Posted by isntshelovlei on February 27, 2011
As if there weren’t enough lingo, medical jargon, and unapproved abbreviations…enters “cabbage.” The first time I heard the expression was in Nursing Research. It really didn’t register at first as I usually tune 3/4 of that three-hour lecture out anyway (don’t even get me started on that class). The second time was probably in post conference (we’re in the CICU this rotation). “Patient had a ‘cabbage’ times two…” This time my antenna went up—patient had a what?!? But there’s a silent rule among nursing students in post conference—short, sweet answers only and don’t ask a lot of questions so we can get the hell out of there. If you really need to talk or ask the clinical instructor something stay afterwards and do it on your own time. So I kept my puzzlement to myself for the time being, “just smile and nod” as they say. It wasn’t until I was catching up on my reading for the week (we just so happened to be doing cardiac) that I had an epiphany.
Come to find out, “cabbage” is “short” for CABG, or coronary artery bypass graft. Well color me unimpressed. It’s not even a true acronym. CABG is actually an initialism; those four letters do not in fact form a word just because someone decided to pronounce them like one.
I’ll get off my English lesson soapbox now…
But next thing you know we’ll be calling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) “Alice” or saying patients with chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML) have “Camel”—I wonder with one hump or two?…
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Posted by isntshelovlei on February 8, 2011
Though it’s a great clinical rotation, the CICU makes me nervous. Just their 10-page daily flow sheet alone was a rude awakening to how much stuff I still don’t know and how little time I have left to learn it all. So as we edge towards another clinical weekend, I can already feel my anxiety starting to build…
Part of the problem is I feel like we do a lot of stuffing and dumping every semester—we focus on and study what we need to know for that particular class and then that knowledge gets neatly tucked away in some obscure corner (hopefully of the mind and not of a bookshelf). For instance, I took maternity/OB last spring and at this particular moment it totally escapes me what the hell BUBBLEHEP stands for. Breasts, uterus….oh forget it. L&D is the last place I want to work anyway. I also often get frustrated if I don’t remember the brand name/generic/class/action/or indication for one of the gillions of meds I know we’ve already covered. It’s just a lot information. As it has been said before, nursing school is like trying to stuff 10 lbs of information into a 5 lb bag. Ten pounds of constantly changing information at that. Nursing is one of those fields where you truly never stop learning. There are always new meds, new equipment, new best practices… To all of those that have come before me—how the hell do you retain it all?!?
So as you can probably tell I’m becoming a bit unraveled. I know most of it is just the nerves, the stress, and the sleep deprivation weighing me down like the itis after Sunday dinner at Big Momma’s house, but it’s definitely times like this that I wish I wasn’t a nontraditional student. Those fresh-outta-high-school-no-kids-no-mortgage-no-car-note-don’t-gotta-work-cause-mom-and-dad-footing-the-bill students just don’t realize how good they’ve got it. What I wouldn’t give to be able to just focus on studying.
But that’s not my reality. So I gotta buckle down and push through…I’ve come too far to crap out now.
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