Hey fellow students---
I just wanted to share that I had a great day in clinical today. We have moved on from the nursing home (Praise God... geriatrics is *definitely* not where I want to be) and are now in the hospital, on a medical-surgical unit.
My patient today was a post-op lap chole..... in for observation. She was actually discharged while I was caring for her. I got to hang her a new bag of IV fluid and d/c her IV once we got the orders from the surgeon. These are major skills for me (the most skilled thing I did at the nursing home was a bedbath)! I'm super excited about this hospital thing. Actually, my patient's surgeon was one I know quite well, and he called me by his nickname for me and said how glad he was that I was becoming a nurse. He even offered me a job!
(Of course by the time I graduate he'll probably retire.. he's getting up there in years)
Anyway........ I just wanted to share what a fabulous day I had. I can't wait for clinical next week. I totally feel like I belong in a hospital (and not a mental one lol), and like I know what I'm doing, sort of. I just feel really comfortable and good about being there and taking care of people.
Of course, some people in my group are not adapting quite as well, and I feel bad for them, but great for me.
Take care all!