productive and exciting night shift taking care a CABG post-of day 0 patient
Praticum (Former Employee) – Paducah, KY – February 15, 2016
Today I took care of a patient who had CABG post op day 0.
When the patient arrived, I observed my preceptor and another nurse, one on each side of the bed, along with two nurse anesthetists, connecting all different wire and IV line to different machine and monitor. Everything was done fast paced and organized. I wanted to be join them and be able to do something. The good thing was at least I could run to the cleaning utility room and get blanker warmer and bair hugger for my patient who had hypothermia during surgery.
Throughout the night I assisted my preceptor in obtained vital sign, I&O, blood glucose level, lab serum and hung IV fluid, drug and blood. While doing them and observing for changes in blood pressure, respiration, cardiac output and index, I finally have a general idea of how CABG look like, and what the important things need to be done for patient in order to have a better recovery. There are a lot of thing to be learn from the experience. What I need to do is to practice and learn, even start with a small part of it, eventually I will see the big picture. practicing and gaining experience are building a lot of confidence in me.