10 Nursing Skills That are Just as Helpful at Home
as They are in the Hospital
1. I can change your bedding while you lay asleep and you will never even know I was there... except for the subtle scent of Snuggle rising up from your fresh sheets.
This is a particularly helpful skill as the mother of toddlers or small children who continuously wet the bed and occasionally vomit. No wakey? No problem.
2. I can clean and sanitize an entire level 10 poo with just one wipe.
Supplies are expensive and not always in abundance! When the newborn or elder “blowouts” strike, I can solve it in just one wipe.
3. I can change your entire outfit for you while you remain recumbent.
The log roll... A technique used by mommy-nurses across the world. We can very carefully lift, roll and dress our children for the day without fully waking them up. After the third cup of coffee we can readdress the question, “how late is too late when it comes to waking up the kids?”
4. Administer 12 hours’ worth of medications in about 2.5 ounces of apple sauce. Magic.
This craft can come in handy across the board. In my case, this is a great approach when dealing with my grown adult husband... who still winces and gulps when taking half of a Benadryl.
5. Administer 100 recoiling 2” deep chest compressions in only 60 seconds.
Have you ever tried to put a diaper on a donkey kicking toddler?... time, strength and precision are key.
6. Explain to a family member why they can’t shove that donut down their sedated son’s endotracheal tube... WITHOUT laughing!
When your kids ask you things like “Why can’t I eat my boogers?” or “Where do babies come from?” You are first hit with the thought what?! and followed by the internal LOL.
7. Work a 12-hour ICU shift without a bathroom or lunch break and still manage to meet friends for a two-hour dinner. WIN.
Remember that one time you had a newborn and never slept again?! Yeah. Apparently sleep and rest are not necessities. Now, let’s talk real necessities- wine.
8. I can make Senna taste like chocolate milk just by…
Sometimes all a mom has on hand are the goldfish found in the car seat, a half-opened Capri Sun and 1 last remaining scoop in the peanut butter jar. What can you say… A girl has to make due with what she’s got.
9. Busy ICU hall full of loud bells and whistles, but it’s not your patient so you want some quiet time…not easy to come by. But somehow you can find the only semi-private 2x2’ space on the entire floor!
Moms, you know about this all too well. That moment you lock yourself in the bathroom, closet, or pantry and begin eating the last of the Girl Scout Cookie stock you build up last year. Or is that just me?...
10. My hug, when applied at a well-timed moment, can evoke tears you didn’t even know you had.
When a loved one has died but all you’ve allowed yourself to feel is anger and shock… you just need the human touch.