CCU is one of the hardest months for us – I didn’t have a lot of it during intern year, so I was glad to have it for a whole month to get extra training on advanced heart failure and interventional cardiology. It’s a busy, fast paced rotation, and patients can get sick very quickly.
Pro tip for any resident is to be nice to nurses. This was hammered into me by my many Filipino aunties who are all nurses.
In particular ICU nurses are stellar, and they help us learn while keeping the patient alive and well. A nice perk of having a Filipino background is a cultural bond with Filipino nurses, who make up a large portion of nurses in the USA. I tell interns to learn “kumusta” (hello) and “salamat” (thank you) – alas my Tagalog knowledge is very limited, but they always appreciate it.
Berry Ginger Infused Raspberry Tea
8 cups raspberry tea
1/2 cup agave, to taste
1 inch ginger, sliced
1 cup mixed raspberries and blackberries
Prepare raspberry tea and steep to desired concentration. let it cool to room temperature. Add agave, to desired sweetness.
Add the ginger and berries to the sweetened tea once cool. Add ice and serve chilled. Enjoy!