Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Nothing to write! Work...good! School...well, it's school! Life....good!
How 'bout you?

Monday, August 22, 2005

Back to school

Started school today....

Looks like I have a lot of reading to do! If you know me, I HATE to read. Especially when I am told to do it. I have three textbooks, a novel, and several articles to read. About 5 articles a week, at least. Some are more than 10 pages too.

Other than that, I think I should be fine.

Well, there are also a ton of papers I will have to write. I am taking a nursing class and a computer class. I think the computer class I will be fine in, since I know computers pretty well. But, the nursing stuff is all advanced work. I am a little concerned. I will have to be reading everyday, and researching everyday.

I am really gonna try to do this challenge. I really want to go get my Bachelor's, but I was really tired of the classroom scene. I think this online thing will allow me to do my work when I want to. Even if it is 3am. I doubt that will happen, but jsut in case!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Running Update!

I am still running!

Okay, there is more to this post! I was planning to do the Walt Dinsey World Marathon on Jan 8th, 2006, but I decided I am not going to now. It is very expensive, and I just started my job, so I don't think I want to ask for the time off.

I am still going to keep running!!

Don't worry 'bout that. I plan to slowly increase my mileage and keep running 4-5 times per week. I want to lose some weight too. I think it will be much easier once I get at least 20-30 lbs off.

I have been running 3-5 times per week very faithfully for 4 weeks now. I am very excited that I have started running again. I know you are probably thinking I am just dropping out. I am not! I swear!

Really, its because I am not gonna take the time off in Jan. I want to get a good base first, then start training. Tomorrow, I am gonna try to run 6 miles. I tried last week, but I didn't make it due to the heat. (I didn't go till the afternoon...my fault, I know!)

Oh yeah.....work is great! I start working on the floor next Friday. I have one more day of orientation, then I start precepting! Yeah! I am so excited!

Friday, August 12, 2005

It's all about school

So, just when you think you have me all figured out.

I have decided to go back to school!!

I need to get my Bachelor's degree before I can move on to get my masters. I was planning to go to WSU, but I needed a few prereqs and they weren't being offered at the branch campus near me. I couldn't find an equivalent course that transferred at any of the nearby junior colleges. So I had decided to hold off a year or two.
Well, I found an online college that I am so excited about. It is Kaplan University. They have several campus colleges in Illinois, Florida, and Iowa, I believe. I don't even really remember where I got information, but before I know it, I am signed up for classes.
I start Aug 22nd. I decided to start sooner rather than later, cuz I am motivated now. In October, I may have changed my mind. I have never taken on online class before so this will be an experience. A good one though.

I applied for FinAid, and it is settled, I don't have to pay a cent. Plus I qulaify for a $3000 scholarship from the school and a $1400 voucher to be used the last term. I am not sure how long it will take me. I do have some prereqs to finish (Nutrition and statisics), but I can do those online too.

I am just taking one class at a time for now, to see how I do, and if I like it. I may take more as time pregresses. I will keep everyone posted of my progress. It may be a couple years till I graduate, but so be it. I am glad I can remain working fulltime and not have to put off starting up again.

I think my first class is proffessional issues. Wish me luck.....

Sunday, August 07, 2005

What color are you?


You enjoy life, humor, and being exuberant. Wherever you go you usually find yourself stealing the spotlight without even trying. You love to let go and have fun.

Find out your color at Quiz Me!

As you can see I am aqua! they just ask you a few questions and then apparently, they tell you what color you are. I don't know how scientific it is, but kind of fun!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Just Checking in

Nothing exciting happening! Just working, well orienting I should say. I can't wait to start taking care of patients. It feels like I have never taken care of a patient before. It has just been so long since I have had any patient contact, I am feeling green. I hope it all comes back to me. The skills part are coming back and I am ahead of the group. I excel in tests, and get projects done before any of the others.
Next week we have another week of orientation type work, then we start on the floor. I don't start till Friday of the following week (19th), so I will have a few days off. Like I need more of those. After all the orientation and preceptorship is done (about 3 months), then I will be able to pick up extra shifts. I have already started volunteering. We now get paid for volunteering, so its kind of like extra shifts, but out at the golf course! How nice.
Well, thats it! Nothing real exciting. What's going on with everyone else?????

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New Job

I started my new job! The whole reason I am here...to start working as an RN, and I am finally doing it!

Well.....sort of....

Right now, its all just orientation. I am taking lots of little classes. We are reiterating everything we learned in school, and some guest speakers (liek doctors or other employees) are coming to talk with us. It really is fun though. I am getting to know my fellow new RN grads, and our nurse manager. She is the greatest. Every second I spend at work though, I am loving the job more and more.

I start precepting on the floor starting the week of Aug 15th. My preceptors name is Chuck. I haven't met him yet, but I hear he is very smart and knowledgable, so I will be excited to pick his brain and ask as many questions as possible. You all know me, I like to ask questions!!

I will be on day shift, with one of the other girls, her name is Cheryl. The other two will be nights. We were assigned, so I am really glad I don't have to put my time on nights first, I was expecting that.

Hmmm.......what else can I say?

I am not sure. I think CBC was a better school though. It sounds as if their school ( they all graduated from PCC) didn't cover as much stuff, at least not as in depth as we got. I am pretty confident in my skills in basic heart rhythms. But, it sounds as though, they didn't get very much training. That makes me feel pretty good. They are all very smart though, so that is good.

Cheryl, the other day new grad, was a firefighter too, so we have that in common. We have also all decided to go volunteer in two weeks. We are all excited about that.

Dare I say, I think I have some friends at work now. It is great being a part of a team again. I really miss that.

Oh yeah......still running. I have been getting up at 5:30 am each morning and running 30-45 mins. I am really excited and motivated. I am gonna keep it up this time. I will lose all my nursing school fat. I will run Walt Disney World Marathon (if I can get the time off).

I will. I will. I will.