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undergrad RN
I'm a twenty-something Canadian student. After stumbling through a few years of college, I finally managed to get into the nursing school of my dreams, where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a nursing baccalaureate degree. I want to offer an honest look into how a modern nurse is educated, both good and bad. Eventually I hope to compare my education to my day-to-day career and see how it holds up. Whatever happens, it should be somewhat entertaining. Find me on allnurses.com!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vascular Surgery, Day 2

Second buddy shift down. I had the same RN to shadow. It was a great day, lots going on!

Tomorrow I am taking my first patient, an older guy with rectal cancer who had a new ileostomy created. It'll be the first ostomy I've cared for. My instructor doubles as an ICU nurse when she's not teaching and expects solid research from us about our patients. I am happy about that - patho doesn't REALLY make sense to me until I see it manifested in a patient.

So LOTS of research to do tonight on ostomy care, cancer disease processes, head to toe assessments, and meds. Sooooo many meds.



Cartoon Characters said...

it's interesting how things change. When I was a student nurse, we were told by our instructor not to wear gloves when caring for any "ostomy" because "it would make the patient feel like it was dirty"...

undergrad RN said...

*shudder* because poop is so clean right?? yech.

Honestly, if I were a patient, I would want my caregiver to wear gloves, otherwise I would feel dirty on their behalf...

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