Guess What I Did???

  1. I wanted you all to know what I've been doing lately...
    I'm in Geri now, and I love it! So far, in just my first week on the floor, I have...

    1) replaced a trach (inner cannula and all)

    2) replaced a G-tube:spin:

    2) learned how to suction (on a real person!):imbar:

    3) taken staples out of a hip

    4) irrigated a stage 4 decub and redressed it

    5) and various other dressing changes and topical ointments...

    All I can say is...
    I love this rotation! Even in Med-Surg we never go to do this much "hands on" stuff! This is soooo cool!
    I'm learning so much! Not bad for 2 1/2 days in clinical setting, is it?

    I know I'm carrying on, but I love it when I actually get to do "nurse" things, instead of trying to learn how to out of a book!
    Just had to tell ya all!

    Thanks for letting me ramble!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   LilgirlRN
    Learning is so much fun! Keep that great attitude Julie, nice to hear someone be excited about nursing
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Replaced a G-Tube???!!
  5. by   nursedawn67
    Sounds like you are getting alot of learning experiences..good for you!!! :roll :hatparty:
  6. by   lawsrnmom
    How I wish I could get that excited about nursing.......WOW.....what enthusiasum.....what an inspiration.....

    ok....you have worn me out!


    But seriously....Good for you!!!
  7. by   JillR
    Julie,

    This sounds like it is going to be a great rotation for you. I liked geri too, but found that I did not have the patience for all the politics and rules.

    Sleepyeyes,

    Yes nurses replace g-tubes when they fall out, or get clogged. But remember to do it as soon as possible as it opening likes to close up. I only did it once and that was in my LTC rotation. its actually very easy to do, the most important thing to remember is to check placement, and be very sure it is in the right place before using it.
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Congrats Julie!

    Your enthusiasm is bursting out all over this board!

    Remember to smile big in your pictures! (Somehow I don't think that will be a problem though!)

    Heather
  9. by   hotlooks
    Glad to hear you are enjoying your nursing julie.I worked on a orthopaedic ward for seven years before i started my training, i worked as a health care assitant,we did all the things that you have said like taking sutures out dressings and lots of other things as well.i feel that having this experience has given me a good head start.hope you continue to enjoy it.pity there are not more people with your enthusiasim
    Hotlooks
  10. by   jackee
    Re:Guess What I Did??? (Post# 1)

    I wanted you all to know what I've been doing lately...
    I'm in Geri now, and I love it! So far, in just my first week on the floor, I have...

    1) replaced a trach (inner cannula and all)

    2) replaced a G-tube

    2) learned how to suction (on a real person!):

    3) taken staples out of a hip

    4) irrigated a stage 4 decub and redressed it

    5) and various other dressing changes and topical ointments...

    This is a brilliant post........and one of the reasons I keep coming back to this forum daily............
    I understand where this person is coming from.........I feel the same way....it is inspirational..

    It is great to do things on real patients, instead of learning out of text books, or in my case, the computer, as my course is virtually all on-line...........this can become my classroom....as I rarely get to see the other students in my course! :roll
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    I wanted you all to know what I've been doing lately...
    I'm in Geri now, and I love it! So far, in just my first week on the floor, I have...

    1) replaced a trach (inner cannula and all)

    2) replaced a G-tube:spin:

    2) learned how to suction (on a real person!):imbar:

    3) taken staples out of a hip

    4) irrigated a stage 4 decub and redressed it

    5) and various other dressing changes and topical ointments...

    All I can say is...
    I love this rotation! Even in Med-Surg we never go to do this much "hands on" stuff! This is soooo cool!
    I'm learning so much! Not bad for 2 1/2 days in clinical setting, is it?

    I know I'm carrying on, but I love it when I actually get to do "nurse" things, instead of trying to learn how to out of a book!
    Just had to tell ya all!

    Thanks for letting me ramble!

    This is wonderful news to know that you are excited about the career you are about to embark upon!

    When I was in lPN school, nearly 11 years ago, I was excited too; we had a check off list that had to be completed by the end of the the last clinical week of school. My fondest memories were from the ER, surgery and Ped, althought we did not do any hands on in Peds. I loved Geriactrics too, as I have worked most of my career in this area. I am now on a Med/Surg unit because I feel it will help me more while I am on my journey of becoming an RN.

    StphanysGetaway
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by LPN,Future, RN



    This is wonderful news to know that you are excited about the career you are about to embark upon!

    When I was in lPN school, nearly 11 years ago, I was excited too; we had a check off list that had to be completed by the end of the the last clinical week of school. My fondest memories were from the ER, surgery and Ped, althought we did not do any hands on in Peds. I loved Geriactrics too, as I have worked most of my career in this area. I am now on a Med/Surg unit because I feel it will help me more while I am on my journey of becoming an RN.

    StphanysGetaway
    That should of been (LPN and Peds).

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