"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, December 15, 2014

Pinning again...

This weekend my nursing bestie graduated from Nursing school! I am so proud of him! It was so neat being at pinning again, but this time in the audience. I can remember how it felt sitting there waiting to get your pin, knowing that this was the culmination of everything you had worked so hard for. I can hardly believe it's been 7 months since I was the one walking across that stage getting my beloved pin. Here is a pic of me on my way to pinning :D



It was a great night and I even got to see some of my classmates. I can't believe how much I miss all of them! We all said we need to get together soon & I plan on making that happen. I really love those people and let's be real, the only people that can truly understand the hell that you had to go through for those 2 1/2 years are the nursing peeps that went through it with you.
Speaking of being out of school, it's so weird. Being out of school and just working is such a different pace. There's no more deadlines looming over your head, you just work and come home and life goes on at, dare I say, a normal pace? It's still hard sometimes to think "Oh I don't HAVE to get this done right this minute, I can do it tomorrow" because tomorrow isn't full of studying, or writing a paper, or going to clinical or class. I mean it's just too weird, but after 7 months I'm getting used to it. Of course if all goes well (I'm still crossing my fingers) then all of that will change again in 6 months...We'll see I guess...
Oh btw, my friend that was "moonlighting" in HH has made the switch. She turned in her notice two weeks ago & she is out of here! She switched 100% to HH nursing. I can't wait to hear how it REALLY is once she actually gets into it. Me on the hand, I'm still chugging away in Med/Surg, but I'm also working half of my time right now in Rehab. One of our nurses is out of commission for a while down there, so I have been picking up shifts in that dept. I really like it, although it's a much slower pace than Med/Surg and not as much nursing going on, but change is good, and I like learning new things.
Anyhoo, that's what's been going on in this neck of the woods, not too terribly exciting, but that's ok too.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Settling in...

Well, I'm still waiting, but I'm pretty sure I should have some exciting news shortly, I'll let you know for sure as soon as I get the final word (like you couldn't guess).

Anyway, as my title says, I'm really starting to settle in to my job on Med/Surg & dare I say, I've actually started LOOKING FORWARD to going in to work. I don't know that it has so much to do with the job itself or with the fact that I'm starting to find my place. It seems like it's harder to find your place in a tight knit group, especially when you only work 3 days a week, which I am TOTALLY loving btw. But when some of those nurses work 4 & 5 days a week they really get to know each other.  Then of course you have the ones that have been there for 30 years, so they REALLY know each other. It just takes a while, but I think I am really starting to not only find my place, but get a groove when it comes to running my day in M/S. Of course I know I still have a long way to go, but at least I'm a little further than when I first started.

I have applied for several other jobs at a hospital closer to my house, but I'm not really sure my heart is into it. The thing that's great about my job is that I can completely, and 100% make my own schedule. Since I'm prn I only have to work a certain number of days a month, but of course I work way more than required, I mean we have to eat!  But I only work on the days I choose to work & with my daughter's season starting today I want to make sure I can go to as many of her games as possible. With this job I'm able to do that & I love it.

One of my friends at work was telling me that she has started moonlighting (is it still called moonlighting if you do it during the day?) at a HH agency. I've always been semi-interested in HH, just because I like the freedom & autonomy that it offers. She said that on her last day she had 5 pts to see. She said she took her kids to school & went back home & left her house around 9:30. She went & saw her 5 pts & was back home by 2:30. Of course I know that's not a typical day, but she said she loved it. Then there's the money aspect. She said the nurses that work at the agency she was working at told her that they were making minimum of $1000 a week bring home, but a lot of times more like $2000 a week, BRING HOME!! What??!! Then she said that although she would be on call basically 24/7, that the LPN's had to take 1st call. So, they take the call, triage the pt, decide if it's something that needs to be seen right then or if it can wait & then if it's something they can do then they go out,  but if not only THEN would she have to be called in. Sound too good to be true?  We'll see I guess. I told her to keep me updated on how she was liking it & to let me know how the hours really turn out.

