A Student Nurse will spend an entire shift trying to re-orient the patient.
An Experienced Nurse will chart that the patient is disoriented and restrain them.
A Student Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
An Experienced Nurse lets the CNA give the patient the bath.
A Student Nurse values the chance to ‘work with the whole family.”
An Experienced Nurse avoids the entire family.
A Student Nurse always answers their phone.
An Experienced Nurse can’t find their phone on their days off.
A Student Nurse wants everyone to know they’re going to be a nurse.
An Experienced Nurse doesn’t let anyone know they’re a nurse.
As a nursing student who had barely passed bedbaths, I was on my second clinical rotation and had not yet mastered the concept that a unit was different from a cc. In the frenzied state that only a nursing student can know, I searched and searched for a syringe large enough for the 5,000 unit subcutaneious Heparin that I was scheduled to give. I went to a fellow student with a 60 cc Toomey syringe, the largest I could find, still perplexed about how to give the medication.
Eight years later, she’s still laughing and wondering how I ever made it through nursing school.
By Kathie DeMatteis, RN, BSN
I was training a new nurses aide once and one of our patients had had surgery earlier in the day. Their diet had just been changed from NPO to “sips and chips” (small sips of water and ice chips only) We were passing out the dinner trays when the new aide came to get me.
She was confused because the surgery pt. had a tray too… With a glass of water and a sandwich bag of potato chips on it.!
Apparently they were training someone new in dietary too!
By: Jennifer R
After many weeks of being hospitalized, one gentleman was fairly tired of the numerous residents coming in every morning to see his incision. One morning on rounds, the chief resident asked if she could see his incision. The patient complied and pulled up his gown. (more…)