Nov 7, 2005

Test 3 and TV Medical dramas

I've spent the last 2 days complete buried under pediatric cardiac/ pregnancy complications notes. I am writing an new entry to kind of vent some tension and it's an excuse to take a break.

I'm studying the cardiac defect Tetralogy of Fallot . They use to call this "blue baby" syndrome. I'm told there is a lot emphasis on this on the NCLEX so they emphasized that disorder in lecture.

I'm very visual and when I learn it helps if I have a visual memory to remember things by. It's untraditional but I like to use movies if I can. HBO produced a movie called Something the Lord made and it is about the doctors (and the 1st African American surgical assistant) who came up with the technique to cure Tetralogy of Fallot. In the movie they show the main actors drawing the anatomy on the chalkboard and I remember that when I think of TOF. It REALLY helps.
Another example is I use horror movie and scenes of bodies being severed in various ways to remember the different planes of the body. (ie Transverse, dorsal, etc.) I know it's weird but it works if you are a horror movie buff like me. :) Of course, it only works if you keep in mind the truth that's represented from movies and not the false things dramatized for entertainment.
On that idea, I like medical dramas on TV. ER seems to hit close to home with the facts about half of the time, which is pretty good considering they keep it entertaining as well. I started watching House last season and although I really like the show, It really cracks me up at how badly they mess up the truths about medical diseases and hospital procedures. Last weeks' show they had a patient with active TB and not once was he put on respiratory isolation. Also, did you ever notice that the doctors do EVERYTHING on that show? They not only diagnose and prescribe but they start IVs, give meds, run the CTs, MRIs, Ultrasounds, surgically operate, and still have enough time to spend quality emotional supporting time with their patients. What the heck are all the other people doing in that hospital?! They show other technicians and Nurses but they never do anything to the patient in question.And forget trying to guess the diagnosis. They always put a wacky spin on a disease like it being 4 things combined or it's something really bizarre like pesticide poisoning only found in Africa.
OK, long enough break....the pizza guy should be here any minute and I gotta get back to studying.
Think A everyone!


At 20:39, Blogger Dionne said...

I came to your blog via Windfall Woman. I read your story about your late husband and it brought tears to my eyes. May God bless you as you seek this nursing career. You are a very brave woman.

At 23:00, Blogger Jo said...

Thank you. I'm sorry it's bringing so many to tears, wasn't meant to. I think Mike would be proud of me, I'm doing it for Ari and for him. Thanks for reading.

At 01:57, Blogger Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I DID notice that about House, too... :)


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