Rough Day

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This picture explains it all!

I worked my first day at my new job. I worked med pass. I didn’t know where anything was, I don’t know the patients real well. I don’t know the schedules real well either.

It was a disaster to say the least.

A patient got mad at me. The wife yelled at me. None of it was my fault, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with it. The patient has recently gotten a terminal diagnosis and they are having a hard time dealing with it.

Overall, I am thankful for my health and my family’s health. I won’t let a bad day get me down, but I am glad it’s over and I am still excited about being there full time!

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Two Week Notice

More like two week wait.

I am not real sure if I talked about it before on here, so forgive me if this is old news. About a month ago, my director of nurses (DON) was leaving my current job for a new place and she asked me to go with her. One, it’s a huge compliment that she considers me good enough to want to be my boss. Second, the opportunity is out of this world. I went and checked out the facility and all the benefits and weighed my options. I am going to work for the new place, cause like I said, the opportunity IS out of this world.

Not only am I going to be making $4.15 more than my current position, I will get more experience with more skills. Being a long term Alzheimer’s facility (where I am now), my position just doesn’t give me a whole lot of experience with skills besides wound care and behaviors. The new place has a rehab wing and a long term wing. On the rehab wing, they get all kinds of stuff like trachs, wound vacs, suprapubic catheters that need to be changed. All the cool stuff.

The Pressure is On

Yesterday I went through and filled in my calendar for September. I know a little late, right? Better late than never. My last final for this semester is September 26th and we start the third semester October 1st. All we get is a four day break! So anyway, I have about three weeks left and writing everything in my calendar yesterday made it real. This is supposed to be my hardest semester of the LVN program. I am feeling the pressure. I have a math test on September 21st that I have to make a 95% on or I get kicked out of the program! And we are getting 30 minutes of instruction/help with the content! Seriously 30 minutes, we are doing that tomorrow from 8:30 to 9:00 and that is the only day we have with the instructor. My grades this semester are not as good as last semester so i am probably not going to make the deans list again. I am pretty sure i am going to pass though, as long as i can get a dang 95 on that math test. So I might be a little cray cray these next three weeks.

On another note, it is insane how much I have changed this last year. My entire outlook on life is different, my interests are different, my friends are different, everything. Eight months ago I would have been scared shitless to touch a Foley. We started practicing them in the lab today, no big deal. Sterile technique used to stress me out like crazy and now it is like second nature. There was a time when I thought I would not be able to give someone an injection and now I pray my patient needs a few. When someone tells me about a symptom/s they are having I have to look it up and try to guess at a diagnosis. At home I am looking up nursing stuff more than Facebooking and I just ended up deleting the Sims game off my computer because I don’t have room for it and ALL my powerpoints, objectives, and clinical narratives. I don’t have time to play it anyways. I don’t think I changed this much in middle school and highschool combined. This year had been the hardest, most stressful, most rewarding, best year of my life. This is one decision I made for myself that I will never regret.

So anyhow, here is a picture of me getting a Foley Catheter ready in lab today 🙂

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Hard Work

Being completely honest here, I have never in my life worked so hard for my grades. I so proud to say that it paid off! I just finished the finals for first semester, I have gotten my grades and couldn’t be more ecstatic. I got 5 A’s and 1 B, well I would be happier if they were all A’s but I am still excited about my grades.

The last few weeks have been really hard on the class.We started out with 37 students and are down to 33. A couple left a few weeks into clinicals, and a couple the last few days as grades were being finalized. It’s really sad to see people leave, we have all gotten so close to each other. I see these people more than I see my family. We had a dosage calculations competency exam that you have to make a 90% or better in order to go to the next semester and you have two tries. Thankfully I passed but a couple of my closest friends failed it the first attempt. It is really scary to have to take that 2nd test because it’s your last chance. The day of the second test we all went to lunch and had drinks while they waited for their tests to be graded. Thankfully every one who failed the first one, passed the second one. I also passed med pass check offs, its a big important check off and I was really relieved that I passed it the first time. You also get two tries on the check off but the second try you can only get a 50%.