Anyhoo, so far so good. 4 months as a nurse & sometimes I still can't believe it.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Still waiting...

Soo, nothing from graduate school. I applied to the online RODP program on August 5th & have heard nothing. I have a friend that said that one of the girls she works with heard immediately after she applied, so I'm thinking that my answer is no.  The thing is that if it's no then I'll get over it, but I'd really like to know either way. I've called twice & have been told that my application is with the "review board" but dang, it's been over 60 days how long does the review board take?  I've kind of given up, but even so I'd like to hear.
Anyhoo, yesterday I met up with two of my nursing school friends & it was great to catch up and talk about our new jobs.  I have to say I miss my nursing school peeps!!  Well, the majority of them anyway ;) Also, I feel so stagnant. Even though I finally have what I've been working so hard for, I still feel like I'm spinning my wheels. Is that bad? Does that mean I don't appreciate what I've got? I definitely appreciate my job, and actually I'm just starting to, dare I say, like Med/Surg?  Although we've had REALLY low census & I've been put on call quite a bit, I'm not complaining. I actually don't mind being put on call. But still, my end goal has always been Nurse Practitioner & honestly I never for a minute thought I wouldn't get in....Although, like with nursing school, maybe this just isn't my time.  Whatever the situation, I've decided that next time I'm going to apply to more than one school & not put all of my eggs in one basket.
Oh & lastly, today I applied for a L & D position & also a Nursery/NICU position.  I am excited, but doubtful that I'll get a call seeing as I'm a new nurse. Of course, you never know.  I know one of the nurses in the department & I told her I applied & she said she would tell her boss about me, so we'll see!  I think L & D would be so exciting & I'm hopeful that I'll at least get a call & an interview.
I'll keep you updated on that :D

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Working & waiting...

So what has 2 months as a brand new RN taught me?  Well here goes:

1. Doctor's REALLY can be serious jerks
2. When doctor's are being serious jerks it's usually not personal, so try not to take it that way
3. Patients really do die & even though it's not your fault, you still feel like it is in some way
4. Errors CAN happen, be VERY vigilant
5. SLOW DOWN
6. If you're doing something that you're unsure of and your nursing sense starts tingling, STOP what you're doing and ask someone about it
7. It's hard to remember your patient's names when you're running around like a chicken with your head cut off
8. Once you're off orientation it's full steam ahead so if  you feel like you need more training/orienting time then say so!
9. Nurses are a cool group of people
10. TED hose really do make your legs feel SO much better after a 12 hour shift (and they sell some really cute ones too)
11. Working 3 shifts a week ROCKS!!
12. This is DEFINITELY not something I could see myself doing for 20 + years, even though I work with several dedicated nurses who have been doing just that!
13. I need to get back into school ASAP

As you can see from my list I have encountered quite a bit in my short 2 month stint as a new nurse. Some of it has been good and some of it not so good, but all of it has culminated in me applying to graduate school for the Spring 2015 semester. I was going to wait for a year to "get some experience" but since I have decided to only go part time to grad school, I figure the 2 1/2 years it's going to take me to get through will be plenty enough experience for me as a new Nurse Practitioner.  I mean obviously I'm never going to know everything no matter how long I work as a nurse, so I'm just going to continue to do my thing on the floor while I trudge through school. There is a very young nurse that I work with that graduated last year and she decided to go straight through.  I have to admit she kind of lit the spark for me to go back sooner as well.

As far as working on Med/Surg, I have to admit that is NOT my niche in any way, shape or form, but with only 2 1/2 years to work I don't really see myself moving around very much.  Luckily I can work down in Geri Psych & float to other departments so when I want to pick up extra shifts I don't feel stuck in M/S.  But as of right now I'm just working and waiting to hear from grad school.  I don't know why I'm nervous about getting in, I meet all the requirements. I guess that's just my nature. But, I will update as soon as I hear, which will hopefully be soon!




