Curated pictures are beautiful but so is a raw 3 am selfie.
I’ve sacrificed every weekend for a year and a half to work nights as a patient care technician, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My nurse coworker recently asked me if I liked my job.
I said, “I love my job. I love helping people, making a difference, learning, and feel I’m my best self at work.”
So although this photo didn’t take hours behind the scenes to produce, in this moment I am happy. ❤️
Go for it ✨
Yesterday I had the opportunity to dip into the aesthetic world of nursing. Anyone who knows me knows that I have been interested in aesthetic nursing for a while now just never really took the effort to move forward into it. .
I’ve found that cosmetic/aesthetics seem to be a sort of mystery world. There’s no blueprint on how to get there (nursing students know we are type-A and live for those checklists on how to get there 😆) It’s challenging to find information on the internet, blurred regulation lines between providers/states/practice, and seems like not many people in it like to share how they got there, plus these training courses are all out-of-pocket and not included in standard nursing school curriculum. So here I am, sharing how I’m going about it from Arizona.
First nursing license obtained. Now step one into aesthetics: Intro to Neuromodulators + Dermal Fillers (AKA botox + fillers). .
Btw sooo much more goes into injectables than it seems from the outside 🤯 so much to learn, you really need to know the anatomy of the face in order to safely practice.
In this class I got the foundation and was able to perform botox and fillers on models that came in, but it’s a skill that requires tons of experience. So next step is to preceptor and get more hands-on experience with someone who is experienced in this field. .
The cool thing about nursing is that even if I find out that aesthetics is not for me, no harm, no foul. My nursing license allows me to be able to try out other areas until I find the right fit 👩⚕️ 💕
🅰️BLOOD TRANSFUSION RXS🅾️
When administering blood products to your patient, monitor for the following signs and symptoms of a transfusion reaction:
1️⃣ Fever - a fever of 38-38.9 (100.4-102.02) with no other symptoms during the transfusion can indicate a febrile non-hemolytic transfusion reaction.
A fever PLUS other symptoms (e.g. shivering, hypotension) can indicate a febrile non-hemolytic reaction, a bacterial contamination, or an acute hemolytic transfusion reaction
2️⃣ Utricaria (hives), itching, or rash - if less than 2/3 of the body is involved with no other symptoms, this may indicate a minor allergic reaction.
If more than 2/3 of the body is involved with no other symptoms, this may indicate a severe allergic reaction.
If these symptoms are accompanied by other symptoms (e.g. dyspnea, hypotension), this may indicate anaphylaxis
3️⃣ Dyspnea/decreased SpO2 - this symptom + hypertension may indicate transfusion associated circulatory overload
This symptom + hypotension may indicate bacterial contamination, acute hemolytic transfusion reaction, or anaphylaxis
⚠️In case of a transfusion reaction⚠️
Stop the transfusion and start running your rescue line of normal saline using a new administration set (you can see the rescue line ready to go in this image)
Check vital signs
Recheck the patient’s name and blood unit # again
Remain with the patient
Notify the physician
Treat the symptoms as ordered by the physician
Return the blood to the Blood Bank
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After a big loss from our family, weekend night shifts followed by a busy week with only a day off I’m finally back up and smiling
Thank you for all the lovely messages I received about my grandma passing away this week. I got the news just before I was going to start a night shift and was absolutely devastated. Work were so understanding - after a good cry at home I went into work 2 hours late. I knew technically I could of stayed at home but I couldn’t let the night team down. Even though I was crying inside I made sure to smile when we delivered babies on labour ward.
Luckily it was my last night shift and I had a “zero day” the day after to process everything, before being back on call on Wednesday.
But guess what! I came out the other end - it’s only been a week but time has made things so much better. I’ve decided to moping around at home and went out for breakfast with my husband. First time I’ve put make up on in weeks.
Moral of the story - no matter how low you feel, remember it’ll be better soon. Every down has an up, and time will help everything even though it doesn’t feel like that at the moment.
Also anyone wondering about my outfit;
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Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is my last clinical of the semester. It’s been a wonderful 13 weeks on the Cardiac Stepdown Unit but that’s a wrap! The next time I’ll be on a clinical rotation will be in Obstetrics after Winter break! I’m ready to bring on the mommas and babies! 👶🏼