Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Continuing Education

I quit working as an RN well before my ankles swelled up the size of two fifty-gallon drums during my fourth pregnancy five years ago. I do, however, maintain my licensure to practice professional nursing in the state of Texas by complying with the CEU requirement (even though my kids have the audacity to say, “Mom, you don’t even work!” But alas, that is for another blog!).

You just never know when you’re going to need it.

So even though I’m not working in a hospital, I was surprised at how much those CEU courses could help me in my everyday life. Here are a few of the ones I took:

Breaking Bad News – This is supposed to tell you how to tactfully tell your patient, "I have to restart your IV, " or worse, “Time for that enema.” I found this one particularly helpful when I had to approach my husband recently with the “we are $500 over budget on groceries this month” talk.

Anger Management – This one shows you how to be cool when your patient has just cussed you out after saving his life because he has a rash where the defibrillator pads were. I've counted on this time and again as I rearrange my four year old's socks for the seventh time, and she still says they're lumpy.

Adolescent Dieting – This one is on how to recognize signs of anorexia and bulimia. I am still trying to figure out how to keep my tweens from eating me out of house and home, but maybe this will come in handy later.

Domestic Violence Update – I now know how to recognize if that whallop to the head was an accident, or if someone is going to be doing some time in his or her room.

Bioterrorism Update – This is my favorite, and I got four whole hours of credit for it. I now know how to recognize and deal with the likes of anthrax, smallpox and plague. Unfortunately, it did not include how to identify the toxic waste that is growing in the dark recesses of my refrigerator, even though its aerosol dispatch could potentially harm thousands. What kind of scientists are these people, anyway??

1 comment:

Carol said...

I did the same thing - stopped working as an RN when I gave birth to my son. That was 9+ years ago. You might want to call TX BNE. Even though I stayed current on my CEU's, so much time had passed that, as of last year, I have to take a refresher course to remain active.

I think we may have a lot in common.