Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting My Ass Kicked

This semester is just kicking my ass. I'm doing well, but it is a daily struggle to motivate myself to do the work that I need to do.

I spent 4 weeks in the newborn nursery, a week in a pediatricians office, a week at a our local "Big University Hospital" children's clinic and a week so far in postpartum. The only thing that has even remotely been interesting was the one day I observed in the pediatric cardiac cath lab. I loved that experience and realized that all cath lab teams consist of the coolest people in medicine.

Muriel continues to be a source of frustration and amusement. I really like the other lecturer we have (I spent 5 weeks of the semester in clinical with her) and will get a majority of the semester now that we are transitioning to pediatrics.

I wish I had funny stories to tell, but truthfully a lot of this is just mind numbing dull to me. Everyone is healthy and no real psychosocial problems to deal with in clinical. I miss dealing with disease processes.

I'm working once a week as an NA on the floor I spent the summer. Normally I get an assignment of 14-16 people, 4 of which are total care and and 10 need blood sugar checks, and at least one insulin drip so that I have to check their blood sugar once an hour, not to mention that at least 3 of the 4 totals are on contact isolation. Yesterday, I got the easy assignment of 14 people, 8 BS checks, one drip and no one on isolation. Someone else on the floor got my typical assignment. I felt like I had the day off.