I went to visit my 23-year-old son at the hospital today. (He is doing fine after his surgery, by the way.) Having been born with spina bifida, and in and out of hospitals his entire life, he is used to medical professionals and those studying to be doctors and nurses. So yesterday, when the cute young nursing students stopped by his room and asked to use him as a practice patient in front of their instructor, Corbin agreed.
I happened to be there when they came in around dinner time. At first, their instructor thought they should come back after he had finished dinner and I was gone, but Corbin was up for it and I didn’t mind so I slipped quietly to the side of the room to watch.
One of the young women had a check list which she reviewed silently as the older nurse prompted her. The other young nurse was obviously farther along in the course work and knew a bit more about how to begin assessing a patient. They worked through the list slowly and we all chatted comfortably as they went along. Corbin was definitely a patient patient! Their instructor noted that he was making this an easy task for them.
Having been a practicum student myself many long years ago, and being aware of the current influx of teaching interns working in our school this quarter, it was interesting for me to see how a nurse is taught and learns her profession.
A checklist, a buddy to partner with, willing participants and a supportive instructor – everything we all need to learn.