Jessica came in and did a QUICK head-to-toe assessment first starting with questions on the patient’s pain rating then moving on to her legs. Jessica looked for swelling and supposedly felt the pedal pulse over the ted hose and slipper/gripper socks(I don't think I'd be able to feel them if I had tried). Then Jessica listened for respiratory/heart/bowel sounds by only placing her stethoscope on four areas of the patient’s body (this was way different than what we’ve been learning). Then Jessica finished off by explaining how to use the call light and tested the patient on what button to push.
The patient was concerned with my lack of talking, which made her nervous and asked me, “Why don’t you talk?” I answered, “I’m nervous too and don’t know what to say." Then I went on to say "Never mind me; I’m just here to learn.” Then because of my admitting being nervous, the room erupted in laughter and the patient winked at me.
I learned what a COW (computer on wheels) was and I’d say my experience was 90/10, meaning 90% of what I heard I didn’t know and 10% I think I knew. LOL!