Friday, September 04, 2009

things I have learned thus far...

... it will only take five minutes for your son to discover your new $85 Littman stethoscope and stick the ear pieces up his nose and then try and convince the boy next door to use it to listen to each others farts amplified.

It is not good bedside manner to introduce yourself "Hi my name is Kat your student nurse. I am here to practice on you, M'kay?"

And lastly, you will not find a willing volunteer to let you practice your rectal temperature taking skills on.

6 comments:

Terry Nelson said...

ROFLMAO!

shussong said...

At our local VA hospital there are LOTS of medical personnel in training there....they have to learn somewhere

I was in the Women's Health section a few years back getting my annual exam..there was the happy little group of student LPN who took my vitals and measurements a half dozen different ways..it was amusing listening them give their report to their instructor.

Then it was time for my physical exam..my regular OB/GYN physician came in and asked my permission if medical students could "observe and participate"...needless to say I had a VERY THOROUGH examination..I think I lost whatever remaining shreds of modesty I had left that day..plus one of the med students was a Doogie Howser-like 15 year old...definitely made a stop for an ice cream to soothe my shattered ego after that one..

eulogos said...

On the very first day of clinical, one of my fellow nursing students doing Hohman's sign in her assessment, discovered a DVT, confirmed later by a Doppler. This really impressed us that we were really able to do more than just "practice" our assessments.

Nurses are busy. They don't always do everything they should. Extra eyes, ears, and fingers available to observe patients can really benefit the patients. You really may be the first one to hear those crackles in the lung bases, which could mean an incipient pneumonia, or developing CHF.

So don't feel useless.
Susan Peterson

shussong said...

Another hilarious experience involved radiology students...

Again I was at the VA hospital, where probably 99 percent of patients are male. Well--I'm not... I was getting a workup where I needed a pelvis x-ray and the technicians did a great job prepping me... well this was a kind of x-ray machine where the images were sent to another room to view on a screen--I guess by radiologist student and their instructor.. the technician sent the picture and then waited for a phone call to confirm that the image came through ok...what seemed like HOURS the phone finally buzzed...he picked it up and some words exchanged that I couldn't hear...finally he said "she's still hear, you can come talk to her." A few moments later a young man came through the door, took one look at me, and yelled "I win!!" The technician and I must have given him some pretty strange looks as he said " I knew for sure that that was a FEMALE pelvis. And YES You are !! WE just don't see very many of them. " Then he went back to his room and then about 5 or 6 other radiologists came out..I guess they didn't believe him and wanted to see for themselves...they looked at me like I was from Mars and the x-ray technician just shook his head..

Yep I AM female last time I checked....and pelvis x-rays don't lie...

Sara

The Little Way said...

Ah, clinical. Like when I had to give my first IM injection and it bounced off the woman's butt. Dart-like action just wasn't going to cut it, so to speak, on her ample derriere. Somehow, we all survive ( and by the grace of God, so do the patients! ).

Tara said...

HA! I love the nurses hat--aren't you glad we don't have to wear one--hey, if you were here I'd let you practice putting in IV's on me--I have great viens.

Just wait until your the real nurse--the first day on my job as the real nurse--not the student nurse, my first patient was in distress, and my first reaction was--go call the nurse, and then it dawned on me--oh, I am the nurse.