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I passed!!!

Sorry it took me so long to post, but yes I passed the dreaded NCLEX!! I was so nervous but it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I got 141 questions & I swear around question 130 I thought "I'm the one, I'm going to get all of the questions", but luckily I wasn't, but my friend was!  Me & two of my friends took it at the same time & one finished with 75, then there was me & then the other one got all of the questions, thankfully though we all passed!!  After it was over we all came together & did "the trick" & yes it really works.  2 of my friends failed & they were able to go all the way to the credit card screen after taking the test, but everyone that passed was stopped before getting to that scree, so just in case you're wondering, yes the trick really works. So, I have been working on Med Surg now for about a month & I have to say that I have really learned some interesting things of which I will post later, but right now I just wanted to let everyone who was wondering to know that YES I PASSED! I am now Candi BSN, RN!!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I'm still alive!! Tomorrow is the NCLEX!

So as you can see I have GRADUATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!  I am SO happy that nursing school is over, but can we say holy terrified?  Tomorrow is the NCLEX & I feel thoroughly unprepared.  Fortunately our school provided us with the HURST Review and even though I have been studying this for about 2 weeks now I still feel completely terrified to actually take the test. 
Of my former classmates I know of one so far who has failed....so scary...
The rest of them are chugging along & passing on a daily basis, hopefully I will be one of them!

But to rewind, here are a few pics from graduation & my graduation party that my precious husband & sister threw for me:





That's my baby girl to my right, she looks taller than me!
 
I seriously couldn't have been cheesing any harder!!

My nursing bestie & his bf hiding in the back!
My study buddy!
 
My inlaws, aren't they precious!!
Definitely one of the best days of my life!

As I said, tomorrow I take the NCLEX.  Honestly, up until I had the HURST review I really wasn't that nervous.  During the review the teacher advised us that as of 2012 they have changed the test to make it harder & the first time pass rate went from 94% to 88% (or something like that).  Um what?!
Talk about skeered, yep that's me!  BUT, the good news is that at work I have transitioned over from a tech to a graduate nurse & I have been orienting now for about two weeks, no actually longer than that.  I oriented first on the Geri psych floor where I was working & then 2 weeks ago I switched & started orienting on the Med/Surg floor of my hospital.  The first two days we were slammed, I swear I thought my legs were going to fall off!  But this past weekend I worked three days in a row & thankfully Saturday & Sunday weren't THAT bad.  I actually like working on the weekends, it is MUCH calmer...well it was this past weekend anyway.
While I was working I met a girl who graduated in May 2013 & she was in NP school.  She decided to just go straight through. She is going part time & so she has a little ways to go still. I think going part time it should take her about 3 years.  It kind of made me regret not going straight through myself, but then I think about how much I've been working & would I really want to be studying for the NCLEX, worrying about the NCLEX, orienting as a new nurse AND taking graduate classes?  Not really.  So my plan is to start next summer at the same school I got my BSN at. They offer the NP program 100% online & I think that will suit my life perfectly. 
Anyway, that's it for the update, I will try to get back here & update more about work & other things & of course I will update about my NCLEX, whether it be good or bad (hoping & praying for the good though!).  Oh, btw, I asked my boss what would happen if I failed the NCLEX & she was just like "You just take it again" you know, like no biggie.  She said that I would just continue to orient until I passed it.  And since I already got my first nurse pay raise I guess that's not too bad.  Plus, there is a nurse there who is orienting now that I found out last week had failed her NCLEX the first time & she is still orienting, so I guess it wouldn't be the end of the world, but really I just want to be DONE with it & MOVE on to other things.....
Anyway, hope everyone is doing well!!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's the final countdown!!

