Archive for August, 2009
Remember when I told you about the nursing program mailing my information to the Wasband? Well I did eventually get it, they had to resend it to my address.
Those papers needed to be fillwd oit and turned in by today. Guess who didnt even open the packet until last night? Did ya guess me?!
It was realitively simple information. Copies of CPR, TB results, HIPPA agreement, and of course the paper that states that we will put school above everything else in life.
Funniest part was the paper talking about the H1N1 virus and how if we become symptomatic we should stay home until we have been afebrile for 24 hours.
HA! Sure, no problem. If I get a cold Im gonna miss lecture, yeah sure. Tht wont make my GPA take a nose dive. An Im sure that there wont be any valuable information missed.
Last year everyone came to school no matter what. Unless you were inthe ED dying you still came to class. There were days when I had such a bad cold that I came to class wrapped in a blanket with soup in my thermos.
What are some of the papers they make you sign for your school? What is the silliest requirement?
You may remember last year when I posted about my Grandpa (here). It has now been two years since my Grandpa passed away. Today was his Angelversary.
We mark this day every year by sending him notes on a balloon. This year my Grandma was the one who let the balloon go.
We miss you so much Grandpa.
Sending you love, and thinking of you everyday.
Really it does. I dreamt about vaginal deliveries and doing cervical checks. Very weird.
I cant wait to start school. Im so nervous and excited. I cant wait to get my hands dirty!! I love clinicals!
I heard that I got assigned a really hard Clinical instructor. She failed two people last quarter. She is known for having high expectations, but Im ok with that! I love it when the instructors are strict!
What is your favorite clinical experience?
I am so incredibly interested in the people that read my blog, that whenever I get a comment from someone and they list their blogs, I go and read. Often scanning their entire blogs to get an idea of who they are!
I love meeting new people and my google reader list has grown to enourmous proportions!!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment! And for those who lurk, trust me the support you get from other bloggers cannot be measured.
Since school is about to start, or has just begun for many of us, I wanted to ask the question again about who you are. Please leave me a comment:
1) Are you getting an ADN, LPN, BSN, MN?
2) How far into your degree are you?
3) What is your dream job?
4) Married? Kids? Work? Animals?
5) What is your biggest hurdle during school?
2) Second year…Starts in T-24 days!
3) NICU/PICU, L&D, or ED
4) Married very Happily. One kiddo (BigBoy), Two furbabies (Harley and Giada)
5) My hardest time in school is remembering to feed my body the good stuff. I tend to try and be quick with my meals instead of healthy. Any suggestions? How do you cope?
A blog in bullets
*You will not get more than 4 hours of sleep
*You will cry from frustration on a regular basis
*It will be the end of the day, after class, clinicals and homework and you will realize you forgot to eat
*You will gain weight
*You will not have time to be with your spouse, family, or friends
*If your friends dont know how to text or email you will likely go 10-12 weeks between phone calls
*You will dream about call lights
*None of the books your read will be fiction
*You will love and hate every single minute of it
I was so disapointed last night to hear the second year students giving the first years students misperceptions of how nursing school really works. I can however see the flip side, most of the first years would probably run away screaming if they knew the truth about nursing school.
The first year was the most painful, wonderful, exhausting, challenging and mind blowing experience of my life. It took forever and it went too fast. The entire first year was one contradiction after another. You learn one thing in lab/simulation and another in clinicals. They lecture on book nursing and on the floor you learn real world nursing.
Im happy, sad, nervous, scared, and pretty damn excited to get back into it.
But in the mean time, I am gonna rest up. Because I wont see a complete 8 hours of sleep again until December.
25 days until school starts.
What a waste of time. Seriously… When did this program become about drama and girl fights?
And why would they lie to the first year students? The second year presenters told the first years that it would be ok. They said that you have to study, but there will be time to see your family, there will be time to do recreation.
There is no time! I couldnt believe that they lied. I was so disapointed!!
I went on a date with my girlfriend tonight and we attempted to see District 9. HORRIBLE MOVIE!! We walked out about an hour into the movie. This movie left a horrible awful taste in my mouth and was a political movie disguised as an Alien Flick.
Has anyone else seen this movie?
