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Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


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I have guillain barre syndrome, I can't walk, stand, roll over, sit up, or pretty much anything physical. Should I go to a nursing home?

I have guillain barre syndrome, I can't walk, stand, roll over, sit up, or pretty much anything physical. Should I go to a nursing home?

See a rehab doctor: It would be a good idea to see a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine. This person could help you determine what type of therapy may help as well as whether you need to be in a nursing home or not.

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Does my body still make antibodies if I'm exposed to a cold but don't get symptoms. Hoping to protect nursing 2mth old from brother's cold.?

Does my body still make antibodies if I'm exposed to a cold but don't get symptoms. Hoping to protect nursing 2mth old from brother's cold.?

Yes: Symptoms from a viral infection vary greatly from one person to another. However you would develop an antibody to that virus if infected. Whether you can prevent the child from developing a cold or not is uncertain but do note that a child in the first 3 months of life possessed protective antibodies to many infections and breast feeding may provide added protection as well.

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Is it true that I don't need to burp my baby if I am nursing?

Is it true that I don't need to burp my baby if I am nursing?

No: Although many babies burp on their own when nursing, it's still a good idea to burp your baby. You can burp in between breasts or at the end of a feeding.

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I'm thinking of becoming a nurse I'm taking my prerequisites right now but I don't like biology. Are my nursing classes going to mainly biology?

I'm thinking of becoming a nurse I'm taking my prerequisites right now but I don't like biology. Are my nursing classes going to mainly biology?

Core classes: For your nursing requirements you will need your course in biology. But after that you are ok. If you have trouble get a tutor to help you. Biology is really straight forward and most interesting. Just get yourself through and you will be ok. Mostly just memorizing

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If in nursing home, am I required to do their activities I don't enjoy doing?

If in nursing home, am I required to do their activities I don't enjoy doing?

OK to opt out: In a skilled nursing facility they provide activites to help relieve boredom and to help you engage with other people. Generally you are not required to participate but encouraged. Common activites are bingo, cards, crafts, sing-alongs. .

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If I don't ever wear a bra while nursing will it cause my milk to dry up?

If I don't ever wear a bra while nursing will it cause my milk to dry up?

No: Bras weren't invented until "a few" years ago, if compared with the length of our human history. Babies were breastfed for hundreds of thousands of years before somebody started wearing a bra.

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Milk supple is good latch is good but baby isn't interested I'm nursing, gets really fussy when nursing, why could this be? Baby is 2 months old

Milk supple is good latch is good but baby isn't interested I'm nursing, gets really fussy when nursing, why could this be? Baby is 2 months old

Fussy: If your milk supply is ample and the baby is latching on you might try feeding in different poditions. Sometimes using a breast shield may be helpful. You might want to seek help from a lactation consultant if these little hints don't work. Good luck!

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Can you eat cookie dough when nursing?

Can you eat cookie dough when nursing?

You shouldn't: Salmonella is a huge risk for infants as this is one of the infections that is very much dependent on how mature your immune system is. As much as I may be with you in enjoying cookie dough, the raw egg is way too risky for salmonella infection which may be nothing for you but could be a quite serious illness for an infant.

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Is it ok if my baby is only nursing on one side?

Is it ok if my baby is only nursing on one side?

Yes: As long as a baby gets enough milk, whether from one breast or both breasts, the baby will be happy. However, if a mom only feeds from one side, the unused side may lose its milk-making ability and dry up; or it may back up with milk, get swollen and perhaps develop mastitis.

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What support is recommended for women having nursing problems?

What support is recommended for women having nursing problems?

Please ASK: The best thing you can do for you and your baby if you have nursing problems is to ask for help and support! Start with your pediatrician, obgyn, labor nurses and local lactation consultants or laleche league. Many town health departments or wic offices can direct you to resources. Enlist the emotional support of your partner and mother or support person as well. Other breast feeding moms too!

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I need to know what's an example of how kohlbergs theory can be applied in nursing?

See below: The is moral development and in nursing as well as medicine the best way to do this is by example-for if you present the best there'd is others will follow.

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What if you are in a skilled nursing facility and dr's orders are not being followed but makes in your chart that it was done?

What if you are in a skilled nursing facility and dr's orders are not being followed but makes in your chart that it was done?

Violation: If you are certain that something is supposed to be done and it's not being done, bring this up to the nurse supervisor. They will supervise whether something is supposed to be done or not. If the problem persists, bring the problem to the patient liaison for investigation. Your job is to make sure that things are being done and your health is being looked after.

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What are nursing home ethics?

What are nursing home ethics?

Nursing homes: That's a very grand question for this space. There is a patient code of ethics if it helps, see this site as an example: http://www.4fate. Org/html/bill_of_rights. Html.

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Have I been nursing for too long?

Have I been nursing for too long?

No: The aap recommends exclusive breastfeeding for all babies for 6 months, and that mom's breastfeed their babies until one year, or longer if both mom and baby desire. Breast milk is the best choice for every baby. If you feel that it's time to wean, or you need to wean and can't, please discuss this with your pediatrician.

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How will a nursing pillow help me?

How will a nursing pillow help me?

Keeps baby close: The nursing pillow was a life-saver for me (especially after my c-sections and I could not hold my baby upright for nursing). I used a "boppy" pillow and it really helped to maintain my baby in a good position that was helpful for successful nursing.

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What are skilled nursing facilities?

What are skilled nursing facilities?

Level of care needed: A skilled nursing facility describes a center catering to the needs of patients who need a level of care sometimes requiring the skills of a nurse but not that of a hospital. Included are those needing help with body functions, feeding, medications or mobility at various ages. Generally, a treatment plan coordinated with a physician monitored by the nurses is part of the process.

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Are a nursing home and a SNF the same thing?

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Are a nursing home and a SNF the same thing?

Yes: SNF = skilled nursing facility. Key word is nursing which means nurses have to be available around the clock. Assisted living facilities don't require presence of nurse at all times. BTW, we mean RN or LPN when referring to nurses. Check out http://www. Diffen. Com/difference/Assisted_Living_vs_Nursing_Home as a starting point.