"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, December 8, 2013

Got my B!! But still nervous....

So, I got my B in Peds! Woohoo, but I'm still EXTREMELY nervous about my CC final!!

As a matter of fact I'm only posting on here because I'm so overwhelmed with the amount I need to study that I'm procrastinating.  Well, that & I have to get ready for work anyway.  (I seriously don't remember signing up to work today).  As I said before, I only need a 58 to pass, BUT we're talking 15 questions on heart strips & then there's the math (don't even get me started on that) & then there's 18 questions on shock.  I mean, who knew there was so much to know about freaking shock!!  And it would be ok if there was just one type of shock that we had to know about, but NOOOO there's like 5 different types & oh my goodness, I am completely freaking right now!!!!!!!!!!!

My final is Tuesday at 9:00 & my nerves are steadily frying one by one.  I can feel the tension coursing though my viens.  Heck, I've even given up striving for a B, at this point I JUST WANT TO PASS!  Can you feel the chaos? 

On a positive note the teacher did say that whatever grade you go in with then that's usually the grade you come out with.  I sure hope so! I can't afford to go down a grade!!!! Lord help me....

Again, if you reading this, pray for me!!!!!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

First Final tomorrow....

Tomorrow is my Peds final.  I only need a 73 to keep my B.  The worst test I bombed this semester (and since I started nursing school) was the first test & I missed 28 questions, but I didn't study AT ALL.  So surely I am not going to miss more than 27 questions on the final tomorrow, especially after studying ALL DAY!  The good thing about tomorrow's test is that it's on the computer so I'll know as soon as I'm finished what I got.  I hate having to WAIT for the teacher to post the grades!

I can do this!!!!!!!!!  Guess I'm going to go ahead & go to bed, no sense in staying up all night.  I'll just get up early & continue in the morning before school.

Pray for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Seriously going to throw up!!

In regards to my last post, I did get an A on my paper, thank you Jesus!! And I got a very high B on my test, BUT I still only have an 80 in CC, which is just a C.  Fortunately I only have to make a 58 on my final to PASS the class, but I need to make an 88 in order to get a B.....can we say nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs??????       
Cat in Room Full of Rocking Chairs

I mean I know I'm CAPABLE of making an 88 but my problem is, the final is on Tuesday and this Friday & Saturday are basically shot for studying. So that only gives me Sunday and Monday to REALLY get down to business.  I can do it right???

So here's my standing for my two classes.  Right now I have a B in Peds, I only need a 73 on the final (which is this Friday) to keep my B but I have NO chance of an A.  Even if I make 100 on the final I'll still only get a B, fortunately for me I've come to accept that B's just have to be acceptable.  And of course, I think that's completely doable. 
As far as CC it's what I said above.....I'm seriously SOOO nervous!! . 

Oh & to add more stress, I still haven't turned in my intent to graduate form and that's the form where they go over your transcript to make sure you aren't missing any classes.  Well, seeing as I graduate next semester, if I needed to take an additional class it would have to be then & next semester already consists of 18 hours, so basically I am praying that I'm not missing any classes. 

Why do I do this to myself??? 

Pray for me!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Pins & needles...


The countdown has begun for the end of the semester and as it stands right now I have a 74 average in critical care!  Can we say slightly freaking?  I know I only need a 74.5 to pass the class, but at this point I'm still a little nervous.  I've turned in my paper and I have been PRAYING for an A.  If I can pull an A off on the paper then that will boost my grade to at least a 78.  Which if I can get it up that high then MAYBE I can ace tomorrow's test & the final and sqeak by with a B??? That would be AWESOME!! BUT that's a lot of ifs....So as of right now I'm just praying to get a passing grade in cc & be DONE with this semester.  This semester has seriously been the worst semester of nursing school.  Only 15 more days until the end of my 2nd to LAST semester!!!  Then Christmas break & it's on to the LAST SEMESTER OF NURSING SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you baby Jesus!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

33 more days to pull it out of the crapper!!

So, I may or may not have mentioned that at the beginning of this semester, I wasn't really feeling this semester.  Wellll, unfortunately I didn't get "into" this semester until oh, about 2 weeks ago.  And let me tell you, my grades are reflecting this.  In all of my pre-reqs I had straight A's, no wait I had 1 B in A & P II, b/c that class was major boring & I never went.  But until I got to nursing school I was an A student.  Of course things changed a bit once I got here, but I was ok with B's, I mean I'm not anal.  BUT in 2nd semester I just couldn't get down how to study for Assessment (the class not the clinical) & I ended up with my first & only C.....well it's looking like I may be headed there again in CC.  I've had 3 tests so far & have only passed one of them.  Not good, not good at all.  My average so far with just my 3 test grades is a 73.  Which is actually failing at this point.  I actually got an email from someone saying I needed to meet with my advisor!! Wha?  Yep, that's me, the slacker failer (yes I know that's not a word).  But, luckily I still have a paper to turn in & I've never gotten less than an A on any paper, so hopefully that will boost my grade up, plus I turned in an EKG assignment at the beginning of the semester which I still haven't rec'd back yet, so hopefully I got a good grade on that.  And then of course I have one more test & the final.  Is it possible to pull off a B?  Sure, it's possible, but at this point, I hate to say it, but I'd be happy with a C.....Ugh, I REALLY hate to say that!! C's KILL my GPA, and I have to have a MINIMUM of a 3.0 to get into grad school.  Well, actually I did see some that you can get in with a 2.8, but you know what I mean.  Plus I was was really hoping for at LEAST a 3.2 b/c a lot of schools waive the GRE if you have at least a 3.2.......I wonder if I could take like an extra online elective next semester just to ensure an A & boost it back up?  You think??? I don't know.  I heard that the last semester is KILLER, so I don't even know if I want to test my luck like that....Oh well, all in all I have 33 more days until the end of this semester & 183 days until GRADUATION!!! Woohoo!!!

Hope everyone else is trucking along smoothly!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Critical Care...

