My cousin-in-law, Christine, just started nursing school this fall. Every week, in addition to classes, she has a full day rotation through a hospital where she shadows a nurse and provides basic patient care to one patient throughout the day – stuff like changing sheets, helping folks to the bathroom, performing vital checks, etc. It’s all very exciting to me because 3 years ago – right before I reentered the work force, I was seriously considering going to nursing school myself. I wanted a job where the pay was pretty good and the hours and location needed to be extremely flexible and the potential upswing was high. Nursing sounded like a really good option! I applied, but (obviously) didn’t end up going.
Last week, at Sunday night dinner, Christine taught me how to set up a sterile field to do wound care, mainly bedsores, which need to have their dressings changed every 8 hours (I think). Everything comes in a compact sterile box – gauze, gloves, tape?, scissors?:
Gotta set up your field:
I’m sure “jazz hands” is part of the official protocol.