Exams here, NCPs there. Clinical duty today, drug studies due tomorrow. Anxious of that long quiz you took yesterday, worried of not finishing your assignments today. About to go crazy, well, maybe just a bit..or a bit more. Alright, maybe close to breaking down. You know you were once or you currently are a student […]
As children, we were oftentimes asked in school what we wanted to be when we grow up, it is usually followed by questions why we wanted to be such and sometimes, we would even be asked to write a long essay about it. Usually, kids would simply say “I want to be a nurse because […]
In today’s class, the clinical instructor is discussing all about Bed bath, bed shampoo and sponge bath. While the Clinical instructor lectures about bed shampoo, Kayla finds herself engrossed and listening intently. According to the lecture, hair care increases blood flow to the scalp and removes oils and dirt; and clean hair prevents skin irritation […]
You just have received endorsement from the outgoing nurse. You check on the chart and assess your patient. You check the IV lines and IV sites, you check the due medications and if the stock’s enough for the 8-hour shift. You check when the IVF’s will be due. You check the vital signs then record […]
Toxic duty shifts. Time pressure. Work overload. It’s just like this every single day. Nurses get to experience a lot of things in an 8-hour long duty. Exhaustion and pressure tend to mix up, leaving nurses rushing their work. In the clinical setting, a single mistake can lead to one big consequence. Sometimes, it may […]
Preventing pressure sores
Ever experienced waking up from a really good dream and finding some red spots in your face that are painful to touch? Yes, we get those from sleeping in the same position for too long, how about when you stay in the same position for hours, even days for some? Imagine all the pressure you bring about to your skin.
As the cliché goes, “Prevention is better than cure”. This is what we, nurses, always promote. Preventing certain conditions rather than finding cures and treatment plans for them. Not only does this strategy save patients from spending way too much, but we are also saving them from possible complications that may worsen their already fragile health. We have seen how “bothering” bedsores may seem to some immobile patients and how much more unpleasant they might be if left untreated. But are there ways to prevent such from happening? How does one avoid himself from having bedsores?