We wound of going to see Post Grad….yet again I was disapointed. It was sugary sweet, and the acting was horrible. There were some good songs in the movie though. The Gilmore girl acted exactly the same as she did in the series. Basically I felt like I had already seen this movie. I could predict everything that happened. Sweet, but now I have a tooth ache.
In other news….I am now trying to make lists of both movies and books to read as I have an entire month of free time! Any suggestions?
Do need a fantastic website to get great SCRUBS?
I ordered a pair of scrubs from THIS website, and they shipped my package in this gorgeous box! The shipping was so super fast, and the service was wonderful! What a great first impression!
They added a complimentary scrub hat…so super cute! I cant wait for Med Surg Clinicals II!
It helps to pull your pony tail into a pocket and keeps you hair off your face. And isnt the color to DIE FOR!!
The scrubs are phenomenal. They are the softest material, and they have some really great pockets!
And the best part, seriously, the very best part….they come out of the dryer and dont need to be IRONED!!
PEOPLE WE HAVE A WINNER HERE!!
Try ‘em, you’ll love ‘em!
I quit. I did it. I quit!! After Months of having my Hubby ask me to quit, I finally did it.
Now its time to focus on school…….Where did I put those text books?
Dear Mr. Poo Eye,
Its really gross that you dont wash your hands after taking a shit. Its even more disgusting that you managed to wipe your own feces into your eyes. You are not a child, the lesson is simple…WASH YOUR DAMN hands.
You deserve to be laughed at by your girlfriend….you are pretty gross.
People who dont want conjunctivitis.
I love you honey…Thank you for the best first year ever!!
Im so thankful for a sweet sweet puppy.
I have a confession to make…..I took a couple days off to care for the baby. She needs to be watched constantly so that she doesnt have to wear the “helmet of shame”. Plus she needs both antibiotics and pain medications, meaning I am giving her some sort of med every 4 hours. And I just wanted to be with her.
Since I wanted to keep the closest eue on her, she is back to sleeping in bed with me. The first night was horrible because she just wouldnt sleep, and last night was perfect. Other than the fact that she doesnt understand about us each having our own sides of the bed.
We both slept great! And she is doing so much better!!
After more than 24 hours wothout letting it flow, she finally went!!
Ive never been so excited about urine!!
What a day. After gettibg ZERO sleep last night because the baby cried the entire time, I was amazed at how much better she was doing today.
The sutures are sloppy but otherwise look intact, and the penrose drain is still draining sanginous fluid. Her face is still moderately swollen.
She is still on some heavy duty medications and sadly I am still having to use the sedatives to keep her from
being to active, but it is what it is.
The only real complication from the procedure is that she is refusing to pee! She is taking in fluids so I guess it has to happen eventually. For now I am taking her out hourly.
Poor girl wants to go out side and play!
Poor baby had to have emergency surgery yesterday to take care of an abscess that decided to show up.
Now she has a bunch of sutures and a penrose drain.
I am playing Nurse and trying to keep her comfortable.
Please send prayers for a fast recovery!!
Im thinking she either got stung by a bee or has a mucocele.
But its not normal for my baby to have a tennis ball sized mass growing out of her cheek. And I assure you she does not usually loom like a chipmonk.
It is quite weird that I managed to walk in on you in the bathroom not once, but twice in a single 8 hr shift.
How is it that you got through medical school but cant figure out how to lock a bathroom door?
And no, it is not acceptable to berate me for not knocking before I opened the door. Thats why there are locks!!!
Female staff who thinks its gross that you sit to pee.
How about 14 and miscarrying. The poor girl was frightened, in pain and very very alone.
I felt so bad for the social worker who was trying to make heads and tails of what was going on.
I would have expected her parents to e a little more compassionate, but her mother kept saying “serves you right”. And her father kept preaching about this being “gods will”.
It made me sick. No one deserves to go through that. No one.
It is NOT a good idea to threaten the ED staff. Especially if you have already checked in and given us your address and phone number.
We will call the police.
This time last year I was full of pent up emotions and boiling over with both excitement and anxiety about the year to come. I didnt know what to expect other than that it would be hard. This year, I truly believed that I would be ready to walk back into the college prepared to face the challenge. I was wrong.