Four of five Critical Care clinicals DONE & can I just say, I REALLY like this. 
I have to be honest, between my run in with one of my clinical instructors (who as it turned out happened to be MY clinical instructor [who turned out to be super nice even after the incident]), my lackluster attitude at the beginning of the semester regarding this class & not being REMOTELY interested in critical care, I really did NOT think I was going to like this clinical. Ha! I couldn't have been MORE wrong.  Not only do I like this clinical, I'm pretty sure it's going to be top on my list to do my capstone clinicals in.  And yes, no one is more surprised than I am. 
I'm not sure where my perception of critical care came from, but I was totally wrong about it.  I thought I would be grossed out by the vent care & bored with just having two patients but I was way off.  My preceptor was so awesome.  The day of cc the first thing she said to me when I got there was "I don't believe in nursing students being bored, so by tomorrow you should be prepared to be on your own."  I was like wah?  I was looking around like "Is she talking to me?"  But by lunch time of my FIRST day I was off.  I had a precious vent patient & by lunch time I was giving all the meds & caring for that patient basically on my own (with proper supervision of course).  The next day I was on my own (not really, but you know what I mean).  I was doing the charting, caring for the patient, giving the meds, it was AWESOME!!! I loved the autonomy of this clinical, and the hands on experience that we get.  I definitely think that all of our clinicals should be like this.  By the third day I had 1 1/2 patients.  I say 1/2 because I wasn't able to keep up totally with the 2nd patient. And we ended up switching mid shift to get a new one & because of his critical nature I didn't get to do too much with him at first, BUT by yesterday I had two patients all by myself (with proper supervision, of course).  Here's the lowdown of what I had:  2 patients, 3 chest tubes, 1 vent, 1 bipap, 1 Stage IV decubitus, 1 wound vac, 1 triple lumen JV line, 1 femoral art line, 2 falling O2 Sats and BP's & that resulted in one tired nursing student at the end of the day!! Now why in the world would I have ever thought I would be BORED with this patient population??  I loved it & I could definitely see that I would really love it if these were actually my patients & I was on my own. 
The only thing I found hard was keeping up with the charting.  I don't know if it was because it was Monday or what, but I found the environment a little more chaotic than my other days, but those were Saturday's & Sunday's, so I guess that's to be expected.  The weekend was much calmer.  Plus this ICU is really small, so it's not like there's a quiet little cubby to go & chart, you're sitting right in the eye of the storm.  So I did find that a bit difficult to keep up with.  Also, I lacked a little bit on keeping my preceptor informed.  We had one patient that had great output but when they came back from the OR their output went to crap & I didn't really think to let my preceptor know.  At the end of the shift she was like "Uh, you may want to tell me this from now on", but she was VERY nice.  She knew that this was A LOT for a student to handle & she said I did a GREAT job, so I was really pleased, if not exhausted.  All in all, I could definitely see myself being a CC nurse.  And yes, even of ADULTS, can you believe it?? After all my talk of not EVER wanting to take care of adults again, I thoroughly enjoyed this clinical, enough even to do my capstone there!! I'm pretty sure my 2nd choice is going to be ER, unfortunately we don't get a clinical there.
Anyhoo, I have some serious CC studying to do so I will update more later. 
I hope all of my other school peeps are trucking along just fine, it's getting close!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

57 More days!!!

I just  have to keep reminding myself, 57 more days, 57 more days, 57 more days!!  To say that this has been the worst semester since I've started nursing school is a total understatement!  Up until this point I suppose I should consider myself lucky. I've never had any problems with any of my professors, I've made decent grades & so far I have enjoyed nursing school.  Then this semester hit me like a ton of bricks.  Between working, clinicals, class & home I am just DONE.  I have NEVER counted down the days until a semester has been over until this one. 

To add company to my misery, there have been some issues at work & my home life isn't the rosiest either.......................Why?? Why when I am SO close to the end is all of this cropping up??  Please God make this 57 days pass by without any more bumps...............


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thank you Lord for this small break!

Finally a break!! Whew.  For the semester that was supposed to be "all down hill from here" let's just say that those nursing students before me either lied, or their version of "down hill" is WAY different from my version.  Of course it could just be the rotation I was handed.  In 4th semester we have CC and Peds, but what the clinical intstructors do is divide up the rotations.  So there are three rotations.  You either have Peds or you have CC going at one time, not both.  So for me I had Peds first.  Then I have CC immediately following.   Now, while this is a CRAPLOAD of stuff at the very beginning of the semester, I do have the relief of knowing that I will have NO clinicals at the end of the semester so that I can soley focus on studying for the finals.  And the way that my grades are going this semester, I'm going to need it. 
Yesterday was our first "grand rounds".  We had to do it as a group and I am SOO glad that it's over!  Unfortunately we got a freaking 89!  Grrrrr One point from an A!  You know when you get like an 82 you're like "Whew thank God I got a B" because you're so close to getting a C, but when you get an 89 it's just pure frustration because you were SO close to an A.  Am I the only one that thinks like that?  On top of the fact that I've NEVER gotten less than an A before on any group project.  I won't even elaborate on that one.....
Anyhoo, my 2nd CC test is next week & so while I should be studying non-stop what am I doing instead?  Posting a blog :D  I am the queen of procrastination.  I have to work tonight from 11-7 & then tomorrow night from 7-7, but other than that I need to be spending every spare minute studying for this 2nd test.  Not to mention that it's over cardiac & up until this point cardiac has been one of my weakest systems.  Fortunately for me we have an AWESOME CC teacher & she has actually taught me more about the heart than I have learned in any of my other classes combined.  Soooo, hopefully this will pan out on my grade. 
As for my break.  My CC clinical doesn't start until October 17th, so I have a small 2 week break that I am SOO thankful for.  I needed it, BAD.  I need to catch up on all of my lectures & really I need to get started on my research paper.  Of course it's not due until November, but I'm a re-writer, so I like to get started early.  Plus, I HATE waiting until the last minute on stuff. 
Ok, I guess I'll stop procrastinating now & get to studying.  I hope everyone has had a great week!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Last day of Peds....boohoo

face, crying

So tomorrow is my last day of Peds clinical......While I am VERY happy to have a little break from clinical to breathe & get caught up (and not have to get up at 4 am), I have to admit I am TOTALLY going to miss this clinical.  I wish I could just skip all the rest of these classes & get to working in pediatrics already!!  I am so happy to have found my niche.  I have to be honest.  Up until this point I was kind of wondering if I had made the right career decision. 
Of course I never wanted to be a floor nurse anyway, but even so I was really worried that I had made a bit of a mistake by choosing nursing.  Up until this clinical nothing has really sparked my interest & I had just been waiting for this clinical from the very beginning of nursing school.  I kind of knew that I would like it, but I never thought that I would fall head over heels in love with Peds.  And the cherry on top is that there is a fabulous Pediatric hospital in my favorite city around, Chattanooga!
Seriously, who wouldn't want to live here?
I would love to move to Chattanooga once I get my nursing license and work there, but unfortunately it's a little far away and they're an hour ahead of us.  That means instead of having to leave at 4 am to get there in time for the start of my shift I'd have to leave at 3.  Um, no thank you.  BUT we'll see.  It will all work out how it's supposed to and God knows my heart and He hasn't led me wrong up until this point. 
So I guess I'd better get to bed.  4 am comes REALLY early, especially when you're still up at 10 pm.  Don't know what I'm thinking. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

First CC test, maybe I should go to class...

