"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 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