Holiday

Hello!
I know I have not blogged in a while but I have not been very well! 😦
I am going to try and blog the rest of this week, however I am going to egypt and will not be blogging for a further 2 weeks.
I am so sad, I have watched my views go from 79 per day to 4 just because I haven’t blogged! Ahhh so hard to keep up! Lol

Blog soon love m xoxo

Speak up!

26th of August 22:15

Part ten.

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I know that the whole point of having clinical placements is to learn more about the nurses role and to learn how to deal with stressful situations etc, but some situations only require common sense and the smallest amount of nursing knowledge to get you thinking that maybe this person needs some extra help.
However as a student nurse, I find it extremely hard to be forceful with qualified staff if they decide to dismiss or ignore my input.

For example; I was on a hospital ward last year, and a patient who I was helping to care for was due to be discharged soon, however during a routine weigh in, I discovered that the patient had lost a staggering 13KG (2 stones) in just five weeks.
Now is it me? Or does not take an expert to think that there might be a problem here!!
I discussed it with the patient, and she tried to convince me that all was okay and that she was eating normally and not skipping meals.
As I knew this patient quite well I knew that her daughter ( of whom she lived with) was due to be visiting that day so I asked the patients permission if it was okay if i discussed this situation with her and her daughter, she agreed, as she believed their wasn’t any problem anyway!

When the relative arrived and I managed to tear myself away from the other relatives concerns/ complaints/ questions (that I could not answer!), I managed to have a quick word with the daughter……

It turned out that in fact the daughter WAS aware of the weight loss and stated that it had started just before she was admitted, however she could not believe that it had been over 2 stone!
I should probably point out that the patient only weighed in at a tiny 8 stone on admission!

As you can imagine the relative was devastated and immediately blamed herself, obviously I told her that of course it was not her fault AT ALL, that it was ours, and that a closer eye should have been kept on her anyway with such a low starting weight.
The daughter told me that every afternoon she was preparing fresh meals to bring in at visiting times to try and encourage her mother to eat but it had no effect at all.

I spent a good half an hour with the family and discussed various solutions and help I could try and arrange for them for when she was discharged home, as this seriously worried the relative.
“How will I be able to cope on my own? If mum doesn’t eat I mean! I cant let her waste away in front of my eyes! Oh mum just why wont you eat!!” (not actual quote.)

I tried to explain that it was not her mothers fault, and that it was not the fact that she did not WANT to eat, it was purely the fact the she could NOT eat, as it made her feel nauseas and she had very little appetite.

I felt trapped and upset for the family, and I knew exactly how they felt as I had been in the same situation with me own dad when he had been an inpatient. I knew that as a student nurse I was able to give them the help and support that I had not received. I let the family know that I was going to speak with the staff nurse and that I would be back soon to fill them in.

Well… this was my intention. I explained to the staff nurse what I wanted to do and if I was okay to go ahead and do it. To my surprise the staff nurse declined and told me that this was not essential or in fact even needed. I tried to argue my point but other members of staff also backed up the staff nurse explaining to me why the help was not needed.
This was the point when I should have just carried on, pushed my point or continued to do what I had promised the family, but I didn’t, I felt upset and crushed, my opinion was not needed or wanted and there was nothing I could do about it, I wondered up the ward and checked the patients notes.
I was shocked to see that the patient was not even on a red tray (red tray is a way of letting nurses/ staff know that the patient has a dietary requirement and that the food they eat has to be documented down.) & that the patient had not been referred to a dietitian at all in the five weeks she had been an inpatient. ( I can feel myself getting angry even as I write this now months later.)

I went back to the patients bedside but the family had already left, that was it I had failed to help, I was so angry and felt so useless I wanted to cry! I went home thinking that maybe nursing was not for me after all.

On my next shift, I looked at the handover sheet and saw my patients name still there, “why is this lady not been discharged yet?” I asked.
“Oh, the family decided they needed more help and home help before she is to go home as they are struggling to help, so she is staying in until social services deal with her requests.”
I could not help feeling smug, I knew I had been right. If only I had pushed my point, that more patient might of actually got home TWO WEEKS earlier!

So even though you are a student, I hope this helps you realise just how important your opinions can be, and how your in put can improve the patients care dramatically!
Good luck and learn from my mistakes!

Blog tomorrow, M xoxo

Still in progress :)

I am still drafting 🙂 I will be blogging again shortly! :)))

Thanks for bearing with me guys x

M xoxo

Sunny Sunday afternoon

August the 21th

Part seven.
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I am currently writing this blog whilst lounging around on the garden sunning myself, surrounded by friends of family.
It is one of my friends birthday and I have eaten so much chinese I feel like I am about to fall asleep! HaHa 🙂
I really need to get my arse in gear and complete my portfolio as it is my first day back at uni tomorrow and it is due in at 9 am! Oh well, I do need my dose of vitamin d after all!
I am so excited to be going back, half days and pub trips will be back on the agenda! Woo woo.
Plus my best friend is having a baby girl and I am so exited to see how big the bump is now as I have not seen her in 3 months.
Right I will love you and leave you now and blog again tomorrow x

And I promise that tomorrows blog will be nursing related! HaHa! 🙂

M xoxo

Last day on placement as a first year.

19th of august. 20:49

Part six.
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Today was my final day on the ward as a first year student nurse! It also happened to be absolute bedlam, being a carer down when there is like 4 patients that needed bed bathing in the bays is not a good move!
Luckily a fellow student came and help dig me and the staff nurse out of the shit ( literally) haha.
Apart from that I really enjoyed my last shift and I actually found myself feeling quite tearful at the thought of leaving the ward and the patients you have grown close to.
For your information I did not cry but I did have a lump in my throat!
I am looking forward to my next placement already, even though it is not until January next year! I am a bit nervous though, i can’t hide behind the first year status anymore, staff are going to actually expect me to know things now I am a second year! Ha so no pressure then!

University next week then 5 beautiful weeks off, within which I am escaping to Egypt for two glorious weeks with my fella!
I am so excited for uni! Seeing all my friends who I seem to have lost contact with over the last three months due to placement! Everyone seems to go all distant during this time, including me. I also let myself go, like not straightening my hair, doing my make up, or shaving my legs! Haha.
Placement is an excuse to be lazy I feel! We work really hard so we have to sleep hard too!

Speaking of sleep I think I will get in my pjys and try not to think too much of the pizza but I have just eaten! Chris is here so I think a snuggle is in order too!

Thank you for everyone who reads my blog by the way, i really appreciate it!
I think 110 views in 4 days is quite an achievement!
Blog tomorrow, love Mxoxo

Last day on placement tomorrow!

August the 18th. 21:47

Part five
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Alarm set for 5.30 am! I am in my pjys and ready for my last shift on placement tomorrow. I am excited for my 5 week holiday, but I am also very sad to leave. I have enjoyed it there loads!
Thanks guys for teaching me everything I need to know and putting up with all my questions.

🙂
Night guys, love M, xoxo