Sunday, October 21, 2012
Someone has decided that, since I've been at Frozen Northlands Regional for over a year, i can be trusted with shiny new nursing students. Well I'm not sure what it says about the REST of the nurses on our floor, but apparently they like working with me. This might be because my stock answer isn't "go away" it's "look it up, tell me what you THINK is causing him to be that odd shade of yellow, and we'll talk". But I dont know what this particular school is teaching them. Cause DAMN. First off, when I was at Very Catholic Nursing School, we were taught that YOU. DO. NOT. SIT. DOWN. not unless ALL the nurses are seated, AND there are seats left over. Because if your nurse isn't sitting, YOU SHOULD BE HELPING- not just on your patient either! How about checking if all the beds are made? Everyone is washed up? Anyone needing ambulation? I know these are all students in their FIRST med-surg clinical, so they're not allowed to do a lot of things without me or the instructor, but ALL OF THOSE THEY CAN DO. So when they leave at the end of their clinical day, and TWO of my patients havent had their beds changed? or been walked? PLEASE! THERE WERE TWO STUDENTS!!! I mean, I'll get to it when I can, but I was dealing with the FOUR ENEMAS I had to give to the wildly unstable post-Whipple in one room, whose bowels havent moved in a week, and who was becoming progressively less coherent...but that's its own post. Suffice it to say, he was practically a one-to-one patient, on a five patient assignment.