My first emergency

  1. My grandma called me Friday night saying she was dizzy and not feeling well. I went over right away. (Recently, she has had heart problems.)

    When I got there I started an assessment. She was responsive and I knew she had a Doctor appointment on Thursday so I was asking about any new meds as I took her pulse.

    My mom was standing with me and I realized her pulse was weak and only 35. I told her to call 911 and she was going to the hospital. As we were waiting I told my mom to gather my grandma's medicines as I did the rest of her vitals.

    Finally, the paramedic showed up and K gave them the vitals I had gotten and her allergies, history, and sent the meds. We got to the hospital and saw the Doctor who shook my hand and preceded to tell me I did an awesome job and I am the reason my grandma is alive now.

    She is still in the hospital but doing well. This was the first time I had to use my learnings in an actual situation. I am just so happy I am on this path and I know this is where I belong :-) just sharing.
    Last edit by Joe V on Sep 10, '12 : Reason: spacing
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   eatmysoxRN
    Awesome!! You've selected a great path! Hope your grandma gets well soon!
  4. by   imjustme123
    Quote from Jazziepants
    My grandma called me friday night saying she was dizzy and not feeling well. I went over right away recently she has had heart problems. When i got there i started an assessment. She was responsive and i knew she had a doctor appointment on thursday so i was asking about any new meds as i took her pulse. My mom was standing with me and i realized her pulse was weak and only 35. I told her to call 911 and she was going to the hospital. As we were waiting i told my mom to gather my grandma's medicines as i did the rest of her vitals. Finally the paramedic showed up and i gave them the vitals i had gotten and her allergies, history, and sent the meds. We got to the hospital and saw the doctor who shook my hand and preceded to tell me i did an awesome job and i am the reason my grandma is alive now. She is still in the hospital but doing well. This was the first time i had to use my learnings in an actual situation. I am just so happy i am on this path and i know this is where i belong :-) just sharing.
    Awesome!
  5. by   straitgirl77
    I hope that I would do as well as you did in that situation...You kept it together and I bet your gram is proud of you...I hope shes home soon and well!
  6. by   I♥Scrubs
    That is awesome! I hope to be like that as well!
  7. by   mom_coach_nurse
    Had an experience somewhat like this last month. You did good! Hope Gram gets well soon
  8. by   SushiJoe
    That rocks!
  9. by   Jazziepants
    Just letting everyone know my gram is out of the hospital. She is doing well. And loves to tell the story of how calm and collected i was and how proud of me she is. :-)
  10. by   mom_coach_nurse
    That's awesome!
  11. by   LeeLeeTheGPN
    You rock! You'll be a great nurse! You prioritized very well Way to follow Maslow's Hierarchy and woo hoo for delegation! LOL
  12. by   sapphire18
    Awesome job! Glad to hear your grandma is home and well- thanks to you! Good luck on your path to nursing
  13. by   socasugab
    Val Saintsbury: Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.
  14. by   zoe92
    That is awesome!! I am glad your grandma is okay but I know how proud you must feel. Good job, future nurse!

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