"Listen to the mustn'ts child, listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me....Anything can happen child. Anything can be." Shel Silverstein
"She believed she could, so she did." R.S. Grey

“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” Erin Hanson

Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You just don't know how excited I am to be DONE with that CNA class.  Not only that, but we got out 3 hours early!!!!!  Woohoo!!

And even though I got my CNA certificate, I just don't know that I could ever work in a LTC facility.  Of course it may be different if I had my own patients & didn't have to follow someone around constantly, but then again that may be worse, who knows.

On a brighter note, only 27 more days until school starts!!!!

 I am so excited, although a smidge less knowing what I have to look forward to for clinicals this semester.  Oh well, it's only 8 times and since I already have an idea of what I'm doing, maybe it won't be so bad.  Luckily 8 hours goes by pretty fast in there.  

I can't wait to start buying school supplies.  I totally see a new backpack in my future since Cooper peed on mine.  (And yes Cooper is my dog & not my son).

Personalized Large Backpack Zebra Pink accents

I will probably use the same binders since they're still in good shape, but I definitely need some new pens, pencils & highlighters.  I loves me some highlighters :D  Ok, I loves me some school supplies in general.

I still need to get my scrubs, shoes & supplies.  I wish there was a general shoe that everyone loved that was super comfortable, but I know everyone has their own preference.  Maybe I'll visit allnurses.com & see what  is the most recommended shoe.

Thinking about this semester, I can feel the nerves starting to kick in already.  My nursing bestie & I decided we're definitely going to have to put in a bit more effort in the studying department this semester.  Well, at least for our hard classes like Research & Pharm.  I did pretty good last semester.  I got my first C in 3 years, heck for that matter my first B also, but all I have to do is maintain a 3.0 in order to get into the MSN/DNP program. (Not sure which it will be by the time I get there.) I don't do as well studying on my own, so I may have to branch out & get to know some of the other students in the class & find a good study group.  We've got a bit of a break in between one class and since I live 45 minutes away I'll be staying on campus, so that will be a good time to get some studying done.  Another thing Gregory & I talked about was immediately after our tests, we're going to get together & highlight everything that was covered on the test so that we will be prepared to study for the final when the time comes.  Something we should have done last semester, but luckily in our hard class (Patho) the teacher made it open book.  :D

What is everyone else doing to get prepared for school?  Does anyone pre-study for class?  I never understood that concept.  How do you study for a class you've never been in.  How would you know which parts to cover??  Just wondered.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Be blessed,

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I need a pep talk...

Ok so I am trying to write a post about my experience in the LTC facility where I'm taking my CNA class without it coming off negative and so far I'm not having any luck.  So, maybe I should just write what I see.

First - First shift starts REALLY early!! I had to get up at 5:15 to get there by 6:45, man that's early.  And yes I know that's what time nursing shifts start, I'm just mentioning it. 

Second - This job is REALLY hard!!  I mean seriously, it takes a SPECIAL person to be a CNA.

Third - There are some really caring CNA's who are still lacking in giving great care.

Fourth - Long term care is redundant.  Of course that's just my perception.  

Fifth - I don't think I want to work in a LTC facility. 

Sixth - I don't know that I want to work anywhere that has long term patient's, unless of course they're peds.

Seventh - I SERIOUSLY need to lose some weight.  

Eighth - I really hope that there is more to nursing than what I'm seeing from the CNA perspective.

Ninth - I hope this post doesn't sound too negative, it's just my perspective after 2 days, who knows it may change before Monday.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ok what exactly IS an externship?

Although I am not close to getting an externship I was just wondering, what exactly is that?  I won't have to do mine until next summer. Here is what I think it is, a glorified volunteering job.  Is that close?  From what I've gathered it seems to be 10 or 12 weeks of volunteering somewhere in order to gain more experience.  Is that right?  And if so, how do you get the job?  Are there only certain hospitals where it is allowed?  Do you just apply to a bunch of different places and hope you get in?  I am wanting to apply to Vanderbilt
Children's Hospital Logo

in Nashville, and so far that's really my only choice.  Is this something where I don't need to not put all my eggs in once basket?

Ok, that's enough questions, anyone have any answers?

Funny College Ecard: 'I'm a nursing student. I smile because the other alternative is to pull all my hair out and run around campus drooling!'

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Leibster Award!!

Liebster Award

I am so excited to say that Mary over at This is How My Garden Grows has nominated my blog for a Leibster Award, how exciting is that??!!

This award is given to up & coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Liebster is German and means sweetest, kind, lovely, endearing, and welcome.

How it works:
  • Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
  • Answer questions that the tagger sets for you and then create 11 questions for the bloggers that you tag.
  • Choose up to 11 bloggers and link them to your post
  • Go to their page & tell them 
  • No tag backs :)
  • And lastly, have fun!!

