You may know me as Katy Wolk-Stanley,
insane blogger writer and frugality expert, but in my real life I am a licensed Registered Nurse. Working 24 hours per week as high risk hospital labor and delivery nurse, I am always on the lookout for medical emergencies.
Even at Goodwill.
Just the other day I was browsing through my local Goodwill, when I started to realize that my skills as an RN were being called into play. Just look at this vintage cup:
- Tongue sticking out to the side? Check.
- Eyebrow droop? Check.
- Uneven smile? Check.
- I would have checked if it was able to hold both arms in front in an even manner, but you know . . . no arms.
I think this cup is having a stroke! Quick, call 911!
With that emergency addressed, I wandered over to the knick-knack aisle and was presented with a new patient:
Although I am not a Certified Lactation Consultant, I still do breastfeeding education as part of my job. And correct me if I’m wrong, but this woman seems to be missing her nipples. And the #1 (and #2) most important components of successful breastfeeding are nipples. This completely brought me to the limits of my breastfeeding education skill set, and I ended up having to order a lactation consultation.
It’s important to know as an RN when it’s time to ask for help.
Knowing I had left the nipple-less wonder in good hands, (literally) I stepped away and came across this woman:
A woman who cares about her health, and is making good fitness choices.
A woman who . . . drool . . . has the most amazing . . . veins . . . drool . . . for an IV start.
Such . . . amazing . . . veins . . .
Look at how prominent and straight they are!
I want to fill this woman with IV’s. I want to grab some nursing students and let them practice on her. I want to start IV’s from across the room with one hand tied behind my back.
Those are some awesome veins.
Drool . . .
And that, my friends, is how an RN views the world.
Seriously though, we fantasize about veins like that. Even at Goodwill.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”