Rheumatoid Arthritis Assessment Nursing Mnemonic
- R-Respiratory distress (Interstitial lung disease, bronchiolitis, pleural effusion)
- H-Haematological manifestations (anemias, thrombocytosis, neutropenia)
- E-Extra- articular RA (ExRA)
- U-Urinary tract infections (mainly drug- induced)
- M-Median nerve compression/ Morning stiffness
- T-Tenosynovitis and bursitis
- O-Ocular manifestations (Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, scleritis, episcleritis)
- I-Immunologic manifestations (Sjogren’s, Felty’s and Caplan’s syndrome)
- D-Deformities (boutonniere, swan- neck, button- hole)
Common findings of rheumatoid arthritis
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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