I have that song from the 80's in my head "It's the final countdown"!!  I can't believe that I now have less than 50 days until my last day of school!!!!!!!!  Woofreakinhoo!!!!!  Seriously, I am so excited. 
This week I have my LAST research paper (well for my undergrad anyway) due!! Yesterday we did our LAST group project (rec'd a 95 thankyouverymuch).  While I'm so excited to be getting close to the end it's also a little bittersweet.  I have seriously come to love the majority of my class mates so much and I have to admit that I will miss seeing them on a weekly (sometimes monthly if I ditched classes) basis. I know for sure that there are several that I will stay in touch with, but then there are some that I KNOW I will never speak to again.  I mean I don't speak to them now, so why would that change? :)  But seriously, I will miss this chapter of my life.  I am so happy and proud that I have done this.  I mean I am about to have a BACHELOR'S degree.  To some people that may not seem like a big deal, but it's a HUGE deal to me!  I am the first one in my family to get their BS & I can honestly say that I am so proud of myself.  I know my mother would be SO proud if she were still here...I wish she could be here for pinning & graduation...I hope I can keep it together for those ceremonies...

Anyway, just though I'd stop by to say I'm still here & it's getting close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But don't worry I'm still going to keep blogging because I'll be applying to graduate school in the spring!! I know, I've lost my mind :D 

Love!!!!!!!!!!!!




Sunday, February 23, 2014

I'm still not sure...

DONE with my ER rotation!  As a matter of fact that means I'm DONE with clinicals period!  Woohoo!!!  Friday was my last real clinical in nursing school.  I worked 6 twelve hour shifts in the ER & I can truly say that I would feel 90% comfortable going straight to the ER from nursing school.  Besides the actual trauma codes that come in, I feel like I could easily handle what goes on in that ER straight out of nursing school.  I thought that I would LOVE ER, and I did to an extent, but what I really found out in this clinical was that I just DON'T KNOW.  I don't know exactly what I want to do yet as far as being a nurse, and honestly I just don't think I would really LOVE any nursing job. I know that I want to be a NP & therefore nursing positions to me don't really hold a great appeal. That being said, I don't know yet 100% what dept. I want to to work in, and what I really came to realize is that I don't think I'm going to know until I actually get to do it myself.  I don't think you can get a real representation of how a job really is until you actually do it.  Therefore, I will keep my med/surg job and work there and geri psych until I feel like I am comfortable with these positions and then I will either love it and stay there while I continue my masters or I will move on.  The only thing is I don't think I want to be making a bunch of changes while I'm in the middle of nurse practitioner school.  I'm thinking that it will probably just be easier to stay in one place, even if it becomes mundane.  I don't know how much I would enjoy orienting to new units over & over while I'm trying to concentrate on NP school.  Ok, enough about me, let me tell you a sad story about a nurse in my unit (well sad to me, but not in the way you're probably thinking). 

While I was working with one particular preceptor we got to talking about getting our master's degree.  This nurse said that she wanted to go back and get her PA. I asked her why she would get her PA & not her NP & she said that there were mostly PA's that worked in this ER and she found that they were more respected by the docs than the NP's. She said she felt like when the NP's were in the ER there was a "turf war" going on, whereas when the PA's were there that they "knew their place" and that they just seemed to work better with the docs.

This was sad to me on two levels.  First that a nurse would not want to further her education AS A NURSE.  While I don't want to be a floor nurse, I am PROUD to be a nurse.  I love the profession I've chosen and can't wait to further my education as a NURSE.  I don't EVER want to be a PA or a MD, I want to be what I decided to be 5 years ago, a well educated, highly respected NURSE.  I hate that nurses see being a NP as a negative thing and I made a vow that day to make sure to always show respect for my profession and when I become a NP to make sure to be the best I can be so that I don't give my profession a bad name.  Second, it made me sad for the PA's that she thought that they "knew their place".  PA school is HARD, and I feel that no matter what they are a great addition to any team, and honestly once all this NP stuff dies down I see PA's following suit in wanting independent practice. 

