Saturday, February 28, 2009

Level One?

I have to say I am very impressed with the quality of care the staff at St. Helena Clearlake provide. They are very good to their patients. Last night was interesting, we had a 29 weeker present in PTL and 4cm dilated! Remember, this is a level one unit!!! Since there is no pharmacist here at night, the supervisor had to hunt down some Magnesium Sulfate partial fills in the ER so I could give my bolus.....crazy, I know:) Unfortunately, we couldn't get her stable enough to transport so she had to deliver here! Lucky for us, the UCSF NICU transport team arrived here before the baby and everything went well. I have been spoiled working at a level three facility all these years. Tonight.... a nice full term labor patient for me, yeah!

Monday, February 16, 2009

St. Helena - Clearlake

Today I started my new assignment at St. Helena Hospital in Clearlake, CA. It is a small, 25 bed hospital that does about 20 deliveries per month. Clearlake is a beautiful area surounded by mountains and vineyards. I have parked my fifth-wheel at the Island RV Park in Clearlake Oaks right on the shore of Clear Lake. I wake up to fantastic views of the lake and Mt. Konocti. The park is a little noisy, but the owners are very nice and there are several other traveling nurses staying there as well.