I am fully prepared for the groans. But I still don’t have the wedding pictures at hand; rest assured that, when I do, I will create a long post commemorating the event! But, since that pleasure is denied you, I hope you won’t mind if I tell you a little bit about what’s been going on in my life.
I’ve just finished my first quarter of this semester—a seven-week, very intensive course on the nursing of older adults. It was a very good course, but I could sum up quite a bit of the lecture material in four words: Don’t stereotype older adults! Period. What’s for lunch? Well, okay, it wasn’t quite that easy, but that subject popped up a lot.
I’ve also finished my clinicals for that quarter—I was at Akron City Hospital on the stroke/trauma floor. I had a really good time there; I don’t think there was even one ‘bad day’. Our instructor, Katie, was fantastic. She reminded me a lot of my friend Victoria (not physically, just personality-wise), and she was also one of the calmest nurses I’ve ever met. As you can imagine, serenity is a very good trait to have as a nursing instructor!
Some of the things I did for the first time this quarter:
- Inserting/removing an IV
- Programming an IV pump
- Giving an immunization shot
- Removing a Foley catheter
- Dealing with a patient in restraints
- Tube feedings
- Tracheotomy care
I’m also taking a humanities class (lots of papers analyzing insignificant parts of books, such as how the eight eggs the main character eats symbolize the eight virtues of his soul, or something), and a music class, which is totally online. Yay technology!
So, yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to. Hopefully, I’ll soon have access to the wedding pictures—but, in the meantime, I hope you like these!