A 27-year-old female, Jessica, comes to the emergency room with horrible abdominal pain. She is pregnant but not sure how far along she is but thinks 36 weeks. She had no prenatal care and has a history of cocaine use. The patient is disheveled and alone when she arrives.
The nurse tells the patient, “I need to see if I can get a fetal heart rate.” The patient is out of control screaming, “it hurts.” The nurse asks, “where does it hurt, is it radiating to your back?” The nurse assesses the abdomen and notes it to feel really firm. The patient continues to say, “I dont feel well. This hurts so bad.” The nurse also notes some blood, which is bloody show. The nurse asks, “Jessica, when was the last time you used cocaine?” The patient responds “I did this morning but it was my first time in a long time.” The nurse tells her “I found the heart rate, it is about 100 bpm”
The nurse turns the patient to the the left side and tells her, “I’m going to put oxygen on you because this extra oxygen will go to the baby and help the heart rate. We will also start a fluid bolus.” The patient states, “My stomach just hurts so bad.” The nurse feels the stomach and notes it to feel very rigid and boardlike.
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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