Suppository goes where?

Communication…I cannot stress how important communication is in nursing. English is complex in the sense that one word has many meanings. It can really confuse some people. Like Mr. Ram who came in complaining that his regular dosage of ibuprofen was no longer helping his arthritis. The doctor added indocid suppositories to his monthly prescription chart. “Okay, Mr. Ram, I’ve added a suppository to your chronic chart. Just put it into your back passage and…

U2 coming to South Africa!

I just got word that U2 are coming to South Africa and I am so amped up! Tickets go on sale on Saturday and I am nervous about whether I will get to be in the inner circle or not(The inner circle is the same as the golden circle in regular concerts, except this concert has a circular "360 degree" stage) . It's four months away, 13 February 2011.            By then I should…

Hospital Signage – Funny or Fatal?

Hospital signage errors can cause allot of trouble, even more so if you don’t exactly have a knack for common sense which is a disturbingly common phenomenon in my hospital. (This sign) + (demised babies) – (common sense) = scary. Share pics you have of funny/dangerous hospital signs and I'll feature it on the site. 🙂 Email your images to arkadialove@gmail.com

Dead Rising!

[Posts you may want to read first: My first day and the dead woman, The last offices] It’s very intriguing indeed, the number of ghost stories I have heard! Many of them are about patients that wake up from the dead. Once there was this Asian guy frantically searching for his dead relative who was apparently axed but woke up in the mortuary and walked away. I didn’t know whether it was a joke or…

Episode 3 – The Last Offices

Previously on Nursing Habits: Arkadia’s first day as a nurse and her patient goes into cardiac arrest…resuscitation fail! My First Day and the Dead Woman No matter how many times you read about the procedure in your text-book, you can never be prepared for it. I had to take Mrs. Khosa into an empty room in the ICU department. It was my first actual day of practical training. It just so happens that I had…

Episode 2 – My first day and the dead woman

Previously on Nursing Habits: Arkadia wakes up content and happy as web design expert, living in a beautiful mountainous home with the man of her dreams and her beautiful huskies, only to be abruptly transformed into a nurse, bedpan in one hand, vomit in the other! The Art of Caring while Cursing! INT.  A DREARY HOSPITAL IN LITTLE TOWN IN SOUTH AFRICA – DAY It was a Monday morning and I timidly introduced myself to…

Episode 1 – Nursing: The art of caring while cursing!

I am a web designer turned nurse turning web designer and I have about 74 days of nursing left in me. Follow my blog for an insightful journey into the life of a nurse. A  beautiful bright full moon shines prettily upon the pitch black sky. I take a deep breathe and smile as I take in the beauty of the world I am living in. It’s full of awesomeness. Real awesomeness in the true…