Last night I completed my first Test-Out of the program. Basically, we have to test out of a skill before we can do it on a real patient, and if we fail the test out we have two more times to test and then we’re out of the program. The early skills are fairly simple, but I hear they get more difficult as time goes on. My skill last night was to test out of restraints, and I passed. Whew! Next week we will be tested on removing a foley catheter and emptying a catheter bag. Fun.
I also learned how to assess vital signs this week, so I’ve been taking blood pressures like a mad woman. I brought my blood pressure cuff and stethoscope to work yesterday and made my coworkers cooperate with me. I’ve taken Tony’s a few times to see if the results are correct…and he has borderline high blood pressure. I lectured him on his diet this morning. I don’t think he wants me to be a nurse anymore.
P.S. I thought I found THE wedding dress, and so I ordered it, only to find out that they don’t make it anymore. Back to the drawing board…
P.P.S. I have not forgotten that today is 9/11, but I just don’t have any words.