Or at least listen to all of the podcasts...or maybe just study?  Either way I bombed my first CC test.  I got a 73, which I guess is better than a 53 but it's still failing in our program.  But fortunately it's nothing that I can't come back from, so I'm not too terribly bummed about it. 

Had my 2nd peds clinical, LOVED it! I mean seriously, I just can't explain how much I love pediatrics.  After I get out of nursing school I don't ever, ever, EVER want to take care of an adult again.  I seriously don't.  And while I would love to get my PNP, the only program around here is at Vanderbilt, which although Vandy is an AWESOME school and very prestigous, it also comes with an AWESOME & prestigous price tag as well.  I wish there was an online course that was doable but I haven't really found any.  I found one in Alabama at USA but it's double the time of the one at Vanderbilt and you have to have 2 years of floor experience first.  BUT the good news is that I have questioned many of the NP's I "know" & they have all said that it's possible for me to narrow my scope of practice as a FNP.  So, that's great news!  I've always leaned towards FNP just because it's a broader scope, but now that I want to narrow that scope I was a little worried, but it looks like that's going to be ok.  So I guess I won't have to go to Vandy after all, we'll see.  I think I'm going to stick with applying to the school I currently attend & the one other school that I have had my eye on from the beginning & just go from there.  Also, the good thing about both of those is that with my GPA I don't have to take the GRE, yay!!

Anyway, I have more to talk about, but I need to get a "reflection" done for class & look up some articles to go with it, so I will pop back on here later.

Hope everyone is having a great week!  I'm looking forward to the weekend!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

First day of Peds, terrible and wonderful all at the same time...

So yesterday was my first day of Peds, the clinical I have been waiting for since I started nursing school was finally here.  To say I was nervous was an understatement.  I was TERRIFIED, and honestly I have no idea why.  Maybe because it was the tiny human population?  Maybe because it was VANDERBILT, maybe because I didn't get enough sleep the day/night before.  Maybe because my best friend was no longer with me in class?  Honestly, I don't know why I was so skittish but seriously I felt like I could cry at least 3 times that day.  Ok, here's a recap of how it went & why it was so terrible & wonderful at the same time.

Worked 7p-7a Saturday night.  Slept on Sunday until about 1:30 then got up because I knew I had an 36 strip EKG assignment due on Tuesday & I knew I wouldn't be able to do it Monday since I had Peds clinical. 

Worked on my strips for as long as I could but then I was just totally exhausted by 6 pm. 
Finally decided I couldn't do it anymore & went to bed at 7:45. 
Woke up about 11:30 & looked for my shot records, JUST IN CASE I needed them for some reason the next day.  Went back to bed.
Woke up some time in the night & couldn't really get back to sleep, so slept fitfully until 4 am. 

Got up at 4 am, got ready & left my house at 4:30 am.  Went by the McDonald's drive thru in my town to grab some breakfast and COFFEE, sign on drive thru said "Closed until further notice". 
Went to the McDonald's in the next town over & got a Caramel Frappe & a sausage mcgriddle.  Didn't realize a frappe was a frozen drink & got a stupid sausage mcmuffin instead of the mcgriddle that I ordered.
Got to Vanderbilt & drove to the stadium where we were supposed to park & catch the shuttle to take us to the hospital, could NOT find where to park, panicked & drove back to the hospital & parked in visitor parking. 
SNUCK into the building so I wouldn't get seen by the parking police & get a ticket.  Was so worried about that that I totally left all of my clinical paperwork in the car!
Realized that I had NO clicincal paperwork & panic mode set in BIG TIME. 

Met my PRECIOUS, 2 mo old patient and proceeded to completely fall in love with him.  Then met his mother who was, let's just say, a little less than thrilled with anything we were doing. 

Was asked by the grandmother if I was a tech.  THEN was asked by the grandmother if I had grandchildren of my own!!! **Note to self - You really need to start wearing some make-up to clinical.**

Proceeded to spend the day caring for the precious baby & getting to know the mom (who eventually woke up & was much more pleasant).


Copied one of my classmates paperwork since I was an idiot & forgot mine. 

Finished my paperwork & was pleased to see the instructor wrote "Good job, well written" on my paperwork. 

Left the hospital went straight to The Cheesecake Factory & ordered THREE extremely expensive pieces of cheesecake.  Which btw Red Velvet Cheesecake is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! 

Got home & worked on the rest of my EKG strips, went to bed around midnight & totally skipped CC class today.  Whew!

So that was it.  My first day of Peds.  Thank God we didn't have to give meds that day.  She wanted us to just get used to the site & caring for tiny humans.  I have to be honest, I totally thought I would love Peds & I was right, I LOVED it!! I loved the unit, the nurses, the doctors & residents that were there, the precious patients, I loved everything about it.  I can't WAIT to go back next week & now that I know what to expect I will feel MUCH more comfortable.  I have to admit though, I didn't think I would like caring for babies but boy I was SO wrong.  I loved it!!!  He was so precious!

Sooo, this makes me think, should I go for my PNP or my FNP??? I KNOW for a fact that I do NOT like taking care of grown ups.  I've seen that time & time again when I work on my Med/Surg floor, BUT I'm worried that getting my PNP will restrict me from job opportunties.  On the flip side though, I'm sure I would lose jobs who are looking for PNP's only if I have my FNP.  It's kind of nerve wracking thinking about it.  Especially since I have to start applying to schoools w/in the next 6 months........Maybe I be more clear about it once my Peds rotation is over.  Maybe I can find a PNP there to talk to.....I know Dana would probably encourage me to get my PNP, but I'm so torn right now....

