My first patient..

  1. 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 !
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   subec
    The patient that we took care of yesterday is 93. She is so tiny. I was afraid that we were going to break her. But, as it turned out, she has been my favorite patient so far.

    Good luck tomorrow---you'll do great!!!!!!!
  4. by   memphispanda
    My first patient last semester was a nice older man--I think he was 64. He had his pacemaker replaced and had been on the unit for 3 weeks. Anyway, I was supposed to be helping him with his bath and all he wanted me to do was wash his back then (his words) I "could step out while he did the rest". So I did. Within about a minute I hear an alarm going off, then one of the nurses at the desk says "Is Mr. M going somewhere? His monitor is alarming." So about 6 people rush into his room thinking he had arrested and they found a poor naked VERY shy guy holding a washcloth over his crotch...he had accidentally disconnected a monitor wire. I felt awful and STUPID!

    Carol
  5. by   nrselisa
    I had my first pt today, she was 99. Isn't it exciting to say "your" pt!!! It makes me feel so cool!!!!

    Lisa
  6. by   Mkue
    I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I saw her DOB, 1900 .. I went to her room to say Hello to her and she actually responded and said "hello" so that's a good start..lol..

    Thanks Subec and Carol !
  7. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by snlisa
    I had my first pt today, she was 99. Isn't it exciting to say "your" pt!!! It makes me feel so cool!!!!

    Lisa
    YES, it is exciting Lisa !.. been waiting so long to finally have a pt., I know I will never forget her already !


  8. by   ntigrad
    I had my first patient after 6 months of school. He was about 70, had parkinsons' with rigidity and 3 years post CVA. So I had to do bed bath and all. He didn't have a catheter, but I still had to wash everything. It wasn't hard to do at all! Anyway, I will not forget him, but I have had many good patients since. Not one has given me trouble so far! Wait till you get to start perfroming caths and things. Did three today in OR on unconscious women. The first one didn't make it in the hole the first time, but the others were obvious enough I didn't have trouble. It's a kick!
    Jill
  9. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by ntigrad
    I had my first patient after 6 months of school. He was about 70, had parkinsons' with rigidity and 3 years post CVA. So I had to do bed bath and all. He didn't have a catheter, but I still had to wash everything. It wasn't hard to do at all! Anyway, I will not forget him, but I have had many good patients since. Not one has given me trouble so far! Wait till you get to start perfroming caths and things. Did three today in OR on unconscious women. The first one didn't make it in the hole the first time, but the others were obvious enough I didn't have trouble. It's a kick!
    Jill
    :roll
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i can't remeber my first patient in lpn school and i will share my first person come oct in rn clinical. enjoy, marie
  11. by   Rena RN 2003
    hmmmm, first patient.......

    he was s/p cva, left hemiplegia, unresponsive, total care. has a very nice lady friend that visits him every day.

    i've since had many patients. after a while they blend together but so far i haven't had a bad experience at clinical.


    best of luck to you marie
  12. by   AppyHorseFan
    my first patient last semester, was a middle-aged gentleman (and i use that word loosely...lol). i went in to visit with him the day before clinical, to introduce myself and make sure it's okay with him for me (a student) to take care of him. he says that's fine...he has no problem. next morning...0700, go in again introduce myself, do assessment, etc. pt. is pleasant enough. go in at 0800...pt. agitated...needs an iv line...he informed nurses "yesterday" that he is hard stick and will need a line subclavicle. oh yes, he has been placed on npo for stress test this p.m. finally, dr. shows up at 1200 and is going to try to do line (not subclavicle, but still in arm). pt. has become more agitated, and begun cursing and screaming at me every time i walk into room. none of the hospital staff (aka primary nurse) will go into room. dr. finally decides pt is right and does subclavicle line. tension eases some. stress test is scheduled for 1400. pt is begging for dr. pepper and food. 1400 comes and goes with no transportation to take him for test. at 1405, he calls me into room. if they are not there by 1415, he is going to get dr. pepper. i call and "they are on their way up" i tell pt. he says good. at 1415 still no one to take him down. he walks off the floor. i stop him. he says that he won't drink until he gets back to room..."they should be up here, by the time i get back" well, guess what?? they still were not up there. i call down again trying to stall pt. "they are on their way up" is the response i again get. i go into pt's room...and he has drank 1/2 of 1 of the 2 drinks he bought. *&^% going to have to start npo all over again!!! they finally make it up with w/c. he goes down for stress test. as a student and only one pt, my instructor allowed me to go down and watch as much as tech would let me. tech said we'd try to do test even with drink. i'm sitting in the room w/pt waiting on dr to show up. test goes well. pt. comes back to room. apologizes for behavior, but tells me he won't be the last that acts that way and if i believe that he will be, i am really naive. i was never in such shock/fright/scared in my entire life. it was almost enough to make me walk away. but before i finished for the day...he opened up to me and admitted he was scared!!! his father was younger than him when he died of an mi. i realized that he was just as scared/shocked/frightened as i was that day last september.

    sorry this is so long. good luck to everyone.
    shonda
    :angel2:
  13. by   GPatty
    I don'r remember my first patient, but I do remember some more than others!
    Hmmmmm.......what a joy they ALL were!
  14. by   2003rn
    My first patient in clinicals last year was a nurse and a nun, and I was so scared I'd do something wrong. I thought 'oh,no, she's a nurse, I know I'll mess up everything. The only nuns I'd ever seen was on TV, needless to say she was not like I expected.She was very nice. I don't know what I expected out of her. My instructor gave her to me because I'd been a nursing assistant for a long time. Also I was the oldest in my class (44).

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