Friday, September 5, 2008

break time

Not much to report this week. We finished up our ten-week rotation, and are heading into a much deserved two-week break. Just one more final exam to go and then we're done with our first of three semesters!

I'm going camping next weekend with my men's group, and then it's back to New York for my brother's wedding. The night before I leave NY I'll be getting together with a few friends from high school. We haven't seen each other in over 10 years! Well, I guess it's really more like 25 years. That would make me how old?

What I've learned so far working in the hospital:
  • Sick people aren't so scary after all.
  • Older adults are really, really special people.
  • It's easy to make a mistake administering meds if you're not careful.
  • It's easy to be careful administering meds.
  • Some nurses are nice; some nurses are not so nice.
  • Some people are nice; some people are not so nice. (Wait, I already knew that)
  • Poop ain't so bad.
  • People don't like having a plastic tube shoved down their nose.
  • Hospitals may generate more pollution than the automobile industry.
  • It doesn't matter (to me) if I don't get A's, as long as I'm learning and having more fun than misery.
  • As a nurse, it's good to wake somebody up and see how they're doing. They may not seem happy about it, but it's what they need in the long run.
  • In two months as a nursing student, I handled more drugs than I did in four years as a high school student. Well, not exactly, but we sure do dish out a lot of drugs!
  • Sick people need nurses.
  • Nurses need sick people.
  • I guess that breaks down to, "We all need each other."
  • Cool.
So what did YOU learn last week?

Macho Nurse out.


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