"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

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