Something amazing happened at clinicals: I learned a skill! Before you get too excited and start thinking that my school finally got its act together, let me explain. My patient was a girl with spina bifida. Her mother has become an expert at her care, and catheterizes her every few hours. I’ve been in nursing school for nine months, but have never put in a catheter (or even seen one done on an actual person). I asked the mother if she was ok with me watching her cath her daughter, and she not only agreed, but actually took the time to explain to me exactly what she was doing. She then taught me all about her daughter’s different health conditions and how to best take care of each one. I was in awe over how much this woman knew, and at how dedicated she was to taking care of her beautiful little girl.