Anyhoo, I'm glad to say I am finally in PEDS & I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!

How is school going for everyone else?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Guess who is finally a senior?????

That's right, ME!!!!! Monday was the start of my senior year.  I can hardly believe that it's here.  It seemed so long ago that I started this program & now it's finally getting close to the end!!  I can't wait to get finished.  And of course I'm super excited that this semester is my Peds rotation.  It's also my Critical Care rotation, which I'm not to thrilled about.  I have come to the conclusion that I really don't like sick adults that much.  Not personally of course, I mean I want them to get better.  But I am thinking that I don't really want to take care of them. Speaking of which, I am also changing departments at work.  I'm moving out of Med/Surg & into Gero pscyh.  Med/Surg doesn't have night techs & I have found that I really like nights a WHOLE lot more than days.  So I'm moving to a dept. that allows me to work evenings & nights.  I can hardly believe that I like it the way I do, but I do.  Alas, I'm sure I have more things to tell you but it's late & I have an early class tomorrow that I'm actually dreading.  We have to take a dosage calculations test & we have to score 100% on it in order to go on & as you might remember if you're a long time reader, I am TERRIBLE at math.  I get total anxiety & my stress level goes through the roof.  So, if you read this before tomorrow, or tomorrow, please say a HUGE prayer that I can pass this test!!

Ok, will blog more soon I promise.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

10 more months!!!

I can't believe I only have 10 more months before I graduate!  I'm actually starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I mean, I now have less than a year before I become a R.N. (Real Nurse)!  I am so beyond excited. 

Recently I've gotten to work in a different dept. than Med/Surg and while at first I was VERY unhappy with this situation, I quickly saw the light.  I was sent to work in the Gero Psych dept of the hospital where I work & I have to say, I kind of liked it.  The pace was much slower there & there was MUCH less walking.  And although I was very pissy when I first got there yesterday, guess who went back today & asked about picking up some shifts there?  Yep, me.  Guess I need to learn that lesson & not judge a unit by it's cover ;) 

Another thing I did recently was, I worked my first night shifts!!  2 weekends ago I was able to work Friday day, then Sat & Sun nights.  I was so worried at first that I would be too sleepy to hang, but guess what? I didn't get sleepy one time.  I mean don't get me wrong, there was some yawning going on, but I wasn't falling asleep on my feet or anything.  And also, I LOVED it.  Not only was it slower paced, but it was so much COOLER at night, there were no visitors & no office people running around.  I am definitely going to be working nights while I'm in grad school.  Not only did I like it better BUT I learned that you make MUCH more money working nights.  Not to mention if you work nights AND weekends!  Talk about bank.  Count me in!  But, until then I'm definitely going to be picking up some shifts in Gero Psych.  The best thing about that is that they have 4 & 8 hour shifts as well as 12 hours.  So I don't always have to do the 12 hour thing.  Bonus! 

Still have a little over a month before school starts, so I'm going to try & work as much as I can before then.  But other than working & hanging out at the lake there hasn't been too much else going on in my neck of the woods. 

Hope you guys are having a great summer!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer is chugging along...

Sorry I haven't been around lately, not a whole lot "school-wise" going on.  I've been working & hanging out at the lake, as you can see from this picture, & that's about been my whole summer. 

Photo: Getting some sun!

This is my new nursing friend from work, I am really enjoying getting to know my co-workers.  I need to be working more than I have been but honestly I just can't bring myself to do it. This job is SO hard & I try to get in at least 3 days a week, but honestly I just can't bring myself to work more than that!  It's too hot in there & by the end of my 2nd day in a row my legs are DEAD.  I mean seriously, 11.5 hours STRAIGHT of walking, pulling, pushing, turning, lifting, my body is like "Whoa, what are you doing to me lady!" I try to get some breaks in but sometimes it just doesn't happen. And yes I know I'm preaching to the choir, but I'm just saying for those out there that read my blog that are just starting out in the nursing world.  Tech work is HARD!! But, I am thankful that I have this job, having money is really nice.  I took my niece to see The Heat the other night (TOTALLY hilarious! But TOTALLY inappropriate for kids, just sayin') and she was like "Oh look at you, you finally have some money" lol.  That's right sister I do!! 

Today is July 1st & you know me, I'm starting to itch to get back into school.  These summer breaks are WAY too long!!   But I still have 8 more weeks of lazy summer days, so I guess I'll just make the most of them.  Maybe I'll even try to work a teensy bit more, we'll see.

Hope everyone else is having a great summer so far!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Night shift...


The other day I got a text to work night shift, 7p-7a.  Well by the time I read the text it was already 3 pm & needless to say I wasn't going to get very much sleep beforehand if I was to work that shift so I compromised & told the floor supervisor that I would work until 2 am. Now mind you this is my first hospital job & working nights was of course something I'd never done, so I was interested to see what it was all about.

Can I just say how much I love night shift? I mean talk about a MUCH more relaxed environment, I mean whoa the difference between night & day is, well, like night & day ;) If you've worked night shift you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.  No baths, no feedings, no visitors, no office personnel, I mean strictly meds & paperwork.  Uh hello night shift glad to have met you. 

So here's what I'm thinking.  I never thought I could do night shift.  I always thought I'd be WAY too tired & that I'd never get my sleep cycle to function that way, but of course I've never tried.  The night shift nurses look pretty perky if you ask me, actually better than the day shift nurses.  So now I'm thinking I might like to try that.  Add to this the fact that they get paid more, hello! It actually looks pretty good to me, but of course I was only there until 2 am :D  I don't know that I could have done another 5 hours, especially since I didn't have any more vitals to get for 4 more hours & I was getting sort of sleepy by that point.  BUT had I napped before hand, who knows?  I'm thinking the best hours ever would be to work Tuesday day & then Wed & Thur nights.  Three days in a row but only 2 nights.  Sounds good, but that's just a theory until I've actually done it huh?

It's something to think about anyway. 

Any night shift nurses out there with advice?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Made my decision...

Ok so I've had an ongoing debate with myself over whether or not I should go for the DNP or the FNP when I graduate next May.  I have looked into LOTS of programs & have gotten TONS of advice & I have finally made my decision.  I am not going to go for my DNP right now.  All of the schools I looked at for the DNP are about 3 years long, on top of being much more expensive than if I go for my FNP.  Roll in the fact that the so called "requirement" of the DNP by 2015 isn't going to happen & I have decided that I just want to go for my FNP & let the chips fall where they may. 

