Stunning gown made up of hospital materials

Last tuesday the institution where I work celebrated its 20th years of service. A part of the celebration is the fashion show wherein the six teams showcased their talents in making an attire using the recycable waste of the hospital.

Wellll. I love all the designs but of course there’s always that one favorite right? hehe anyway here is my favorite

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Guess what is this made of? 🙂 Here is another picture

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So let me show what this dress is made of.

First, the base is this white dress

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Then, those stuffed flowers are actually disposable OR caps. They were shaped into circle small flower. Wonderful isn’t it?

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The spikes , were made up of Intravenous bottles. Cut into leaf like shapes and glued together.

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The shiny part near the waist area were oxygen cannulas cut and formed in spiral and were stitched hand in hand in the cloth.

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The upper part was made up of syringe cups.

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The syringe cups were glued on the cloth. And it has this sparkly effect .

Tsanan! wonderfuls isn’t it? 🙂
It really looks wonderful in person, it looks classy and expensive. But it is just actually made up of recyclable materials from the hospital.

Here are some of my other favorites:

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*all photos are not mine*

Reuse
Reduce
Recycle
What do you think?

_Mary

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“Thank you”

” Thank you” , two words but very heart warming.

 A month ago we have student nurses who were assigned in our unit to have their staffing.

For me they are really of great help . They monitor the patients vital signs, give their medications (with our assistance) and do the charting. Not to mention that they also help us change the patients bed linens. And for us staff nurses, what we need to do is assist them with whatever they will do and see to it that what they are doing is correct. But I must say its not that easy to supervise students. You can’t be too lax and too strict. I can still remember the day when I was also a student, I hate it when my clinical instructor sticks to me when i go to my patients room and keep on observing my ways. Ugggh, but now i understand them better — one mistake and your licenses is at stake.

Anyywayy, time flies so fast. Today is their last day of staffing 😦 We’ll definitely gonna miss them. I hope they learned something from us 🙂

Here is a picture o f what they gave us. Personalized cupcakes and it says “THANK YOU NDU”

 

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1st batch of cupcakes (Taste soooo good) Check out their instagram account @ LPVcupcakes

Sorry for the poor picture i just took it with my phone. :p

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Second batch of cupcakes

Writing 101: Day 6 A Character Building Experience

I woke up late today. It is such a lazy day to prepare for work. I got to buzz off my alarm three times before i finally get up and get myself ready.

As i entered the hospital people look at me with a smile on their faces. I did not know why everyone seems so friendly today.

I went to the station and proceeded with patient’s endorsement and rounds.

Almost all of my patients seems okay but one. Little miss whiny is doing it again. As I entered her room, she began to cry. Her eyes showed fear, fear of experiencing the piercing of the needles against her skin. She keeps on moving trying to get away from me. I tried to calm her ,i talked to her gently and said  ” miss krista ,it’s me your nurse, I’m here to help you get well soon”. She stopped and looked at me in the eye. Her big eyes glistened and her face lightened up. She got closer to me and i smiled back. She was silently observing everything i do. As I look at her i notice that she has a beautiful hair. Her cheeks are rosy white and her lips has more smiles than before.
I talked to her continuously, she was just silently listening and nodding at my questions. She was very happy, as if she found a new friend in me. I took a deep breathe and find myself enjoying talking to her.
As silence come across the room, she look the other way, I saw the pain in her eyes again. The agony of fighting her disease in three years revealed . I came closer and put my hands near her. I closely notice that the bruises in her legs are starting to show up, its leukemia, her immune system is really backing down I tried to touch it and she gasps. “It hurts really bad” she said, “I’m sorry” i responded , she replied with a smile but her eyes were still sad. I wanted to stay inside her room but I felt that she wanted to be alone again, I bid my farewell and hoping one day i can paint that beautiful genuine smile on her face.

_Mary

Night duty : good or bad?

