I Hit a Patient Yesterday

Yeah, that really happened! It was an accident though.  I was moving a piece of equipment and it got away from me and then BOOM.  I hit her square in the mouth.  She said it was a mere “light tap” but I may as well have knocked her out with how embarrassed I was.  Honestly, I was glad I learned my lesson on her, a 19 yr old basic trainee instead of a little 80-something lady.

So . . . how was your Monday?

Anyway, my class is still deep in the pulmonary side of the job so I’m spending most of my time studying lung function testing.  I’ve also been spending a lot of my time worrying about the new job.  Believe it or not, hitting my patient yesterday didn’t help.  Sarcastic smile The reason I’ve been so nervous though is because the cost of screwing up is a lot higher than in my old job!

In a maintenance job like I had, if you screwed up then it meant:

  • breaking a piece of equipment that cost hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  If you were really good, you could down a plane.  According to the boss anyway.
  • wasting lots of time fixing something
  • the boss yelled at you

In my new job, apparently if we screw up, we can kill someone.  You see, our instructors are very fond of telling stories of respiratory therapists setting a ventilator up wrong and then it ends with a patient with popped lungs and that kind of just freaks me out a little.  So yeah, I’m really nervous about going into respiratory therapy in a week.

Well because my nerves were getting the best of me, I got curious and looked up some ways to find out, “what career is best for you.”  My search came across a career placement test called the iPersonic Personality Test.


I answered all 40 questions and apparently my personality corresponds with the Good Natured Realist.  Which I personally found hilarious because my husband constantly says I’m a pessimist and I always respond with, “no, I’m a realist.” I have proof now!

Anywho, some highlights from the description:

  • Good-natured Realists like you are warm-hearted, helpful personalities.
  • You do not like pushing yourself to the fore; you prefer to fulfill your tasks out of the limelight.
  • Thoroughness, conscientiousness and sense of duty are your strongest points
  • it is important to depend on a clear and structured workflow.
  • Ideal careers: Interior decorators, designers, nurses, administrators, managers, secretaries, child care/early childhood development, social work, counselors, paralegals, clergy, office managers, shopkeepers, bookkeepers, homemakers, gardeners, clerical supervisors, curators, family practice physicians, health service workers, librarians, medical technologists, typists

It looks like I just might be in the right field after all.  I’ve decided that of course I’m going to be nervous about my new job but that just means I care.  By caring, I’ll pay attention and learn as much as I can so I WON’T screw up.  So, despite the fact that I accidentally hit a patient yesterday, I think I’m going to be just fine.

Would you like to take the iPersonic Personality test?  Here’s the link to the test.  Let me know what you got!

A tip for taking it – The statements are either/or and I found that there were several where I would be both.  Set up a paper like I did and put down true or false for every statement.  The section with the most trues is which category you are MOST like.

Have a great day!


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