This is a post about what I know… Because we ALL KNOW SOMETHING!
I know how to insert a foley catheter (and pretty darn well, mind you).
Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I was a registered nurse. Not something I often talk about on here, mostly just because it’s no longer a part of my daily routine.
This whole post isn’t going to consist of how proficient I am in draining bladders with a catheter. Surprisingly, it was the first thing that popped into my head when I sat questioning myself about what I REALLY know.
I remember the first-time I ever inserted a foley catheter, was during my Labor & Delivery rotation in nursing school. That particular night, I was assigned to take care of a new momma and baby. However, when the opportunity presented itself to straight cath a pregnant woman in labor (who had received an epidural) my clinical instructor had me do it… for my FIRST-TIME EVER!
For those of you who’ve had children or are nurses and know what goes on DOWN-THERE during labor… you can probably only imagine how terrified I was! I was REALLY doubting myself!
However, it went like a breeze… and although I wasn’t expecting to see my first delivery that night, I DID! That full bladder was the only thing standing in the way of that precious, little baby making his entrance!
As soon as I had finished up straight cathing her, she was ready to push and I watched that baby make his début just 15 minutes later!
I have a lot of mixed feelings about nursing. I don’t know if it’s really something I wish to go back to. However, that’s another post, for another time.
It’s just been something on my mind since I got a reminder in the mail that I need 30 CEUs yet to renew my nursing license come October.
I don’t want to let my nursing license go because I wouldn’t want to have to sit and retake the nursing boards (NCLEX) if I worry ever to want to go back to nursing.
I also struggle because I know I’m slowly losing my knowledge that I’m not using with each passing day.
Decisions, decisions, decisions…
Have you ever been in a similar situation? Where you have received specific training or schooling and end up not using it? Please feel free to share your experiences below!