I have been a terrible terrible blogger. But during this terrible blogger time, I have became a better nurse. I took a new position as an operating room nurse in June and started a six-month internship through the various specialties. So instead of working 3-12s a week, I am working Monday-Friday 6:30-3:00 pm. I have less of my bored-Melinda-go-crazy time and have fallen into more of a normal routine (I actually have one!).
So unfortunately, I find less time to blog because I am cooking dinner, trying to study my surgeries for the next day, washing clothes, bla bla and crashing at 9 pm because I am already exhausted. Anyway, life in the OR is a completely new experience and has definitely challenged my nursing skills and confidence. But I do love learning something new EVERY SINGLE DAY and I mean EVERY SINGLE DAY. Sometimes I learn so much, my brain is flooded!! I’ll share a few things I’ve learned in my short time in the operating room…
1. Always clamp your tubing before spiking giant bags of solution or you will shoot solution across the room like a water gun!!
2. The operating room is notorious for glutenous things (bring lots of snacks!!)
3. That circulating nurses do a lot more than people give them credit for
4. You can skip the gym after working ortho, prepping extremities and holding them until the solution is dry is plenty of weightlifting.
5. That we should spend an entire day just driving stretchers around. It is much harder than it looks.
Lastly, since the change to a “normal person” schedule, I understand wholeheartedly the importance of celebrating Hump Day and Friday. 🙂 You’ve got to smile halfway through and when it’s over for the weekend.
On that note…. HUMP DAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!