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Bec123

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Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:08 pm

Going back to 2006 when I did my first placement in high care in aged care I was asked to give a resident a shave whilst he was in bed.  I remember being so nervous, as I'd never given a man a shave?

Anyways I lathered his face up and began to shave with the disposable razor being ever so careful not to press too hard or cut him.  All I could think was boy his whiskers are tuff, only to realise I'd forgotten to take the plastic cap off the razor!!!

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Aug 28, 2014, 09:54 pm

very funny

cai

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Mar 05, 2016, 01:06 pm

X-D funny :) 

everyone is nervous on there first day, still acceptable.

nobody's perfect, but really you made my day... :-P

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Aug 18, 2016, 08:56 am

Thank you for sharing your experience with us.  While I was reading your discussion forum post, I do remember being nervous about giving my first bed bath.  I could remember all of the steps when I did it in lab class and with my lab partner, but when it came time to do it with my actual client, I do remember all of the steps; however my hands were shaking at the time.  I wanted it to be perfect; little did I know that as long as the client was enjoying the bath, it did not have to be exactly correct as I wanted it to be.  The bed bath is for the client and if they enjoy it, then that is all that matters.  Good luck with your nursing career.  I know that you will do great.  Here is some interesting material to read:  

http://www.pacificmedicalacls.com/acls-online-library-nurse-training.html

duaneconnell

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Sep 22, 2016, 04:52 am

Congratulations in getting to the first step of the first day of high care/aged care placement.  I know that you will do very well on your first day.  This brings me back to my first day of nursing school.  I was so nervous, but as the day went on, I became more relaxed and found a few friends too.  As I went through nursing school, I became more and more happier in that I could actually change people's lives and actually help people as well.  I also had to memorize a lot of vocabulary words about body systems as well.  This is a web link about the body systems in order to help you:

https://www.acls.net/study-guide-body-systems.htm

I wish you the best.  

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Oct 18, 2016, 07:18 am

Sounds like you are doing a good job remembering all of the nursing steps that are involved in taking care of a patient.  I can remember a time where I was getting all of the equipment ready to go and then I forgot something that I should have had.  I believe that it was a cue-tip or some cream that was part of the treatment for the patient.  When I realized that I had forgotten the item, I got it and then treated the patient.  So, most of the time you can catch the mistake before you reach the client and do the treatment.  If someone forgets to get something while treating a client, it is best to say, "I will be back; I need to get something for your treatment that needed some special care in retrieval."  So, it is best to just say that and that way the patient understands that forgetting the  item was part of the treatment plan because it was in a special container.  The rule of thumb though is to try hard and never forget the items that you need for treatment.  

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Nov 15, 2016, 05:18 am

I remember my first days of many new nursing adventures where I was placed in different areas in order to do clinical care.  I do remember that the first day seemed like it was always the hardest because you are learning new things all in one day.  The things that I took with every first day that occurred in nursing school are the following:

1.  Always listen to all expectations.

2.  Always keep your mind alert to all possibilities.

3.  Keep an understanding as to what you will be doing and why you are doing it while you are there at the facility.

4.  Communicate well with your instructor and with your student nursing peers.  

I hope that it goes well for you.  

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Nov 18, 2016, 10:43 am

... and always take the cap off the razor :)

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