The program that I am going for is about an hour away from my house & it's a hybrid program.  I will only have to go to campus one day a week & the rest of the time the courses are online.  The program is 4 semesters long as opposed to 7 or 8 & I will be done in about 18 months.  I have to say that now that I've made my decision I am SO excited.  I can't wait to get this last year done & under my belt & get started with my master's program!!  THIS is my dream.  THIS is why I went to nursing school in the first place.  I have wanted to be a NP since I started this process & now I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  To think I only have 2 1/2 more years & I will have accomplished what I set out to accomplish (God willing) makes me soo happy. 

Right now there are three offices in my town that employ NP's (well that are well known, there may be others that I just don't know about).  One is a NP owned practice, which she just hired another NP to work with her, & the other two are basically walk in clinics.  Well one is a walk in clinic & a regular clinic put together, which when I own my own practice will be the model that I will choose.  Fortunately for me that one is very open to precepting, so I'm pretty sure I can get a preceptor job at probably either one of those.  Actually I don't think finding a preceptor in my area will be hard at all.  (Knock on wood) 

Anyhoo, that's my decision  about school.  NOW I need to make a decision about paying for school.  The hospital where I work does the whole pay for your school & then you work for us for 2 years thing, BUT I just have to decide do I want to work for them for 2 years.  Of course the good thing about the hospital where I work is that there are physicians who are employed by the hospital & if I were to work for one of them it would still be considered part of the hospital, so techincally I could do that for 2 years, get some experience under my belt & then strike out on my own.  Well with a partner of course.  Again, I know that's 2 1/2 years down the road, but you know me, I'm ALWAYS thinking ahead. 

Ok, enough about this long post, just thought I'd share what I had decided.  Now I really can't wait for school to start back, sheesh I wish I had a fast forward button!!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Put on call AGAIN!

Time to look for a 2nd job.  Today is the THIRD shift in a row that I have been put "on call". Which basically means that I have to be available to come into work should they need me for the whole 12 hours, thus I can travel no farther than 30 minutes from my home b/c I have to be there w/in 30 minutes or so if they decide they need me.  And while I understand low census I still don't think it's fair that I've been the one to have to take call for my last 3 scheduled shifts, I mean I'm thinking they should be switching this around & not just putting ME on call.  I know it's a Saturday & all but I think I'm going to send my boss a little text.  I mean this is ridiculous, I've worked ONE shift this week.  Not a happy camper.  Unfortunately b/c this is such a small, rural hospital there is nowhere to float to if your floor has too many techs & not enough patients.  Therefore I started applying for jobs at the hospital where I do my clinicals. It's a much bigger hospital & I'd say the chance of being called out for low census is very low seeing as they have something like 9 floors as compared to our 2 & they use techs everywhere not just on Med/Surg.  Plus my nursing bestie just started there as a Nurse Extern (glorified tech) & I would love to work with him. 

Other than that, summer is going great.  I am liking my job more & more (I was nervous there for a minute thinking I had chosen the wrong field).  I guess it helps when you start connecting with the people there, it kinda sucks being the new person. My baby girl has been gone now for almost 2 weeks, the longest she's ever been gone & she asked me the other day if she could stay longer than she was initially supposed to.  It looks like she may not come home until after th 4th!!  Crazy that she'll have been gone a month.  But I've done better than I thought I would.  I'm happy that she is getting this experience.  I have to say I'm JUUUUST about ready to start back to school, even though my nursing bestie won't be with me :'( I'm ready to get this last year DONE!! I can't believe that next May I will be graduating with my Bachelor's degree.  I know my mom would be so proud of me, I wish she were here to see it all. 

Anyway, I hope that you guys are having a great summer so far.  I mean I guess technically summer hasn't even started yet has it?  Oh well, don't work too hard, try to get out & play some this summer!

Later taters,

Monday, June 10, 2013

How will I know?

"if he really loves me? I say a prayer with every heart beat" ok I couldn't resist.  I wrote the title & then the song just came to my mind.  Of course any youngun's won't even know the song, lol. 

So, I've been reading my fav blogs (Adventures of a PICU Nurse Practitioner) being one of them & I am just wondering, how will I know where I really want to be when I graduate?  As it looks now  I am looking at 3 more years of schooling after my RN for my DNP & so I am wondering, how will I know where I want to spend those 3 years?  I have always said that I didn't want to do Med/Surg, but really how will I know?  I am so excited that next semester is my CC & Peds rotation, but really that only gives me four real rotations that I've had.  Well five if you count the SNF, but that's not even a consideration.  So, by the time next semester is over I'll have had Med/Surg, L & D, Peds & CC.  Wait, I think we have a psych semester too at some point, although I'm not 100% positive about that.  But really how does 12 weeks of a clinical tell me that that's where I want to be for the next 3 years?  And also, it leaves so much that I HAVEN'T experienced.  How do I know if I want to work somewhere if I haven't ever experienced it?  Am I putting the cart before the horse?  Should I just stop wondering & wait until I've had my next 2 semesters to decide?  I also hate that clinicals aren't a TRUE representation of how it's going to be when you graduate.  Well, at least it hasn't been so far.  But I'm thinking next semester will be better b/c we have a chance to follow a preceptor & not an instructor.  I SERIOUSLY hope that I get a preceptor.  

Anyhoo,  summer is dragging along & I've been working as much as I can, that is when I don't get put on call.  Can I just say that being put on call kind of sucks?  I swear there are days when I PRAY that I'll get that phone call at 5:00 am (& of course it never comes) & then there's days like today that I WANT to work & of course the phone rings at 5:00 & here I am making $1.25 an hour while not being able to go over 30 minutes away from home just on the off chance that I get called in to work (hasn't happened yet).

What about you guys?  What are you doing for the summer?  Oh did I also mention that my daughter is in California until probably after the 4th?  I mean that child is my shadow & I haven't been without her by my side for more than 5 days since she's been born & now she's over 2000 miles away without me for a month!!  Sheesh, this doesn't help the summer to go any faster, although I have to admit I have been having a blast with my boy.  Lots of fishing this summer so far :D

Hope everyone else is having a great beginning of their summer!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Will I work at this hospital once I become a nurse?

