nursekc

In my mid-twenties I decided to totally change my life plan and switch careers. Now I'm back in school to become a nurse. It was a scary decision, but I’m enjoying it so far! I'll keep you posted on whatever new, strange ailment is happening with me, as well as how nursing school is going.

I'll also try to keep helpful information in the category labeled "Resources" for my fellow nursing classmates and for all those who are interested.  This can be located at http://www.alwaysthepatientalwaysthenurse.com  I would be more than happy to get any suggestions or requests for specific information/study tools as well.  Not only do I want this blog to be an outlet for the stories of my life, I also want it to be something others can utilize and learn from.

All names, ages, places, or any other identifying information in my stories have been edited, altered, or changed in some way to protect the privacy of others, as well as my own.

What I write is not about you, or a particular place or situation, but there may be something that you can relate to. That is why I am writing about my experiences. So you can find comfort in knowing that there are those who are going through the same thing as you.

Code

I had my first true patient emergency the other night. It was not something that I hope to repeat any time soon....more

Solo

I’ve been on my own for about four months now & every night is an adventure. I will never forget the events that unfolded the very first night I flew solo…...more

Always the student

I am 5 more night shifts away from being on my own at work. May 14th will be my 1st night at work without my preceptor. When I first started, a 12 week preceptorship seemed like a really long time…now it’s only 60 hours away from being over. I must admit, I’ve learned more over the past 10 weeks than I have in the past 2 years combined....more

Addendum

I had every intention of mentioning this in yesterday's post, but it somehow got omitted in my sleep deprived stupor. Somewhere in between complaining about not being able to sleep & dreading what may become my near future, I wanted to mention the fact that regardless of how bad I make things seem, I still LOVE being a nurse....more

Up all day

On any given day I can sleep for hours on end…unless of course I’ve worked the night before & have to go back in that night. Take today for example: I worked 7pm – 7am, got home around 7:30am & have to be back again at 7pm. It’s almost 1pm & I’m still wide awake....more

The Trials & Tribulations Of A Night Shift Nurse

First & foremost - I am SO thankful that I have a job. Out of our graduating class of 38, a little less than half of us have found jobs (we graduated on December 12th). Having said that, I must admit I’m having a very difficult time adjusting to night shift. Working from 7pm until 7am just isn’t natural. My schedule for the next three months is work 3 nights in a row, have 4 days off. It’s a pretty nice schedule considering I have every weekend off & 4 days to recover. That will change once I’m done with my preceptorship. ...more
I think this is something that many nurses struggle with, especially new nurses. I was ...more

Training Wheels

Last week was my first full week of my 3 month preceptorship. I worked 7pm – 7am Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Of course I was sick with a sinus infection the entire time, but what else is new. Regardless, I am officially a “nocturnal nurse”.My preceptor is a fantastic nurse who has a lot of experience in several different areas of nursing. She’s the charge nurse which has its pros & cons....more

Full speed ahead

Two days of new hire orientation down…four more to go. The first day was typical of any new job orientation. We went over the hospitals foundation, values, & mission. We also learned about the benefits the hospital offers to their employees. I am super excited about getting health insurance, especially considering I haven’t had any for the past two years!...more

A plethora of emotions

Orientation for my new job starts a week from Monday. I’m excited, sad & nervous. I went back & read my previous entry about being a new nurse. I realize I’ll be in that position again. Granted, I have some experience, but it’s definitely not hospital experience....more

Going from rejected to accepted

My days of continuous rejection & moping are over…I GOT A JOB!!! It all happened so quickly. I had been monitoring the job listings for several hospital systems in the area & applying for anything & everything. A couple of promising looking positions opened in the hospital system that I favored. So I decided it was time to start working my connections....more