I did two twelve hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. Let me tell you, I was nervous to start back up again. I think we all were. Some friends and I were talking in my critical care class on Friday about how we were all nervous - it's silly since we've been doing this for so long. It was our last first-day of clinicals but then someone pointed out in class that our next first day will be our actual jobs! Craziness!
I had a really good time in the hospital this weekend. It was long but good. My feet ache - really it's my heels. I'm working on the Surgical Trauma ICU. One of my friends, Lauren, is working there as well so it's been really fun! The nurses are fabulous too. They are wonderfully helpful and so nice!
ICU nurses are typically assigned one to three patients depending on how critical the patients are. I was able to take care of one patient fully and then I helped my nurse preceptor take care of other patients with different tasks. For our leadership clinicals, we are supposed to be able to do full care of our patients with our nurse co-signing on things like our medications and assessments. We are pretty much on our own unless we need help!
Today, I put in two applications at different hospitals back home for their critical care graduate nurse internships! One of their application processes closes this week and the other later this month, so hopefully I will be hearing from them soon! Keep my future job in your prayers, please!
Oh another big note! I ordered my graduation regalia today! I can't believe it!
Overall, I am glad to be back into the swing of things! I have five more of these double shift weekends left in the semester. My feet have to get used to it and so does my hubby ;)