In one day our NICU has admitted, among a slew of typical preemies, some craziness:
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Skeletal dysplasia
- Pulmonary atresia
Last week we had 2 22-weekers and 2 23-weekers. Where are all these babies coming from?
Well, it’s rather misleading to say I’m just starting this journey. In fact I’ve started and failed many, many times. This past April I had my annual physical and found that ohmywordimdying. Well, that might be an overstatement. But, my HgA1C was high (an indicator for diabetes/prediabetes), my cholesterol was way high, and my BMI seems to be creeping up a bit each year. And all of this because I love both food and relaxing (read: not running). Continue reading
Out of curiosity, is there a minimum number of minutes to code a newborn? When I worked with adults we usually coded for ~20 minutes. Is there a standard time frame for babies? Anyone?
Walk into any educational setting and you’ll hear phrases like, developmentally delayed, differently abled. In the typical hospital you’ll hear the same conditions referred to as developmentally impaired, handicapped. Inclusive language (also known as affirmative language or person-centric language) has taken hold in certain areas of society, but unfortunately not in most acute care environments.
Born early, at 23 weeks. IUGR. Chorio. The size of one of those adorable chipmunks in my backyard. Only as heavy as one of the pair of ankle weights I use during pilates. And yet perfectly formed. Continue reading
We painted!!! Isn’t it amazing what a coat (or two) of paint can do to a house?
There are tons of acronyms and abbreviations we use on a daily basis, and most of them are benign. HTN, BID, CXR… But then there are some that only another nurse would understand. Here goes: Continue reading
I’ve finally come up with something that works for me in the NICU to remember what I need to remember and keep me on track during the day. My med-surg brains were certainly not going to work in the NICU. I needed something simple that could change throughout the day in case of admits, discharges, and so on. Continue reading
Well, I can’t deny that I love my new job in a level III NICU. Compared to med-surg it’s quiet, peaceful, calm. We leave work on time. My patients are snuggly and adorable. Their families are inquisitive and ready to learn. It’s a whole new world for me. Continue reading