This week we're talking with Brynn O’Donnell, an Advanced Practice Nurse with a podcast called Let’s Review RN. Brynn shares what nurses learn about diabetes in nursing school and what it’s like to view type 1 diabetic patients through the lens of nursing.
A few highlights Brynn talks about:
- What it looks like treating diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) from the nurse's perspective
- What nursing school teaches nurses about nutrition for people with type 1 diabetes
- The meaning of burnout to herself, as a cardiology nurse with diabetic patients
Wins & Fails
Colleen's Win: I got 5 days out of a site. I didn’t do it on purpose, but since I’m using so little insulin right now I was able to go a lot longer than usual before changing it, and my numbers didn’t rise as much as they usually do when I go long on sites.
Jessie's Fail: Jessie got her "schooling-at-home" schedule and thinks the school didn't do a very good job. Long hours at a desk aren't good for anyone!
Hack of the Week
The hack this week is to become friends with the nurses in your endocrinologist’s office if they have a nursing staff. When I went to my pediatric endocrinologist, there was a team of nurses that I got to know really well and I was always excited to see them. The nurses there made the visits more enjoyable.
Meet Brynn O'Donnell
Brynn O'Donnell is an Advance Practice Nurse (APN) and professor. Brynn's specialty is cardiology.
She's the host of Let's Review RN, a podcast designed for nursing students or any individual who would like to expand their knowledge and create a solid understanding of adult health and pharmacology.
You can find Brynn on Instagram @letsreviewRN and her website, letsreviewrn.com.
Question for You!
What has your experience been with RNs as a type 1 diabetic? Do they ask you high-quality questions? Do they take care of you how you need to be taken care of?
Links & Resources
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