I started out like the others. I entered nursing school with bright eyes and high ideals, naive to the ways of the real world of nursing. I knew I was going to be different. I would do all my charting immediately after giving care. My patients would be turned every two hours, on the dot. My meds would be given exactly on time. I would be the perfect nurse.
Well, I’ve been a nurse for over two years, and the honeymoon is over. In my disenchantment phase, I believed that the perfect nurse existed only in the minds of humorless, dictatorial nursing school instructors.
Of course, that is not true. Because eveyone has a definition of the “perfect nurse”. It just means different things to different people. For example: (more…)
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
Several years ago, while working nights in a one room ICU, we had an unusual night when all the patients were sleeping. We decided to get some practice time with the Rescusi-Annie. We hauled her up from the practice lab, unpacked her, and laid her in an empty bed. (more…)
Photo by Julie Elliott-Abshire
Humor in the Classroom: Far More than Gimmicks!
I had to chuckle. A reviewer of an article I’d submitted challenged me, “Are twists cognitive challenges or educational gimmicks?” This question helped me realize that even those who understand the holistic value of humor in the classroom still have much work to do. (more…)