That's usually the first question I get when someone learns that I'm a nursing student at the hospital I work at.  For now my pat answer is "I'm not sure yet, we'll see" but I guess if I were being honest the answer would probably be no.  See this hospital is a very small, rural hospital & like I've probably said before, some of the patients are more like nursing home patients than just regular old sick patients on a Med/Surg floor.  I'm talking total care, from bathing to toileting to feeding and while that wouldn't be so bad if you actually had techs to help you, at this hospital you're LUCKY if a tech is scheduled & then sometimes it's only one tech for a floor with 33 rooms, some of them double occupancy rooms.  Uh no thanks!  Then on top of that the pay is lower than at the hospital where I do my clinicals.  And further more, I live about an hour from a big city where there is a REALLY great children's hospital that I might like to work at, so basically I don't really see myself staying at this hospital, but I guess one never knows the future huh?

Just curious, does the hospitals you work at have techs for every shift?  Even if they are lucky enough to get a tech, it's usually only day shift, night shift usually gets the shaft. What does your hospital do?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

LOOONG day at work...

So yesterday I worked my first shift alone and by alone I mean not "orienting" anymore.  I had the whole 2nd floor to myself & man was I busy!! I mean the only time I had to sit down during my whole shift was during lunch, I was slammed!  The good thing about that though was that the day flew by.  And I have to say that I actually enjoyed it.  Although I was pretty sore this morning it wasn't like my 1st day off where everything hurt, this morning it was really only my back that was hurting. I was scheduled to work this morning as well but I got a call at 5 am saying that I was put on call.  I guess that's what they do when they have low census.  Bummer b/c that means that I'll only get one day this week & I was hoping on at least 2.  Oh well. I scheduled myself to work Monday which is Memorial Day, so hopefully I'll get holiday pay for that day.  I like this whole deal of getting to schedule my days, but it's hard to schedule your days when you don't know what you have coming up.  Anyhoo, like I said I actually enjoyed my day yesterday.  The charge nurse was really sweet & my patient's were great.  I was actually disappointed that I wouldn't get to see them again today, but I still don't know if I would like to work in this hospital once I get my license.  I guess I'll just have to see when the time gets closer. 

No work this weekend, my baby girl & I are off on a mommy/daughter camping trip that I am totally looking forward to. I'll try to take some pics & post them on here. 

I hope everyone else has a great weekend & a great Memorial Day!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

One week down...

So my first week of work is done & I have to say, this job seriously stinks. I mean I knew what this job would entail but boy am I thankful that this will only be for a year.  I DO NOT understand how people do this job for years.  And furthermore I don't understand how nurses CHOOSE to pick up tech shifts, uh no thank you! If I needed extra shifts that bad I would just find another job in a different place. I can pretty much promise that once I become a RN I will NOT be picking up tech shifts for extra money, that's seriously cray cray.   Also, I don't understand how these nurses can work at the same place for 35 years.  Talk about BORING.  Again, no thank you.  Of course I don't plan on doing floor nursing for any longer than it takes me to get my NP license, but even if I were planning on being a floor nurse, it wouldn't be in Med/Surg and it DEFINITELY wouldn't be in Med/Surg at this hospital.  At least in the hospital where we do our clinicals there's a rehab floor where they send all the long term, really acute patients.  But where I work there's only 2 Med/Surg floors & basically the 2nd floor is kind of like LTC.  THAT for 35 years, HEEEECK NO!! And lastly working on these types of patients has just about secured the thought that I do NOT want to do adults. 

When I graduate next May my initial thought was to get my FNP so that I would be able to apply to a wide variety of jobs, but after this week (and yes it's only taken me a week to come to this conclusion) I can pretty much say that I think I'm going to be going for my PNP instead.  Every opportunity that I can think of that I might be interested in (ER, Critical Care, opening my own practice etc.) I can do with Peds.  I mean half of the population is children right?  Either way all I know is that this job looks good on my resume & it provides a paycheck.  Thank goodness it's only for a year!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oh my aching...EVERYTHING!

Can I just say how SORE I am?? These 2 twelve hour shifts were NO joke!  Sure I thought maybe my feet would be sore, but I didn't take into account my back and my calves.  I  mean I seriously feel like I have walked 500 miles.  My poor body is like wth is going on here?  I was talking to my nursing bestie (he just got an extern job also) & he said "Do you think you could do another day tomorrow?" & I  was like "NO!!"  Of course I know I COULD  do another day tomorrow & work 3 in a row, but I wouldn't WANT to.  He's trying to get as many hours as possible this summer & so he wants to try to work at least 4 days.  Fortunately for him, he's 10 years younger than me, weighs much less & he's a waiter, so he's already used to being on his feet all day running like a chicken with its head cut off.  But my poor body can't even remember my waitress days.  They were a LONG time ago & I haven't done this type of work since then.  I've been a desk jockey for so long I had forgotten how physical this was.  Luckily I have these 2 days off & then I am working Friday & Saturday.  I believe working Saturday will put me into overtime.  As a matter of fact I think I'll text my boss just to make sure.  That plus the shift diff for working on Saturday (which I'm still not sure what that is) is the only reason I decided to do 4 days this week.  Whew, this is for sure going to take some getting used to!!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Summer has officially begun!

I finally got all of my paperwork turned in and I am DONE with 3rd semester.   It's so weird to not have anything to study.  My niece called me yesterday & asked what I was doing & I swear I almost said "Studying".   But instead I said "Nothing", how glorious is that?   So now it's time to make some money!   I am really looking forward to starting my job on Monday.  All last week was just orientation, so Monday will be my first "real" day.  It will be my first day of working a 12 hour shift too. That should be interesting.
It's funny too, since I haven't worked in a corporate setting in a while I had forgotten how many "rules & regulations" they have.  While I was sitting in orientation listening to all of it I was thinking "And THIS is why I want to go into practice for myself".  Not that I won't have rules & regs in my practice, but I will be able to make my own rules (to a certain extent).  If I'm sick I won't have to worry about getting a "point" or if I clock in ONE MINUTE late, I won't have to worry about if I'm going to get in trouble or not.  Of course I don't ever call in sick & I'm usually early instead of late, but it's just the point. I can't wait to own my own practice/partnership one day.  That is my whole reason for going into nursing in the first place. 
Anyhoo, it's summer once again & with no school until August 28th it's time for a whole lot of R & R, making moolah & just plain relaxing.  Bring it on!! 
What do you guys have planned for the summer?

