Hey everyone guess what??? I inserted a Foley on a real patient this past week and it was remarkable and successful! My instructor came with me and made sure I did everything correctly. I was actually able to do a sterile procedure outside of the skills lab on a real human being, woo-hoo! The patient was kind and wonderful and afterwards I just wanted to jump up and down and tell them they were my first Foley, but I refrained.
With this same patient I was able to do my first ever bladder scan too. I didn’t have help from my nurse or instructor but they make those machines pretty fool proof so that’s good.
I’m so loving this semester as opposed to last semester, it speaks volumes having a great instructor willing to teach you things all the while keeping in mind that you are still only a student. I’ve been feeling much more confident on my head-to-toe assessments, med passes, writing up orders, paging doctors, and even calling telemetry and asking what the patient’s rhythms are. I think I might just be okay after all!