...to becoming an RN.
This is my last semester in nursing school and we are
starting all the critical care.
My greatest fear was the ol' IV push.
You use the port closest to the patient to push medications
straight into the blood stream very slowly (sometimes over 2-5 minutes).
Reactions happen pretty quickly (if there are going to be any).
The words "calculate correctly" and "or else death" come up a lot in this semester... :0
which is why we only give meds with our instructor or our nurse.
Yesterday I gave my first IV push!!! No reactions,
the patient tolerated it well and it helped control her pain! :D Yayyy!
It's all about (safely) facing those fears!!!
Here's an example of what it looks like
(though this is a flush with normal saline- we do that before and after pushing a med)
Photo from this blog
I'm super excited to be in this semester.
Because we'll be graduating soon, they really emphasize how we
are the nurse and should be providing total patient care.
So... I might be a lil' preoccupied with this topic for a bit.
I'll try and mix it up some ;)
Off to study hemodynamics and septic shock :D