***BTW  I didn't realize I had word verification on (I HATE that).  I think I turned it off.  Can you let me know if it's still on??  Thanks!***

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Woofreakinhoo people!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am OFFICIALLY done with the DREAD 3rd semester & I didn't come out too bad, although unfortunately I can't say that for everyone!! :( 

End result, 2 B's.  Med/Surg is officially DONE!!!!!!!!!!!! And although I am VERY happy to be done with this semester & finally on the downhill slope of nursing school I am also a wee bit sad because I lost my nursing bestie this semester..... He ended up failing Med/Surg by .5 points!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe that??? What makes it even more sucky is that next semester our school days won't even be the same, so it's going to feel like we never get to see each other.....Boo.

But, we will power through and we're still going to talk every night and every day (like 3 or 4 times a day), I mean this semester we were in different rotations & that never stopped us. 

Anyhoo, onto our FIRST end of the 3rd semester celebration.  Like I said, we have a tradition after every semester we go to this mexican restaurant to celebrate & this semester was no different.  Then after that the majority of us ended up going to one of our classmates apartment & continuing the party there.  Needless to say it was mucho FUN and yes I have pics.  So without further ado, here are some pics of our FIRST celebration.  The main one will be Thursday night & I can't WAIT!!

This is the majority of our class. Do you see me in the very back?

Needless to say many drinks were had & it was a GREAT time.  Expect more pics from Thursday's partay!! :D

Friday, May 3, 2013

More news about my new job...

Yesterday I got a call from my new boss & we got to talking about my start date.  Of course there's orientation to start with and all that jazz.  We decided I could start Tuesday since my last final was Monday, which I am SUPER excited about (starting work, not my final)! I can't wait to get started & finally get some moolah! BUT the really good news is, during our conversation we got to talking about the job and its scope of practice.  Well I thought it was just your regular CNA job, which we all know what that entails.  And because of that I had still been applying at the hospital where I do my clinicals at for an extern position.  I liked the fact that this job was closer to my house, but I wanted the extra experience that an extern gets b/c of their broader scope of practice.  So as we were discussing orientation, that came up.  She said "You're going to be the only nurse tech we have!".  At this point I was like "Say what Willis?"  My first thought was that she meant I was going to be the only CNA that they have, not cool.  So I said "I'm going to be the only nurse tech that you guys have in the whole hospital?" And she said "Yes!  A nurse tech gets to do more than a CNA because you're in nursing school, you'll have a broader scope of practice and get to do more things like Foley's, enemas, and possibly IV sticks, I have to check on that one" and I about jumped for joy!! She said that right now I was the only nursing student she has working as a CNA (which is what she meant when she said I'd be the only one.)  She did say though that she had a med student who was working there as a CNA as well, so she gets to do more stuff too.  So basically what I thought was just your regular old CNA job has turned into a nurse extern job!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm SUPER DUPER excited about this, and I'm so thankful to my God who blesses me so abundantely even though I seriously DON'T deserve it!!  I mean I was excited to start before, but now even more so!!  Isn't that great?! :) 

Oh, she also said we could wear black scrubs, lol.  We were talking about the scrubs & she said they don't have a policy on what to wear.  She said that she's from California & there they have a high Laotian population & b/c of that they weren't allowed to wear black scrubs (to them it represented death, which I can totally understand) but that we could.  I guess I can see how it's sort of macabre, but come on black scrubs are slimming right! ;-)  We'll see.  For now I'll be wearing my gross school whites & the hideous red ones I had to wear when I took my CNA class.  But my first paycheck I'm ordering some better ones!! I guess I could always mix & match my red & white ones & go as a Valentine, lol. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

HESI sufficiently TROUNCED!!

Ok so maybe trounced is a bit strong, seeing as 2 people in our class walked away with 99's!!!  But I'd still say getting an 87 is still pretty good!! And not just on any old HESI, but on a Pharm HESI at that!! I'll take that any day of the week.  So now that brings my grades as a high B in OB & a mid B in Med/Surg.  I would LOOVE to get an A in OB, but you know what?  I'd be happy walking away with 2 B's again this semester. 

Tomorrow is our OB final & Lordy Bejordy it feels like there is SO much information being covered, but then when I start studying for it, it feels like common sense.  I hate when that happens.   I mean I know it's not common sense, but since we've gone over it once already I feel like I already know it & then I don't want to study for it & then when that happens, well you know the rest.  But, I guess I am going to force myself to study for it & hopefully I can get an A :)  The highest I've gotten on any test in that class has been an 82, which is the lowest grade you can get to still be considered a B. Sooo, it's all hopeful thinking from here. 

Anyhoo, how is everyone else doing with finals??

Oh & just for fun, here is a pic of one of my classmates.  This is what we were doing after the HESI.  Well he was, I was just laughing & taking pics.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Getting the jitters!!

It's getting soooo close to the end of the semester!!  I cannot believe that this Friday is our last OB class (final & HESI on the same day, can you say yuck!) Tomorrow is our last lecture for Med/Surg & then our HESI is on Wed & our final is a week from tomorrow & then we will be DONE!!  Do you realize that once this semester is over that we will have passed the halfway point.  We will be on the downhill slope!! Only 2 more semesters. I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!

Speaking of the last 2 semesters, we got another cool thing going on at our school.  Up until this semester our 5th semester consisted of leadership, community health & something else (which we all heard was major boring).  I mean you go from having hands on clinicals to community health?  Uh no thank you.  So, one of the newer professors came up with a great idea called a Capstone.  So now instead of doing those boring classes with NO clinicals, we will get to CHOOSE what we want to focus on for our final semester.  We'll get two choices.  How totally cool is that???!!!  And what's even better about it is we can choose something we've not had a clinical in, like ER.  Which is really great because we don't get an ER rotation during school.  How awesome is that?! They brought it before the school this semester & it JUST passed.  So thankfully the semester ahead of us will be the 1st ones to do it (meaning hopefully they'll get all the kinks worked out before we get there) and we'll be the 2nd semester to do it.  I am really looking forward to having a clinical that I get to choose. 

