I packed my first decub!

  1. I had clinicals today and answered a call light on a lady who had a decub that was dressed but leaking through and needed to be changed. I asked her if she would mind if I did the dressing change (she wasn't my patient) and she said no, she wouldnt' mind. I asked the nurse, who approved, and then went and got my instructor to help walk me through it. I've never seen a Stage 3 decub except in pictures, so I was a bit shocked when I saw it. I almost gagged, but quickly recovered. I just told myself to fake it like I've seen a million of them, so as not to hurt the clients feelings. I was soooo nervous, but I didn't break sterile technique. Yay! The lady was such a sweetheart for letting me do it. She was cracking jokes and being very conversational with us. It made it much more conducive to learning! :chuckle I feel like I am getting more and more confident with each clinical that we have! :hatparty: Just had to share!
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    About lisamc1RN

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    LPN
    Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in LTC/Behavioral/ Hospice

    6 Comments

  3. by   jenrninmi
    Good for you!! :hatparty:
  4. by   Aneroo
    Congrats!!! Great job on standing up for yourself to get needed skills! I remember that was such a hard thing for me to do. I watched the end of some dressing changes on a pt at the hospital here... The lower half of his body was decub. The head of his femur was sticking out the side of his hip!!! Poor guy. I wanted to cry...it is totally different when you know the patient, or can put a face to the stage 3 or 4 wounds you have. Anyways, congrats again and job well done! :hatparty: :hatparty: -Andrea
  5. by   RainDreamer
    Yaye Lisa!! That's awesome, job well done!!
  6. by   Tweety
    Good job Lisa! (Probably got a few brownie points from the instructor for being a proactive student).
  7. by   lunakat
    Congratulations!
  8. by   ARNPsomeday
    Good for you, Lisa!

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