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.

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.

Mean

There is a girl in my class and clinical group who is really mean. I really don’t think she means to be, I think she teases a lot. But it is hurtful and embarrassing sometimes. I was in a class with her previously and so we hung out at first because we knew each other and everything was new. It’s kind of like she found a weakness of mine and she just picks at it. Sometimes I think it is when she is feeling nervous or unsure of herself. I moped all day yesterday and I am blogging about this and then I am going to drop it, I am not going to waste another thought on it. But here is my song to her 🙂

Anyhow I actually had a really great week. My clinical rotation was in a family practice physicians office and a community health center. Before this week I had no intention on working at a physicians office. I always hear how working for a physician is awful because they think they are kings, and really I had that experience of working for a DB physician. After this week though, I know they are not all like that. In fact, I believe that most are not. I liked the work, especially in the community health clinic, it was so busy! I loved that it was so busy and there was no low time. It makes the day go by quickly and if you have a difficult patient, you get them in and out and you don’t have to spend 12 hours with them. So, the a clinic/physician’s office is definitely back on the list of possible jobs after this program.

I am so ready for next year! It is going to be AWESOME. I have so many exciting plans. We want to buy a Jeep, buy a house, I will be working as a nurse, and we want to get pregnant next summer. In fact I am watching A Baby Story on TLC right now. The show makes me really nervous for labor but really excited for the outcome. And I pretty much cry every episode 🙂 🙂 🙂

But anyhow, I have lots of studying to do since I have three exams next week!

Last Day of Work and Nursing School

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Yesterday was my last day of work. It pretty much consisted of wrapping up loose ends, having a surprise luncheon, and sad good-byes. The night before I was so worried about my last day that I couldn’t sleep. I have a hard time with not working. I’m not real sure why. I know that we will be fine financially, it just scares me to not have a job. On my way to work I saw a shooting star! It was so bright and obvious that it had to be a sign. I believe it is a sign that I am on the right track. It made me instantly feel better about what I am doing.

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Shortly after I got to work, my husband sent me this cute picture of our kitty Thumper. Before work he kept following me around meowing at me to pet him. He is so super sweet.

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School starts in five days! I can’t believe it is so close. It is extremely exciting yet extremely scary. I have wanted this so badly and it is scary that so many people flunk out every year. I don’t know the exact statistics but I think it is safe to say that about half of students who start nursing school flunk out in the first semester. I worry that I wont be good at it or I wont love it as much as I think I will. It also scares me that I have six classes. I have not had to manage studying for six classes since middle school.  Throughout high school I only had four a semester. It’s been 14 years since middle school so this is going to be a huge change for me.

What else scares me is this:

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Thats just for the first semester…

I know I will just have to work hard and it’s achievable. I will be that half that graduates from nursing school, and I’m going to do it on the deans list 🙂