The paperwork that was so nicely mis-mailed has been sitting on my night stand for almost a month. I cant bring myself to even look at it. I find myself stressing about the upcoming year so much that I am already browsing through the NCLEX books hoping not to lose too much of the knowledge.
This year is so different than last year in so many ways. This year I know what I am up against, and that is so incredibly scary. I know how hard nursing school is. I know that I will be scared, frustrated, angry, mad, happy and truly overwhelmed. I know because I was there, I know what to expect.
I wish I could say my worry stems from a belief that I am not sure that I should be a nurse. I hear that from my fellow students all the time. But my worry comes from the opposite. I have known that I should become a nurse for years. I can feel in my heart that this is my calling in life. I worry that something else will hold me back and I wont be able to achieve MY goal.
There were so many obstacles that almost kept me from attending nursing school, more than I care to name. There were people who stood in my way, pretending to be supportive but really bringing me down, but I wont point fingers. There were events that left me breathless really believing that financially and economically I couldnt make it. But in the end it all got pulled together and I was able to start.
This year, those obstacles arent there. But the scars that they left are still so fresh that I worry about my dream being snatched from me. Getting into nursing school is no easy task, it takes more than grades and money, it takes heart and courage and strenght. It took an army to get me through my first year. My Husband supporting me and encouraging me, my family standing behind me and helping push me along, my friends never letting me quit, my nursing friends letting me know that they were there for me, and it took all my blogger friends letting me know that I wasnt alone. I couldnt do it without everyone.
Last year went by so fast. Last summer flew by. This summer is inching by so slowly.
I cant wait for it to be over. I cant wait to have completed what I started so many years ago. But for now, I really just need to get that dang paperwork completed!
A while back we had a woman come into the ED after ingesting an entire bottle of Wellbutrin. Holy Crap!! I would have thought she was soaring on meth the way she was moving and speaking. She was diaphoretic, tachycardic, and had tremors in her extremties, not to mention the random speech pattern.
Can someone say SEROTONIN SYNDROME?
Then there was the miraculous healing that I witnessed in the ED. Girl came in reporting that her friend was in the car SOB. Triage RN goes out and it turns out the poor thing is hearing impaired (Deaf). Her adorable boyfriend is nice enough to sign for us so that we can communicate effectively with her. Girl does not want treatment. Charge RN comes out and convinces her to get treated.
All is well until a staff member notices that the Boyfriend is using the same sign over and over. RN asks the friend to call girls parents and deaf girl yells “NO DONT CALL THEM!!”
Holy F*ck, you can hear? And speak? Apparently a spoiled teenager can be suddenly and spontansously healed of her hearing impairment when you threaten to call her parents.
Another one saved in the ED.
What an adventure today, on my way to my “Girl Date” I stopped at my friends office to pick her up and was given the opportunity to have dermabraision done for FREE!!
Always loving free stuff I willingly submitted, I was fully prepared for a horrible encounter and screaming as my face is scoured off……but that wasnt how it worked out at all! The Aesthetician was the nicest lady and was very entertaining!
I started out by cleansing my face of makeup (eyes excluded!) I used a gentle facial cleanser. Then headed into the room. The feeling was interesting, the machine has a suction attached to a derm pad. As it lightly abraises the skin the dead particles are sucked into the vaccum and will be disposed of later. It really doesnt hurt, it feels, as my friend put it “Like a giant cat licking your face”. Ah yes G, I couldnt have worded it better!
Below are the pictures of my encounter:
The only downside to the proceedure is that I noticed I have tiny micro hickies all over my neck from the vaccum! Oh well….it keeps things interesting!
My guilty pleasure is watching Food Network. I wish I could cook like that. I wish I had time to cook…more. I am blessed to be married to a man who loves to work in the kitchen with me, so when we have made meals, we make them together. BUt I really want to WOW him with my cooking creativity when he returns from the Sandbox.
I think that I need to do some research, as in I must go and see Julie and Julia. And I need to find a GREAT cookbook. Something workable but interesting.
Does anyone have a great recipe that I can borrow to put into my recipe book?
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And does anyone else watch the Food Network program Chopped? Holy crap, how do you put starfruit into any dish? And what the heck does a starfruit taste like? My mission for this week, find a starfruit and eat it.