My First CE Course
Well, I found a course I was interested in, signed up and took my first continuing education course. The title? "Patient Crisis: Identify the Signs and Symptoms Before the Patient Crashes." I must start by saying the continental breakfast was wonderful. We had little wine glasses filled with orange juice, plates of bagels with fresh fruit, miniature cinnamon rolls and other goodies. In addition, I had a Ziploc bag of cookies in my purse, as well as a granola bar and an orange. You never know when hunger could hit. I spent most of my college career snacking through classes, so this was a great opportunity for me to relive my college snacking days.
Onto describing the actual course - in case you are not as impressed as I am with a cold food bar. I was very impressed with the presentation skills and teaching methods of the speaker - a lovely nurse from Arizona. The course was designed primarily for nurses, but also had a lot of valuable information for therapists, especially those working in an ICU setting. I think the most important thing I learned was that very small changes in a patient's presentation could be signs that something is happening. We must communicate with nurses, MDs and all other teammates to monitor these changes and assist with further assessments.
It was nice to take a deep breath from my busy schedule and really recognize, and almost ponder, all of the things affecting my patients. Sometimes I get carried away with the "big picture" without picking up on the subtleties. Like Ryan Reynolds says in The Proposal, "She's as subtle as a gun." It's good for me to be reminded that every detail is important. And it's fun to keep learning.