You poor thing! There are newbie "rites of passage" that you will have to go through, and this is one of them. One Saturday afternoon when I was fairly new to the ER up here, a mother brought in 3 toddlers, in their underwear. No biggie. Two were hers, one wasn't. She found them playing in the garage, dousing themselves with aluminum paint! They were covered-looked like the Tin Man in Oz. Poison Control said get that stuff off. Guess who was elected? Oh, yeah! But-one of the senior nurses felt bad for me and came in to help. It took hours-thank God it was a
--ow day. I still can't say the "s" word, doncha know!
One day when I was working 3-11 on telemetry, I came in to find that my team had just received a new patient-aslightly pudgy young man that worked 3-11 in our registration office. I got report, and went flying off to do assessments. It was one of those nights, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, when I finally got a chance, I looked at the H & P assessment admit form that the day nurse had done. It said, "bilateral elective mastectomies," and "hysterectomy." I am a pretty astute person, but this was 1984. I got my asst. head to look at it to see if she got the impression I did. She looked up at me after reading the chart, with eyes as big as sauchers, and said, "oh, my Go-!" Turns out it was a good thing that I let her in on what nobody had told me. Later that evening, "He" complained of being in a room with a male! Seems that the shemale was still female, from the waist down!
We all have our times, so just be prepared for ANYTHING! (especially when you go in to cath somebody-you never know what you will find, or where it is located!