Quote from goannain
No, I did not get an inservice on the equipment. We have RTs at our hospital and they manage all that stuff. It sucks, and I would like to know more about the equipment...but receiving training on RT equipment was just not available to us.
Hi goannain. This is probably my biggest pet peeve! I would like to say that I too received no education about our equipment because.....RT deals with that. This makes no sense to me! We nurses are ultimately responsible for that patient and their airway and even though I work with THE BEST RTS IN THE UNIVERSE! they are not standing at my patient's bedside all shift. Sometimes they are tied up with other patients and cannot be there when I may need them. What I did and what I would suggest that you do as well is establish a relationship with your RT's. Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions and volunteer to help them with things.
Grab a venti mask and make sure you know how to put it together, grab a non-rebreather and make sure you know how to set it up properly. (if you don't already know how) Make sure you know what brands of trachs your facility uses, when to change cannulas, dressings, etc. Volunteer to bag, instill, change ties, etc. while they are there and can supervise. This way you will know how to do things before you NEED to know how to do them. Review ABG's with them. Most are more than willing to share their knowledge and most really appreciate knowing they are valued by the nursing staff. I tease my RT's all the time and tell them they should wear capes because they are always swooping in to save the day! lol. I have learned so much from them and they are always more than willing to have me assume some mundane aspect of their job such as changing ties.
I honestly have no idea why this is not STANDARD education for every RN in every hospital on every unit! This is probably some of if not the most important equipment you will ever work with!