11 Things about me:

I HATE getting up in the morning, I'd much rather stay up late
I am NOT an animal person, yet I always seem to have them
I am NOT a kid person yet I feel a pull toward pediatric oncology
I'm starting to think I don't really know what kind of person I really am!
I always think I want an alcoholic drink until I order it & don't want to finish it
I HATE smoking, I wish it was outlawed COMPLETELY
My mother died of lung cancer 4 years ago & I miss her every single day
I either hate something or I love it (in case you couldn't tell)
I DESPERATELY want to be skinny, but I don't want to have to work for it (magic genie anyone?)
I LOVE looking at other people's homes (well, really nice beautifully decorated ones anyway)
If I won the lottery I would NOT work EVER again, period!

Questions for me:

1.  What is the one hair product you can not live without?  Ok as I've said before I'm a wash & go kind of girl.  I rarely "fix" my hair and therefore I have to admit, I have NO products.  So I guess the answer to this would be shampoo & conditioner, lol.

2. Do you like Target or Walmart?  Definitely Walmart.  We don't have a Target in our town and I love being able to get my groceries & everything else in one place.  Of course if we DID have a Super Target I might be singing a different tune, but until then, Walmart.

3. What is your favorite hobby?  Reading for sure, and recently blogging, but since I don't have time to do that AND go to school full time, I'd say right now my hobby is nursing school :D

4. Would you ever have plastic surgery?  Sure would!! If I ever get over my fear of pain I'll be right there!! :D

5. Coke or Pepsi?  Both, but I'd rather have some REALLY sweet tea over both of them.


6. Favorite grown up drink?  
That's really hard.  I'm not a big drinker so I'd have to say Bloody Mary and only once in a blue moon.

7. Favorite nail polish?
That's easy, I even blogged about this one on my other blog.  It's by L.A. Colors & it's called Color Craze and it stays on SOOO long, it's the best I've ever used.  And it comes in some really cute colors too.

8.  Favorite time of the year?
Definitely fall.  I love the colors of the trees, the crisp smell of the air and the feel of the holidays approaching. 

9.  Favorite trashy reality show?
Wellllll, I have to admit that I have recently given up trashy reality shows, BUT before I did that I followed several of the Real Housewives shows (BH, NY & the original OC) and the Kardashians, but alas no more.  

10.  Do you prefer ebooks or real books? 
Well in theory I prefer ebooks only because they were SUPPOSED to be cheaper than real books, but it's turned out that they're really only a fraction cheaper, definitely not as cheap as I'd like them to be, but yes I love my kindle app and I would much rather read it on there than to buy books to take up room & collect dust.  

11.  Do you believe in love at first site?
Actually I do not believe in love at first site.  I think love is something that is built over time.  I think people can have immediate attraction which can turn into love, but as selfish as people are I don't think we are capable of loving people upon first site. 

Here are my questions:

1. What famous person living or dead would you like to have as your best friend?
2. If you could go back in time and change one thing in the world's history what would it be?
3. What super power would you most want?
4. What is your favorite home design style?
5. Would you rather be color blind or unable to smell?
6. What is one vice/habit that you wish you could give up but you can't?
7. Beach or Mountains?
8. If you could have the perfect body/looks and all the disposable income you'd ever need in an instant but you knew someone, somewhere in the world that you didn't know had to die, would you do it?
9.  What is your favorite feature about yourself?
10.  Do you believe in soul mates?
11.  Would you rather go to the moon or to the bottom of the ocean?

And here are my nominees:


Friday, July 13, 2012

One week down, two more to go...

Whew, one week of CNA class down, only 2 more to go.  Thankfully yesterday was the last day of book work and our first "skill" practice...handwashing.  Honestly, you wouldn't think handwashing would be a big deal, you'd be wrong.  About half the class would have failed had they taken the skill yesterday and guess why?  Because of the shake.  You know the shake.  You've just gotten done washing your hands and the water is still dripping off of them and so what do you do?  Well, you shake the excess water off of course!  Uh-uh, not on THIS test you don't.  Our teacher told us that shaking was an automatic failure, can you believe it?  Well it's true.  So now we have to practice washing our hands with our fingers pointing down the whole time and NOT shaking off the excess water, lol.  Who would have thought handwashing would actually be a learned skill.  Next week we start learning all 26 other skills that we have to master in order to take the state test to be a certified nursing assistant.  I still haven't decided if I'm going to go ahead & take the test now or wait until later in the semester when I'll have more experience.  Speaking of having more experience, school is getting closer!! Only 44 more days, woohoo (and only 37 days until my cruise!!)  I talked to my nursing bestie yesterday & he said he was ready for school to get started, aren't we all!!  Also, I have to admit, taking this CNA class really gives me an appreciation for what these people do.  This is NOT a glamorous job people, at least not in a nursing home.  I'm not sure what a CNA would do in a hospital, but in a nursing home I'd have to say in order to be a CNA for ANY length of time you would have to REALLY love taking care of people at the most basic level.  Honestly, I think it takes even more of a special person to be a CNA than even a nurse.  So, if you work with any CNA's be sure to thank them for all their hard work.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wow I am so wiped!!

