About this time, the patient lost a pulse. I started compressions and asked for a backboard. While doing compressions, I noted the time we started coding, and delegated the jobs of medications, recorder, bagger, and someone to switch with me when I became tired. I directed the nurses on how to connect an ambu bag and how to place the defibrillation pads on the patient’s chest. It was like riding a bike and my years of experience reminded me to stay calm. While the nurses and techs didn’t know exactly what to do, they were incredibly receptive and trusted me.Read More
However, most importantly, it is empowering to be able to give an accurate report and have the necessary information on your patients at all times to tell to various providers. For instance, a patient is crashing and you need to intubate. The physician wants to use succinylcholine for rapid sequence intubation and asks, “What is the patient’s potassium level?” You will know because you have it on your report sheet.Read More
It was then I realized, in the scheme of things, we simply don’t get all the answers. I will never know why Johnny died so young or why people who deeply care for each other sometimes do not work out. Furthermore, even if reason transpires, it does not always entertain an elaborate and dramatic story, it just is what it is.Read More
We forget that despite science, technology, and the amazing medical advancements that exist, we are all human beings. We need care from every dynamic in the ICU – scientifically, technologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually from beginning to end – and palliative care does not forget this.Read More
“…every choice you make as a nurse, every ounce of love and hope you give, can affect someone later in his or her life, even when you don’t see it. This is one of the most beautiful and unique aspects of our career.”Read More
Maybe I wouldn’t feel so exhausted/unhealthy all the time. Maybe if nurses were happier patient care would be better. Maybe I will advocate for these changes beginning with this post. Just maybe.Read More
…Trust me, no one can actually do a procedure in a lab coat. These days, in the ICU, practitioners wear them to stay warm because they have no other purpose, except to carry MRSA from room to room.Read More
So if I were in a life or death situation, I sure hope to be surrounded by a bunch of average chickens who developed a trusting relationship while drinking their free coffee, because I predict the group of super chickens will be too busy one-upping each other to care about the situation right in front of them.Read More
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