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It's Over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You just don't know how excited I am to be DONE with that CNA class.  Not only that, but we got out 3 hours early!!!!!  Woohoo!! And even though I got my CNA certificate, I just don't know that I could ever work in a LTC facility.  Of course it may be different if I had my own patients & didn't have to follow someone around constantly, but then again that may be worse, who knows. On a brighter note, only 27 more days until school starts!!!!  I am so excited, although a smidge less knowing what I have to look forward to for clinicals this semester.  Oh well, it's only 8 times and since I already have an idea of what I'm doing, maybe it won't be so bad.  Luckily 8 hours goes by pretty fast in there.   I can't wait to start buying school supplies.  I totally see a new backpack in my future since Cooper peed on mine.  (And yes Cooper is my dog & not my son). I will probably use the same binders since they're sti

I need a pep talk...

Ok so I am trying to write a post about my experience in the LTC facility where I'm taking my CNA class without it coming off negative and so far I'm not having any luck.  So, maybe I should just write what I see. First  - First shift starts REALLY early!! I had to get up at 5:15 to get there by 6:45, man that's early.  And yes I know that's what time nursing shifts start, I'm just mentioning it.  Second  - This job is REALLY hard!!  I mean seriously, it takes a  SPECIAL  person to be a CNA. Third  - There are some really caring CNA's who are still lacking in giving great care. Fourth  - Long term care is redundant.   Of course that's just my perception .   Fifth  - I don't think I want to work in a LTC facility.  Sixth  - I don't know that I want to work anywhere that has long term patient's, unless of course they're peds. Seventh  - I SERIOUSLY need to lose some weight.   Eighth  - I really hope

Ok what exactly IS an externship?

Although I am not close to getting an externship I was just wondering, what exactly is that?  I won't have to do mine until next summer. Here is what I think it is, a glorified volunteering job.  Is that close?  From what I've gathered it seems to be 10 or 12 weeks of volunteering somewhere in order to gain more experience.  Is that right?  And if so, how do you get the job?  Are there only certain hospitals where it is allowed?  Do you just apply to a bunch of different places and hope you get in?  I am wanting to apply to Vanderbilt in Nashville, and so far that's really my only choice.  Is this something where I don't need to not put all my eggs in once basket? Ok, that's enough questions, anyone have any answers?

Leibster Award!!

Liebster Award I am so excited to say that Mary over at This is How My Garden Grows has nominated my blog for a Leibster Award, how exciting is that??!! This award is given to up & coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Liebster is German and means sweetest, kind, lovely, endearing, and welcome. How it works: Each person must post 11 things about themselves. Answer questions that the tagger sets for you and then create 11 questions for the bloggers that you tag. Choose up to 11 bloggers and link them to your post Go to their page & tell them  No tag backs :) And lastly, have fun!! 11 Things about me: I HATE getting up in the morning, I'd much rather stay up late I am NOT an animal person, yet I always seem to have them I am NOT a kid person yet I feel a pull toward pediatric oncology I'm starting to think I don't really know what kind of person I really am! I always think I want an alcoholic drink until I orde

One week down, two more to go...

Whew, one week of CNA class down, only 2 more to go.  Thankfully yesterday was the last day of book work and our first "skill" practice...handwashing.  Honestly, you wouldn't think handwashing would be a big deal, you'd be wrong.  About half the class would have failed had they taken the skill yesterday and guess why?  Because of the shake.  You know the shake.  You've just gotten done washing your hands and the water is still dripping off of them and so what do you do?  Well, you shake the excess water off of course!  Uh-uh, not on THIS test you don't.  Our teacher told us that shaking was an automatic failure, can you believe it?  Well it's true.  So now we have to practice washing our hands with our fingers pointing down the whole time and NOT shaking off the excess water, lol.  Who would have thought handwashing would actually be a learned skill.  Next week we start learning all 26 other skills that we have to master in order to take the state test to

Wow I am so wiped!!

Whoa, can you say out of the groove?  Today was my first CNA class and I woke up at 5:15 since I had to be there at 7 & the class is about 45 minutes away and can I just TELL you how tired I am?  First of all the class was a TOTAL snooze fest.  At one point this seriously could have been me, lol. I mean I seriously could have passed all 8 tests today without even looking at that book (of course only b/c I've had a semester of nursing school).  Like I said before, after our 2nd semester of nursing school we can just challenge the test & be done with it, but I figured I didn't need to wait 6 more months to do that because I don't know when my unemployment will run out.  But man am I tired!! I got home from class around 5:45, came straight in, made dinner & promptly fell asleep on the couch.  But I've gotten a slight second wind so I figured I get a little blog in before bedtime.  Can I say how much I DO NOT want to go tomorrow?  This is probably going t

CNA class starts tomorrow...

Ok I'll admit it, I am totally NOT looking forward to starting this CNA class tomorrow. First of all, I don't want to be a CNA, like SERIOUSLY I don't want to.  Everything in me bucks at the idea of it, although I'm not sure why.  I don't even plan on being a CNA any time soon so I don't know why I'm dreading this so much, but I am.  Maybe it's because of all the stories I've heard.  I've heard so many stories about how terrible of a job it is that maybe I'm jaded.  Of course there have been a few people that have said that they love this job, so maybe I should stop dreading it & just form my own opinion.  I guess I'll know for sure in the next couple of weeks.   I think also I'm just not looking forward to leaving my baby girl.  Luckily this week my friend's church is having their VBS & Alei is going to get to go with them every night this week, so this will help since I won't get home until like 6:00 every night.  I

Direct answer!!

Ok, so my last post I was talking about what I should do about getting my CNA license.  Should I go ahead & get it now?  Should I wait & take it after this next semester?  I just wasn't really sure.   Well get this.  Last night I was watching Beth Moore's video series on youtube called God's Purpose for You . While I was watching this I started thinking about all the plans that I have made for myself .  As I've said many times on here, I sort of have the next several years planned out for myself down to a T.  Well, as I was watching this series I started to really examine that.  I know that I want to get my nursing license, that is no doubt, but I started wondering, "Am I walking in God's purpose for my life?"  I mean, yes I've made these plans for myself, but have I seriously considered God's plan first?  So, I knew I needed to pray about this.  In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says: God has a plan for each and every one of us and it&#