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May. 8th, 2007 08:56 pm
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Today at work I was floated to another floor. It is a world of difference from mine. On my floor (PCU- Telemetry/Stepdown), I would have had 12 patients. Most of them would have been at least partial-assist, if not total-care. Instead I was on the Med-Surg floor, where I had 8 patients, most of them ambulatory.

I didn't know what to do with myself.

Fortunately, I got my password straightened out so I could sign into the intranet. Found out I had a buttload of Continuing Education courses to complete. I did them all. Still, it was kind of a boring day. I did get to sit a lot though, which was a nice change from running my ass off.

Towards the end of the shift, I asked one of the nurses, B, if I could start the IV on her new admit. I got a blood return, but when I flushed it I could tell the vein was blown. He had to be stuck 5 more times before they got a patent line, so I didn't feel so bad.

While I was doing that, another nurse, S, stuck her head in and asked me to start an IV on one of her patients. I had to do it by feel because it was a black female so I couldn't see any veins. None of them stuck up that much. Again, I hit the vein, got the blood return, but it wouldn't flush. Straightened the catheter, and tried again. Yep, blown. Shitty. She was another one that took multiple sticks, so again, I didn't feel as bad.

Then, another nurse, T, asked if I wanted to start a Foley catheter. I said, "Male or female?" "Female." I said, "Listen, I just started two IVs and blew two veins. I don't want to blow anything else today!" But I went in with her and the urethra was very visible, so I gave it a go. My first Foley insertion, and on a female no less (a bit trickier than on a male, you know?)

I did it perfectly. Woohoo!

I really like the nurses on that floor and the slower pace, but it's so slow it would really drive me nuts after awhile. So, I guess I'll stick with PCU.
ladyinred667: (Friends That's Interesting!)
I loved rubber cement when I was a kid. You could paint it on your hand, and then peel it off like skin. You could make a big ball of it and bounce it. And it worked pretty well for it's intended purpose of arts and crafts as well.

Some months ago I needed something to attach rubber molds to pictures showing what the molds made. So, I went and got me a nice bottle of rubber see-ment. I only played with it a little. Swear.

Today I wore my black flip flops to work that I love so much the sole was coming apart from the upper part of the shoe. This made me pretty sad because these are my favorite flip flops. And I haven't been able to find any nice black ones to replace them lately.

Anyway, I put some rubber cement between the two pieces of my shoe and what do you know, it worked! I don't know how long it will hold it together, but for now it's pretty exciting. Yes, the small things in life make me happy.


(PS I just noticed LJ added a 'current location'. Interesting.)
ETA: But it doesn't show up with the post! What's the point in that?
ladyinred667: (Default)
Man I'm clever. haha

Anyway, I woke up with 4 pimples this morning, in addition to the two I already had from a few days ago. I seriously better be getting my period, if only because I'd like to know there is a REASON for my face to freak the hell out like this.

And in the Why My Job Rocks Department, I'm sitting at my desk playing dominoes on Yahoo with [profile] peach1978 (perk one) when my boss Richard tells me to get my keys and come outside. He brings the trashcan out and tells me to clean my car out. Then he hands me some money and tells me to go get it detailed and filled up with gas. RAWK. My car is so clean and pretty, and smells like lemons. Seriously, I'm considering not letting my daughter ride in it anymore :)

One small downer is that I'm pretty sure I had $4 in the ashtray. And I don't now. So that sucks, more on principle than anything else but what are ya gonna do.

I get to leave work early today! Oh look, I'm cheered up again :)

Have a great weekend!

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