this was a great first job
I learned so much working here. Although the management aspect was lacking when it came to policy and procedure I enjoyed my time there.
my first job working for the Homeless population
great experience working for the homeless population in the downtown in Boston and Cambridge, overnigth
Challenging and Educating
A typical day would be carrying a patient caseload of approximately 7 pts, with atleast 1 or 2 being total care's, being in charge of narcotic keys, listen to report. Start shift off by making sure the pharmacy has sent all required IV's for shift. Organizing meds, IV's, treatments for evening. Looking over patients information to get familiar with what they are here with or what type of surgery they are post op. Preparing a list of who to see first past on acuity. Go around and introduce myself to patients, see what there needs are, making sure oxygen is hooked up, if pt's are in pain, if vitals are WNL, making sure patients are stable. Calling MD for medications if needed. Reviewing lab results, collecting urine/feces specimens, calling IV team for lab draws. Making sure all IV ports are working. Placing TPN to patients that need. Checking skin, doing blood sugars and adm insulin as needed. Implementing plan of care using the policies of an LPN.
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital is a very diverse place to work.the ratio with patient to nurse is high.
Committed to patient safety and staff safety. Offered a good learning opportunities in the care of patients with acute and chronic conditions. A very supportive management and co-workers. Patients and family were happy with the care they received.
Renewwed my medical skills .
First experiance in acute to chronic medical care. Took care of first AIDS pt in Boston
Productive but also overwhelming
A typical day was conducting assessments of inpatient clients who had co-occurring disorders due to medical and addiction related issues. I learned that addiction related issues can have a major impact on the medical issues of patients. The management of the Addictions Units was of a high quality which was essential to the overall treatment of the patients, and that as a result of the collaborations of the team I was assigned to I gained an appreciation of the need for continuity of care at the outpatient level to assist in avoiding some of the hazardous diseases that were prevelent in this particular work environment. My co-workers who were my trainers were essential in te increase of the morale of the patients being treated. The hardest part of my job was watching two of my patients expire, however the most enjoyable was to be a part of the recovery process of the patients who did suceed, as a result of the committment of the Addictions Team.