Well I have a week off before the second semester starts so hopefully I can update my blog again. I have given up on trying to keep it updated and even thought about deleting it but I do like to posts sometimes so I think I will keep it going for a little while longer. For now I have to go get groceries before it starts raining and come home and start cleaning up and getting organized for next semester 😛

Mess from finals

It’s Been Seven Weeks

Wordle: student nurse

Wow, how things have changed in the last seven weeks of nursing school. I have already grown and learned so much. And man, I never imagined it being so hard. I work my butt off and sometimes barely pass. It’s not like other classes I have taken in college, the test questions are not black and white, you can’t just look up this answer in the book. On the tests, there are usually multiple correct answers but you have to choose the best one. I have luckily passes everything except my last check-off, which was vital signs check off. That one really made me upset because I failed the blood pressure part of it. Our instructors have a double earpiece stethoscope so that they can hear the same thing you are and you both watch the gauge. While practicing I got it perfect with all three of our instructors, so it was really frustrating that I failed that part. I believe re-checks are next week so I can still get a 50% on that one 😦

Speaking of next week, I start clinicals!!! I am so excited, scared, nervous, proud, happy, stressed about it that it makes me want to cry when I think about it! So many emotions lol. I am excited we are finally going to be able to put all this book work to use. Scared that I will hate it or suck at it. Nervous I will do something wrong, hurt a patient, or disappoint my clinical instructor. Proud that I made it this far. Happy that it’s finally happening. Stressed because I have clinicals, my first care plan, vital sign re-checks, and two tests next week (not even to mention the 3 tests I just got done studying my butt off for). Oh my, deep breath.

For the next 8 weeks we will be in a nursing home. I worked in a chiropractic office before and the geriatric patients were actually my favorite. We saw these people sometimes three times a week, and once you get to know them and get them out of pain, they become less grouchy and most of the time they are way more nice than the younger patients. It’s really cool to get them talking about their life events. So I am excited to be in the nursing home. On the other hand, I am assigned to the same hospital memaw died at last year. It will be sad but I am at peace with the fact that she is in heaven and free of pain now.

I am excited that we will be required to keep a journal of our clinical experience. I love journals, I just get busy with life and forget I have one. Kind of like this blog…. Since it is for a grade though, I will keep up with it and it will be a really cool thing for me to keep for always.

On another note, we moved into a house! We didn’t buy one but we are renting one. It is nice to be in a house instead of an apartment. The walls were so thin in the last apartment we could hear our upstairs neighbors doing it. No joke, it was gross. Couldn’t even look them in the eye after that. We just hated it there. We are loving the house so far. It has two bedrooms and a “study area”, all hard wood floors, a storage shed in the back yard. The only down side is that it only has one bathroom. James loves working in the yard and is out there everyday doing something. I love the hardwood floors. The floors are loud and cold, but Riley threw up this morning and it was much easier to clean than carpet.

But I have to go buy a nursing diagnosis book to do my first care plan! So I will leave you with a picture of my flashcards I have made to help me with my tests so far 🙂 I started cutting the index cards in half to save money haha.

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Random Facts about Me

I found this on Tricia‘s blog and thought it looked fun! So here goes…

{a} age :: 28

{b} bed size :: queen

{c} chore you hate :: laundry

{d} dogs :: when we buy a house we want a labrador

{e} essential start to your day :: PROTEIN-in any form available usually hard boiled egg, peanut butter, or protein smoothie

{f} favorite color :: glitter–thats a color in my book 🙂

{g} gold or silver :: silver

{h} height :: 4’11” (don’t laugh)

{i} instruments you play :: I bought a guitar about a year ago but can’t play a note yet… (youtube.com didn’t work like I wanted) Played clarinet in school.

{j} job title :: patient account representative

{k} kids :: 3 spoiled kitties

{l} live :: Weatherford, TX

{m} maiden name :: Terry

{n} nicknames :: Kenda benda ova — && it’s not what it sounds like

{o} overnight hospital stays :: never…well the first couple of nights after I was born

{p} pet peeve :: line cutters mostly in traffic

{q} quote :: it always changes but right now it’s “Fit is the new skinny”

{r} righty or lefty :: righty.

{s} siblings :: half-brother

{t} time you wake up :: depends on what day, work days either 3:30am or 4:45am –non-work days, when ever the cats can get me up to feed them.

{u} university attended :: none only junior college

{v} vegetables you dislike :: cucumbers — even the no burp kind make me gassy. what, tmi?

{w} what makes you run late :: going to bed late or the internet

{x} x-rays you’ve had :: teeth, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and left tibia

{y} yummy food :: I don’t even know where to start! For some reason lately I have been eating mushrooms like crazy.

{z} zoo animal favorite :: the cats fo sho! Zebras are a close 2nd 🙂

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