hello, I'm kei. I just finished decorating the site and fixing the code to make it look how I want to. this place will be used to talk about my nursing activities because I just started doing student work at a hospital but I don't feel too confident yet.
Last clinical, my group and I treated a long-stay patient with alzheimer's and dementia. We were warned ahead of time they hate being bathed, and unfortunately we were the ones with the task. As we crowded around them armed with wet towels to wash them they kept screaming "THIS IS BULLSHIT," "PLEASE STOP" and started crying. Though we couldn't, as we could be liable for elderly neglect. It must have been overwhelming for them to be exposed to so many people. It was my first experience with a patient responding negatively to treatment, and I'm not used to doing things people don't like.
Today, I had my first personal patient who was admitted due to heavy fall risk. Nothing too eventful like last time. I needed to do a full health assessment on them (think of a giant interview), and they kept on rambling offtopic about their sister "she's a space cadet that one!!" and vented about some deaths in the family so it took quite a while. I don't mind though, I like listening to people. All stories about the patients in our unit have an element of sadness to them, though I suppose if they didn't they wouldn't be here. I hope it won't take too big of a mental toll hearing a lot of them, every professor I've had has cried at one point in lecture recalling a certain patient story.
I had to prick my own finger to check for blood glucose level for a lab assignment. I didn't prick my finger hard enough and wasn't able to get enough blood to tell because I am a coward. But I still stabbed my hand so who's the big kid now huh.
We had to do these simulation labs where we were "primary nurses" to a certain patient (which was an actor). I fucked up real bad. I had to administrate this blood thinner, and was able to catch that it would be dangerous to give it to them, but wasn't able treat a bad side effect they had from its prior use. Blood thinners can cause irregular or uncontrollable bleeding from anywhere in the body really, and the patient had it bad. They showed me a bloodied napkin and started describing multiple ways they were bleeding and I just didn't know where to go. Straight up deer in headlights injected with a paralysis agent. I feel as though I did the worst out of everyone else in my group. Oh well. I hope one day I'll start thinking of this profession positively.
I administrated my first meds today. I did some pills and a shot. I kinda lucked out cause the patient was nice, though I also feel like they are purposely giving me nice patients because of how timid I am. I'm not complaining though.