Personal Narrative: My First Shadowing Experience

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On my first shadowing experience, I followed a nurse practitioner. On October nineteenth, I drove downtown to Chicago to the Anne and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. There I met Linda Zekas, a nurse practitioner in the NICU, or neonatal intensive care unit. We sat down, and she went over a normal work day for her. She also showed me x-rays of the babies in the NICU and their conditions. Then, I went with her on her rounds on hourly check ups on the babies. There were a few babies on ECMO, extracorporeal life support. This machine takes the oxygen poor blood out of the body, filters it, and puts it back into the body. This lets the newborn’s lungs and heart develop normally again. It was very interesting to me to see so many newborns on ECMO
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