Friday, July 27, 2007
it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood
1. Moved to the apartment that I described previously.
2. Unpacked some of our stuff, although we still have a lot of boxes.
3. Cleaned our entire old house top to bottom, including painting two rooms.
4. Cleaned out the gardens and patio at the old house ALL IN ONE DAY. I don't recommend this method. Especially when it means toting 10 bags of bark mulch around the yard. I am only 5 feet tall and those bags come up to my waist, so even though I can carry that much weight, it's like wrestling a bear for me to pick up the bag.
5. Worked 4 days/week at the hospital in a team nursing setting - I'm paired with an RN and we take 6 or 7 patients... I provide primary care for half of them, ask the nurse for help with the things I can't do (hang IV meds and give narcotics, mostly), and act as the nurse's aide when s/he needs an extra pair of hands. It's hard work but it's going well. I'm getting mostly positive feedback from my nurses, and the non-positive feedback has all been constructive criticism which I welcome, because it helps me learn.
We moved on Monday and I worked Tuesday-Thursday. Today is my first day off at the apartment and I am unpacking the kitchen (among other things). This morning R* and I went over to a bakery/cafe in the new neighborhood and had a lovely coffee & pastry & fruit salad breakfast before he went to work. I walked back to the apartment and man, this is a nice neighborhoood. Beautiful houses and gardens and so many trees. I even paused and watched a hummingbird in someone's garden for a few minutes. I think once we get settled in the apartment, we're going to really like living here.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
what I learned today
The outcome was all right by the end of my shift - the patient was in a tele bed [translation: he was hooked up to a machine to monitor his heart rate and blood pressure automatically] and got some medications and was doing fine.
You can bet that if I see another order for a patch of any kind on a patient, I'm going to go look for that patch with a flashlight and a hunting dog, if necessary.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
4th of scary
I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of it... I'm doing a decent job of taking care of my patients, and I know where most supplies are and what the usual routines on the floor are like. Of course there are things I can work on - that will never end, I'm sure! I think the first thing I need to do is create a brain sheet that will help me stay organized better.
I'll get my first paycheck later this week. I think that will be the best part. Being a broke student is frustrating!