Monday, November 29, 2010


You guessed it.. I put in my first urinary catheter recently!! (Well, maybe you didn't guess it).  Talk about an experience.  It was on a male, if you were wondering.  There are probably thousands upon thousands of these put in everyday, but I still get excited that I have done it.  I know it's not the most glamorous subject, but I'm not sure anything about nursing is.  OH, and for those of you who dont know what a catheter is, it is a plastic tube that is gently slid into a patient's bladder via his or her urethra. Catheterization allows the patient's urine to drain freely from the bladder for collection. 
At least they asked nicely...

Anyone who I have talked to about this has been pretty grossed out... especially the guys.  I usually get people making the face as if they're listening to nails on a chalkboard or something similar.  I'm not sure how it actually feels because I have never had one. I can imagine it feels very uncomfortable, though.

All in all it was just a little personal victory for me.  One more skill checked off my 'skills list', but one that I was pretty nervous about.  Now I can quit making jokes about needing someone to practice on.  It was fun while it lasted.  

Are finals over yet?  One semester down.  Almost...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Everyone in Oklahoma remembers exactly where they were, and what they heard and felt when time stood still at 9:02AM on April 19, 1995.  I was sitting in my first grade classroom, which was about 10 miles away from downtown, and we all felt the building shake a little bit... (I STILL cant grasp the magnitude of the bomb having felt it 1O MILES away).  One of my classmates said "Dude, I bet a bunch of trucks backfired at the same time!" and I will never forget that; mainly because I had no idea what that meant.  

At the time I am sure many people in Oklahoma thought something like the bombing "would never happen to us" or thought "things like this only happen in other countries".  With that being said I think it is really cool how fast emergency plans were activated-
"Within three minutes of the blast, seven staffed ambulances were in route to the scene; within 60 minutes, 66 ambulances were staffed and operational. A total of 47 ambulance services and 103 units were involved—many from outlying areas. More than 400 doctors and nurses rushed to the hospital located closest to the scene; therefore, there were two physicians caring for every one of the 202 patients taken there." Sheryl Mclain- VP of Communications Oklahoma Hospitals Association

The Oklahoma City hospitals learned many things from the April 19th bombing.  Never underestimate the importance of having disaster preparedness plans in place which are practiced regularly via mock disaster drills.  

Recently a couple of my friends and I volunteered in a state wide "Disaster Drill"  

Upper Arm 
Right Hand
As you can guess these are drills to prepare/train healthcare providers to respond to mass casualty incidents resulting from acts of terrorism or public health crises (earthquakes, bombings, or even severe weather)
It was cool experience. We were dressed up as victims and had fake blood and injuries applied to our bodies.  Our situation was a shelter collapsed on top of us.

Abrasions and Debris on the Face

We entered the hospital in pairs.  The hospital staffs main goals were to get an ID bracelet on us, figure out our triage status (determines the priorities of patients based on their conditions), and send us to the appropriate place- whether it be surgery or someplace else. 

Overall there was some confusion on what was going on, but that made it all the more real!  I know that our acting skills didn't help.  It is hard to pretend you are injured and a lot harder not to laugh at your friends while they are pretending.
"My eye, my eye!!"

"A fully successful drill is a failure -- you didn't learn anything and you didn't stress the system"