For week 10 of rotations I was in the Burn Unit. On the first day I received a tour of the unit. The nurse showed me around and took me into the room where they receive burn patients. It was extremely hot in that room and I wonder how the nurses are able to work there. The nurse I was with had a patient with a large wound in her leg. She received some medications and her lunch. Another of my nurse's patients had a double leg amputation and was soon to be discharged. We gave him medications and left him to rest. Then the nurse showed me the burn book. It had many different pictures and I learned a lot from it.
On the second day, my nurse had two of the same patients as the previous day. She also was caring for another person who had his big toe amputated. We gave them medications and the patient with the double leg amputation was discharged. The burn unit was a very interesting place. I found it ironic that while I was there none of the patients in the unit had burns. All together, it was a good learning experience and the staff was really nice.
During week four of rotations I was placed in the Heart Cath Lab. I was not exactly sure what happened in the Lab but was pleasantly suprised with my experience. I saw two stents placed in the coronary artery. It was a very interesting process and the staff did a great job of explaining to me what was happening. On the second day, I saw two more stents placed in two other patients. With the second patient, the doctor had a bit of trouble finding where a stent was needed and had some trouble placing the stent. This procedure took longer then expected because of those complications. All together the Heart Cath Lab was a very nice place to be.
For week 11 of rotations I was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. On the first day I was with a nurse who was monitoring a baby who had many different complications. The patient was on a ventilator and had a silo in his stomach. He was having trouble getting rid of fluids so he was very swollen. There was another baby who had a brain injury and was on a ventilator as well. On the second day I was with the same nurse who had the same patient. He was still very swollen and on the ventilator. His condition was the same as the previous day. There was another patient who had recently had surgery and was having trouble waking up. She had Prader Willi disease which is a rare genetic disease which causes stunted growth and an obsession with food, a feeling of never being full. The nurse gave me an article to read and it suggested to care for the patients to put locks on cabinets and refrigerator in order to keep someone from eating themselves to death. I found this disease very interesting. I really enjoyed my time in peds and I learned a lot, it has probably been my favorite unit.
For week 12 of rotations I was placed in the OR. I was nervous and excited about this rotation and I am really glad I got to make a visit there. On the first day I watched a resident scrape some dead tissue off of a wound and place a wound vac on the wound. Everything went smoothly but the pateint was woken up a little too soon and pulled part of the bandage off of her leg. It was quickly fixed and the surgery ended well. There was also a finger amputation that day but unfortunatly I ran out of time and couldn't watch it.
On the second day I got to watch the doctor, resident, and two nurses take out an abdominal mass. I was able to watch the surgery from the start. The mass was quite large the resident said it was cantaloupe to small pumpkin size. It was a really cool surgery to watch all of the nurses were very nice and informative. I thoroughly enjoied my time in the OR.
For week 14 of rotations I was in the ER. The first day I was in Triage where a nurse would weigh a patient and then survery them. She would ask them why they were there, what medications they were on, and many other questions to obtain a brief medical history. The nurse saw some psych cases being evaluated for the Good Shepherd program. Many patients were experienceing pain or dizzy spells and needed care for those symptoms.
On the second day I was following a nurse. We ran some blood on a man going through detox. Instead of sending the blood to the lab they can test it in the ER in about two minutes. The nurse discharged two of the patients and transferred a small child who had pulled her IV out twice earlier in the day. I liked my rotation in the ER, overall. It was fast paced and there was always something new going on. All the staff there was nice and I learned a lot.
For week 15 of rotations I was in Rehab Services. On the first day is was with an occupational therapist who specialized in working with hands. His first patient was a burn victim who was in an automobile accident. She had burns over her scalp, chest, arms and one of her hands. He spent time streching her and did some massage on her face to help reduce scar tissue. His second patient was a woman who broke the fourth finger in her left hand. She had surgery a week ago and was getting a splint. She broke her finger doing combat training for the army. The therapist molded the splint to fit her arm and did some slight streching on her fingers.
The second day I was with the same therapist. His patient this day had a hand, arm, and shoulder injury. He had a printing press injury and his entire arm had been stuck between rollers that were less then a centimeter apart for 45 minutes. He had some pressure therapy and streching done to his hand and shoulder. I then was with a pediatric occupational therapist who was doing an evaluation on an eight month old baby who had a brain injury because of abuse. I had seen this baby in the PICU so it was really cool to be able to see him again. He was doing much better then the condition he was in while in the PICU. He was now bottle feeding which is a big improvement. I really enjoied my time in Rehab. It was great to be able to see the little boy again.
Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examination using imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography. This career interests me because it deals more with diagnostics and it will be constantly in demand. Programs provide both classroom and clinical instruction in anatomy and physiology, patient care procedures, radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of imaging, medical terminology, positioning of patients, medical ethics, radiobiology, and pathology. Formal training programs in radiography are offered in hospitals or colleges and universities and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree. Working in a hospital or a diagnostic imaging center could help provide experience.
Speech - language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Speech-language pathology courses cover anatomy, physiology, and the development of the areas of the body involved in speech, language, and swallowing; the nature of disorders; principles of acoustics; and psychological aspects of communication. . Most speech-language pathologist jobs require a master's degree. This is a field that interests me because it provides a way to directly help someone with a problem as well as being an in demand profession. Working in a school or at a hospital may provide some experience with this field.
Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. This field is interesting to me because it provides a hands on approach and allows for one on one time to provide assistance to a patient. Physical therapist education programs include foundational science courses, such as biology, anatomy, physiology, cellular histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology/imaging, as well as behavioral science courses, such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. Currently, only graduate degree physical therapist programs are accredited. Working in a hospital or healthcare facility could provide some experience.