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Nov
21

2 Shifts To Go

And no more left before Thanksgiving!  It’s inconceivable to me that I am 5/6 of the way through my second clinical rotation and 2 1/2 weeks away from surviving my first semester of nursing school.  How in the name of everything holy did that happen so fast?

This week was flippin’ incredible too.  My patient yesterday and today spoke broken English and had suffered a pretty significant brain bleed that made her entire left side basically kaput.  Droopy face, flaccid extremities, numbness, the whole deal.  But we established great rapport and I think it’s safe to say that we pretty much adored each other by the end of the day.  And it was awesome to watch her improve in just 24 hours from being drowsy and dizzy and needing two people to help her up to the bathroom, to being playful and singing me Christmas carols and being able to pivot to the chair commode with only my assistance.  She was so proud of herself!  Even though the trauma of her stroke definitely saddened her, her resilience and spirit were truly inspiring.

I had another stroke patient this morning who also had left-sided weakness, and had had a heart attack in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.  Double trouble.   After spending a few days in Cardiac Intensive Care, he was transferred to our unit last night.  Because of his cardiac condition, he was on telemetry and I was able to auscultate irregular heart sounds, which was amazing to hear on a real human being rather than a mannequin.  He was able to get a bed on the acute rehab unit pretty quickly, so I worked him up this morning, helped with breakfast and meds, and then it was time to transport him over.  The floor’s CNA coached me through the whole process.

Speaking of coaching, I must say that we have been positively spoiled rotten by the quality of instruction we have received.  And we’re in the new building of the hospital so the facilities are pretty fancy schmancy too.  Even though we know we’ll eventually have a rotation that’s not quite so cushy, this is a great way to get broken in and build up our confidence in our abilities.

6 lectures, 2 clinicals, 3 papers, 6 exams, 1 care plan and 1 self-evaluation til Christmas break.  Time to buckle down and get there. 🙂

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