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Twitter for Medical Professionals

I’m back! Still angry maybe, even more now that I’ve been working sooo much. Been twittering a lot mostly from the “jungle” as we call it. You can follow me @zh3n . Anyone who works the ER or in any busy hospital will know what I am talking about. Since,my last post we’ve had a pandemic of swine flu. You can find more on this practically ALL over the internet and most news outlets. We have had NO known cases in Alabama…yet but it’s spreading quite quickly.

I am a little worried because my mom went on a Carnival Cruise to Mexico, Belize and some other destinations that isn’t quite worrying me as her stop in Mexico! They were not cancelling the trip they’ve had planned for months and, can I really blame them? Especially,since Carnival hasn’t issued any concerns neither has any of the Mexican Rivera Resorts. Anyways..I’ve met some really cool and interesting people on Twitter both people in the medical field and out. Great outlet to meet new people!

Found some great medical resources for us Medical Professionals here: Twitter for Medical Profesionals–Networking and Medical Job Search on Twitter by Andrea Santiago from About.com

Enjoy! The angry med student..signing out!

First time drawing a patients blood

The other night, it was my turn to draw blood from a patient at the hospital. Now. We’ve all practiced on dummy hands and feet or fruit but, never on an actual patient. We all took the Phlebotomy Class, sat through a drab lecture and watched the long videos. We could do it “Grey’s Anatomy” style and practice on ourselves, which I’m told use to be done but not anymore. I’m thinking that might’ve actually not been a problem for me because at least we would’ve real patient experience.

We draw blood and do labs at a certain time because by then, especially when a patient has just been admitted, we wait for all their paperwork to come in. I go in this patients room at 6:15 am, hoping she was an early raiser. She usually is but not that morning. I wake her up and I say,” Hey Mrs. So and so. We need to get some blood drawn for testing”. She’s cool about it and sits up in the bed.

So, I get all my stuff ready butterfly needle(awesome needle that actually looks like a butterfly with a retractable needle to prevent sticking oneself), two tubes(with the right colored tops), cotton, band aid and tourniquet. I tie her arm waiting for a vein to pop up. Usually, she’s a pretty good stick and it takes no effort to get her blood, not that morning! I tap her arm, veins pop up and as I go to stick her, the vein moves. It’s called “Rolling veins”. I do it again and, as I go to hold her vein in place with my thumb, I see it move again! I finally move to the other arm, doing the same thing I did with the previous arm.

On the left arm, the good vein just so happens to be at the corner of her arm. I stick the needle in there, go down as far as I needed and boom, blood comes out into the tube that I attached to the butterfly needle. As I grab the band aid, while holding the cotton over the stick, I tell her not to move before I put it on there. Somehow she flinches and the needle slides out before I pull the tubing to retract the needle and her blood drips on her pajamas and bed sheets!

So,not only did I have trouble getting her blood on my first try, she flinches and her blood goes everywhere. I’m thinking,”GREAT. I must look like a total idiot”! Now I’m nervous about drawing blood and people flinching. My confidence has been shot and I will probably freeze up the next time. No matter how nervous I am, I am suppose to walk into that room and act like I have been taking blood for years. Never mind you getting a kid or someone that does NOT like needles screaming and wiggling around while you’re trying to draw blood thrown on top of my confidence being shot. That doesn’t help at all!

Night shift at the hopsital

I did my first graveyard shift at the hospital yesterday. Granted,it was a Minor one 7pm to 7am,it was hard none the less. I got there at 6:45pm,clocked in and got my round sheets. We had 22 patients on the floor and it was 3 of us and 2 RN’s. It ended up being a pretty slow night,patient admitting wise,which is always good you don’t really want too many people entering that hospital; that’s GOOD! At at about 11:30pm things slowed down on our floor (there was a code blue-someone went into Cardiac Arrest). We sat around and told weird creepy ghost stories, which creeped me out because I began to remember Nightmare on Elms Street or Friday the 13Th where someone would be running down the hallway of a hospital and no one would be around. I went out into the hallway, down the lobby and there was no one there. Two student nurses entered the front door and walked to Neonatal but that was it. Here’s a shot of it

 

 

Creepy empty hallway!

Creepy empty hallway!

 

 

I have to get myself and my body adjusted to this shift..quickly. We are starting off with these shifts and working our way up to longer shifts. Ugh! It’s no Grey’s Anatomy or ER. The gossip is the same. Everyone is either divorced,married or sleeping around. People are really nice except one nurse I worked with on day shift Wednesday,even the patients complained about her being difficult and harsh. Just when I thought it was going to get easier,it didn’t. It has,however gotten a lot more interesting. I had to deal with actually knowing someone that was admitted,that didn’t turn out too bad. Working with a troublesome patient that wanted to go AMA( Against Medical Advice) she was 19 but. was there by court order so that kinda over-ruled anything she wanted to do…