New RN Wish List

If I’m not mistaken, I noted I received a new position as an RN at a pediatric hospital. I’m extremely excited about this position, and I start in less than two weeks.

Since I’m transitioning to this new position, I have a small wish list. These are items that I find fitting for my career; for, they will be beneficial to keeping my patients and myself safe, organized, and cute 🙂 Read More

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Making It Through Hell…I Mean, Nursing School

The most requested question I get from current nursing students is, “How do you make it in nursing school?”

Nursing school is tough! I will admit I had no idea how tough it was prior to attending school, and I didn’t believe it when my mom, who is also a nurse,  informed me that nursing school was a “pressure cooker.” I was rudely awakened when I received my first syllabus that was thick as a book. I had to learn on my own how to successfully navigate through nursing school, but I was fortunate enough to have met people along the way that gave me helpful tips and tricks. These tips and tricks helped me to be a great student and graduate with honors. I want to pass on these jewels of wisdom to others because we can all use a helping hand every now and then. Read More

Why Pediatric Nursing?

I’m often asked this question, and I thought I would share it here on the blog.

Prior to my nursing clinical rotation on the pediatric unit, I never considered myself to be a pediatric nurse. I was always afraid of ill children; for, the thought of a sick child was mentally and emotionally encumbering. I complained about the semester before it started, and I sat in class wishing I didn’t have to complete the rotation. One of my professors became aware of my fear of ill children, and she met with me after class to inquire about my fear. I stated, “Its just not for me.” Seeing that I wasn’t able to fully verbalize the reason of my fear, my professor suggested I get over that fear by confronting it.

I reluctantly obliged.

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Being Enough…Thoughts of a New RN

Being a new RN is hard. It’s often said the first three months on the job is hell, and I believe it. Although I enjoy what I do, the transition from nursing student to Registered Nurse is tough. You have to learn the protocols and procedures of your institution, attend classes and training specific to your unit, and undergo training with a preceptor. In addition to all of this, you’re now working under your own license, so if you mess up, that’s your ass. Read More