Monthly Archives: October 2015

Gear Review: Fenix E12 Flashlight

This flashlight lives in my pocket, both at work and everywhere else. It’s the best flashlight I’ve found for my needs. It has a low, medium, and high setting – on low (8 lumens) it is perfect for checking a patient’s pupils, or sneaking in to check on a patient without waking them up.

Then if I need to really illuminate a room, I crank on 130 lumens. Even in a lit room, it’s noticeably bright. Perfect for assessing wounds when the light is shining the wrong direction, or checking out that bump in the night. It is also part of my planned self-defense strategy at work, where I can’t carry. 130 lumens is plenty bright to make an attacker shut their eyes – so I can either get away or counterattack as necessary.

The flashlight is 3.5 inches long, and 0.5 inches diameter. It is perfectly round, I wish it had a bevel cut in it to keep it from rolling straight off a table when I set it down. Fits great in my pocket.

It operates on a tail switch. I’ve never had it unintentionally turn on in my pocket, and it works 100% of the time – unlike my E11, where if it had been on for a few minutes, it would refuse to turn back on. The tail switch cycles through brightness, from low to high. I wish it were high to low for self defense applications, but I haven’t found another light that is convenient to carry and is any better for general use.

Battery life: I stuck an Energizer Lithium AA battery in it back in May when I got it, and haven’t changed it – despite regular use. Lithium batteries are awesome.

I’d highly recommend this flashlight, and they haven’t even given me anything to say that!

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New Grads!

I’ve had the privilege of being one of the main preceptors on my floor for the past couple years. It’s been awesome – I love working with new nurses. It feels nice having the occasional night where I look around at huddle and realize I helped train a majority of the nurses. Some new nurses are pretty good to begin with – by the end third week, I’m mostly helping out on the rest of the floor, and the new grad is taking the full group. Others take more time, and we’re both staying busy until the end of their five week standard orientation.

I’ve only had to extend an orientation once – where I emailed the director and said I felt the nurse was not ready to be on their own, and should probably work on a lower acuity floor. We ended up extending this nurse’s orientation by two weeks, and I still felt nervous any time I saw the nurse was on the schedule.

Precepting has been one thing that has kept me on the same floor as long as I’ve been there (a whopping three-ish years – and I’m one of the more senior nurses now). Few things are more rewarding than taking a fresh out of school nurse and helping them become a kick-ass RN.

The big thing I hope they learn from me is to take care of your patient first, and always. If a patient needs pain meds, it doesn’t matter that it’s 2 AM. Call and wake the doc up. You feel like your patient is getting worse, but the doc doesn’t want to come in. Ok, call the charge, the house supervisor, rapid response, the attending – whoever you need to call to get your patient taken care of.

I do feel week 3 is the most nerve-wracking week as a preceptor. They know the basics, now it’s time to let them build some confidence and independence. So I stop following them around. They know what they’re doing… I hope! Still do some spot checks – Zosyn needs to be hung on primary tubing, and we talked about that – but I still swing by after they hang it, just to double check. If you let them make a mistake, they remember it much better.

Now I’m off to bed, a busy day awaits!

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