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I’ve been having my night duty for almost half a month now. At first i love the feeling that there are less errands on night duties, but when as my night duties continues i can already feel the disadvantage of it. Maybe im not a night person after all. I usually get a heavy feeling when i get home. I skip meals and trade it for sleep. But anyway. It’s good the my night shift draft will end soon. I guess i just need to supplement my needs thru multivitamins. I hope i can get through this without catching any sickness.
How about you nurses? How’s your duty lately?
🙂

-Mary

Like a pizza: Equality is needed in Health Care

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        As they say you must always give fair treatment to your patients. Whether he is poor or rich you must always render care equally. The reality is, it does not work that way. Rich people here in our country always have a better treatment than the less privileged. Money works and i hate the fact that it’s true. It is really heart breaking that some patients go home because their money is not enough to pay the hospital bill and buy medications. I actually don’t know what to say when a relative comes to me and tell me ” Ma’am we want to be discharged , we do not have money for my sons treatment ” . I sometimes keep quiet but sometimes i give them words of encouragement; i think that’s the least i could do, right? 

        So talking of fair treatment. Today, i realized that as a nurse i can do something for that. I should always treat my patients equally whatever the race, belief or status they have. Giving my best in rendering holistic care despite this equality issues is my goal , with this simple act i hope i can bring smile to my patients faces.

        -Mary

It’s valentines day. But.. I’m a nurse

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It’s 5 am and I woke up to the alarm of my clock. I stretched my arms, grab my towel and went straight to the bathroom. The cold water is enough to wake up my sleeping soul. I dried myself immediately and put on my white uniform. I tied my hair to a bun and covered it with a hairnet. I don’t want to look so dull so i applied a light make up on my face.  There was nothing to eat so i grab the leftover, a hot dog sand which and ate them on my way to work.

It was a normal day as i entered the hospital, no flowers or decorations seen. I went straight to our unit. The endorsement was about to start when I arrived. Today, we were assigned to six patient’s . Our maximum census is 1 nurse is to 8 patients for total patient care. Today i handled 2 hypertensive patients, 1 stroke patient with nasogastric tube, 1 status post exploratory laparotomy, 1 pediatric patient who has diarrhea, and 1 with colon cancer who is dyspneic.My duty started right, i prepared my medications and went on to check my patient’s initial vital signs. It took me an hour to give my medications and get their vital signs. Everyone seemed okay, no initial complaints and everyone looked happy. As i’m about to do my documentation on the nurses notes. One of my patients relative went to me and told me that my cancer patient could hardly breathe. I went immediately and saw that he has labored breathing, I instructed him to try to relax and assisted him with deep breathing exercises. I went to get his salbutamol nebule and administered it via face mask. He started to calm down and saw that he was relieved. I pushed his due IV hydrocortisone and he started to even look better. He can now speak and told me he is feeling much better. I went back to our station and just when i was about to sit , a doctor came in and asked me to accompany him to dress his patients wounds. We went straight ahead to the patients room and changed his wound dressing. After that ,I went to my patients room and gave him a stat dose of dulcolax suppository because he has not defecated for three days. I tried to document all my initial vital signs in fastest way possible because i know the doctors might be doing their rounds and there is so much errands to do that can cause delay to my documentation. So… i was right after a few minutes here the doctors came and had their rounds. There’s so many laboratory requests to be done. Procedure such as X-ray and CT-scan is to be done immediately because the doctor’s want to see the result immediately. Six hours had passed and i felt that I was getting weak and my tummy hurts. I was hungry, but I just couldn’t take a break since my other colleague had her lunch first and we need to take turns since we are only three staff nurses in our unit. I finally took the chance to sit down while waiting for my colleague to come. I smiled at her when she arrived and she knew immediately that i’m dead hungry too. I had my lunch alone in our canteen, there is no signs of special occasion there. We were all just  staff in the hospital having a break from the busy world of the ward. I went back and started doing some wound dressing, turned my stroke patient from side to side and fed her via nasogastric tube. It was a routine: prepare medication , checked vitals signs and document all the things we have done to our patients. I haven’t notice that my 12 hours duty is almost done. A few minutes our incoming staff came in . I checked all the charts making sure proper documentation was done and I made sure that all my patients were okay. The endorsement was done and the nurses rounds seemed to go quickly.
Finally it was time to go home.
I just felt so relieved and fulfilled when I got out of the hospital. We greeted each other goodbye and happy valentines.
As I go to bed I think that I still have the best gift today. I may be dead tired but nothing can repay how grateful my patients were to me when i’m about to leave. Some gave me food and said thank you to me. Some were even asking to have me as a nurse again. This are the things you experience in the hospital that are priceless. I did have a HAPPY VALENTINES after all.

– Mary