Monday, August 27, 2007

Congratulations to the NLE Passers

I would like to congratulate all Entralink students who just recently passed the National Licensure Exam (NLE). More power to you and wish you Godspeed on all your future endeavors.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Colostomy Appliance Care

When emptying a colostomy appliance, the nurse should not:

A. Check for leakage under the appliance every 2 to 4 hours
B. Remove the appliance each time it needs emptying
C. Put a few drops of deodorant in the appliance if not odor-proof
D. Unclamp the bottom of the bag

Answer: B. The appliance needs to be drained into a bedpan not removed.

When changing a colostomy appliance, the nurse should:

A. Attach the appliance in a way that the client is not involved in their own care
B. Make the opening large
C. Put skin prep solution onto the stoma
D. Wash the skin area with soap and water

Answer: D. The appliance should be easily accessible for the client so that they can be involved in their own care. A large opening increases the risk of leakage. Putting skin prep solution onto the stoma will cause irritation.


A new surgical stoma will continue to shrink with the healing process, so the colostomy appliance must be measured to fit the stoma properly. TRUE.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Thank You Note

Hello Entralink students!

We had a very successful and productive Intensive Review. I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome and the hospitality.

I am glad to be back home safely. I had a few snags on my trip back home. First, the flight from Japan to San Francisco was delayed for 2 hours due to maintenance problem. I missed my connecting flight from San Francisco to Little Rock and had to be rerouted to St. Paul, Minneapolis. En route to Little Rock, there was a heavy storm preventing us to land safely so the pilot circled around in Oklahoma for 1 hour to get a more stable landing. I finally made it home past 2AM on Wednesday instead of arriving at 8PM Tuesday night. I am thrilled to be back home.

This morning I can't wait to eat the special purple egg with bagoong. I want to thank those who sent me native delicacies and goodies.

Again thank you. Pls. keep in touch.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

True or False

TRUE or FALSE. Following a craniotomy, a client's head should be elevated 45 degrees.

False. Following neurosurgery, an elevation of 30 degrees is the optimum position to reduce ICP, facilitate respiration and aid venous drainage from the brain. Placing the client's head at 45 degrees may increase hip flexion and may contribute to increased ICP.

TRUE or FALSE. The herb milk thistle is used to treat gallstones, liver cirrhosis and psoriasis.


TRUE or FALSE. Otosclerosis is a disease of ear bone degeneration that most commonly develops in later adult life.

False. It most commonly develops during the teen or early adult years.