Happy nurses week everyone. In honor of the lady with the lamp whom nurses week ends on her birthday, I wanted to pay a little tribute to her.
I love this quote by Nightingale. It really resonates with me. This is how I felt during nursing school. I always did my best to accept and take responsibility for everything. The teacher made a test and it was nothing like the material she presented in class-- I didn't find an excuse. Instead I found an opportunity.
I should've known more. Next time I'll study more. I'll do more. I'll be better.
Whatever I realize I don't know today; I'll make sure I know tomorrow.
Really, to succeed in nursing school and as a nurse you need to develop a thirst for knowledge. Let it be unquenchable. Be a little anti-social. Dig deeper. Read more. Ask questions. Get thirsty.
I feel like this is a topic that isn't discussed very much in nursing school. Sure that first semester you learn how to drop a NG tube, but when do we decide to give a patient nutrition through a tube? What do I need to look at as a nurse to evaluate that the patient isn't experiencing a complication? What's the difference between enteral and parenteral nutrition? How do we choose which one to give? What's refeeding syndrome?
These were all thoughts that have at some point raced through my mind. I didn't have much experience with feeding tubes prior to six months ago. Now I feel much more better about them. I'd say I feel like a whiz, but well, I know that I still have a lot to learn. Isn't that the beauty of nursing? There's always something more to learn. No matter how confident you feel, you only know the tip of the iceberg. Medicine is a sea of knowledge.
Millions of patients have tube feedings so I'll do my best to give you the quick down and dirty facts on tube feedings.