All posts by Marcia R

28Oct/15

Unplugging

This unplugging exercise was very interesting to me, I was wondering if most people within this day and age actually need to have an assignment in order to unplug from technology. Since I live far from my boyfriend and most of my family whenever I am with them I unplug without even realizing it. I think it is so essential to spend quality time with the ones you love without being on your phone constantly. I am seeing a lot of families out for dinner often with iPads or phones, paying more attention to their devices than each other. This makes me truly sad because support and relationships are what make life so incredible. I also believe there is a balance with technology. For instance, since I live far from my loved ones I am so glad to have technology to be able to communicate and stay connected to them even when I live multiple hours away.

14Oct/15

Pelvic Fracture – 5 FUN Facts!

-They are more common in younger and middle-aged adults who participate in risky behavior.

-There is a high mortality rate (as high as 30%) associated with unstable pelvic fractures due to hemorrhage, pulmonary complication, fat emboli, thromboembolic complications and infection.

-S/S: echymosis, tenderness over the symphisis pubis, anterior iliac spines, iliac crest, sacrum or coccyx; local edema, numbness or tingling of the pubis, genitals and proximal thighs; and inability to bear weight without discomfort.

-Hemorrhage and shock are the two most serious complications.

-Nurse Assessment: injuries to the bladder, rectum, intestines, and pelvic vessels/nerves to assess for urinary tract injury check for blood in urine.

By: Marcia Rocha & Marissa Cuomo

07Oct/15

Patient Education

Patient education is a HUGE role for a nurse and is also, in my opinion, one of the most important roles. With the right patient education you as a nurse are giving the patient knowledge to care for themselves and to get better. Without the knowledge and resources to manage a chronic illness or care for a new life style (such as a new colostomy bag or new medication that needs to be taken a certain way everyday like insulin) the patient is not going to be able to be successful with their treatment. The patient is the primary care for themselves once they go home, most likely, so it is so important to educate them correctly. The best methods to educate your patient I believe is to talk to them about it, give them pamphlets, demonstrate, and then have the patient explain what you just taught and demonstrate as well.

30Aug/15

First Clinical

I cannot believe how far we all have come since our first day at clinical. I remember how scary it was to even think that we would be TOUCHING a patient and asking them when they last had pooped. I was especially nervous due to feeling so unprepared, I don’t think anything can really prepare you for your first day at anything. Surprisingly enough I felt so comfortable at clinical, and to this day I always count down the days until I am in the clinical setting because to me that is what makes everything so worth it. By everything, I mean the countless hours we put into our education and career. I will never forget my first patient, they were so kind to me(which I now have learned that not every patient will be this kind!). This patient told me that they would pray for me and my success in nursing school, and even boasted about me to my clinical professor! The one thing I will never forget is when this particular patient, six weeks later, came back to the hospital on the day we had clinicals just to say thank you to me. I will never forget the kind words I was told that day as well as how great the patient had looked after recovery! I know as nurses we all will get to experience great patient’s like this one, and that is what makes me so excited for our careers. Not only are we doing something that we love, but it is something that will touch others’ lives. I cannot wait for the next patient that I make an impact on.