I was back on my own today after working with an intern for the last 10 weeks.
Towards the end of the internship, Davese was doing most of the work and I was just overseeing her. Checking her charting, confirming her vaginal exams, answering her questions, and providing guidance and support.
Today I was back on my own.
I wondered if I would remember what to do and how to give patient focused care since I had been giving nurse focused care the past couple of months...
And not only did I remember - I was able to give good care and I had fun while I was doing it. I was able to bond with my patient and her family and was reminded of why I do this job. It is a good feeling to be able to help someone bring a new baby in to the world. And to help a daddy celebrate his first Father's Day (though I don't think he is getting anything else from his wife - he got the best gift of a baby...and poor mamma has to wait a whole year for her first mother's day!)
I was able to meet her needs...I had her admitted, IV started, antibiotics given and epidural placed in less than an hour. Once she was comfortable we were able to talk and get to know each other.
A few hours later she was holding her new little one in her arms.
(PS - the photo isn't really her baby...just in case you thought I was breaking HIPPA rules)