Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nurses Week

Just in case you all didn't know, but this week is nurse's week - and just in case you all didn't know, I am a nurse. I work in the neonatal intensive care unit - which, for those of you that don't know is for the sick little babies. I don't talk much about because let's face it, no one wants to hear about sick babies. But I love my job - I love taking care of someone's most precious cargo when they are most in need.

A little bit about the babies that need a NICU stay -

Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a medical condition that requires special care. In the US, nearly 13 percent of babies are born preterm, and many of these babies also have low birthweights. Twins, triplets, and other multiples often are admitted to the NICU, as they tend to be born earlier and smaller than single birth babies. Babies with medical conditions such as heart problems, infections, or birth defects are also cared for in the NICU. [source]

That's all I'll say about that.. But I did find this from that I thought was pretty funny and kind of appropriate -

You know you're a NICU nurse when...

1. You've eaten hamburger patties bigger than most of
your patients.

2. You define colors by the color of stool you've
seen - ex. baby poop green/yellow.

3. You don't understand why talking about sticking a
needle in a baby's head is making other people at the
dinner table ill.

4. At one time or another you've had breast milk,
poop, or urine on your work clothes.

5. You have affectionately called a patient Cletus
the fetus, wimpy white boy, troll, or FLK (funny
looking kid) in report.

6. You can change your patient's bed linens with one
hand while holding your patient in the other.

7. You can make an IV arm board out of some 4x4 gauze
and tape.

8. You've almost caught your hair on fire on your
patient's radiant warmer bed.

9. You've used a sock or a piece of tape for a

10. You check out the scalp veins, cap refill, and
fontanels on a friend's new baby.

11. You use a cotton ball to obtain urine samples.

12. You use Saran Wrap to keep your food fresh and
your patients warm.

13. You think all crying babies need Benadryl,
Versed, or intubation.

14. You think the pulse oximeter, CPAP, and those
crappy no sticking leads were created by the devil.

15. You have ever shown a doctor a green residual
while they were eating.

16. You have obtained a 10cc residual when the
patient only gets 1cc.

17. You have put an intensive care patient in a

18. You don't get excited if your patient has a heart
rate of 180.

19. You do chest compressions with two fingers.

20. Most of your meds come in TB or 1cc syringes.

21. You prepare your patient's bath water in a Dixie

22. You draw blood from your patient's heel.

23. You use a rubber band for a tourniquet.

24. You've seen two complexes on the EKG screen and
not been excited - you merely pat your patient on the
butt and it's all good.

25. Newborn babies look like preschoolers to you.

26. You tell people what you do and they think you
sit around and rock babies all day.

27. When you tell people what you REALLY do they
start to cry and/or vomit.

28. You have assisted with surgery on your patient in
their bed and on the unit.

29. You have at one time or another, in the heat of
frustration, threatened to throw your patient in the
trash can or out the window.

30. You have considered using duct tape to hold a
pacifier in a screaming baby's mouth.

31. You have met your patient's father, mother's
boyfriend, and mother's husband all in one day.

32. You have made a mental note that how matter how
stupid people are, they still know how to get their
groove on.

If you've ever had a NICU baby or you happen to be a NICU nurse, you understand these...

Happy Nurses Week y'all!! They apparently had a pizza party tonight at work - the one night that I'm off of work... oh well...

In running news - I am back in business. Like short distances business. I've done a few 3 mile runs and have felt pretty good. The idea of doing anything further at the moment is slightly daunting. I do have a few races I'm looking at over the summer, all short distances of course AND I am looking for a fall marathon... flat and fast y'all... any suggestions!? 

Speaking of running- y'all know the Ryan Gosling photos - "Hey Girl" - I never really understood and didn't really think they were that funny but there's a "Hey Runner Girl" version out that I must admit I had a good chuckle over... I think my favorite was this one -

Yes please. Wouldn't that be nice... except I don't usually set an alarm to run, and I don't usually drink coffee before I run either.. but a very nice thought in theory!

I hope you've all had a great week - and now I must go pick up momma Juls from the airport! We have a big weekend planned!

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