Well, after working three 12's in a row, I was dumb enough to sign up for an NRP class yesterday. Yes, I actually stayed up for 24 straight hours with no sleep and attempted to take tests.
I am NEVER doing that again! LOL! What a nightmare! I don't know WHAT made me think I could do an eight hour class with no sleep, but I managed to make it through. Woohoo!
Unfortunately, we had to do a MegaCode at the end of it all, and I was teamed up with two other new nurses who knew even less and had even less experience than I did! I think we have permanantly brought a bad name upon neonatal nurses across the USA, so I want to take a moment to apologize to all of you. Sorry!
Of course, we managed to embarrass the hell out of ourselves in front of our head neonatologist, who btw happens to be one of the freaking forefathers and creators of NRP! OMG!
Note: Never try to engage in activities that require mental sharpness when you're a total zombie. But you knew that, right?
On the up side, the class was VERY interesting, and after taking it, I am AMAZED that they didn't require this right off the bat. I don't think it's too advanced for new grads, and it's such essential information that I kept wondering what the heck my manager was thinking when she made the rule that new grads don't have to have it right away. I've been operating in semi-darkness!
All of you new grads, don't be afraid! Take the class! It's a great class and it's really essential information.
I'm so glad it's over, though. Hubster gave me a full body massage this morning because I was so groggy getting out of bed. I just love him!
Yeeee. It's over. (This is me sighing with relief.)
So, I'm wondering: How often do you all review this material after you've taken the class? Because I know that if I don't make it a regular thing I'm going to forget a lot of it (like BLS; I have to review that on a regular basis...I have horrible short-term memory).
Ps. Do any of you actually perform intubations? We were told it's not in our scope of practice, but that a few nurses had been certified to do it. Anyone?