"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, July 3, 2017

Final countdown!!





That's right, it's the FINAL COUNTDOWN!!! I mean can you even say that without singing that song? TWENTY EIGHT days until my LAST assignment is due!!!! Wooooooofreakinghoooooo!! Honestly, I could NOT be happier that this time in my life is almost OVER!!! No more school for me EVER!!!!!!
Of course everyone is all like, "Yeah you say that now but you'll go back and get your DNP"...um NO! No I won't. I have NO inclination, nor desire to go on in schooling.

Of course this is a personal decision based on where I am in life, not anything against getting the DNP. If I were younger I would probably go ahead and pursue this but at my age I just don't think it's financially feasible for me to continue on. While I think the DNP is on the right track, at this time I don't find the DNP to be very useful to actual practice. The DNP is too paper/theory/research heavy and in my opinion those things should be reserved for the PhD. If advanced practice wants a MORE advanced degree, such as the DNP, then it needs to be more clinically based and less research based. Of course we need research to practice, but at this time I don't feel that the DNP is actually helpful WHEN practicing. So for me, NO MORE SCHOOL EVA!!!!!!!!!!

I hate that I didn't blog more during school but whoosh, it was busy! Of course it was nowhere near as busy as I thought it was going to be, nor has hard...Since I'm taking my final semester during the summer I was really afraid of how jam packed it was going to be, but alas that hasn't been as bad as I thought it was going to be either (you like my usage of alas didn't you?). The only thing about doing it during the summer was the amount of clinical hours I had to have in such a short period of time. I mean those clinical days can get VERY long. Especially when you've got a running tally of all the assignments you could be working on. Of course that's a catch 22 because while you want to be working on your other assignments you know you still need that clinical...

But anyhoo, the day is almost here! My last assignment is due on Aug 1st and graduation is Aug. 12th. At first I was going to ditch graduation, but then I talked to one of my friends, who is also graduating on the 12th, and she was saying how someone told her it would be a good example for her daughter and that kind of guilted me into thinking I should do the same. I mean my daughter has been through SEVEN years of schooling with me. We should take the night to actually celebrate the END of all of our sacrifices. I mean I have been in school HALF of my daughter's life! Crazy.

Speaking of my daughter, look how cute she is, she's the cutie on the bottom right, the top is me & my sister:


Anyhoo, I know I didn't post anything really helpful for those of you going through school, but after graduation I promise I'm going to take the time to write a good blog about what I have learned in graduate school as a nurse practitioner student. Until then I'll just give you another pic of us at a wedding we went to Friday night :D That's me on the left.


Ok back to school work, or maybe I'll take a break, wait writing this post was my break, ok then back to it I guess!!! Still counting down!!



Candi


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Getting so close...


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It's getting closer and closer. Only 4 1/2 more months of graduate school left and then I will be FINISHED with school forever!!! This semester I am in Adult. I have to have 240 clinical hours and 240 patients logged by the end of April. I'm severely lagging behind...as of right now I only have 116 hours. I probably have more patients than hours but I'm not even sure about that. All I know is the next month and a half are probably going to be pretty hectic.

I am doing clinicals at two different sites, one is a family practice and the other is a walk in/urgent care clinic. I have to admit, I am LOVING the walk in clinic. As I may or may not have said, I'm not sure that family practice is my forte. There are so many illnesses, and I just don't know that dealing with everyone's multiple chronic illnesses is for me. I love the fact that in the urgent care clinic patients are coming in for one one thing (usually). They come in with their specific symptoms, you treat that one thing and they are out the door. I really like that immediacy in that, and I don't find myself second guessing myself as much in that arena.

Of course as I've always said that a Derm practice with aesthetics on the side is my dream practice. I'm steadily looking into that as I go along. I have a "friend" who recently opened her own aesthetics practice and I'm anxiously watching her to see how things develop and how successful she is. She said she did some research and that when the market tanked a few years ago (well more like over 10 now, but I remember it like it was yesterday) that the "beauty" industry is the only industry that didn't take a hit. People take their beauty seriously, but we'll see. I have so many things in my mind that I want to try. Teaching, travel NP, possibly pharma, I mean the options are endless really and I just have to figure out where my passion lies.

All in all I have to say that this time in NP school has FLOWN by, especially compared to nursing school. Of course I'm also working full time and dealing with family obligations, but really I'm glad that I have all of that going on. I much prefer this fast pace, which is actually slower than most since I'm going part time, but all in all this 7 semesters has gone by in the blink of an eye. So if any of you are considering going back to school I say DO IT!! You won't regret it and you WILL still have a life.

Anyway, enough of my rambling, I'm sure I have some discussion boards I could be doing. :D

TTYL
Candi




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Peds...

Let's talk children. In my last semester I had Peds and Policy. To be honest I wasn't really looking forward to my Peds rotation. Although children have never really been my thing, for some reason they always seem to love me. I think I was worried about the fact that I still don't feel that sure about all of the disease processes of the adult body, much less the diseases of little people. Hindsight was that I shouldn't have worried. Of course that's hindsight on basically all the classes I've taken. I have found that I've needlessly worried over each and every class for nothing. Up until this point I have gotten straight A's, well except for that B that I completely eeked out in Patho (man was that a stressful semester).

Another tidbit of advice, if there are FB pages set up for your school then go ahead and join them, they're a great place to get information. On the flip side of that though, DON'T visit them too often, and DON'T let everyone else's major anxiety get to you. It never failed throughout this program that everyone in the class before me posted about how stressed they were, or how terrible their teacher was, or how hard it was, or how they barely passed the class, and then I got in the class and it was NOWHERE near as hard as they had said. Whenever I tell this to my husband he always says that I need to put it into context. I'm an older student first of all, therefore I don't struggle that much with time management. Also, because I'm older I don't have any small children vying for my attention. Lastly and most importantly, in my program I can still get 2 C's. As of last semester my program has changed this and now there are no C's allowed in the program, but I'm grandfathered in, so I still have my 2 C's that I'm saving for these last two semesters. So, since I know I have those 2 C's to "fall back on" I don't overly stress over grades either. That plus the fact that I know I'm not going on for my DNP so I don't worry about my GPA.

Anyhoo, back to Peds. Can I just say that I LOVED peds. I loved the cute office, I loved the little chubby, ruddy cheeks. I loved everything about Peds. I loved the Pediatrician and thankfully she loved me. It was SUCH a great experience. Honestly, I could TOTALLY see myself doing Peds full time. As I've said before, I'm not that into managing chronic illnesses and this is why Peds was so great. For the most part all of the illnesses were acute, and of course there was the check-ups and vaccinations. Thankfully I didn't encounter any abuse cases during my time there, but the Pediatrician did have some stories for me. All in all I can say that I would jump at a job in Peds, but of course I haven't done Adult yet, so we'll see, maybe I'll love that too. I won't know until I try it.

Adult stars January 17th and goes through May, then it's on to MY LAST SEMESTER of NP school. I am SO ready to be DONE with school FOREVER!! The year I spent between nursing school and graduate school was the best year of my life, well not really, last year was actually the best year of my life, but that year with no school was close. I CANNOT wait to have school OFF of my back ONCE AND FOR ALL. A friend of mine is trying to talk me into going on for my DNP but I can tell you that is NOT going to happen.

Well anyway, I'm going to continue to enjoy the rest of my break, and I'll try to update once I start with Adult & let you know what I think about it.

Hope everyone had a great holidays!!

Candi