So here is what I'm planning this week.  Today study for OB, tomorrow M/S, Tue OB, Wed M/S & Thur O/B then the rest of the weekend M/S & my final on Monday.  I can't believe it's already here!! Woohoo!! 

Also, I am super looking forward to our end of the semester party.  Of course we'll all go to our favorite mexican restaurant for lunch after our final like we always do (I love that we've created our own tradition), but also one of the students is planning a shindig at her house to celebrate.  Can you say white girl wasted fun!! I'm so excited that my hubs is off work that night & we'll get to go & celebrate!! 

Now just to pass all of my HESI's & finals.  Guess I shouldn't put the cart before the horse, but I'm just so excited to be so close to the end!!  May 6th come on!!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Study sesh...and last day of OB clinical

Last night I had my first real college study sesh.  I met up with some nursing buddies in the library after clinical & we studied for our OB test today until about 11:45.  Well, that's when I left since I live about an hour away, all of them left around 1:00 I believe.  But I am VERY glad that I did it b/c I  hadn't studied for that test one bit & luckily just about everything we went over was on the test & I ended up making a B because of it.  Well that & getting up at 5:30 this morning to finish studying.  Four & a half hours of sleep is no beuno, but it was worth it to see that B.  Right now I am on the veeerge of an A in that class.  Unfortunately the only things we have left are the HESI & the final.  Well & the participation points, I don't really know how to average those in.  Maybe, just maybe I can pull off an A in there, that would be awesome. 

Monday is our last Med/Surg test before the final, so this week will be spent studying like a mad woman because I REALLY want to make an A on this test so I can bring my C up to a B in there.  My hopes of an A are gone, but I can still pull off a B & that's what I'm shooting for.  Of course none of us have heard about our research paper grades, BUT... The rumor is that the teachers are holding the papers to see what our grades are & they're going to use them as boosters for those who need them,  ya know what I mean?  I hope that's true.  Not that I'm not passing, but I know SEVERAL people that aren't & I don't want to go on w/o my peeps!!

Now on to my last day of OB clinical which was yesterday.  My last OB clinical was postpartum and everyone who had gone before me told me over & over how boring it was, how much they didn't like it, blah blah blah.  So I went in with not very high expectations but boy was I wrong.  I absolutely LOVED pp!!  I mean what's not to love?  Your patient is healthy, they're so super happy, I mean seriously this is usually the best thing that has ever happened to them.  I just REALLY enjoyed it.  My patient was precious and a little ornery, which I like.  She was a section patient and let me just say she was NOT trying to get up & walk.  She didn't want any part of that, BUT being the good nursling that I am I coerced her into walking the unit not once, but TWICE!! Go nursling, go nursling, go!  ;)  When I left for the day I told her that I was leaving but that she had only walked twice and that even though I wasn't going to be there that evening she still had to walk.  She promised me that she would.  I should have called & checked up on her.  Ok, I'm kidding, but I just felt so responsible for her, and I think that's what I loved so much about pp.  You have that time to bond with your patient, and teach them, and talk to them, and just get to know them.  That's what I love.  I think that's the part that was missing in L & D for me.  I mean you work so hard with that laboring patient & then they may or may NOT deliver on your shift & then you leave & when you come back they're gone, nothing, nada, you don't even get to see the baby.  It was just kind of unfulfilling for me.  But pp, LOVE!  So far favorite rotation, hands down. 

Skin to skin rocks!

Anyhoo, just thought I'd pop in & update, but now it's back to my nose in the ol' bookola.  Well not really the book, really just my notes.  Gotta get an A on that test on Monday!  Say a little prayer for me. 

Hope you all have a FANTABULOUS weekend!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Got the job!!

So the director of the Med/Surg floor said I would hear something by today and well, I waited as long as I could before calling her seeing as I hadn't heard from her.  I said I would wait until 4:00 but by 3:30 I was chomping at the bit so I called her.  She said "I was just filling out your paperwork to offer you the job"!!! Yay me!! 

Now I know it's just a PCT/CNA job, but hey it gets my foot in the door right?  I've talked to several of my friends who are in the semesters ahead of me & they've all said the same thing.  "Get a job NOW".  I have one friend who said she can't even get a PCT job b/c no one will hire her b/c she's too close to graduating.  I never thought of that. Why wouldn't they want to hire you knowing that soon you'd be able to be a nurse there??  I don't know, but I am glad to have the job. 
The director said she thinks the pay is $10 an hour, which is pretty decent.  I was worried they would try to pay me minimum wage or something close to it & that would really have sucked.  So now all I have to do is fill out the hospital paperwork & she has to send off for a background check & as soon as that comes back I will start.  She said sometimes the checks can take up to 2 weeks which puts me RIGHT at finals week, which is awesome b/c it means that I'll be starting right as school is ending so hopefully I can work as much as possible over the summer.  Overtime would be awesome.  I'll just be happy to have some MONEY again.  And yes my husband works but it's different when you have your OWN money, ya know?  I'm excited as this will be my first hospital job.  I've worked in doctor's offices before but this is different & the director is SUPER nice.  She sent me an email saying she is glad I'm going to be part of the team, I thought that was really nice. 
Anyhoo, just thought I'd let you all know :)  Woohoo!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

So happy to have a small break...

Can I just say how happy I was walking out of class today?  It was about 68 degrees, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing slightly & I was officially wearing flip flops for the first time this spring and most of all I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO GET A PATIENT!!!!!!!!  I am soo super happy that I had Med/Surg as my first rotation during the cold part of the semester.  Now instead of being stuck in the hospital for the next two days (like those poor suckers who have Med/Surg now) I am FREEE to take my books to the park tomorrow & study in the gorgeous sunshine.  I can sleep in for the next two days (would have been three but I'm signed up on Thursday to work the health fair at school) and basically enjoy this spring weather.  God is so good.  Sometimes blessings come in the form of something so small as to get the rotation you really want.  Yay!

I'm also loving that we have NO tests this week, unfortunately though that just means that after this week we basically have back to back tests until the semester is over.  Oh well, I will just enjoy this week & study as much as I can.  It's getting close!  And another great thing I learned recently was that this is the LAST semester we have to do written careplans!!!!!!!!!!!  YESSSS!  Can I just say how much I hate writing careplans?  And yes I totally understand the reason for them, but no matter the reason, I am thrilled beyond thrilled that my next 2 semesters involve NO written careplans! As London would say "Yay me!!"