Anyhoo, I made two really great friends on my clinical rotation & I hope that one day I will work with them again, who knows maybe even in that ER.  The director said she hires new grads, but I don't think I'll go that path as a new grad.  I know enough about myself to know that I need what I'm going to get from med/surg.  I need to learn a little more about disease processes & medicines.  And while I KNOW I don't want to be a med/surg nurse for any real length of time, I also didn't feel that total "aha" moment on any of my rotations, so for now to med/surg I go.

Here's a pic of our last day in clinical! I seriously love my nursing buddies!

I'm the 3rd one from the left




Saturday, February 8, 2014

My legs are T-I-R-E-D!!!



Can I just say for a minute how seriously TIRED I am?  And not just my legs but me too.  I thought I was over dramatizing how busy the ER would be, uh no, it was BUSY.  So here's how my 2 days went.

First day I was assigned to a nurse.  I basically followed her around for the majority of the morning & observed, but that quickly got boring.  So then I started asking her if I could do stuff for her & she slowly started letting me try to start her iv's & do blood draws.  That was cool, although let's just say I wasn't very proficient at that.  Well by the afternoon I guess the nurses had gotten used to me being there so they all started asking me if I wanted to come & try to start their iv's, take out their iv's, do their blood draws, etc.  After that it was a lot more fun.  All in all I think I tried starting about 7 iv's that day and guess what?  I FINALLY got one!! My very last patient of the night was an iv start & I GOT IT!! I was really excited.  The hardest part for me wasn't finding the vein or getting blood return, but actually pushing in the catheter.  You'd think that part would be easy, but for some reason it just doesn't come very naturally. 

Then there was yesterday and whew, what a whirlwind!  First of all, the charge nurse decided not to place me with just one nurse but basically just told me to float around & go with the new patients.  So that's what I did. I liked that because almost every new patient needed either an iv or some blood work so I got to do LOTS of iv starts (which I got every one!!) and lots of blood draws.  There was only one person I wasn't able to get an iv on but that's because the nurse was standing over my shoulder & as soon as I didn't get it he just took over.  But that's cool, I know they're busy & in a hurry.  And boy were they busy! At one point in the afternoon though I just started feeling like the glorified tech.  When they got really busy they stopped coming to get me & so I was just kind of walking around looking for people to poke and running stuff to the lab, cleaning rooms, getting blankets.  It was ok but at that point I would have preferred to be with one person b/c then at least I could have gotten to do their stuff instead of getting lost in the shuffle.  But, all in all it has been a great experience so far!  I've gotten to see 2 codes and on the first one I actually got to perform chest compressions, very cool.  As the weeks go by I feel like the nurses will get used to me being there & offer to let me do more things, but so far so good.  I really like the ER, I am really hoping to get to float there at the hospital I work at. 

As for today, I am going to do a whole bunch of NOTHING!  Well, I may do some school work, but other than that a whole lot of nothing!! Unfortunately I do have to work tonight, but it's only for 6 hrs so that's not that bad. 

Anyway, hope everyone else is having a great weekend!! It's snowing here :D




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

To the ER!

Tomorrow is my first clinical in the ER! I am SUPER excited.  I seriously can't wait.  Of course I'm also a little nervous.  I mean what if I get in there & they expect me to know something I don't know?  Or to do something I've never done before?  I mean I guess that's the point of a clinical, but I guess I'm just overly worried about it because it's the ER & in my mind that means that everything is moving in a rapid pace...Of course this is a small town, so maybe I'm overdramatizing what it's going to be like...I guess I'll see tomorrow. 

Our clinicals are on Thursday & Friday, so for the next 3 weeks I'll be in clinical every Thur & Friday, on top of going to class Tue & Wed. & probably working some Saturdays & Sundays...February is about to get serious ya'll!

So tonight I'm going to get my stuff packed, get my lunch together & get to bed early so I can be there bright eyed & bushy tailed at 6:30 tomorrow morning.  Woohoo!!  Wish me luck! Or say a prayer, whatever  your thing is :D

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Guess who's counting down in the double digits!!!

