"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

Sunday, August 26, 2012

School day, school day, golden golden rule day!

So tomorrow starts the beginning of my 2nd semester of nursing school and I'll have to admit, I am terrified.  Just seeing the word Math breaks me out in severe hives and starts the nauseous feeling in my stomach.  I mean seriously.  17 Math chapters/quizzes!! I got into nursing so I wouldn't HAVE to do any more math but then here it is, back again.  I can already tell I'm going to worry myself to death over this!!  Then there's the EKG.  I don't think we learn that this semester but just reading my friends blog & seeing her talking about it gives me double hives.  I feel so lost and classes haven't even started  yet!!! Between Pharm & Research, I'm dreading this semester.  I'm starting to think this is just going to be an ongoing feeling at the beginning of each semester.  I guess I just need to remind myself of how nervous I felt at the beginning of last semester & of the fact that I did pretty well despite of myself.  I'm thinking an early bedtime tonight may be just what is needed.  Of course I guess need to watch the videos that the teacher has "recommended" we watch before tomorrow's class.  Ahh, and the fun has begun!

I did make it to the store & got some new ink for my printer (let the printing of schedules/syllabus' commence) and some Almond Joy creamer for those early mornings that I love so much.  Still haven't gotten any of the 4,672 books I need for this semester yet.  My student loan check doesn't come in until probably tomorrow so I am holding off until then to get my books & my scrubs.  Oh yeah & my backpack.  I'm starting to think a cruise the week before school starts wasn't such a good idea.  I hate feeling behind & this definitely put me there.  I guess all I can do is do my best to keep up until I actually get caught up.

Who else starts school tomorrow?  Have you already started studying?  Reading?  Watching the videos?  Nursing school, gotta love it.  Don't you?


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Frazzle Razzle RN guest post...

One of my first nursing bloggy friends was Rachel and today she is guest posting on this here little 'ol blog.  If you read this blog you probably already read hers, but if not then head on over there.  Again without further ado here is my 2nd guest post:

Hello everyone, my name is Zazzy and I'm an avid reader of Candi's nursing school blog and I'm honored she's chosen to have me host for a day while she's out relaxing in the sun having fun! (I wish you would have taken me in your suitcase CANDI :D)

I have two more semesters of my own to complete before I graduate this May from nursing school, and I also have a fun blog detailing my journey. You can read more at Frazzledrazzlern.blogspot.com

In the meantime while going to nursing school I've been gaining experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and I finally figured out a system that works for me. I was pretty disorganized when I first started and felt overwhelmed with not knowing what to do when and how to "real-time" chart within a timely manner.

My department is a surgical area and we have a few "cheat" or "brain" sheets we follow, so I'm going to just show you the main sheet that I like to use the most.

My cheat sheet is pretty basic in the sense it allows for ambulation information, pt. name, pt's nurse name, whether the pt. has had a bath or bed change, how much IN&OUTS (IN = Water they've consumed and OUT=urine/stool/emesis) the patient's had and of course all the vital information. On top of the right hand corner of my cheat sheet I like to hand write all of the other CNA's numbers of the phones they are carrying along with the RN's numbers too. These numbers are so amazingly important for when I need help in a quick manner, I just pull out my sheet and dial up another aide for help or if the patient needs pain meds I dial up the RN's ext.

My hope is that these sheets help others to get more organized and to document this along my journey to becoming a nurse.

The cheat sheet I follow for the first half of my day shift as a CNA 

The cheat sheet I follow for the second half of my day shift as a CNA

Thanks for that very informative post Zazz & thanks for posting here on my little ol' blog.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Guest Post...

So one of my favorite posters has generously written a post to keep you entertained and informed while I'm gone, so without further ado meet Sherry:

Hi, I'm Sherry!  A big southern welcome to all of you!  Grab yourself a big ol' glass of sweet tea and sit and visit with me a spell.  I write over at The Sweet Life of the Reeses.  I'm the only Reese who ever posts on that ol' blog -- the other Reeses choose to be actors and not writers.  Today, I am filling in for Candi while she is on her nice, little, much deserved vacation.  Vacation...I just love that word!  Instantly, pictures of tropical sandy beaches, clear blue water, and cold beverages with little umbrellas enter my mind.  *Sigh*  Those kind of vacations don't really happen much when you have kid, do they?  We just had our first family trip to Disney World, and while we all had a blast, it was not very relaxing -- although I did manage to take a couple of naps by the pool that week.   We are also looking forward to our annual Labor Day weekend beach trip to Myrtle Beach, SC in just a few more weeks. 

I am so glad I found Candi (or did she find me?) in this wonderful little blog world.  We really seem to have a lot in common.   First, we are both back in school after being out for years.  She, of course, is in the nursing field, and I am entering my last year of law school.  While I am very tired of being in school and being away from my children so much and am ready to be finished, I am very nervous about finishing and all that will entail, i.e., finding a new job, paying back tons of student loan debt, etc.  That's why I have been determined to keep working my current full-time job as a legal assistant/paralegal while attending law school at night.  I just don't know how the job search is going to go when I am finished or how long it will take to find a better job.  Despite a constant reminder that I need to trust God to provide for me and my family, I still struggle with not worrying about the future as you can see. 

Second, Candi and I are both devoted wives and moms to two children.  Candi is a bit further along in the adventure with her kids, and she is a wonderful inspiration to me.  I am so nervous about having teenagers!   These are my precious little ones:

Third, Candi and I are both women of faith.  Candi is such an inspiration to me with her wisdom on matters of the heart.  I can really tell that she has a strong faith and trust in the Lord.  Thank you, Candi, for letting me guest post for you today, and I hope you have the best vacation ever! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

New blog...

