I just added it up – I have 35 more days of class/clinical left before I’m done with nursing school & able to sit for the RN state boards. The 35 days are spread over the next 12 weeks, but still, I’M ALMOST THERE! While we’re talking numbers in 84 days I will be sitting with my class at our pinning ceremony. Woo-hoo!
In the mean time, another 5 weeks has come and gone. We learned how to perform 3 new skills:
- How to hang an IVPB (intravenous piggyback – allowing a small bag of medication to infuse into the patient on the same IV line as their primary IV fluid)
- How to change a PICC line dressing (peripherally inserted central catheter – a small tube inserted into an arm vein that goes almost directly into the heart)
- How to start an IV (I’d be happy to clarify this one as well, if need be)
Every week we gave complete care to 2 patients meaning each day we gave 2 baths, changed linens on 2 beds, charted on 2 patients, and gave numerous medications. I was able to perform 2 out of the 3 new skills. I hung at least 5 IVPB’s and I successfully started 2 IV’s.
The number that makes me the happiest about the last 5 weeks is the number 94. That is what I ended up with in the class...a 94%! That's an A baby!!! And I haven't seen one of those in a while... We've got 2 days off and then it's back to the grind. Our 2nd to last 5 week class begins Thursday. Bring it on.
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