…I would have become a plumber

So my mother was recently in the hospital for a complete shoulder joint replacement. But that’s really not the point I’m going to make here. I’m going to talk about her nurse. Because as a nursing student, I have these perceived notions of what I expect from a nurse, and that includes myself. I picture someone caring, thoughtful, nurturing.. Basically motherly in all aspects of that regard, except for the childbirth. My mother’s two nurses were far from that.

One… well let’s just say her scrubs did not exactly fit her. Like.. At all. Every time she went to do anything, adjusting bed sheets, administering medications, taking vitals, etc., I saw her butt crack. More of it than I had ever hoped to see in my life. I mean honestly, if I wanted to see that much butt crack, I would have become a plumber. She was nice enough and all, but that just seems really unprofessional. Just buy some new scrubs!

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Her night nurse was completely different, but a far worse nightmare. She was withholding medications. Including those that my mother must take on a daily basis. WHO DOES THAT?! It’s just wrong. On so many levels.

I don’t know if my parents reported either of them, but part of me wishes they would. Nurses have standards that must be upheld. It kills me to see current nurses fall short of those standards.

In other news! I have finished my first three weeks of lab clinicals. YAY! They are getting much more intense and much more exciting. Monday we worked with some student PTAs (physical therapy assistants) and learned various techniques to better allow us to maneuver our patients from point A to point B. A lot of the information we learned is going to be helpful, but there were a few things that nurses just can’t do. The PTA instructor was telling us to climb on the bed to assist a patient. Uhm yeah I’m not doing that unless that patient is coding or on the verge of some other kind of death and that’s the only way to save his or her life. The level of microorganisms that can be transferred because of that is alarming. Especially if we are doing this with each patient we see during the day. Talk about hospital acquired infections waiting to happen!

Tuesday was really exciting too. We got to work with SPs (standardized patients), which are basically paid people to act out symptoms as a patient. (We were told that they are not faking, they are simulating). So my partner and I gave a bed bath in the morning and changed the bed linens while the SP remained lying in the bed. That was in the morning. Then in the afternoon, we went back into the SP lab to take vital signs. What are the odds that we get the same SP! I guess they’re pretty good, but I don’t know the statistics on that. The funniest thing however, is that we were required to use the dual headed stethoscope (the ones where we can both listen at the same time) and neither of us could hear the blood pressure. We didn’t realize that though. We were both taking simultaneous vital signs without sharing, but when we left the patient room to compare, I got 128/82 and she got 130/80. How crazy is that!! We couldn’t believe the luck!

Haha anyways, here’s the most annoying part of my week. My shoes, which had been worn all of five times, have already started falling apart! The stupid heel is pulling away from the shoe! So I got a little creative and glued the heel back on with some Tacky Glue. Hopefully that works. It looks pretty janky right now.

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Oh the joys and turmoils of a nursing student. Until next week, lovelies!


 inspiration // I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

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Oh HEY. I’m a nursing student!

Yeah you read that correctly. I’m officially one week into my first semester of nursing school! And this is what I’m already dealing with…

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You are seeing that correctly. Five books for a five-week summer session. One is so big that I swear it weighs more than a small child. So far my schedule hasn’t been too hectic, but I have a very strong feeling that will be changing in September when the Fall semester begins. It’s daunting. There are no words. [I know someone who recently graduated. She told me her friend ended up in the hospital with heart palpitations because of the stress! OMGOSH.]

Somehow I always forget how much better writing out thoughts/feelings/mindless rambles makes me feel. I don’t understand myself sometimes. Does that even make any sense? I feel like I’m always saying that; sorry! But it’s true. I just keep forgetting. I’m definitely going to try to post at least once a week. Something interesting is bound to happen that doesn’t break any confidentiality laws. I’ve been trying to find a way to make sure I hold myself to this promise. Any ideas?

Well on the first day of class, we were asked to state what our worst fears were going into nursing school. Mine was that I’m afraid I’m going to be terrible at everything and just fail. I get that they wanted us to bond and whatever, but was a conversation about self-doubt really necessary on the  f i r s t  day? I don’t think so. But then I saw something on Instagram that made everything seem a little less worrisome…

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How perfect is that? I have faith in God’s glorious plan for me. I’m confident that nursing school is the destiny He set out for me. But doubt is the Devil’s plaything. I just have to remind myself that if this isn’t what He wants for me, then life will change, and I have to be okay with that. I have the support of some amazing Godly people who will help me when changes seem impossible. So for now, my motto is this: Just have faith. I think I can manage that one.

inspiration // “Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose ways God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the Lord God holds their hand.” ~ Psalm 37:23-24

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Mindless Rambles

So here are a few things that are currently on my mind, in no particular order of importance:

Class got cancelled right before it was scheduled to start and after I was already on my way to campus. I’m probably the only person upset about this. But I am. There was no need to cancel. Seriously.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills made Lisa Vanderpump cry and I am mad. Very, very mad. That’s just not cool at all. They are portraying her so horribly. That also infuriates me.

I’m going to design a new type of outlet that can be a wall outlet and a permanent extension cord as well.

I find that women that workout to look like men are gross. I believe women should be healthy, but a little squishy. Muscle is okay. But don’t look like a man. That’s not attractive. A woman’s body is meant to have more body fat than a man’s. It is normal and healthy and ideal.

Boyfriend is losing weight on our new diet lifestyle change and I have gained weight. If you’re a female, you’ll understand and no other comment is necessary.

I can’t figure out who I am supposed to invite to my graduation party. Which has an official date set. Yay! I also don’t know who to send graduation announcements. Everyone? Yeah, probably everyone. I also never realized how expensive graduation announcements were, but oh well.

Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, and I all have the same birthday: January 11.

I’m getting very excited about couponing. Does anyone else like couponing?

Why is World of Warcraft always down when my class is cancelled? Tuesdays. Those dang Tuesdays.

Okay. I think I am done rambling… For now!

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Blog-dentity Crisis

I might be having a blog-dentity crisis. Well, I was. I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted the point of this blog to be. But I finally realized: there doesn’t need to be a point! Honestly, I just want to share my experiences, good and bad, learn from those experiences, and have a creative outlet for the constant state of commentary constantly playing in my mind.

[You can imagine how hard it would be to ever get to sleep. But that’s another topic.]

I’ve used this blog to rant. I’ve used this blog to attempt to be a fashion blogger. I’ve used this blog as an excuse not to study for microbiology or some other class. But have I really been using this blog to its fullest potential? I don’t think so.

do want this blog to be a success, though. And the only what I can do that is if I actually post! I’m working on that. It’s kind of my late New Year’s Resolution, or something. I know I can’t always put everything into this blog, especially as I move to the next stage of my life [nursing school].

Someone recently reminded me of this: I need to really focus on nursing school and my studies because one day, peoples’ lives will depend on my knowledge. And while I absolutely agree with that, and my studies will not be any less important if I put a little more effort into this blog, the knowledge I learn by interacting with people and learning from my experiences is just as important, in my opinion.

I’m going to try to find a balance between my studies and blogging. I am not going to have a “theme” for this blog, so hopefully that allows me to cover all the bases I’ve ever wanted to with this blog. Does that even make sense? I hope so. I’m definitely rambling at this point.

Even if the experiences I share with y’all don’t directly relate to you in any way, I hope that I can at least have some sort of impact on your lives. Whether I make you smile, think, laugh out loud, or completely change your life, I want to make an impact. And I would love for y’all to tell me about this impact, no matter the size.

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