and I LOVED it!!!!!!!
I had a post-laminectomy patient and my nurse and clinical instructor liked my care plan for him so much they said I could be in charge of all his care for the day as long as I told them if I was going to do anything new.
And I did! I got to pull a drain, explore for a suture inside the wound and cut it, pull the IV needle, do a sterile dressing change AND teach his wife how to do that (talk about reinforcing your knowledge, LOL!), I got to do all of his discharge planning, education and I got to bring him out to his car at discharge. He said that he was terrified to come in for spinal surgery, but the care he got from me made this actually a "pretty pleasant experience." WOOHOO!
I lucked out big time. Some of the other students there yesterday had patients from hell. Only one other got to do anything interesting like dressing change. The rest pretty much waited around to check vitals and get stuff for the pts.:uhoh21:
Sorry I've been so long-winded here. I just feel like I'm going to pop!!! I'm FINALLY doing what I started working towards almost 3 years ago! *whew* okay, I'm done for now.
Thanks for listening,