Yes, it's official, I am counting down my final days of school in the DOUBLE DIGITS!!!! Today marks 98 days until graduation!! I am so excited.  When I first started the countdown it was in like the 800's & I thought "Oh what's the point of counting down", but then it got below 365 & I started to get a little excited.  Now it's less than 100 days until I graduate from NURSING SCHOOL!!  I will be the first person in my family to graduate with their bachelor's degree & I am so excited!

So a little about my last semester.  First of all my clinicals.  This semester we have 3 different clinicals.  We have community, psych & capstone.  For psych & community we basically have to get 45 hours each & most of it is on our own.  While it kind of makes me feel like I'm running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, I don't really care because IT'S MY LAST SEMESTER!! I mean seriously they could throw anything at me at this point & I would just be like "Let's do this!!"  I'm just SO ready to be done!

Like every other semester we have a research paper due.  Unlike other semesters this sucker is 15 pages long!! But, I don't stress over that too much because I'm actually a pretty good paper writer I really like my topic.  I chose objectophilia and I'm very excited that my teacher allowed me to use this subject b/c it's really not all that researched.  Funny enough though when I chose the topic I wasn't even thinking about the movie HER, but the fact that it's out now does make this a timely subject I think.  My real inspiration for the topic though was the sometimes disgusting show "My Strange Addicitons".  I mean there is some seriously weird stuff on that show.  So, hopefully I will get a good grade on this paper, and hopefully I can find enough "research" out there. 

This semester I have felt a LOT better about everything than last semester.  I am shooting for straight A's in all of my classes since I seriously need to pull my GPA up.  Now that the end is here I am sort of regretting not trying a little harder to get straight A's in nursing school.  I would have been very proud to graduate with honors.  But, I have 2 kids, a life and now a job and you know, it is what it is.  I am ok with what I've accomplished anyway.

I start my ER clinicals this week and I AM SO EXCITED and of course a little nervous.  I'm always nervous starting in a new department, but the ER especially since things happen so fast there.  I just hope that I can keep up & not panic if there's some sort of emergency, which duh it's the ER I guess there will be at some point right?  I just know I can't wait for that! 

Well, that's it for now.  I'm heading to watch my nephew play some hoops & then back home to nap before working tonight.  Have to make a little money!! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend.



Monday, January 20, 2014

Dosage Calculation - Big shout out!!







OMG!!!!!!!!! Can I just stop for a minute to give a HUGE shout out to Nickasarbata for this AMAZING tutorial on dimensional analysis!!!!!!!! (He has a youtube channel where he talks about nursing school also) Because of this video I have now MASTERED dosage calculation.  And thankfully I found it JUST IN TIME to take my test this past Friday.  This video is about an hour long but seriously I only needed to watch about 30 minutes of it & I GOT IT!!  Can you tell I'm excited?  Well, if you've been following my blog from the beginning then you KNOW how much I ABHOR Math.  It's the complete bane of my existence!  BUT this person made this great little video and completely saved my buttumpkus!!!!!!  I'm so happy.  So, if you're having problems with dosage calc, then for SURE watch this video. 



That is all :D



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Going to the ER baby!!!



 
 
