Category Archive: Life As A Nursing Student

Jan
16

Ode to the Needle

One of my unspoken resolutions for 2014 was to tackle these migraines. Why unspoken? Because announcing my goals tends to have the opposite effect for me that it does for others…rather than hold me accountable, my spoken resolutions cause me to rebel against them completely. I think I subconsciously start believing that I don’t have …

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Dec
31

2013: One Day at a Time

If 2012 was about big changes, 2013 was the year of buyer’s remorse. If you can have such a thing for life decisions. I started the year looking forward to the career opportunities ahead, anticipating more school, and feeling quite confident overall that I was headed in the right direction. I am ending the year …

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Dec
06

Voila

Now I can finally say it… YIPPEE!! I SURVIVED MY FIRST SEMESTER OF NP TRAINING AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE! Submitted my last exam earlier this week. Went to work on Wednesday night. And then proceeded to sleep for about 20 of the next 36 hours. Glorious, glorious sleep, unimpeded by stressful dreams about …

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Dec
05

Nurse Teeny’s Favorite Things: 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! Time for your favorite nurse or nursing student to a) Finally have a bit of a break from school and/or b) Learn what it means to spend the most wonderful time of the year at work. 😉 Since I haven’t had much time to do anything BUT study for …

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Nov
26

Debrief

Well, I survived. Assignments and papers are submitted and all I have left are final exams (one of which has been taken already). Thank you for the emails and comments I’ve received over the past few weeks. I promise I’m still alive, just digging myself out from under a mountain of patho notes. I wish …

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Oct
09

Crash. Burn.

Well, Nurse Teeny went and did it again. I took on too much and I hit bottom. Hard. Meltdown -> migraine -> meltdown -> migraine. And so the cycle has continued for the past two weeks. Farewell, PTO. It was fun while it lasted. I’ve now realized why I get crazy looks from people whenever …

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Sep
25

Follow Your Bliss

I mentioned my first (of likely many) meltdowns that occurred last week. A large part of it was due to stress, exhaustion, financial concerns, self-pity, you-name-the-problem… But part of it is due to a bit of a vocational dilemma I am experiencing. I love oncology nursing. But what I love about oncology nursing is not …

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Sep
22

Grad School Ain’t No Joke

Don’t you just love my grammar? 😉 Apologies for the silence. I have so much to say and no time to say it. Grad school is a whole new ballgame. Especially grad school when you are learning and relearning clinical knowledge and skills at an overwhelming depth. The difference between nursing school and this experience …

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Aug
30

Overwhelmed

I have one week of classes officially under my belt. Which was hard to accomplish thanks to getting sick during orientation – I don’t know how a person can cough as much as I did without losing a lung. (Obviously I jest. I know the pathophys of an upper respiratory infection. Dear God, let’s hope.) …

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Aug
19

I’m In Trouble

Orientation for my doctoral program started this morning. It was a loooooong day. (P.S. My body is now completely befuddled about when it is supposed to be awake. Coffee is going to be my best friend.) Good thing our orientation swag included a nice big mug. And a pretty sweet new messenger bag. And a bigass …

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