Nursing Corner: Relax, I know CPR!
People ask some interesting questions when they find out I’m a nurse. I was reminded about this the other day as I was eating lunch in the break room. A lady from registration asked me what I would have done in her situation as she describes a scene where her daughter was choking on a piece of cereal! Yikes! I told her how I would have handled it and told her that she should definitely take a CPR class. Although health care providers DEFINITELY need it, it benefits everyone, especially parents. Who knows what kinds of things your child will put in their mouth?
I remember the first time I actually used my CPR skills. I was volunteering at a hospital for the first day of my orientation in the ER. In walks a code blue (medical emergency for an adult) and they asked me to start compressions. I wanted to run and hide in a little hole, I was so scared!
Too bad that wasn’t an option!
I started the compressions, pulled it off, and felt like a champ
My husband uses it on a daily basis to save lives. As a fireman/paramedic he is usually one of the first responders and has saved countless lives by initiating CPR….including a small child that eventually came back and visited him at the station….alive and well. I’ll admit it, I got a little teary-eyed as I saw pictures of him holding the kid he saved….that’s my man
What’s awesome is that there are so many convenient ways to get your CPR certification, including online at: http://www.cprcertificationtrainingonline.com/american-heart-association-cpr-classes/ I would recommend this website for anyone, especially healthcare providers who don’t want to be inconvenienced to go into class….just take it online!
Questions for you: Have you ever had to use CPR in a non-hospital setting or seen it done? For those nurses out there…do you use it on your floor regularly?