This weekend I will get on a plane to fly to the university for a week-long skills session. I am a little conflicted about this. I will miss my husband, my two dogs and the warmer weather in Florida. I am looking forward to seeing all the people I have been in classes with and learning cool new skills.
We are getting labs in advanced health assessment. We have to practice on our classmates, except for pelvic and prostate exams. There are supposed to be live volunteers for that. I am a little nervous about that particular aspect. I am never embarassed to do any type of care involving those personal areas, but to do it for no other reason than practice, just feels weird to me. Maybe it is because I can’t imagine what would motivate someone to volunteer for that job; especially when the people performing the exams are fumbling around because they have never done it before. I suspect I am not the only person who feels nervous about this particular part of the deal.
It is going to be fun to peer into ear canals and at retinas, get extra skills in classifying heart murmurs and learn a bunch of new assessment skills in general.
We are also going to have labs in “Advanced Practice Procedures”, which consists of suturing, removing skin lesions, joint injections and casting. That part ought to be a blast! I always enjoyed sewing…I hope we are NOT practicing on each other.
When someone asked me what I would be doing next week and I explained the plan, they said “Wow, that sounds just like what nurse pactitioners do.” Cool. Yup. It is starting to feel a little real.