Night Shift

.......*snore*....huh? Oh, hey.

What day is it? After working 11p-7a 5 days a week I can't keep up anymore.

That is all. Back to sleep.


Be Careful What You Wish For

These past two weeks of orientation have been interesting. I oriented on the Pediatric floor my second week and I can really say that I enjoyed it. Working with children is interesting, you need to have a type of approach to allow the children to trust you. Another thing is that Pediatrics is really about dealing with the parents of the children. The parents can range from being uber supportive to being very defensive and thinking that everything you do the child is hurting them. Of course as a parent you wouldn't want your child in pain but I guess in a stressful situation it is hard for the parents to see that you are only trying to help their child get better. I have perfected a "poker face" when I am either shocked, mad, or annoyed with patients/family that are like that, it is a skill I should start writing on resumes lol. 

My third week, I was on the Womens floor, which consists of post partum, hysterectomies and general women care. But first let me say something. The weekend prior to the start of that week I complained that I didn't feel like a nurse. I felt like I wasn't giving medications enough or thinking critically enough. But this week gave all it to me. I was running around like a chicken with it's neck cut off, but I enjoyed every second of it! It felt like I learned more than I did when I was in nursing school in this one week. I was so tired by Friday but it was rewarding.
I have been having a great experience so far because my coworkers are just so sweet and supportive. What a great environment to be in as a new grad!

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My First Week at Work

Well I made it through my first week as an RN!!
I have learned a lot and I have to say it was very eventful, to say the least. I have a great preceptor and she is very supportive and understanding that I am all new to all of this. This week I was in the newborn nursery. I was nervous to take of newborn babies, but I just tried to remember how I did things when I was in clinical in school. They do things a little differnet to what I did in clinical but it is still very similar. I am catching on to a lot of things and learning how to use my "nurse's intuition". One baby nearly crashed, he was turning blue, grunting, nasal flaring and retracting and I caught it and told my preceptor. Thankfully all he needed was some chest percussion because he had some residual amniotic fluid in his lungs. 
But the most eventful day was the day I passed out. Yes. I PASSED OUT!! lol. I was watching a circumcision and I have seen them done in the past, so this wasn't my first at all. But if you havent seen one, it is a very overwhelming procedure. The room was getting hot since it had three people in there and the proceudral light was on. All I remember is feeling hot, not being able to see and telling my nurse I needed a drink of water, then I opened my eyes and I was on the floor. Everyone kept asking me if I ate breakfast, and I sure did. This isn't my first time passing out and I make sure and I eat before I get to work.
Thankfully the procedure was all done and the doctor caught me. Everyone was really supportive and nice about what happened, even though the nursery was so busy. 
So now everyone knows me as the new nurse that passed out....ugh, lol.

But I am excited about the upcoming weeks. I will be moved to different areas with different preceptors and hopefully they are as nice as the one I had this past week. 

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