I’m off probation now at the hospital.
That means I passed the series of “tests”—
doing 2 head to toe assessments,
giving out medications through different routes,
going over the chest tube, suction set up, code master (defibrillator, pacer, and cardioversion),
doing drip calculations and entering into the IV pump,
going over the telemetry monitor, and
taking the 50 question EKG exam and passing with a score greater than 90%.
It means no more checking each narcotic.
And trust me, on an ortho floor, a lot of people are in pain, pain, pain.
It means no more checking insulin units.
Yes, I know how to draw up x units of humalog, lantus, and the like.
It means I’ve been doing this for 6 months.
And that means I got 2 weeks of vacation time!
It should mean that I know what I’m doing.
Although I will keep asking questions. And questioning orders that don’t make sense.
It means that I will begin to float to other units.
I won’t be on home turf all the time anymore.
Other med-surg floors and the ER.
I have to admit, I’m a little scared.
It means that I’m ready — and mostly excited!! 🙂