jpetrunis 493 Views
Joined: Nov 26, '05;
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SAD = seasonal affective disorder
Funny Looking Kid: denote mild dysmorphisms in pediatrics.
please tell me it's not "oy"s per minute....
I wonder what if anything we as nurses can do over the longer term in the way of activism, education or policy change that could help better serve those who have trouble serving themselves.
I don't care how any woman wants to deliver her baby- it's her right to choose and her wishes should be honored to the best of our ability.
It seems that we maintain that we are the patients advocate... unless the pt chooses something that we don't agree with personally. That's not right.
Recent grad of a school in PA... as someone mentioned, we did have to learn sites, landmarks, gauges, angles, max mL per site, etc... in first semester. As far as testing, we had to demonstrate once then and once right before graduation, but it was what we "would" do, not actually ever doing it. As far as real clinical experience with injections, it was really hit or miss depending on your clinical sites and your instructors. Lots of SubQ (heparin and insulin), but very few occasions for IM. Most people graduating from my program only got to give an IM during the OB rotation, since the instructors tried to make sure that the students got to give the neonatal Vitamin K shot. But there's a big difference between giving an IM to an hour-old infant vs an 87-year-old LTC patient or a 22-year-old combative psych patient.
As far as IVs, forget about it! we went over hanging bags, piggybacks, pumps vs good ol' counting the drops method, blood administration etc DAILY, but it was never even discussed that, hey, one day you'll have to learn how to put one in! Different sites and their pros and cons, gauge, how to find the vein, etc, not even discussed in classroom much less clinical. I was horrified when I figured out that I wasn't going to be able to learn until I was already a "real nurse".
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