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Nursing is an adventure, a journey that whenever you look back, you will realize how much you have grown, and how far you still have to go. This is my journal.

Updated: 2018-03-06T14:46:38.978-08:00


Community CNS Careers


This is a guest post by Richard Hemby. Enjoy... A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an nurse of advanced practice who administers nursing services to a specific patient population. These nurses are specialists who may focus on areas such as cardiology, oncology, neonatology, OB/GYN, pediatrics, neurology, and mental health. A CNS may focus on a very specific type of disease, such as diabetes,

Loving my New Gig


I cannot fully express how much I LOVE my new job! It's so much better than my last. I guess it takes being in the pits for 13 weeks to actually find and appreciate something that is so much better!I work in the CCU (which is going to look super good on my resume!) I haven't worked in the CCU officially before, and this is a 3 month stint. It's been good so far, the hospital is fairly isolated in



One of the benefits of doing travel nursing is the excellent opportunities for vacations practically year round. I've determined to take a week or two vacation in between each 13 week assignment, sort of like a pat on my own back for making it through.I spent the last week in Hawaii on the Big Island. My hubby's fam rented this lovely house right on the ocean sea board, away from the 'tourists'

Working Blues


Whoa, I can't believe it's been a month since a posted. That means that I've done 12-15 shifts, but have been too tired to write about it. I'm going through a period of frustration on my job. So much that I'm counting the remaining weeks left on my travel contract. The unit I work on is so disorganized, and the charge nurses make me the doormat on every shift I work.I won't even go into all the

The Norovirus


Our unit got hit with a gastro-enteritis virus last week. One patient had it and then it mysteriously appeared in 2 other patients. It's passed around by droplet transmission, and 15 nurses were out sick with it before it cleared out. The hospital infection control department quarantined our unit, and all patients with the mysterious N-virus were sent to our unit with all other patients being



As a traveler, I'm used to getting a different assignment everyday. It's rare that I keep the same assignment for all 3 12 hr shifts. However this past week seemed to be a weird trend, all my patients stayed over, and by the third day I was on a cloud, actually looking forward to getting to work. They weren't too complicated and were all reasonably stable and could voice their needs and



Do me a Here. Thanks.

Shell Shocked


My patient died a few nights ago. It was the most bizarre experience ever. I had just been in his room, taking his blood pressure (which was fine), drawing his AM labs and talking to him. I walked him to the bathroom and back, then tucked him in his bed, got him a warm blanket and said goodnight. I went into my next patient's room to hook up his antibiotics. The Monitor tech calls me and tells me

Cardiac Jitters


I've just started a new job at this super advanced hospital. It's the largest tertiary cardiac hospital in the WHOLE state, and has a reputation of sterling gold. I'm learning so much on this unit, which is great because at my old job I was getting kinda stagnant. It's a cardiac telemetry unit, and when I say cardiac, I mean CARDIAC. They are hardcore about the cardiac ish.I'm worried about



Hey peoples, Do I really post that infrequent that noone knows I've been out? Dayum! New Year Resolution, post more often. I was sick in the hospital since the 5th, not a cool way to start the year but it has been my modus operandi as of the last few years. Anyway, there is alot to do and say, but first I must catch up on all you blogging freaks out there. Oh, and although I'm hella late, HAPPY

How to Reach 50 Years Together


I was talking to my patient and his wife today, a couple that are still so sweet and loving even after 48 years of marriage. "So what's the magic formula to keep things strong?" I asked. Yes, it might seem a redundant question but her response was one that really tugged chords with me."Commitment. There is no out clause for us. We vowed forever and we will do everything in our power to keep that



This weekend was one of those days that if I hadn't handed in my resignation letter already, I would have had to resign all over again. However, it's over and I have today off to recuperate and rejuvenate so I'm not even going to dwell on the torrid parts, but instead, will focus on the goodness.My coworkers are the greatest! I was so frustrated that I hadn't taken lunch and it was an hour to



Doubles are so hard to do. The first couple of hours are a breeze but then come 2 o'clock you are still hustling, my body feels like it's shutting down to "rest and relaxation" mode. I just did a slew of doubles last week and can't wait to see how fat my check is gonna be on the 28th.Sorry, I'm kinda out of it.What's up with you all?

