Well, I wanted to post right away after I got home because I know many of you are sitting on the edge of your seats, poised to find out how it went... (c: Ok, well, maybe not but I can dream right?
I survived, it went well and I met a few really nice people. My preceptor is as anal as ever and it makes Mott look like a slacker. Can I tell you how irritated I was when Barb (my preceptor) came into the room as I drawing my labs and says to me, "Make sure you invert those tubes completely 10 times....they aren't like the old glass ones, you need to move the blood around." I was like, "seriously? what the...do I look like I was a nurse when there were glass vials for blood?! Hello?!" and she watched me to make sure I turn those tubes up and over 10 complete times...I felt like smacking her. She was very nice though, just very anal and I have two more orientation shifts, which I kind of feel like would be a waste but whatever. Then she would drop the f-bomb and I had to stop and really listen...seriously, she was a bit odd.
The computer system they work with is ok, takes a bit to get used to but I'm getting the hang. There is a lot of extra work and charting I think, let me put it this way, to chart my 8 o'clock assessment I have to chart in 7 different places....it took me about an hour and a half, not because I'm totally unfamiliar but because there are so many damn things to click on! I was beyond irritated to think that as soon as I finished my first assessment, the next was due. Here came the relief, you can copy your first assessment into your next two assessments...that was really nice. And they use soo much paper it's unbelievable, they print out what they call the care plan (nothing like ours) and it's about 10 pages...they print that at least 2x a day! I'm finding it hard to not say something...and the labs which are available on computer, they print those too and put them in the charts! Jeez, I was like, save a tree?
Didn't have anything too exciting for patients, a dude who was trached and another who is nearing the end of his life. No vents at this point, maybe by Sunday?
I'm getting sleepy, so I'm gonna close for now. Have a good day while I'm snoozing!