Similarly, the other procedure, which was to keep a continual reminder to the patient to cough as frequent as possible within an hour to aid in the drainage of the pleural space and lung expansion, was a procedure I failed drastically (O'carroll, M. & Park, A. 2007, 39). This was because of the sympathy derived from the sight of the patient put under the chest tube and looking frail while struggling to breathe. A regular assessment of the status of the respiratory progress was a procedure I executed perfectly.
Observing the patient for any sort of discomfort in exhalation and inhalation to establish if the chest is undergoing asymmetric expansion was paramount (Parker, M. & Smith, M. 2010, 78). The observations were within a period of an hour. However, the procedure of water seal maintenance was a challenge to me. This is essential in the prevention of air entry into the pleural space. The patient looked too frail to keep on adjusting the equipment placed on him, hence giving me a hard time in maintaining the water seal. This part of the process is equally important in ensuring that the level of fluid in the drainage bottle is enough for the seat tube to remain submerged at the required level so that the chest drain removal occurs without fail.
The experience that I received from executing the process of chest drain removal made me learn a couple of lessons. I understood the importance of learning nursing theories as well as being able to perform even the basic steps. Having adequate knowledge of nursing theories alone does not make a good nurse.
I found out that the ability to take care of patients in the hospital is a practical skill that makes a nurse better. There were numerous challenges that enhanced my hands-on experience as a professional nurse. For instance, maintaining the water seal was an uphill task for me. However, after the process was over, I reflected that the challenge was worthwhile since it gave me room to improve my skills on it. There were challenging steps for me in the whole process.
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