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So was that fun for ya yesterday?  Was it?  Big props go out to my buddy and fellow student nurse Will over at Drawing on Experience who provided the blog entry for me yesterday.  Also, thanks to E1 for pointing out tonight that I had still not, technically speaking, posted any blog entries in 3 months, even with yesterday’s post.  Thus, here I am posting!

Seriously?  It’s been 3 months since I last posted something?  Wow.  Just … um … wow?  Not sure I really have any words for that kinda dedication to my blog, right?  Right.  Yeah.

So let’s see, let’s get reacquainted.  Hi there, I’m Nurse Kenny.  I’m a student nurse who has finished his first year of nursing school, believe it or not, and is prepared to start his second year in the Fall.  The last we talked, I was getting ready to start my rotation on the Maternity floor.  Yeah, that was in mid-March.  Since then, a lot has happened.  Let’s recap and make a long story short, shall we?

  1. I completed the 6 weeks on the Maternity floor.  More on that later on in another post.
  2. First year of school done … happy with my grades … blah blah blah.
  3. Finished my first ever Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society.
  4. Started riding my bike quite a lot more.

And lots of other, mostly boring stuff.  So another time I’ll start posting a bit more about my Maternity rotation, because it was indeed quite eventful.  I’ll just say, I enjoyed it a ton.  Really.  Being serious!  Good times.

Ok, so that brings me (in a roundabout sorta kinda way) to the present.  Right now I have a position as a Nurse Extern in the hospital affiliated with my school here in the city.  I’m actually working on the very same floor where I did my cardiac rotation:  it’s a telemetry unit called the ICCU (Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit).  It’s filled with people who are mandated to be on cardiac monitors (maybe they’re in heart failure, maybe they’ve had a heart attack, etc.).  Also on the floor are folks who are either a) waiting for heart transplants or b) have just had heart transplants.

Immediately after getting a new heart, they’re transferred to the CCU (Cardiac Care Unit), which is like an intensive care unit for them.  After they’re more stable, they’re transferred to our unit.  Also, anytime in the future a heart transplant patient has to come to the hospital for any reason, they’re admitted to our unit.

So … this all means that, for the remainder of the summer, I’ll be posting primarily about my externship (which I’ll have until I graduate — I’ll just be committed to every other weekend during the school year).  I’ll sprinkle in lots of stories about my Maternity rotation, too.

I’ve been “orienting” to the unit, and just getting the hang of the logistics of it all.  This week I’m working Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday on a 7AM-7PM each day, and then I’ll be done my orientation and will be on my own!

Today’s highlights included:  collecting drainage from a JP drain to send to lab; changing gowns a million-gazillion times on a middle-aged woman because she had tube feeding going and was a general mess; being able to tell a fella he wouldn’t have to get his insulin before dinner because his sugar was at an acceptable level, and then seeing the smile come across his face; working with 2 other awesome externs and trying to figure out how best to get someone from Bed A (with a broken bed alarm) to Bed B (brand new bed) without clogging up the whole system — how many nurse externs does it take ……………

See you all soon.  Welcome back!

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Blog Stats

I started keeping this blog as a great way to keep a sort of journal of my days in nursing school.  I was hoping to use these blog entries after the 2 years in some sort of way … maybe a book?  An online magazine?  Who knows …

In any event, it’s interesting to see who visits the site and how they arrive.  I’ve put some of these searches here before.  However, it always fascinates me to see the number of people who visit every day.  Most of the time the number stays about the same — usually hovering around 20 per day.  I attribute about 18 of these to my mom (thanks Mom for logging on!), and 2 of them to E (my longest online friend ever).  Although — gotta hand it to you other HCPs, who I notice are frequenting my site — thank you!

But some days … the number of daily visits suddenly spikes to … over 130.  What’s causing this?  I mean, I’m not complaining.  No sirree.  The more people who visit my site, the better, and the more hits the other nursing/physician/friend bloggers will get as a result.  But where are you people coming from on these random days?

Thanks for visiting, and keep on comin’ back.

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OK, so that title was not exactly what I wanted to say.  But it’s catchy, no?

So a few weeks back I posted something about how people are finding me through their Google searches.  I went in and took a peek at my search history again tonight, just to see what people are searching for these days.  So far there are 38 searches leading to my blog.  Here’s a small sampling of some of the searches:

  • Anatomically correct penis male mannequin
  • Nurses washing penis
  • Student nurse “first time” penis
  • Male mannequin erect penis
  • Bed bath nurse penis

So … umm … anyone see a theme here?  I’m going to have to give all of America (and the world, I suppose, since the world has the Internet as well) the benefit of the doubt and assume these are all nursing students searching for these things to get some pointers.  Yes, I’m going to do just that.

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