When I spotted this "link up"...... I knew I had to join Anna and Renee as I have so many "Memories of a New Nurse". (I have oh-so-many!).
|Me (on Right) ... Graduation Day!!|
|Me... innocent nursing student..living in the nurses home|
|These are the "dome front" uniforms!|
Yes...God Bless the person who thought scrubs would be a great way to go!
I remember the first time I ever had to "sift out" a patients dentures from a bowl full of vomit..... yummy! Now I have a pretty strong stomach, but that almost had me gagging.... lol
I remember being absolutely stumped when a patient was going on about needing a hand to wash "Nancy"...... I was beginning to think she must be going a bit "doo-lally"..... until she motioned and pointed "down there"........(yeah yeah YOU know where!!).... I have to admit that was the one and only time EVER , that I've heard that part of a womans anatomy referred to as a "Nancy"....................... LMAO!
I remember being horrified that I was SERIOUSLY going to have to go in and tell my patient (who I have to tell you was a very LARGE and HAIRY member of one of New Zealands most notorious gangs!!!)... that I was going to have to shave his perineal/anal area prior to his hemorrhoidectomy. (I was filling in at a private hospital at the time.........and so... they didn't have the usual razors that we used at Base Hospital...they had flash fandango blimmen electric shavers.... ) So... I just bit the bullet and entered the room where this guy and his wife were waiting.... I held up the shaver turned it on so it was humming... and sung "guess who's gonna have a shaving now?? You are .. You are... " Well... his wife collapsed with laughter, and although he went from his usual brown complexion to pale white.....he managed a half-hearted smile!!. I learnt that day that sometimes (with some people) comedy and laughter helps a GREAT deal!! While I was "doing the job at hand" he managed a bit of humour himself and said... "Hey...bonus is, if you slip or stuff up.... I won't need to go to theatre...you would have done the surgery for me!!" hahaha... whew... was I glad to get that over with! ;)
One of my "not so nice" memories, is when I first started on a new ward placement, just before graduating, and I happened to be on with "Hell RN" (she had a reputation). She had been there years... knew her stuff, was a good RN etc.. however she absolutely HATED having Students or new grads on during "her shifts" (another thing she was known for). Anyway this particular shift, I was having trouble working out some readings on the bladder scanner, and she happened to pass by , so I asked her if she could come and just give me a little help......................... All hell broke loose!
She told me point blank what she thought of anyone who was new to "her ward" and continually "asked questions" and "held her up from her patients"........... it just went on and on.... I think I was on the brink of tears, but I held my ground. As she turned to walk out of the room...I said..... "Hey....... Hey.. come back here". (I was NOT going to cry in front of this cow!).... I just went for it.. "Nurses like YOU are the reason new nurses make mistakes. You scare the crap out of them, you're nasty and nothing but a bully.... (Man .. I was on a roll and I was gonna just go for it and take the bollocking when I had finished). .... I am NOT going to be intimidated by you, just because you are an expert RN, I am going to continue to ask questions and LEARN....... I want to be SAFE so I ask Questions. (and for my Finale)... YOU were a new grad sometime..... I hope nobody treated YOU like crap, and I know that when I am experienced, I am going to make a pact to nurture and train and teach new students and new Grads, and even other junior RNs, because we should look after each other!" and I was so fired up at that stage that there was not a tear in sight, and I could have taken on the world!!! I marched up the corridor.... and then thought.. "Oh darn... I forgot the bladder scanner.....now I have to go back in the room...arrrghhh!!!" hahahahahaha...
Well do you know...that "cow" of an RN softened... she became approachable.... and after a year or so, we actually became really good friends. Neither of us spoke of the incident ever again though!! hahaha.
Anyway....I have tons of memories, but I will leave it there as it's 2.04am and I need to get some rest, have a big gig tomorrow night, so I won't be getting much sleep then!! ;)