My first patient.. - page 2

OMG, I feel like such a rookie ! My first patient EVER is 102 years old and this poor lady will be under my care tomorrow UGH !! Anyone care to share any "first patient" stories !... Read More

  1. by   2003rn
    Today my clinical pt was an 84 yr old female, a post-op colon resection,with heart problems, I had her up to the BR and the floor nurses ran in to see what she was doing, her telemetry showed her HR was in the 170's and she didn't act any different.I figured if your heart raced that fast you'd surely be SOB or something. Needless to say I got her back to bed ASAP.
  2. by   Furball
    Whenever you have a very elderly pt please be sure to really talk with them about their life. You will be totally amazed and enthralled...I guarantee it.
  3. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Furball
    Whenever you have a very elderly pt please be sure to really talk with them about their life. You will be totally amazed and enthralled...I guarantee it.
    Thanks Furball, she turned out to be very nice, she didn't talk much at all , in her chart I saw that she was a retired teacher . She was very sweet at 102 ! And she had a visitor while I was there, really happy for her.
  4. by   Mkue
    As it turned out, I had more than one patient because some students didn't show up for clinical.. The day sure went by really fast !!
  5. by   peaceful2100
    My first patient was 90 years old. A very sweet woman. She kept me really calm. She said I can tell you are nervous. Then she went on to say don't worry you will be fine and you are doing great. Everyone is a student at some point and has to learn. I will NEVER forget her. IF It was not for her I think I would have cried and dropped out. Many of my classmates had some horrible patients. (I hate to say that). Some were just outright rude according to some of my classmates and ex-classmates. Some dropped out because of our first clinical experience. I am glad I had a sweet lady. I always carry the words she gave me on my last day with me, and that is: You keep being a nice, sweet, caring young woman and you will go many places, do many things and you will do a great job.
  6. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Had my first pt(as an n/s) Fri.

    She will be 101 in Dec.

    Just like you MKue,I had to look at the chart a couple of times before it would register in my brain.

    This sweet LOL(little old lady) Has lived 2 1/2 of my entire lifetimes!! She was there when Women earned the right to vote and both world wars,heck the things she has lived through could fill libraries...............Wait...........they do fill libraries!!

    She was polite and sweet. She could have just told us to go away,nobody would blame her.

    When we left after a conversation that seemed to fatigue her,she lifted up her tiny head and said "nice to meet you Brad"

    What a gem. I was apprehensive about giving some old woman a bath next week,but now I will be giving care to a friend.

    I'll bet she has some stories to tell!!

    I just love LOLs!

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