First experiences
June 19, 2014

At Pampa Regional Medical Center, I will be following an RN that will educate me in their department and give me advice in each situation we come across. I will be rotating departments each week. These departments include the Med-Surg. Unit, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Women’s Health Clinic, Golden Phoenix (the psychiatric ward located in the hospital), Urgent Care Clinic, the Post- Anesthesia Care Unit, Recovery Room, and the Operating Room. Each department has its own set of unique characteristics and demand different skills to ensure the best care for every patient. I have already been exposed to many opportunities that I would not have been possible with the help of Ogallala Commons. I get to observe each department and learn just were each nurse fits in. I also get to learn the “tips” the experienced nurses have to make things easier. That’s not something you get in nursing school. So far, I have been in the Med-Surg. Unit and the Emergency Department. I have recently found a new respect for the nurses in the Emergency Department. They are put in positions that require a very unique set of skills. Such skills include, critical thinking, nursing judgment, and patience while rushing around to get things done in a timely manner but also done safely and to the best of their ability. I noticed its almost like organized chaos in that department. The love each of those nurses have for the patients and their career has given me the encouragement I need to further my education and reach my full potential. I can thank this internship for all these wonderful experiences with many more to come.

The outside view of Pampa Regional Medical Center.
The outside view of Pampa Regional Medical Center.

 

On the elevator riding up to my first day on the job!
On the elevator riding up to my first day on the job!