So I had my first pt. contact today! It really was not as nerve wrecking as I thought it would be! My pt. was really cooperative and LOVED to tell me whatever he could about his condition, he was a coloectomy/ileostomy pt. I was able to observe a stoma and empty an ileo bag. I was also able to empty a JP drain, and assist in a 4 person transfer with other nurses on the floor! It was so cool!
I think the "nursing thing" sunk in.. after all, who gets excited about emptying an ileo!?!?