Friday, September 21, 2007

This is a Test!

And there's alot of studying to go along with it. The nursing program is a very busy one, with lots of instruction and simulation and LOTS of reading. I don't mind at all and find most of the reading fascinating.
My husband and I drove to Pittsburgh last weekend to celebrate my youngest daughter's 21st birthday. Her actual b-day is this weekend, but apparently it isn't cool to have your mom go with you on your first official bar crawl. Hey, when did that happen?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Stethoscope Sock

Stethoscopes all look the same. Some have different color tubing, but these choices are limited. So, in the clinical setting, you need to somehow mark your own stethoscope in a way to make it stand out. Why not knit it a little sock? It will stay on, but is easily removable to wash.

Using sock yarn and size 2 DPN's, I cast on 12 stitches (the circumference of the scope, including the tubing is 1 and1/4 inches, I was aiming for 1 and 1/2 inches) and join in the round, being careful not to twist. For this little cover, work the first 5 rows in a seed stitch, work 10 rows in stockinette stitch, another 5 rows in seed stitch, then 10 rows in stockinette stitch, and end with 5 rows of seed stitch. Bind off while working the last row. The finished length is 3 and 1/4 inch. I am not sure of the amount of yarn used, I will measure for it soon and edit this post, but it's just a small amount of scrap sock yarn.

Now you have something to make with all of those little balls of leftover sock yarn. It will make a thoughtful gift for someone you love who uses a stethoscope!

Friday, September 7, 2007

First Day at the Hospital

Tomorrow is my first day in nursing clinical. The clinical is the practice we do on real patients! I need to report at 6:45 am in the lobby of the hospital. Tomorrow will be an orientation day only. I worked in an ICU for about 3 years as a unit clerk 30 years ago, but some of my fellow students have absolutely no experience around hospitals and are scared to death! So, if you live or visit the Philadelphia area within the next few months, please do your very best not to end up in a local hospital!(Thanks to for the clip art.)