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Lecture Overview

Join popular Ausmed presenter, Joanne Reading for an essential, simple, easy-to-understand lecture on the different types of shock. Known for her engaging style and simple method of teaching, this is an unmissable lecture for all nurses.


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Joanne Reading

Joanne Reading is a clinical educator within the 42 bed ICU at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, which also services critically ill patients from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Women’s Hospital. Joanne holds a critical care graduate certificate and a master of health science with a focus on education. She is also the author of her own nursing education website called “Blogging for your Noggin”. With a special interest in all things cardiac and respiratory. Joanne is passionate about ensuring that education not only fosters critical thinking but is entertaining in the process!



130 Total Rating(s)

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Maryanne O'Neill
04 Jul 2019

Brilliant !! A Must see !! For all Nurses even outside Acute Care settings. Very Informative, dynamic, clear and concise. A great reminder of Starling's Law and pathophysiology of the heart and its desired function amongst altered Health changed state amongst any individual which can become a patient at any given time. Highly Recommend to all Nurses!

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Jose Rancudo
23 Jun 2019

This video tutorial is such an excellent review to all nurses, especially those working in the acute care setting. It provides a good picture on detecting and managing patient with shock and even for those patient who just about to go on shock

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Courtney Pelle
18 Jun 2019

Great lecture and well presented. I especially liked the use of the water tank, pump and hose analogy.

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Janel Nielsen
17 Jun 2019

Fabulous and engaging presenter on the topic of shock and how to easily identify between the categories of shock based on clinical presentation.

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Karen Innes
12 Jun 2019

Informative and engaging lecture. Joanne provides information in a clear and well illustrated way. Loved the tables and the tank analogy used to clarify some of the ideas and laws (great for visual learners). Presentation was perfect- split view of PowerPoint, white board and presenter- made it easier to follow and less boring. Very useful assessment tools provided for ward nurses to identify the different types of shock from each other (great for nurses who want practical knowledge). Such as, I will be looking to see if the patient is predisposed to shock, compensating (tachy etc) and whether they have pale/ cool skin or are flushed (differentiating between distributive or cardiogenic/ hypovolemic shocks).

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Philippa marriott
04 Jun 2019

Great educator

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Loraine Pennycuick
31 May 2019

This resource was extremely informative and helpful. The lecturer has an excellent way of teaching in a simple and easy to understand style. It was great to review the definitions of pre-load, contractility and after-load. I also found it useful to review the different types of shock, hypovolaemic, cardiogenic and distributive and their causes and signs and symptoms.

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Gabriella Walmsley
31 May 2019


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Rebecca Pal
31 May 2019

Great! Very informative!

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Kay Johnson
31 May 2019