So it has been a while since I made a post last. Almost a month…yikes…bad Sarah. I’ve missed blogging. I think getting NCLEX over with took the best out of me lol. I want to THANK EVERYONE who has commented on the blog and congratulated me….you all are so sweet and I had no idea how many people read my blog. I’m so grateful and honored hehe.
First of all, I can’t believe I’m a Registered Nurse RN….even at work I sometimes still feel like a student nurse. It will take some time to get into my brain that I am not a student nurse because for the pass 4 years I have been one. I’m still in my orientation period where I have a preceptor who I work side by side with. I actually start being on my own around August 10th YIKES!
I’m still learning everyday and I’m finally getting comfortable with calling doctors and asking them questions. I don’t know if you all have/had the same problem but at first I was so scared to do it, especially since I have had some not so friendly encounters with some doctors. I’m getting good with documentation and prioritizing my time but I so need to work on medication administration.
Here is the reason: Since I have graduated I haven’t been able to give any medications because I wasn’t licensed as a RN to do so until I passed NCLEX. Well I passed NCLEX and every thing but I still wasn’t allowed to do it until I got my Registered Nurse licensed (received it Monday in the mail….finally lol I took NCLEX June 11 and it took that long to get it…I’m impatient) and I passed my hospital’s pharmacy exam. I took it on Tuesday and passed it. It was a drug calculation test and I made a 100….woohoo. So tomorrow hopefully I will be good to go with giving medications. Giving medications is a huge part of a nurse’s job and it takes time so I need to learn how to incorpate that into my routine.
Work has been going good. I’ve been so tired though! The reason is: I have to work my regular 12 hours shifts weekly and attend classes provided by the hospital. For instance, this week I have around 50 hours when you add in my education hours. I’m taking this cardiac dysrhythmia class where they teach you 25 rhythms. It is a 4 week class and next week is my last week. We have an exam and I have to pass it in order to get my education hours. I’m a little nervous about the rhythm interpretation part because 2 people on my unit failed it and had to repeat the test. I’ve been studying but when all the rhythms are put together they get really confusing. For instances, I get Sinus rhythm with PACs or PJCs confused all the time lol. Wish me luck on it! It’s next Tuesday!
So overall the past month I have been working and have had little time for social activities. However, I have had time to go to Dollywood (went last Sunday…it was so fun…Mystery Mine was AWESOME) and go out to eat with Meira before she left for Nashville. I hope all is going well in the Big Ville, Meira. You will start work next week hehe. Meira and I went out to eat. Meira had a wonderful time making fun of my squinting eyes even though the sun wasn’t out. In my defense I couldn’t see and the sun was hurting my eyes (sun or no sun).
I had a great time Meira. I hope every one has a great night. I work tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July.
Until next time,