RN58186 4,827 Views
Joined Jun 19, '11.
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A pt had been discharged from hospital without a cause being found for his symptoms. When he was admitted again a week later with the same symptoms the admitting diagnosis was "Recurrence of whatever".
arrector pili - the muscle around each hair follicle that produces "goose bumps"
catarrhal exudate - my instructor wrote "aka snot" on the board for this one.
I still make hospital corners on my bed at home.
I've never seen pts or family members help themselves to anything more than a juice out of the fridge. However, if she is visiting someone in the hospital, my sister will lift every roll of plastic tape that she sees lying around.
I am a Transplant Coordinator; I have a case load of approx 200 post transplant pts that I do case management for. I follow them from the time they get their kidney or kidney/pancreas until they either die or return to dialysis. We also have Coordinators who manage the pts who are going through the work up process and are waiting on the list, as well as one who works exclusively with living donors. I work in an outpatient clinic, so M-F days, no nights or weekends. Here we have an entirely different program that looks after the deceased donors prior to going to the OR - since our program is focused primarily on the recipient side of things, it is considered a conflict of interest for us to have anything to do with the donors. Also the reason we have a specific Coordinator for living donors. I work with renal transplant pts, in my clinic there are Coordinators who look after liver, heart and lung transplants as well.
I worked for 12 years on the inpatient dialysis and transplant unit prior to going to the clinic. It was great to see pts get their organs and do well. Especially the type 1 diabetics who have had diabetes since childhood leave hospital not even needing to check blood sugars anymore after their pancreas transplant.
As for the actual surgery, the OR nurses do that as part of their usual job. Most of us have gone into the OR and watched a transplant, but none of us actually assist with the surgery.
Not sure if that helps or not. Happy to answer any questions.... I think I have the best job in the world. I love what I do.
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