I usually love being a nurse.
But yesterday was awful.
I had a patient extubate himself (in other words, pulled out the tube that was ventilating this lungs) while the respiratory therapist and I tried (futilely) to hold him down and keep him from grabbing it. This was WITH restraints on AND maxed out on his sedation medicine.
Some people just have skills.
We were able to get him stabilized with BiPAP and calmed down with extra medication but then I got the order to place an NG tube (a feeding tube that goes through the nose and down to the stomach). This time we were prepared with 4 pairs of hands, an anesthesiologist, and some gooooooood drugs.
The rest of the day I felt like I was waiting for a ticking time bomb to go off and any sudden movements or noises made me jump.
Happy Nurses Week to me.
But then I got home and vented to Mo and he made me a grilled cheese and all was right in the world. #lifeofanurse
BadgeBlooms is this adorable etsy shop that I discovered last year. I’m such a sucker for anatomically correct hearts and fell in love with Melissa’s Haley Heart badge holder. I’ve been wearing mine for a few months now and I’ve loved it. It’s the reel/retractable kind so it’s perfect to swipe my badge to get into the OR or use my keys to get into the medication bin. Patients and co-workers often comment on it’s cuteness.
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