“humor-‘laughter‘.. is the best medicine”…(isn’t that an ancient statement)..but it’s true, not only for the nurses but the patient themselves.. ’maybe not for the patient with abdominal pain, kidney stones, fractured ribs, or a mom to be, that’s about ready to deliver.. etc’ …
oh, wait yes they can, can’t they?…”splinting
”…comes to mind, remember the “patient teaching” for c & db? (just a little humor
) ..and working in the er, a lot will come back to you. seriously though, when i respond to a post, i like to insert a little humor. my responses to posts, are by no means with any intentions of insult
to any peoples…and i stand to be corrected for any misgivings unbeknownst to me…i’m not perfect(if i were perfect, do you think i’d be a rn in the er)
..you’re dam right i would be!!! i enjoy it immensely!!!
“he who laughs, lasts.”.. norwegian proverb
…so, with that said, on to your topic:
as with the previous responses i totally agree, your preceptor is going to be your best buddy and is going to be the most important training you’ll get for working in the er. but make sure that your preceptor, is somebody that you feel comfortable working with, is somebody that you feel is teaching you because they want to teach you, someone that when you asked them a question,
“why did you do that?.. what is this for?..etc.”, they answer your question, without an:icon_roll attitude! guarantee you’ll know all this after your first day of orientation. make the necessary changes then and there, because after your orientation, ”your on your own”,… scary huh…(just joking
) well, you’re really not on your own, others around you will help. remember, you will never be taught everything that you’ll need to know, in working in the er during orientation
here is a helpful hint: :typing start now, and make a list of all the possible things that you might need to know about working in the er, you probably don’t need to write down the obvious, but it won’t hurt(just some examples
: ng tube placement, gastric lavage, dka crisis, sickle cell crisis, prepping for cardio conversion, etc. etc. etc.), the list will be long, and when you go home at night check off the list of the things that you were oriented to. in the er, you will never experience or know everything
”most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”….dale carnegie
wow, the closest i’ve ever been to teeny tiny babies,(aside from giving birth to my own son, he was not teeny and tiny) is when i was a phlebotomist, and was called to maternity to do heel sticks, or draw blood on newborns. that was an experience itself. i have a girlfriend, that comes to my shop,(oh yeh, i’m also a hairdresser
), she works in a nicu, up in the city 30 miles away from where i work. when she comes in we discuss our jobs, and it is amazing to hear some of things that she experiences there. carol says that she has to start ivs and give meds to babies that only weight in “grams”..wow! there’s no rounding to the nearest, of any meds.. as she explains, “if you round off your calculated meds, and give that same med dosage over a period of time, you are actually overdosing that baby”.. that does make sense.
yes, start lifting weights, you'll need the muscles
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