Sooo, I got my confirmation for my capstone clinical and surprise of all surprises I got BOTH of my first choices!!  We were allowed to pick 3 areas we were interested in working in and 2 hospitals that we would like to work at and I got BOTH of my picks!!  My choices were ER, ICU, and OB in that order, and my hospitals were the one that is in my town, which is literally 5 minutes from my house and the one right in the town over.  Since we don't get an ER rotation I was REALLY wanting to do that. So, let's just say that I am SUPER PSYCHED for this last clinical!! 
Also, like last semester, I got first rotation for my clinical.  What this means is that I am going to hit the ground RUNNING, and I will be CRAZY for that first month, but thankfully it will give me a bit of breathing room at the end to study for finals (I hope) & get preprared for graduation. GRADUATION!! Did ya hear me!! I graduate in exactly 119 days!!!!!!!  I mean it seriously brings a tear to my eye just to think about it.  And not in a "Oh I'm going to miss this" kind of way, but in a "Thank God I ACTUALLY made it through alive" kind of way!  Seriously people, nursing school is NO joke. 
School starts the 16th with orientation & then on the 17th we have skills day and the DREADED math test.  I mean seriously people.  WHY are you torturing us with doseage calculation, don't you know the pharmacy is going to give us the instructions?  They're going to tell us what to set the machine too.  Oh well, I guess it's good to know in case I go on a mission trip & ever need that info...
Can you believe that in 2 weeks I my countdown to graduation will be UNDER 100 DAYS!!  I swear I thought it would never get here, but it has and I am SO thankful!! 
Anyway, just thought I'd give a small update.  Hope everyone else is doing great.  Getting ready for the whirlwind to begin!!!
 



 


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sorry I left ya hangin'!!

Guess whose LAST SEMESTER OF NURSING SCHOOL is about to start??  Yep, ME!! I am SOOO HAPPY that I can say I am FINALLY in my LAST semester of nursing school.



This semester consists of Leadership, Psych, Community and my clinical Capstone (in which we get to pick our designated area of clinical & hope that we get it). We start back on Jan. 16th & I am just SO ready to get this over with!

But what about last semester.  Well, it pretty much went how I though it would go.  I got my B in Peds & a stinkin' C in Critical Care.  I hate that I got a C but I'll be honest, I'm just happy that I passed that class.  Last semester was seriously the hardest semester since I've started nursing school.  I think there were several factors leading up to my C, including the fact that I started working last semester.  For those people ahead of us that told us "Oh yeah you can definitely work and do just fine this semester" I say WHATEV!!!  Yes I was able to work, but no I DIDN'T do just fine.  Of course, not that I'm blaming them for my bad grade, but just that I went into it thinking it was going to be a bit easier than it actually turned out to be.  Oh well, I PASSED and that's ALL that matters at this point.  Unfortunately the C brought my GPA down.  For my overall GPA (which includes grades from 100 years ago) I have a 2.8 or a 2.9 I can't remember, but for my last 60 hours I have a GPA of 3.1.  The graduate schools that I'm looking at say that I need at least a 3.2 for at least my last 60 hours in order to NOT have to take the GRE, soo that means that I really have to do well this semester.  I do NOT want to take the GRE.  Not only is it a test that I don't want to take, but I also don't want to shell out the 200 something dollars to take it.  So, I need to do really well this semester to boost my GPA (for at least the last 60 hours) back up to a 3.2. 

This semester seems like it's going to be REALLY busy.  I know that these next 4 months will fly by and that pleases me JUST fine. I'm so ready to just be DONE with nursing school & get on to the business of nursing.  Of course making more money DEFINITELY doesn't hurt either.  I've decided to take a semester off before going into graduate school.  I will graduate with my BSN in May & then I'm going to apply for the next Spring semester of graduate school.  By doing this that will at least give me 5 months of working/training/orienting before I start back to school.  I decided this for 2 reasons.  One because my son is also graduating in May (from high school) and he will be starting college in the fall.  I don't want to have to deal with all of his freshman stuff, my orientation at work AND me starting graduate school all at the same time.  That's just too much.  So, I'm going to take that time to get him oriented and let me semi settle in at work before I start back to school.  I'm thinking that's a good plan. 

I hope everyone who is in school has had a wonderful Christmas break, I know I did.  As a matter of fact here are some pics from my break:
Me & my sis

This was last night at girl's night (I'm the one in the grey)
 
My beautiful daughter & handsome son



Well, I hope you all are rested up after this Christmas break, I know I am.  I am ready to get this over and done with!! And of course I'll try to keep you posted along the way.

Love ya!