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My TB-patient was disoriented and tried to crawl out of bed. My collegue and I rushed in, but first had to put on the mask and the gown and all.
I swear once u start nursing all naked bodies just look like ehhh whatever.
Pretty Much — This.
Being an ICU Nurse. I find I use the phrase “I save lives” a lot to get out of trouble or win friendly debates. I feel I should stop. But it’s ok , cause ya know, I save lives.
"You’ve been watching shows all day…?"
"Fuck you, I save lives for a living."
You get yourself a cup of coffee and think “Yes, I am going to enjoy this!”, but then a patient calls or a collegue needs a hand and by the time you’ve gotten back to it, your coffee’s cold and it’s time for the next vitals check.
Hey! Thanks for answering my question in advance :P I'm planning (wishmeluck) on doing my internship this january in the ICU because I've always dreamed of doing ER/ICU and take care of very ill patients. Knowing that you work in an ICU, what tips could you give me so my life is a tiny bit easier? Any specific things I should prepare for before to make my teachers see that I'm serious about what I do? Basically tips would be amazing :) Thanks so much!
So I have this tiny notebook in my pocket. Touch it and I will punch you in the ‘nads. It contains all kinds of useful information from standing orders to diagrams of specific surgeries to useful phone numbers (technician, radiologist, bloodbank…) to wtf the 7693 different abbreviations stand for, lists of material needed to insert IABP or transjugular pacemakers,… EVERYTHING.
I’ve had it for 4 years now and I still add new things to it almost every week. It’s the one thing I recommend to all our student nurses.
If you know what ward you’ll be working on, read up on the most common pathologies. Dig up your textbooks and look up whatever you think could be useful. Maybe read some articles on new developments in that field so you’re up to date on current standards of practice.
You’ll have a million things to do in one shift. Print out a schedule. Just a table with a row for each hour and a collumn for medication that needs to be administered at that time, a collumn for any procedures that need to be done (remove certain catheters or drains, sample collection,…), and a collumn for miscellaneous items like repositioning the patient, calling the bloodbank to see if the blood you ordered is ready,… Fill in your schedule at the beginning of your shift and add to it as the day progresses.
Yes, it might be a little dorky, but it was a great help for me to have a more structured approach. Even now, when I have a really critical patient requiring lots of care, I still make a schedule like that.
Go forth, young grasshopper, and make me proud! Let me know how it went!
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