My second day in the unit was even better than the first!
Nothing crazy or too exciting happened, but I loved the day. We had the same two patients: male, GIB and the female with H1N1 on the ventilator.
I got to do trach care, which involved quickly unhooking the patient from the ventilator and carefully removing and replacing the inner cannula. It was kind of intense because the patient is coughing (but no sounds) up a lot of secretions and the damn ventilator is alarming, but I did it!
My preceptor also said she thinks I will do great in the unit. Numerous times she was like, "wow, I am having a great day because you're doing everything!"
There is still a LOT I need to learn, but I'm confident that everything will turn out great.
Mirza said I seem happy and lighter. So true.
I'm working through my ECCO modules and enjoying those. It is a nice review of the body systems, but from the critical care perspective. And I'm finding that I learn better when I am not under the stress of some huge life altering exam (ie--school exams, finals, NCLEX). Of course, I need to know this information, but I WANT to know it and understand it, so it is exciting!