I Placed My First Foley Today!!!

  1. I started my day by getting report on my patients and was told that the 73 year old woman had pulled her foley cath out during the night. (I know OUCH!) She is second post-op day from a left hip fracture repair and at the time she was so snowed from the narcs that she didn't even know. The RN who was taking care of her is also our nurse educator (she's overseeing my orientation as a nurse intern). She checked with the MD who of course said put the foley back in. She got me and said, "we have a foley to put in, do you want to help?" I assumed she wanted me to observe and i dutifully went and got the kit (I grabbed a pair of sterile gloves my size hopeing I could do it). She asked me what side of the bed I wanted to set up on and verified that I had done this in the skills lab at school, then she told me to do it. I was a bit nervous but the patient was okay with it so I did it! It feels so great to get that first one out of the way. Not only was it a female, (I'm told their tougher to cath than males) but she could not move the left leg to help with positioning.
    Thanks for letting me share my excitement!!
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    Registered Nurse on a busy surgical floor; from US
    Specialty: Med/Surg


  3. by   theblondeone
  4. by   wonderbee
    That's just the way to do it. Jump right in there before you have a chance to chicken out. Congrats on your champagne foley.
  5. by   Carolanne
    Awesome, good job!!
  6. by   Mithrah
    The first one is always the scariest. Now you are a pro for next time!
  7. by   NurseWeasel
    *weasel dances* That's AWESOME, and yes females are harder to cath than males. But you'll figure that out soon. At least this way you got the hardest one done first!
  8. by   Achoo!
    great job!
  9. by   nursedawn67
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :hatparty:
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
  11. by   maire
    Woot! Feels good, doesn't it?
  12. by   EMTPTORN
    Good for you! those caths while you are in school are the toughest esp. in front of your instructor. rarely in the real world do you cath a female (males doing females) and often your female colleagues ask you to do the male caths. The only time i do females is the very elderly (like yours) trauma alert pts if necc, or infants needing a cath ua.
  13. by   Havin' A Party!
  14. by   Mom2kids
    Whoo Hoo!!! :hatparty:

    Keep up the good work!