Category Archive: Clinicals

Feb
17

The Neverending Semester

Is it really only mid-February? Looking back at my last post, I feel like it should be April already! All these snow days haven’t helped…the Southeast has basically been shut down for the better part of three weeks due to a couple of unexpected “blizzards” (and by blizzard, I mean 6 inches on the ground. …

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Jan
27

Brain Overload

If you’ve read my blog lately, you’ve seen that my work life has been a … challenge of late. (I wanted to say clusterf*ck, but I was attempting diplomacy. That lasted for about a sentence ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Fortunately for me (and probably for you), school is another story. Despite ongoing insecurity about where exactly I …

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Apr
02

Screwed

Aaaaaaaaand, there goes my QI project. I was supposed to be days away from finishing my chart audits. About a week away from completing my data analysis. Ten days away from ordering my poster to present at two conferences. And then bureaucracy struck. I went to my clinical site this evening to continue chart audits. …

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Mar
13

Home Stretch

Last week I did the unthinkable. I crammed 40 clinical hours on top of my 32 hours of work. This week it will be more like 20. But I plead for your patience nonetheless. The next 40-some days are shaping up to be brutal. But I’ll endure because the end result is oh so sweet. …

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Jan
29

Pass It On

If there is one thing I have realized after two years as an RN, it is the importance of communication to patient safety. On my very first Med-Surg rotation, I remember my clinical instructor telling me to over-communicate. And that has stuck with me. I’m sure it makes me a pest to some, but so …

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Aug
20

Progress

My summer “break” until the end of August has been filled with catching up on clinical hours and papers. Some break! But it does have me getting kind of excited (if a bit indimidated) about the project I am about to tackle. Our final year of training to be a CNL is focused on spending …

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Feb
15

Digging Myself Out

I’m alive, I promise! Between the new job, the semester from hell (more on that soon – mama needs to vent!), wedding planning, and now we’re MOVING in two weeks, I honestly don’t know who I am or where I’m at. Oriented times zero. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime, chew on this video and an investigative …

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Jan
31

The Myth of the Second Degree Nurse

Iโ€™ve had enough. Enough of being told that people like me may be “smart”, but canโ€™t make clinical decisions where it counts. Enough of having derogatory labels bestowed upon me. Itโ€™s time to set the record straight. I present to you my favorite myths about second degree nurses and nursing students (SDNs). SDNs are ambitious/cutthroat/want …

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Dec
02

Nurse Teeny’s Favorite Things

When did it become December??? Not that I’m complaining …we’ve already had our first snowfall (before Thanksgiving, even!). So I’m definitely in a festive mood, what with the perpetually lit fireplace, balsam fir-scented candles, and Starbucks peppermint mochas at my beck and call… ๐Ÿ™‚ Pandora is my new best friend while I’m studying – their …

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Nov
08

Pie In the Sky

Every so often, I check the careers website at the hospital where I did my senior practicum, just to humor myself. I think to myself, maybe someday there will be an opening in peds hematology/oncology? Well today’s the day, folks. I feasted my eyes on the job description – 0.6 FTE, nights (blech!), but on …

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