The Blues


Okay, even as a nurse with an iron stomach, some things totally make me squeamish. It's weird, I can deal with lots of poop and vomit, but let me have a patient that needs regular suctioning and I'll be inwardly cringing. There is something about the Crrrrr sound of suctioning that gets my grout and flips me out. RT's like suctioning, and I know alot of nurses that dig it, but that shit is not my

7 Random Things


I've been tagged by Nocturnal RN and I'm supposed to share 7 random/weird things about myself. I have alot of weird things about me, and I've done this several times on my other blogs, but for the sake of this blog, I'll stick to 7 weird things about me in nursing, to keep it fresh. At work, I hydrate by drinking a gallon of water mixed with 3% lemonade or lemon juice. I can drink this more than

The Thanksgiving Weekend From Hell...


Whoa...the last 2 days were bad. So bad that I just couldn't bring myself to wade into poop and mess another day in a row. For some reason, my Manager is always complaining about the this weekend, he understaffed ALL three shifts, leaving no CNAs on the floor at all, nurses having 5-6 tele patients and a patient load that rivalled a nursing home/post op unit. Only the sickest patients

Ode to Patients


To my favorite patients of the week,Mr. 32A, for having a smile for me when I walked through the door. For calling me pretty lady and holding my hand. For making your wife blush at your banter. For being cheery even though it seemed like you'd been sick for a while and not getting better. For working hard with physical therapy when your body was wanting to quit. For being patient for 3 days



nursing is such a conflicting job sometimes. we are expected to be human and sensitive so we can take better care of our patients by feeling what they are going through, for their sake. and yet, we are also expected to detach ourselves from our emotions so we can take care of our patients and make intelligent decisions, also for their sake.From May's blog: About a Nurse

The Needle Less System


I love whoever created the Luer Lock system. My current hospital doesn't use Luer locks, they have a weird soft rubber system that you have to add a plastic blunt catheter to be able to puncture the rubber part. I think it's tedious and time consuming, and I can't wait to switch to Luer Locks again.I was trying to explain to my man how effective the needle-less system is, and how good it is



Okay, I'm back from across the great divide. Wow, I can't believe that you guys still check in. Thanks! I'm doing much better...believe it or not, I got out of the hospital on Friday, had the weekend to convalesce and then had to hit the floor running back to work by Monday. Because I'm 'new', HR pretty much told me that I would lose all my benefits if I don't return to work in 30 days. So back

New License


I'm staring at my brand spanking new Oregon nursing license. I now have 3 RN licenses, one in CA, and another one in MD which is a compact state (it's like having the power of 13!). I have kept them all up, even though renewing around my birthday every year is a huge drain on the finances.So now I'm gearing up for the move up north. We've decided to purchase a home together, and it looks like



Vixen is sick she has been in the hospital for the last two weeks hopefully she will be back home this weekthis is kafo her sister

Tables Turned


Okay, I have posted in a while because I've actually been a patient. I was at a branch of my Hospital but closer to my house for the last week with a severe anemic attack (H&H 4.3/12.8). Most of the time I was groggy but when I was lucid, I noticed that of all the nurses I had...I only connected with one. Everyone just came to do their job, answer the call bell and leave at the end of their shift

Patient Twelve


The service coordinator of all the Company hospitals found me out on the floor today and shook my hand. "I'm honored to meet you," she stated. My manager was there and they were both smiling at me benignly."Ummm, okay, yeah, nice to meet you too!" I said as I tried to extricate myself."Vixen, we just interviewed your new patient in room 12 and she's very impressed with you. She said that you two

The Preceptor


Okay, I've only been back to nursing since July, and I already got made a Preceptor. Talk about fast track. The nurse I'm precepting, she's a total doll, we were actually in New Employee Orientation together. Her son is a year younger than me. I haven't precepted since I worked in Baltimore, so I was a little worried about it, but so far so good.She knows her stuff. She's solid in assessing a