I had my first C-Diff patient. Thankfully NPO status saved me! No food in, no explosions out! I have heard some C-Diff nightmare stories and am thankful that I do not have one to pass on to you today.
I also got my first Med/Surg II exam grade back. 89 (only 2 grades higher than me -- virtual HIGH FIVE!). The average was a 77. Eeek. I'm glad the first exam is over and I know what to expect from here on out. It was a very fair exam, but there were A LOT of med calculations questions. I think that was what hung a lot of people up. I have to be happy with an 89, especially for the first exam.
I've spent the day today reading about legal stuff in nursing for Leadership. Ooooh, exciting. There was a story about a nursing student who erroneously gave oral Nystatin to a patient, except she gave it IV. Oh dear! That horrified me. The patient died. I can't even imagine what that experience must have been like. Reading about the legal stuff makes me REALLY NERVOUS to be out there practicing on my own license someday. I'm gonna hold people's lives in my hands and have no preceptor or instructor to catch me when I stumble. Scary stuff.
I can't say that I really learned something worthy of passing on for Words of Wisdom. Wait, I do have something:
"WHEN WEARING A STETHOSCOPE AROUND YOUR NECK KEEP THE BELL END TUCKED INTO YOUR SCRUB TOP. THIS DOES TWO THINGS -- KEEPS THE BELL WARM SO WHEN YOU TOUCH IT TO A PATIENT THEY DON'T JUMP AND SCREAM, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT PREVENTS A PATIENT FROM GRABBING BOTH ENDS OF YOUR STETHOSCOPE IN AN ATTEMPT TO STRANGLE YOU."The Clinical Nurse Manager told me this and I think it is valuable advice. Especially if you have a patient who has ingested baths salts and is from the planet CRAZY!