"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












Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chosen for a Top 50 Nursing Blog!!!

I am so super excited to have been chosen by Nursing Degree.org as one of the Top 50 Nursing Blogs under the category of "Student"!!!  That is so cool! I got the email the other day & I just went & viewed my write up, so super cool!!! If you want to check out the other great blogs go here & you can see the whole list.  Of course I also want to send a big shout out to AZ mom as her blog was nominated, as well as many other blogs that I follow (Adventures of a PICU nurse, Hood Nurse)!!! So very happy to have been chosen with these other great blogs.  Very cool.

Monday is my 2nd Med/Surg test.  It covers diabetes & the heart.  Have I mentioned before how much I dislike the heart?  I love the fact that my keeps pumping for me, of course, but the intricasies of the heart are more than I can wrap my head around usually.  Thank goodness it's not about the patho of the heart, maybe this time I can get it.  Everyone has told me that it takes at least a week to prepare for these Med/Surg tests but alas, I only have 2 days once again.  Hopefully I can at least pull a B out of this one! An A would be great, but a C would totally suck, so a B is acceptable at this point.  Thankfully once Med/Surg clinicals are done I will have much more time.  In our program we have 2 clinical days for Med/Surg & it's every week, but once I hit OB I'll only have to go for one day every other week, so I'll have much more time to study...hopefully. 

Spring break is coming up, which I am totally looking foward to, especially after yesterday's preview of OB.  We had a meeting JUST to set up our notebooks.  I mean seriously? A three hour meeting to just go over the forms we were going to need for FOUR clinicals.  Yes, there were a lot of forms!  Kind of makes me nervous, I mean I thought OB was supposed to be "easier" than Med/Surg??  We'll see I guess.  Looks like a LOT of paperwork to me, but I'm very excited to get to that rotation. 

And lastly, the other night my hubby & I were talking about this guy that he works with & that guy's wife is a nurse.  He was saying how she works PRN, and that got me to thinking.  The reason she can work PRN is b/c where my husand works we have really good benefits, so technically I don't need a job that offers insurance, so I could potentially work PRN as well.  I'm thinking this will be beneficial to me since I'll still be in school full time while I'm working.  The only thing I worry about is being a new nurse (who doesn't know anything) how hard would it be to go from place to place, or more importantly from floor to floor.  For those of you with experience out there, do you think PRN work would be too hard for a new nurse?  And I mean hard as far as knowledge is concerned.  What are your thoughts??




6 comments:

  1. Just my 2 cents...I think working prn would be difficult for a new nurse. I don't even know if a hospital would hire a new grad for a prn position. I'd look for a permanent position, work for 2 years and then drop to prn while going back to school. You won't regret getting that experience, and it will make you a better NP.

    Congrats on the blog award!

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    1. Yeah that's what I was thinking too, unless of course I could find a PRN job in the same place all the time. Not really sure if those exist or not. Probably won't do the PRN thing, but it does sound like a fun choice, especially for people who get bored easily & I think she makes a bit more money for doing that as well.

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  2. I work PRN in an MSICU. You should probably get at least 6 months of experience. I don't think any places would hire a new grad prn, but it is an awesome gig!!

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    1. Yeah, I think with the fact that I don't need benefits that I would like that option.

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  3. I agree with the others...you need experience first before you think of going perdiem. My facility doesn't even hire new grads in to perdiem positions. It just takes time to figure out how to prioritize and make good judgement calls.
    Later on you can drop back and work less (or not - many of us work like crazy our whole careers). Enjoy what ever you decide to do :)

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    1. Yeah, I figured I would probably need some experience first, but that's ok, I still think it may be an option after a while since I don't really need benefits.

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