First Code

**postdated for Sunday, March 6, 2011

Last night I got to see my first code.

Unfortunately, the outcome was not good.  The patient died.  But he was old (90 years old) and had lived a long life.  But it’s still sad to see someone die.

Even though I was not actively involved in the code (because it was on a different floor and one ICU nurse has to come and there was plenty of help) I was glad to be there to see how it was run.

I have to say it was pretty chaotic!  The ER doc ran the code but there were SO MANY PEOPLE in the room.  It just felt smothering.

Now I don’t feel as nervous if there is another code.

I also was able to go on a CERT call (certified emergency response team)–a newly admitted woman went into CHF (congestive heart failure) and was having difficulty breathing…I was able to make suggestions to the doctor and the woman ended up being okay.

Again…a good feeling knowing that you can help.

And now I feel GREAT–a whole week off!!

Kimm and I started the week off right by watching The Bucket List.  I forgot what a tear-jerker that was.

Published in: on March 7, 2011 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t

**postdated for Saturday March 5, 2011

SOMETIMES I hate my job (feeling incompetent, like I have too much to do and not enough time, not feeling appreciated).

And SOMETIMES it’s not bad…I actually enjoy it.

Last night I had a good night and came home tired, but satisfied.

I worked with a patient that had something new to me (a temporary pacemaker) and so even though I was scared, I got through it and I learned about something new.  Always a good feeling.

 

Published in: on March 7, 2011 at 10:56 am  Leave a Comment