lalopop86 5,528 Views
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Nurse Tech/Nursing Student; from
2 year(s) of experience
May I ask how you are delegating? When I say that, I mean your wording? I am a tech and while I try my hardest to do all of my tasks on time (blood sugars and vitals in the correct time window, etc) we all know things happen and we get behind. However I LOVE when my nurses make me feel like part of the care team by saying things like, "hey it's really important that WE keep this guys sugars normal. Can you make sure you let me know what his next sugar is when you're able to check it?" I know that with some people this approach will not work but sometimes it helps knowing that your nurse remembers your job is important too! I'm so sorry this is happening to you. Nobody deserves being spoken to in that way. I hope it gets better for you!
Don't beat yourself up about it. Everything is SO different on a real person rather than in a simulated lab! I had a similar experience a few weeks ago with an NG tube insertion. I didn't commit, panicked, and the RN had to take over. Guess what I WON'T do next time I have to insert an NG tube? It's all a learning experience and we are there to do just that- learn. Brush it off and keep your head up!
ABCs, nursing process (usually the "first" thing the nurse would do is assess), and the answer is very rarely "call the physician"!!!
Remember that it's not all about you
At my hospital, all CNAs are called "nurse techs." We cannot draw blood or do EKGs, etc. unless our specific department has trained us to do so. I guess it varies everywhere.
I would suggest maybe a small bowl of cereal and a piece of toast with peanut butter on it and definitely the water. Sometimes I'll just make myself a piece of cheese toast and a boiled egg and then bring a healthy granola/snack bar and apple slices with pb, pretzels and mustard, or carrots & dip for snack in classes. Definitely with water and not sugary sodas I don't know what your typical diet is like, but I would also suggest not trying to slowly change your diet into a healthier one- in other words, don't change everything at once. Good luck!
Thanks so much for all of your responses!
"Slough." Ew. EW.
I'm curious to hear from nurses what is the best way for a CNA to be helpful in a code and not in the way. Grabbing supplies? Vitals? Thanks.
Does anyone else have people discourage them from being a CNA or going into nursing because they think that the work is to hard & stressful?
"I considered going the ADN route but I just can't justify it. It does concern me though when I hear people saying that direct-entry, accelerated nurses are not as good somehow. I guess it also confuses me. Is it really that hard to get employed with a direcy-entry MSN? Why?"
I am guessing that it has to do with lack of experience. May I ask what reservations you have regarding going the ADN route?
I want to give you "props" for not panicking and acting immediately. I am a nurse tech and a nursing student who has never seen a code and I always wonder if I will know the right thing to do. It sounds like you did a great job of monitoring and acting fast
I liked this. A lot.
Thank you all for your comments and responses! I always thought it would help, but with hearing about how tight the job market is out there and how different CNA and nursing tasks and responsibilities can be, I've been curious
I wasn't sure where to post this, but I am a nursing student who will be graduating in 2013 and I've been a CNA on a telemetry floor for over a year now. My professors are encouraging those who aren't working as a CNA to do so in order to "get a foot in the door" for after graduation. I'm just curious to hear from new grads whether or not they think that CNA experience helped them at all in the search for that first job. Thanks.
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