My first 4 hours went very well. No light headed episodes, and I had to go and sit down only once for about 3 minutes because my lower back was aching (residual from the other day).
I felt like I had gone home. It was so nice to be back. I met up with some of my former colleagues and got lots of hugs and one even cried when she was hugging me
Some knew I was off on disability, others thought I had left, and some just didn't know and had been wondering.
I was supposed to be buddied with the clinical resource nurse today to review policies and such. But one was off today and the other took the day off for her grandson's birthday party. So I was buddied with a nurse.
I thought it was silly for me to just be following her around and watching her, so I did some patient assessments, gave an injection, took out an IV, fixed a pump, set up people to wash and did a bit of charting for the things I had done.
Friday morning there will be some people coming in for surgery, so I'll see if I'm up to starting an IV. It's been more than 4 years but in my head I remember how to do it, so theoretically I should be able too.
I poked around in the medication machine to find my login ID so now I can give medications if necessary. I still need to be orientated to their computer system for patient charting, but I don't see a problem with that. I saw someone using it today and other than requiring a password for me to access it, it looks pretty straight forward.
I can't wait to go back on Friday!!
Since I missed 7.75 hours on Tuesday at the research place, if my back holds up and I feel well, I will stay an hour or 2 longer on the ward on Friday. It just depends on how the day goes.