October 16, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Pinworm eggs are deposited in the perianal area by female worms, mostly at night. Perianal itching can cause autoinfection and/or eggs can be passed on to others via contaminated fingernails, close contact, aerosolization or bed linens.

October 15, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Onchocerciasis causes skin changes of varying degrees. Acute and chronic papular dermatitis, skin atrophy (lizard skin), depigmentation (leopard skin) and lichenification (elephant skin) are characteristic. Pruritus is common.

October 14, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Shortness of breath, cough and fever may be present in the early phase of Ascariasis, followed by abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Loffler syndrome can occur in early infections with significant worm burden.

October 13, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Ascariasis is a human nematode infection caused by the ingestion of infectious embryonated eggs from fecal contaminated soil, water or vegetables. Ascariasis is the largest roundworm parasitizing the human intestine and is common in children.

October 12, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Colorado tick fever is a viral zoonosis that infects erythrocytes and is characterized by flu-like symptoms and a saddleback fever pattern. Saddleback (biphasic) fever pattern occurs with an initial 3-day phase of abrupt fevers and chills.

October 11, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Tularemia is a gram-negative zoonotic bacterial disease associated with rabbits that presents as one of six clinical variants. It is transmitted by tick or deerfly bites or from contact with infected host animals.

October 10, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a tick-borne zoonotic viral hemorrhagic fever spread via the Hyalomma spp. ticks and/or exposure to infected blood via the slaughter and butchering of domestic livestock.

October 9, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Babesiosis (also called Nantucket fever, Texas cattle fever, red water fever, tick fever) is a tick-borne protozoan zoonosis that causes the lysis of host erythrocytes. The disease can range from mild to severe and has symptoms resembling malaria.

October 8, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
In severe disease of ehrlichiosis, septic shock-like syndrome, respiratory distress, meningoencephalitis, renal failure and death can occur. Severe disease is more common in immunosuppressed, HIV-positive, elderly or asplenic patients.

Critical Care Nurse Practitioner: Night Rounds Note


This is the night progress note I write when I conduct nightly ICU rounds. This format keeps me aware of all the highlights and things going on with the patients. This quick note also allows me the ability to track any concerns and document any problems that occur.

Critical Care Nurse Practitioner: Rounding Sheet Template


I've been an acute nurse practitioner for a few years now and being organized is how I'm able to not lose my mind juggling 294 things at once. Below you will find the cheat sheet I use to keep me on track about the goings-on of the patients I'm caring for. I dislike walking around with tons of papers and opted for one sheet format. It keeps on aware of all the little details, so I make decisions with all the background and context needing to make the right choice.


October 7, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne rickettsial zoonosis caused by an obligate intracellular bacteria that affects monocytes. In mild disease, fever, chills, headache, malaise, myalgia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, conjunctivitis and rash can occur.

October 6, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Lyme disease is a tick-borne spirochetal zoonosis that may affect the skin, joints, nervous system and heart. The disease is broken down into three stages of infection: early localized, early disseminated and late disseminated.

October 5, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Patients with mild rocky mountain spotted fever present with fever, rash and history of tick exposure/bite. Labs will reveal hyponatremia, thrombocytopenia, elevated liver enzymes, increased bilirubin and increased BUN.

October 4, 2021

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Infectious Diseases

Category: Infectious Diseases 
Patients with mild rocky mountain spotted fever disease have malaise, nausea, vomiting, arthralgia and rash. The rash is a centripetal “inward” spreading macular rash, beginning on the wrist, forearm and ankles and spreading towards the trunk.