I've been volunteering since September in the SICU of a nearby hospital. I decided I couldn't face next semester with working full-time, taking pre-reqs 3 nights/week, and volunteering on top of my other committments. So a few days ago was my last day.
On this day there was a woman who had a large dressing on her back, and I went into the room with one of the nurses to watch her change the dressing. When we got in there the patient told she told us she needed cleaning up--whe was incontinent of bowel. The nurse got called into another room, and I was standing there talking to the woman and waiting for her to come back. Finally it got to be so long, that I took it upon myself to clean her up, change her gown, and get started on the sheets myself! Mind you I'm just a volunteer, not a CNA or tech, or even a nursing student yet. The nurse came back in and saw what I had done, and was sooo impressed!!
The nurses I worked with (it's almost always the same nurses when I go) all said how much I've learned, and that I'll be a great nurse!
It felt so good coming from them. They really inspired me and made me sure that I'd made the right decision.
Just wanted to share!!