Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pinned. . .so now what?

I’ve earned the RN pin. . .the culmination of five years of hard work, lost sleep and intense caffeine consumption.  Our critical care director, probably one of the kindest docs around, and much beloved by our hospital’s nurses for the respect and admiration he has for the nursing profession, spoke eloquently, with just the right touch of humor.  A Nightingale ceremony, with an appearance from Flo herself (reincarnated), really capped things off.

So, one set of busted pumps, several beers, and a couple of deadly Fireball/beer cider dunkers consumed (imaging a cinnamon apple that makes one extremely tipsy), plus one barbeque (huh, who knew my classmates’ talents included keg stands? Impressive!), I’m contemplating the future to come.  There’s an NCLEX review class at my community college (a good deal at $200), plus some interviews (critical care and surgical units at my hospital). . .but what I really wonder is, what’s next?  Will I gain employment at a hospital without a BSN in my grasp? Can I hope for a critical care job?  Can I hope for any acute care job?  Does it really matter?

After a gut check (after the weight gain of nursing school/working full-time night shift, there’s plenty to check), I find that, no, it really doesn’t, as long as I have the privilege of caring for patients, in any care setting.  Long-term care, long-term acute care, acute care, community-based care, home care – I think any of them would work out, as long as I have the right attitude and the willingness to continue blooming where I’ve been planted. Til’ then, I’ll be happy to continue walking in circles for 12 hours a night, caring for patients within my scope.  The path will be there, I just have to take it when it appears.

 

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Son of disorderlyCNA

Couldn’t be prouder!  My boy has decided to follow in Momma’s footsteps (clogsteps?) and get his CNA license.  

His rationale is that since he needs to perform around 1,000 patient contact clinical hours to apply to medical school, might as well really help some folks and get paid to do so.  Additionally, he told me that being a CNA ought to give him some street cred with the nurses once he’s all growed up and a real doc, so they can save his ass.  Smart kid. . .I wonder who raised him?

He’s going to the voc school where I got my CNA-2 certification. . .will be good for him, I think.  I know he looks about 300% better in my Cherokee scrubs (can’t wear them for work, wrong color) than I ever did.  

Apparently every student at orientation had at least one tattoo.  Is this a prerequisite?

Hopefully he can catch on in a PRN position somewhere close to where he goes to school so he can add this experience to his adult journeys.