Linda and I (but let's be honest, mostly Linda) are still chugging away on last year's RWB blocks. We've just got a few quilts left to go from these, which as many of you know are perennial favorites at the hospital.
These went up with a delivery last Friday while I there with my first level students. In order to make the drop off work Chaplain Perry actually had to take my keys and go load the quilts from my car into his since I'm not allowed to leave the building while my students are there. So kudos to him. This brings our total to 781!
I love teaching nursing school. I love first level especially because of the rapid changes. The students come in as regular college kids and end the semester as baby nurses. It's like watching a baby go from rolling over to crawling to walking.
One of my biggest goals for them is to learn to Talk. To. Patients. And get comfortable interacting with people. You wouldn't believe how many 19 and 20 year olds don't have much experience talking to adults outside their own age range. We've actually had to drop students before and send them to work in some kind of customer service job for a year (ie McDonalds cashier) before trying again.
Of course some of them take to this better than others. I was proud of one student this week, our first week out of the lab, who spotted a military tattoo and immediately engaged with the patient, asking what branch he was in and talking about her own family's military service.
There are so many veterans and family members of veterans in the hospital, and although they don't universally want to talk about their service it can be a great way to connect. As is, of course, these patriotic quilts. The chaplains always describe these as some of the most cherished and well received quilts CiL gives out.
|Same quilt as above, just flipped over|
My students all survived their first hospital day, and most of them even enjoyed it! I hope your own week went well and Spring is springing wherever you are!
|Future nurses of America|
Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 700 so far! During March/April we are supporting the Hands2Help Challenge instead of our normal block drive. Check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.