Buckle your seat belt kids, the real ride has begun. Please keep all arms and legs inside the med cart at all times (though we are training to be nurses, so sure – stick one out, we will get the bleeding stopped…in time…I think), and I would say put your glasses in your bag so you don’t lose them as you get thrashed around, but it’s important for visually impaired nurses to see. Haha.
I stuck the catheter in the right hole right?
I kid, I kid. (Or do I?)
I digress, we have entered the world of disease processes, actually sticking people with needles (for the medicines or IVs, not just for funsies lol), and passing meds. This is that moment I’ve been dreading, and even though hopefully my teacher will ensure any errors are caught, all I can see flashing in my mind, in bright and loud neon lights is this: YOU. COULD. KILL. SOMEONE! Someone’s mother, father, sister, wife, son, daughter, brother, hell, their BFF. Holy. Tacos. Or more appropriate for something this serious, HOLY 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬.
And that’s why I feel absolute rage inside when I hear people complain about what’s asked of us. Are you kidding me? What do you mean you don’t want to? Or shouldn’t have to? Was it a blast last term only doing head to toe assessments, bed baths, vitals, and all those little seemingly innocuous pieces – not so much – I know we are all wanting to get out there and do “real” nursing, but you know what word is synonymous with fundamentals (of nursing)? FOUNDATION. If a building doesn’t have a strong, well-built, and stable foundation, what happens? It 🤬 falls. It crumbles and turns to dust. So what do you think happens if a nurse doesn’t have a good grasp of the fundamentals of nursing? Three guesses peeps. Shit, I’ll just tell you – They. Kill. Someone.
So I’ll always do what some call “CNA work” and deem not important for a nurse to do. One, because it’s the foundation of nursing care, providing care and comfort to my future patients is my job too. And two; not only must we delegate to our CNAs and UAPs, and FOLLOW UP that the patient care is done (that’s a rant for another post🙄) – but we have to get in the damn trenches with our CNAs/UAPs and do the dirty work – there are many jobs where this next part is important, but I feel it even more so in nursing (I’ll say it one more time for the people in the back – OUR ERRORS CAN KILL PEOPLE) – we must set the example. Yes, our standards of care are set by the state board of nursing – but it’s the nurses job to lead their team by example.
So I’m gonna go learn to take care of people from the tips of their toes to the top of their head, not just throw pills at them and walk away. I beg, and I dare, every nursing student who reads this – please, please do the same.