Adept and professional staff provided ample training opportunities.
Pros: great learning opportunity!
Cons: practicum hours were completed before i knew it.
Fast paced ED provided intense experience with triage, fast track, acute care, chest pain and trauma patients. Working under expert supervision, my experience included, but was not limited to, initiating IV sites, obtaining blood cultures, applying EKG leads, cuff and devices for continuous monitoring, obtaining blood glucose levels, assisted patient bed transfers, performing urine collections and
wound cultures. I adminstered medications PO, IM and SubQ, accessed implanted port with Huber needle, administered/removed Foley catheters (male patients only), and assisted patient care during trauma events (clothing and debris removal, handing physician/FNP requested items, and patient positioning for backboard removal and xray board placement, communication with patient to obtain injury details and to reduce anxiety. Provided direct observation of suicidal/unruly patients to prevent self harm or injury to staff. Assited applying restraints using approved and correct procedures. I communicated with distraught patients to determine possible needs from case management services and provided support to patients and family members during extensive waiting periods and intensive emotional episodes.