And so it begins…again.

Well, it has been a tough and depressing few months.  I passed NCLEX (yay, first time with 75 questions!) but then have had the hardest time even getting a job interview, let alone getting a job.  But today was different.  Today I was offered a position in a Critical Care Unit, which is exactly what I wanted to do.  It was like the Universe just said “Here, have everything you want.” and so of course I took it.  I start in a few weeks and then it will be more studying, precepting and learning.

~Flo

Published in: on April 10, 2010 at 3:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Apropos of Nothing

My mother died.

Granted, this was about 6 years ago, but still.

Sitting at graduation I cried.  I cried because, even though I had my family around me, the person that I wanted most to share it with wasn’t there.  And I cried because it was a “Gift of the Magi” moment.  You see, my mother’s death, along with a handful of other things, guided me towards becoming a nurse.  So at that moment I was missing one of the most important people of my life, but if she had been there, then that moment might never have come to be.

~Flo

Published in: on December 23, 2009 at 8:15 am  Leave a Comment  

The fat lady has sung!

Yup, it is over and I’m done!  Flo is officially a BSN.  I also won some awards at graduation, yay me!  This last semester was so busy I didn’t have a change to blog at all.  But now, I should be back and blogging about taking the NCLEX and then trying to find a job.  I’m so glad that school is over and I’m on to the next phase of my life.

Published in: on December 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Don’t put off until tomorrow…

…what you can do today!  Like writing a book.  Researching the writing of said book.  Learning Spanish and Japanese.  Cooking elaborate, healthy meals for my family.  Reading all kinds of books.  Playing on Facebook.  Wow, I’m just a master of productivity.

Can you tell that finals start in less than two weeks?  I’ve got this ferverent need to do something other than study.  And trust me, I need to study.  But I am happy that this semester is almost over.

~Flo

Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gosh, I love being a nurse…

…stories from my clinical experience.

A resident is standing at the nurses station, where there are charts strewn all about (because the residents never put them back) and asks me how he could find a chart.  I look up from the MAR I’m checking and do my best quizzical dog impression, huh?  He says “Where would I look for a chart?

Are you fucking kidding me?  I would bet that most people would be clued in by the three charts at their elbow, or the others all over the nursing station.  This guy was stumped because the charts weren’t in the rack.  I explained that we like them to be in the rack, but that if he looked around he should be able to find the chart.  My MAR checked, I went off to medicate my patient.

When I return to chart I notice that this guy is still sitting there clueless.  I ask him if he was able to find the chart, he says no.   I ask him what room he says 30 bed 1, so I go looking, then he says no, I’m sorry 31 bed 1.  It takes me all of about 5 seconds to find the chart.  When he starts to look at it he says that it is the wrong patient.  And looks at me accusingly and says “I said 33 bed 1″.

Um, excuse me?  #1 I’m helping you since you can’t seem to find your ass with both hands and a flashlight, and #2 that isn’t what you said.  So then my collegue pipes up, here’s the chart right here.  The exasperated resident says “I’ve been looking for that for 10 minutes”.

Afterward, another resident confirms that he did not give me the correct room.  And my collegue says that he couldn’t have been looking for the chart for 10 minutes because they had just been in the room together.  Hmmf!

And the second one…

I have a pt with diarrhea so bad that they have a rectal pouch.  And yet I return to the nursing station to see new orders for colace.  From the residents of course, who haven’t even seen the patient.  WTF?

~Flo

Published in: on August 11, 2009 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Jeez, time sure does fly!

I can’t believe that I’m already halfway through this semester and I only have one left. I picked up my graduation packet this week too. It’s like suddenly I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m pretty sure it’s not a train.

Unfortunately, I haven’t had any time to write. I’ve barely had time to sleep, and I know that next semester it is only gonna get worse.

I do have something that is on my mind…why don’t doctors tell patients that they have cancer if they have a definitive diagnosis?

Yes, I’m taking this little gem from a clinical experience wherein a patient believed that they had pneumonia but really they had lung cancer. I couldn’t help but wonder why it was that the Dr’s hadn’t told the patient yet. I’m hoping they were waiting for further confirmation or something, but I can’t help but think that it was because they each thought another dr would do it.

Anyway, I promise myself that I will write more soon.

~Flo

Published in: on July 23, 2009 at 5:50 am  Leave a Comment  

This is why it’s a BSN…

The class I’m talking about is Research.  Yup, a whole class dedicated to looking up, reading and interpreting interventional articles.  We had our first test today and I don’t think I did too bad, all things considered.

But this class is one of the main distinctions between a BSN program and an ADN program.  Learning about research, learning about community health, learning about management, these are all things that we have in our program that the ADN doesn’t.  These items don’t actually make us better RN’s, but they do set us up to move on to our MSN or DNP or PhD more quickly.

You see in today’s world that is the way things are going.  Soon, although I’m not sure how soon, the entry level for an RN will be a BSN.  And if you want to become a nurse practitioner you will need to have your DNP and if you want to teach you will need to have a PhD in nursing education.

I’m not here to debate the trend, but I must say that for the most part I agree with the way things are going.  RN’s do a lot of work and are an integral part of healthcare.  We should be recongized and celebrated, and not demeaned by someone saying we “just” have an ADN or whatnot.  It is also really neat to see the progression of DNP where it will stand next to MD and DO.  Just think of the possiblities!

I love education.  As much as I might complain, I really enjoy learning new things.  And knowing that when I get my BSN and my RN I can continue and get an MSN and a DNP and so on is very exciting for me.

~Flo

Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Another new semester

I’m staring another new semester.  I’m excited and apprehensive all at once.  This is the time where I may start to fall off the wagon and start letting things slide, or I may buck up and do what needs to get done.

The biggest issue is that this program doesn’t have any breaks really and burnout looms in my mind.  On the other hand, I’m halfway through and the end is very near.  In fact, I need to go pick up my graduation packet.

We keep losing people in the program, last semester we lost 15 people total, 3 of those out of the program entirely.  I just keep keeping on and hoping I can put it all together.  But the truth is that we are 3 weeks into the semester and I have yet to open a book.  I guess I need to get cracking!

~Flo

Published in: on June 4, 2009 at 2:55 am  Leave a Comment  

I love it when a plan comes together…

Am I dating myself by saying that?  Come on, who doesn’t love the A-team?  Anyway, I’m feeling like things are starting to come together in my life.  We are lucky enough to be getting a nice tax return (thanks, kids!)  and I just got approved for summer financial aid (yay!) and I’m almost done with my second semester and am about to hit the homestretch into December and graduation.

Let me just say a quick word about graduation: My parents have been waiting sooooo long for me to graduate from college.  I hope I don’t have to wait as long for my own kids to graduate.  And I’m happy for myself and proud of myself, but I’m also happy for them to finally see this dream to fruition.  Oh, and my poor husband who has been such a darling waiting on me to figure out what I want to be when Igrow up as he supported our family.

I’ll be back with all kinds of good stuff after next week.

~Flo

Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s the end of the semester as we know it…

…and I feel fine!

Yay, that’s right folks, just one more week and then it’s time for finals.  Once that happens I’ll be doing a little revamping and should be back to posting a bit more.  We’ve had quite a few crazy things go on recently, not the least of which was my mother in law breaking her neck.  It sounds worse than it was, she fell and fractured three vertebrae, but her spinal cord wasn’t compromised and she is up and walking around in a neck brace.

~Flo

Published in: on April 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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