Whoa, can you say out of the groove?  Today was my first CNA class and I woke up at 5:15 since I had to be there at 7 & the class is about 45 minutes away and can I just TELL you how tired I am?  First of all the class was a TOTAL snooze fest.  At one point this seriously could have been me, lol.

I mean I seriously could have passed all 8 tests today without even looking at that book (of course only b/c I've had a semester of nursing school).  Like I said before, after our 2nd semester of nursing school we can just challenge the test & be done with it, but I figured I didn't need to wait 6 more months to do that because I don't know when my unemployment will run out.  But man am I tired!! I got home from class around 5:45, came straight in, made dinner & promptly fell asleep on the couch.  But I've gotten a slight second wind so I figured I get a little blog in before bedtime.  Can I say how much I DO NOT want to go tomorrow?  This is probably going to be the longest 3 weeks of my life.  All I can hope for is once we start working with the patients that time will go by faster.  Of course I NEED to remember that this is going to give me a leg up when next semester starts b/c I'll already have done what we're doing, so for THAT I can't complain.

Anyhoo, I need to go to bed now.  I didn't even bother looking at the 8 chapters that were assigned tonight, I mean what's the point, she goes over it RIGHT before she gives the test, I should be ok.

Hope everyone's having a blessed week.

Monday, July 9, 2012

CNA class starts tomorrow...

Ok I'll admit it, I am totally NOT looking forward to starting this CNA class tomorrow. First of all, I don't want to be a CNA, like SERIOUSLY I don't want to.  Everything in me bucks at the idea of it, although I'm not sure why.  I don't even plan on being a CNA any time soon so I don't know why I'm dreading this so much, but I am.  Maybe it's because of all the stories I've heard.  I've heard so many stories about how terrible of a job it is that maybe I'm jaded.  Of course there have been a few people that have said that they love this job, so maybe I should stop dreading it & just form my own opinion.  I guess I'll know for sure in the next couple of weeks.   I think also I'm just not looking forward to leaving my baby girl.  Luckily this week my friend's church is having their VBS & Alei is going to get to go with them every night this week, so this will help since I won't get home until like 6:00 every night.  I just really love getting to spend every minute with her & Jordan this summer.  Thank goodness they start school before I do.

Ok gotta run to the next town over & see if they have the red scrubs we need to wear.  Maybe I'll post a picture of them....depends on how they look on me.

Hope you all have a beautiful week!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Direct answer!!

Ok, so my last post I was talking about what I should do about getting my CNA license.  Should I go ahead & get it now?  Should I wait & take it after this next semester?  I just wasn't really sure.  Well get this.  Last night I was watching Beth Moore's video series on youtube called God's Purpose for You.

While I was watching this I started thinking about all the plans that I have made for myself.  As I've said many times on here, I sort of have the next several years planned out for myself down to a T.  Well, as I was watching this series I started to really examine that.  I know that I want to get my nursing license, that is no doubt, but I started wondering, "Am I walking in God's purpose for my life?"  I mean, yes I've made these plans for myself, but have I seriously considered God's plan first?  So, I knew I needed to pray about this.  In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says:

God has a plan for each and every one of us and it's a good plan.  I mean who can have a better plan for our lives than the one that made us with such loving detail? So last night I prayed that I would walk in God's plan for my life.  I prayed that my life would line up with God's purpose for it and that he would reveal that purpose to me and guess what???? The nursing home where I am supposed to take my CNA classes called me THIS MORNING!!  Now I haven't spoken to them since November of last year when I took the orientation class, but she said that I was on her list to call her for July's class to see if I was still interested.  I mean, can you believe that all those questions I had yesterday were answered in such a DIRECT way??  I mean it doesn't get more direct than a phone call people!! Isn't that amazing??? How amazing is it that out of all the other people needing God for one reason or another that He took the time to answer MY prayer.  He took the time to answer MY questions.  Why would He do that?  Because that's who He is.  God loves each and every one of us the same.  He has no "favorites" when it comes to His children.  Our problems, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem, MATTER to Him.  I mean I was just blown away by that this morning & I couldn't wait to share it with you.  I am always amazed at God's directness to my prayers, there have been many times like this, I wish I had written them all down, but this one was just too great not to share.

SO, needless to say, I will be starting my CNA class probably some time next week.  It's a 2 week class & I have to admit I am looking forward to it.  I've felt a little stagnant this summer and it comes at a perfect time.  It feels great knowing that I am walking in God's purpose, it feels right & I know that as long as I stay in His purpose I will be filled with the peace and hope that he promised in Jeremiah and I am happy with this.

Thanks for letting me share this & I hope that you will all have a blessed week!