I officially have survived my first grad school midterm! Woo hoo! It wasn't my first grad school test, but it was my first stats test in grad school. Considering I was the girl in high school who told her dad she wouldn't pick a career that involved math (and then continued on to nursing school … Continue reading First Midterm ✓
Suffice to say, I am tired. I have been back on day shift for the last two weeks, and only had 4 night shifts between this stint of days and my last one. Despite having worked the last two days and having been exhausted when I came home, I woke up at midnight after only two … Continue reading Night Shift Sleep Schedule (and I’m back on Days…)
I have thought about this baby blog over the last month every time I wanted to do something different (and not school/work-related), but quite honestly I never had the brain energy after a 12+ hour shift to sit and write. After work -- which, let's face it, is never only 12 hours long in nursing! -- … Continue reading Long time, no see!
I wrote freelance articles as a ghost writer for an online financial website contributor for about a month before I came to a big realization: it is hard to balance freelancing enough to make real money with a full-time job and family life. I have read probably a hundred posts and articles online that have … Continue reading Why I Quit Freelance Writing
Last Friday, I received my first nursing paycheck (for a recap, you can find the post here)! It was amazing to see my bank account jump in size in comparison to when I've received my nursing assistant paychecks in the past! When I figured out how much I was paid by my employer -- and that … Continue reading My First Student Loan Payment!
Well, I have officially completed the first 4 weeks of my 12 week work orientation. Woot! I worked almost all 3am to 3pm shifts, with a few "class" days (hospital -required computer classes and orientation) from 7am to 3pm. All in all it wasn't too bad...I got used to waking up at 1am in order … Continue reading Exhausted Already
There's a myth out there about dream jobs: if you want to work in your dream position, you need to sacrifice either your non-work life, your salary, or your sleep/health. Like I said, it's a myth. Not all dream jobs are created equal. You can find your dream job without sacrificing to the point of … Continue reading You Can Have A Well-Paying Dream Job Within Your Reach
It's official! I received my first nursing paycheck this morning (direct deposit is a wonderful thing) and it is more money than I've made a month recently! This is beyond exciting, because now it is finally real to me that I can afford to do what I want to do and buy the things I have … Continue reading My “Big Girl” Paycheck
Yesterday was the greatest reminder that life is way too short to focus on money, wealth or material objects. Two incredibly young patients at my hospital passed away unexpectedly. Even though I didn't treat them personally, I have helped other little ones and fell in love with their strong spirit and feisty nature only to … Continue reading Life is Too Short
Today was a pretty exciting day for me at work, as I pretty much ran my own, complicated three patient assignment with little help from my preceptor. It was nice to feel like a real nurse (finally) after four years of nursing school. Since I'm on orientation, I can't pick up overtime hours (anything above … Continue reading I’m a “Big Girl” Now!