Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PICU

The PICU was awesome. It was a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to apply for a position as a PICU nurse. I will let you all know when that is so you guys who pray can say a special prayer for me!

We were at full census yesterday, all 24 beds full. We also had 3 children waiting to be brought in. It was impressive that we were able to either discharge or transfer patients. We moved one to the burn unit and d/c'ed one home. The three waiting were a girl in diabetic ketoacidosis, a boy who had a stroke secondary to a sickle cell crisis and lastly was a person who coded twice at a near by hospital and we wouldn't take because she was brain dead.

I got to do some stuff and it was really cool. I didn't realize how many kids we see on a regular basis with genetic diseases, we had some with Marfan syndrome, a kid with De George syndrome, one with trisomy 13 as well as one with Pompe disease. Pompe is the disease that the new movie Extraordinary Measures is based off. Other than genetic diseases we had two in the unit with AML (acute myelogenous leukemia), a kid who got a heart transplant on Saturday as well as our little boy with a Berlin Heart.

Tomorrow, I have to suffer through a couple of peds lectures and then Meghan is coming over to study psych. We have a psych test on Monday--yuck! So we are going to study, the way we study together is she asks me random questions out of our notes and I answer. While we will be doing questions tomorrow I will also be working on Keri's bridal shower invitations--I really need to get that done.

I hope you all have a great week/

7 comments:

M said...

Good luck on your studying!

Allison said...

You're going to be a great nurse! I bet the kids love you in the PICU

Becca said...

I am glad you enjoyed it and are looking forward to it. I would never be able to work there, it would break my heart!

Trisomy 13 - Patau Syndrome Support said...

Please pass on our support community to your Trisomy 13 Family - thank you...
ThereseAnn, mom to Natalia
http://www.livingwithtrisomy13.org

we have a wonderful yahoo message board group also... :)

Missy said...

Good luck with your studying! Glad to hear you enjoyed the PICU so much! I'm an OT student and the NICU/PICU is an area of interest for me too :)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I am glad you had a good time! I can't believe you love that stuff- but hey- people say the same about me teaching!!

Lil' Woman said...

Good for you..I couldn't do a job like that..hospitals and esp. sick people scare me.