Always the event planner...

According to Wikipedia, a pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Thanks Wikipedia, but I’d like to refer to it as a major pain in the butt....more


I just added it up – I have 35 more days of class/clinical left before I’m done with nursing school & able to sit for the RN state boards. The 35 days are spread over the next 12 weeks, but still, I’M ALMOST THERE! While we’re talking numbers in 84 days I will be sitting with my class at our pinning ceremony. Woo-hoo!In the mean time, another 5 weeks has come and gone. We learned how to perform 3 new skills:...more

Up to date

Health Update: to my surprise I have been fairly healthy the last couple of months (don’t worry, I just knocked on wood). The only thing that really bothers me other than my anxiety is the fact that my clothes seem to be shrinking. Apparently, this is a common side effect of nursing school. My solution: exercising my arms as I flip through the daily papers for BOGO’s on Lean Cuisines & Healthy Choices. At least that's the plan until school’s over....more

Scrubs Magazine Features JParadisi Paintings in Fall 2011 Issue

Three Vases, Two Dollies, and a Thong....more

Three little letters...

L. P. N. Who knew that having three letters behind your name could make you feel so good? I have actually accomplished part of what I set out to do a year and a half ago. Now I can officially say that I am a nurse. It certainly wasn’t easy though.Taking the state boards was the hardest and most intimidating thing I’ve encountered so far in nursing. It took me two hours to complete the exam and I left the testing center completely exhausted. I had no idea how I did. What I did know is that I was dreading the 48 hours I’d have to wait to see if I passed or not....more

My Name, LPN… Go Ahead & Start Calling Me Nurse

I can see a light at the end of this long tunnel called Nursing School. In seven short months I will have finished my Associate’s Degree in Nursing. And in five days I will be eligible to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) state boards. That is if I make it through the next five days…...more
@KraftyKat Thanks! I actually am looking into an RN to MSN program. One day, I'd like to teach ...more

Conquering my biggest fear

For those of you who know me, you know that I hate sputum. Phlegm, mucous, boogers, call it what you will, it’s not my thing. I’ve also found that I don’t like drool, spit, or slobber but I’ll save that one for another time.My luck in nursing school could be categorized as absent…I have no idea how I managed to dodge a clinical rotation on the respiratory floor a few classes ago. And after my first week of pediatric nursing clinical was a dud I was already saying, “Hopefully the next class will be better.” Thankfully, my luck changed the very next week....more

Professional Butt Wiper

As if nursing school isn’t stressful enough, I recently started a new job as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) at a long-term healthcare facility. While I enjoyed working as a Home Health Aide, I wanted to get experience at an actual healthcare facility.I knew this job would be a drastic change from my previous job, but I was eager to jump right in. It has definitely proved to be challenging but I am loving every minute of it. It’s an eight hour shift and each CNA has nine residents to care for.The typical day goes like this:...more
kudos to you for loving you work, because its not easy and not everyone likes to do what you are ...more

On Art and IV's

    I want to discuss what it's like to be an artist and a nurse. The visual art pieces are the easiest for me to post: I take a photograph of one of my images, down load it from the camera and upload it onto the blog. Poof!  I am the curator of my own Internet gallery. I can explain the images, or not, or use them for illustrations of random posts....more

Birthing babies

I have to admit: I was terrified of this class. I’ve never been pregnant or given birth before but I’ve seen the videos and watched several pregnancy related shows on Discovery. Every vaginal delivery seemed to consist of the same couple of things: mom screaming out in pain, dad trying to comfort mom, mom cussing out dad because “you did this to me”, mom screaming out in pain some more, then the kid comes out screaming and everyone cries....more