I am really digging this new blog I found called Life in the Clinic.  It's from a PNP.  So far I am loving all of her posts, she seems very smart and on top of things, exactly the type of NP I want to be when I grow up.

So school is right around the corner.  List of things I still need to do BEFORE class starts on the 27th.

  • Order my nametag
  • Buy my scrubs/labcoat
  • Get my shoes off of layaway (yes I'm broke enough to put my shoes on layaway, lol)
  • Get my books (rumor has it that books this semester were close to $1000.00, thank goodness this is supposed to be our most expensive semester, couldn't afford 4 more of these!)
  • Renew my driver's license, it expires today
  • Get a new book bag 
  • Get new pens/highlighters etc.

Thank goodness for nursing best friends to nag you to death  call & lovingly remind you to do all of those things we need to get done before the semester starts.  I have to admit that as the semester gets closer I am getting more excited, nursing home & all.  

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Going on vacay....

Ok so as I have posted a million times, I'm going on vacation next week.  So if you'd like to guest post on either or both of my blogs then just let me know & I'll be happy to showcase your post.  It can be about anything you want.  Since I have two blogs, you can post on either one.  My other blog is basically about life, general stuff & this one, obviously, is about nursing school/nursing stuff, so take your pick! :D  If you want to submit one just have it in to me by this Thursday and I'll be more than happy to put it up for you.  Of course I might have to ask someone exactly how to do that, but I'm sure I can figure it out haha.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ants in my pants!


Ok so it's getting close to time for school to start, 20 days to be exact and I can feel the itch starting back.  You know the itch that I was feeling when school first got out.  Well it's back (probably has a lot to do with the fact that my kids are back in school so I don't have anyone to hang with when my hubs is at work).  I am so antsy to get back into school.  And it's funny because reading back on that post, I talked about working at my local hospital for my externship but already that has changed.  I can't believe I'm even considering this, but I have really gotten very interested in working in Peds.  Now if you knew me (which I know most of you don't) you would totally laugh at that, but it's true.  I have noticed that I have mellowed very much in my "old age" and I actually find myself taking a liking to children that I never thought I would.  I have always been interested in oncology and now I find that I am leaning toward pediatric oncology.  Of course this is just a thought and probably once I start my rotations I will have a better understanding of where I truly want to work.  From what I've seen of others, you pretty much find your way during clinicals.  I think that's where most people weed out what they don't like and/or discover what they do like.  And while I don't want to wish my life away, I have to admit I will be glad to be done with this semester since the clinical is in the nursing home, booo.  Nursing home or not, I am READY to get back into school!! Of course there's that little thing about going on a cruise first (yipee!!) but once that's done it's right into the school year and I am super ready for it!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A little disappointing...

Ok maybe I'm the only dork that does this, but I am always so happy when I log in & see that I've gotten a new follower or a comment on one of my posts.  So you can imagine my dismay when I logged in today & saw that I am down a reader.  :(   As someone who recently purged & deleted my own blog list I guess I can't blame them, but it still makes me wonder why they decided they no longer wanted to read this blog.  Isn't it funny how tied up we get into something so frivolous?  There are people who don't even have clean drinking water and we're caught up in a "blog" of which I'm sure those same people have never even HEARD of.  Therefore I am not going to dwell on it, I'm going to let it go and go have me a clean glass of drinking water and thank God that I am blessed enough to have both.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ok am I dense????

I swear I think I'm living in the twilight zone, but then again maybe it's just me.  For those of you in nursing school I wonder if you've heard the story of the girl in a master's FNP program who posted on FB that she wanted to buy someone's paper for $50.  Now she said she was just posting this because she wanted to see an EXAMPLE of someone's paper who had made a good grade.  Huh???  Are you sniffing glue?  Am I?  I means seriously, in what world would you think it would be ok to post on a PUBLIC website that you wanted to buy someone's paper????  Even IF you were joking, which she wasn't, why would you think this was ok???  Well guess who didn't think it was ok?  The school.  She was promptly expelled for this, I mean am I the only one that saw this coming?  And I have to say I agree with them.  In my book offering to buy someone's paper ONLINE is grounds for expulsion.  Now in her "defense" she said she had already turned in the first draft of her paper, which she points out means she was not trying to turn in someone else's paper as her own, BUT still, why at this point in your education would you take this risk???  And honestly this is something I would think a high school student would do, NOT someone in a Masters degree program, but would you believe there are people online that are defending her?  Which brings me back to my point.  Am I crazy?  Would YOU post ON FACEBOOK that you wanted to buy someone's paper for $50?????  Please enlighten me if I'm missing something here!!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Right around the corner...

School is right around the corner and you know what I'm looking forward to the most?

NOT being the "new kids".  No longer will we be the "first semester nursing students".  We won't be the ones walking through the halls with that deer in the headlights look (ok, we may still look like that but we'll be slightly bigger deer, like bucks and not doe).  We won't be the ones everyone is pitying, while secretly thinking "I wonder which one of these suckers is going to flunk out this semester."  We won't be the ones constantly seeking out those people in the semesters ahead of us to ask them a million and one questions.  Heck, we may even be the ones that get asked a question or two, although that's all we'll be qualified to answer. No longer will we constantly torture the nursing school secretary looking for reassurance that we're not the dumbest class to pass through these halls.  Nope, we are no longer the noobies, the nubes, the freshmeat, we are officially JUNIORS!!!!!  And more importantly we're SECOND SEMESTER NURSING STUDENTS, we made it passed the first hurdle & we're still here!!!!!!!!  Woohoo, can't wait!