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!

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.

First Day of Work

Ugh, I am exhausted. I really didn’t do a whole lot so I don’t know why I am so tired. Just orientation (I had so much about Alzheimer’s to relearn) and then after lunch I followed the CNA’s around. That was part of orientation so that I could get to know the patients, and I am not allowed to touch a patient until I have had 8 hours of orientation which is company policy. Tomorrow I will start training with the nurse. I will be on the 6a-2p shift tomorrow and then starting Sunday night, I will be on the 10p-6a shift. There is a resident who groans when he sleeps and it sounds like a ghost. No joke. It is going to make working nights super creepy! I have no clue how I am going to remember everyone’s name. NO CLUE. There are 51 residents. Oh get this, there are 4 house cats who live there! It’s like it was meant to be. Anyhow, I’m gonna make this short and sweet cause I have got to get things done and get to bed early since I have got to be up there at 5:45 in the morning.

Working Woman

I start work tomorrow, so I went and got some scrubs today! I got three pair and a scrub jacket.

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The set on the left is Koi by Kathy Peterson in the color steel. The set on the right is Grey’s Anatomy by Barco in the color cabernet heather. The set that I don’t have a picture of is the same as the Koi except in the color navy. The scrub jacket I got is Cherokee in the color pewter. They all fit really well, so much better than the ones they made us wear in nursing school. I gag every time I see a set of hunter green Landaus (not being dramatic at all).

I have everything set out. I’m not going to lie, I had to hunt for my stethoscope and BP cuff. I can’t believe it has been so long since I have used it. I graduated in December but I think I finished Clinicals mid November.

Yay! I’m so excited! Hopefully I will have time to blog tomorrow after work 🙂

Linkedin.com

I just updated my Linkedin.com profile! It’s exciting to be able to list my name as Kenda Hettinger, LVN. I have had a Linkedin.com profile for a while now but I have not kept it up to date. I received an email stating that someone had viewed my profile so I thought I would go check it out. It turned out to be an employee listed to work at a place where I had applied. Darn it. I wish I had kept it up to date.

I took today off from the job searching to clean up around the house. Since it had been raining the dogs were filthy from playing out in the rain and mud so they got a bath this morning. It’s 1:45 and I have even started on the house. I have got to clean the couch since the dogs tracked in mud. I have a microfiber couch and found a cleaning method that works like magic on Pinterest.

Cleaning a microfiber couch

I also have loads and loads and loads of laundry to do! I don’t know why I let it pile up like it does. Does anyone know where I can get a robot that just does laundry??

And just because I love them so much, here is a picture of my puppies!

Mercedes and Bentley

Mercedes and Bentley

Exhausting…

Job hunting is exhausting! I have been out dropping off résumés for the past three days. I even went out in this:

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The problem is, a lot of people are scared to hire a new nurse. I think I have two PRN jobs but I much rather have one full time job. The only two people I know from my nursing class to snag a full time job got one in a physicians office. I have no interest in working in a physicians office. I didn’t go to nursing school for a year and learn all sorts of cool stuff to take vitals all day.

Just venting. I really, really want to work 🙂 I want to start practicing and developing my skills and be a nurse! And to be honest I also want a pay check LOL.

Update on 30 by 30!

It’s going to be a long one because so much has gone on lately!

First of all I would like to introduce the newest member of the family:

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Her name is Mercedes. She is another rescue, who was in a foster home. They believe she is a Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. She looks like neither to me but there were 7 puppies and she was the only different one. The others either obviously looked Shepherd or obviously looked Rottweiler. She also has the Rottweiler walk. She is super cute and just loves us. We picked her because when we walked in she ran straight to us!

Bentley loves her too!

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I marked off what I have accomplished on my 30 by 30 page so I will just go down the list with updates.

1. Graduate nursing school. Boom, done! Such an emotional day. The ceremony was amazingly beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!

6. Get rid of stuff we don’t need. I am actually still in the process but I took out 4 trash bags of stuff we didn’t need yesterday!

7. Get extensions. I wanted these for graduations and didn’t get them until after Christmas but I still like them. My cousin (who is also my hair lady) talked me into clip ins. She said she would do sew ins if that’s what I wanted but the clip ins last longer and don’t damage your hair. So that’s what I got. I really like them. They take just a couple minutes to put in and I straighten, curl, and wash them just like my real hair.

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12. Score something awesome this Black Friday. I got my hubby an Android Tablet and a fish radar that goes on his fishing pole for Christmas! Pretty good scores in my opinion!

21. Buy two new sets of sheets. I went to TJ Maxx (we just got one in my town and it’s pretty darn awesome) and got a set of Ralph Lauren and a set of some that were a little cheaper but we love them way more. I really wish I could remember what brand they are so I could get another set.

30. Read books for leisure. Since this post, I have read 5 books for fun! I am a little over half way through my 6 🙂

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My most recent was a short book on how to save money on groceries. I can go to the grocery store and spent $100 a week and we still eat out half the week. It is ridiculous. So I am in money saving mode. I just took inventory of all food in my kitchen and I am going to do a month meal plan. After I get a good portion of it used, I will start doing weekly meal plans using the weekly sales ads.

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This was also a short book filled with tips on how to save money. Most of it was common sense stuff that you should already know. There were a few good tips that I have not thought about. Like, an LED TV is more energy efficient than an LCD TV.

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I didn’t really get a whole lot out of this book. I think some people might but having already gone through nursing school, there wasn’t a whole lot that I didn’t know.

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I am not sure what my preoccupation is with young adult books. Maybe I am a little immature. Its a little sic-fi. A lot like The Hunger Games. I really liked this though. So much, that I am on the third in the series.

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I am counting Free Four as the second book in the series. It is actually just one scene from the first book just told from another characters point of view. It’s very short and $0.99 on Amazon so worth the read but not amazing.

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This is the third book and I am actually finding it hard to stay into this. It seems to be moving a little slow and I think I need a bread from this type of book. The first one was really good and my mom read all of these and said that this one is really good also. So I think it’s just me. I also started this before Christmas and taking my NCLEX so I think that I just have had too many other things on my mind to really enjoy it.

Speaking of the NCLEX, I took it on Wednesday, and found out I PASSED today!! Such a huge huge weight lifted off my shoulders! Now it’s time to flood the nursing homes with applications! Wish me luck!

Graduation and Baby Making

Drumroll please……… my pinning ceremony is tonight! I remember at orientation a year ago they said that this year with go so fast. I had no clue. Maybe now I will have time to clean my house, spend time with family and friends. Speaking of friends, I will forever be the best of friends with the people in my class. We have helped each other through failed check-off to personal/family issues. I am so proud to be able to call every one of them my colleague.

I am not in desperate search for a job!

In other news, my cousin had the cutest, chubby cheeked little girl yesterday.

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AND now my baby fever is in full drive! I had a preconception appointment scheduled for today but I had to reschedule it for next Friday 😦 I have been off my pill for two weeks tomorrow and still have not had a period. It makes me worry that I will have amenorrhea making it more difficult to conceive. Two weeks is really too early to tell, I am just very impatient.