I started my day by getting report on my patients and was told that the 73 year old woman had pulled her foley cath out during the night. (I know OUCH!) She is second post-op day from a left hip fracture repair and at the time she was so snowed from the narcs that she didn't even know. The RN who was taking care of her is also our nurse educator (she's overseeing my orientation as a nurse intern). She checked with the MD who of course said put the foley back in. She got me and said, "we have a foley to put in, do you want to help?" I assumed she wanted me to observe and i dutifully went and got the kit (I grabbed a pair of sterile gloves my size hopeing I could do it). She asked me what side of the bed I wanted to set up on and verified that I had done this in the skills lab at school, then she told me to do it. I was a bit nervous but the patient was okay with it so I did it! It feels so great to get that first one out of the way. Not only was it a female, (I'm told their tougher to cath than males) but she could not move the left leg to help with positioning.
Thanks for letting me share my excitement!!