educator, shares her experiences at rapid response events and breaks down the pathophysiology, pharmacology, and the important role the nurse plays during emergencies.

If you want to sharpen your assessment skills and learn how to think like a Rapid Response Nurse, then Sarah is here to share stories, tips, tricks, and mindsets that will prepare you to approach any emergency.

Every episode is packed full of exactly what you need to know to handle whatever crisis that could arise on your shift. It’s one thing to get the right answer on the test, but knowing how to detect when YOUR patient is declining and what to do when YOUR patient is crashing is what will make or break your day… and might just save your patient’s life.

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Sarah Lorenzini, MSN-ED, RN, CCRN, CEN

Sarah Lorenzini, MSN-ED, RN, CCRN, CEN

Sarah Lorenzini, MSN-ED, RN, CCRN, CEN, is a highly accredited Rapid Response Nurse and host of the Rapid Response RN Podcast. She loves being a nurse and empowering other nurses with the knowledge and confidence to respond to any emergency.

Throughout her extensive nursing career, Sarah's learned not only how to manage a crashing patient, but also how to break down difficult concepts and guide nurses with tips and tricks for managing emergencies.

Sarah uses stories from her almost 20-year career as an ER and Critical Care Nurse to teach critical thinking and to inspire nurses to speak up and advocate with confidence for their patients.

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