Yesterday’s post was a bit depressing as to my current state of mind. I apologize if it brought you down, but saying anything else or attempting an uplifting post would have been severely faking it.

But today, you get a nursing school anecdote! Yay!

In yesterday’s assessment class, the instructor (a former Catholic nun who is very spicy – I love her!) was lecturing on the cardiovascular system. She was talking about pulse points and which ones we should know how to palpate: temporal, carotid, radial, femoral, pedal, and a few others I can’t remember at this time.

Anyway, we were told we would NOT find the femoral pulse on our lab partner, but rather practice on ourselves or “I don’t care, grab a stranger off the street and practice on them.” Giggle, giggle. A few of us exchange glances.

Under my breath, I say, “I don’t think that would hold up in court.”

My instructor stops. “What was that?”

Me, a little louder, “I don’t think that would hold up in court as a good defense.”

Apparently, as I was informed later, the entire class stopped and nervously awaited what was coming next. What actually came next was a story about another group of accelerated students, which had nothing to do with pulse points, but oh well.

Again, in case you need to know where to palpate the femoral pulse: put your fingers the outside of your hip where the femur meets the pelvis. On the front of your body, follow the lower pelvic line inward and down. This is also known as the groin area.

I’m certain that, “Hey girl, let’s palpate our femoral pulses” is next in line for the Ryan Gosling meme.



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