Nursing School: Eat That Elephant

5 Mar
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My 5:30 am cup of coffee helps me get ready for my day’s clinical rotation.

Hi there, dear reader!

Thanks for stopping by! Maybe you’ve come here because of link from pinterest, or a share on Facebook, either way, I’m glad you’re here.

As you can see from the activity on my blog, I no longer blog regularly, here’s why…

In January of 2014 I went back to school. This college drop-out had to start from scratch completing a long list of pre-requisites for nursing school. And I did it. And, I did pretty darn well in those classes. In May of 2015, I was accepted into the nursing school of my choice.

Today, I’m currently a full-time nursing student, in my second semester – with another three to go. If all goes well, I’ll graduate in May of 2017.

School requires all of my attention, and while I would love to blog about my adventures in my nursing program, writing about all that I’m learning and experiencing, my spare time is committed to my family. And laundry. Lots of laundry. And making dinners and school lunches. And let’s face it – I’m studying all the time. Plus, HIPAA puts a damper on the storytelling side of things. And boy are there some stories I would love to tell. But just know I’m getting a broad scope of perspective and my heart is growing in understanding the demands and responsibilities placed on nurses, especially those who offer bed-side care. (Basically, you should go give a nurse a hug.)

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My pile of books and study material right by my bed.

My goal is to apply all I’m learning in nursing school, and my experience as a doula, and my practice as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and mix it all up, and let all of these things inform how I can best offer quality, evidence based care in the medical field, especially for expectant families during the childbearing year.

I also teach childbirth classes at a hospital in my neck of the woods. If you’re in the Asheville, NC area and you’re looking for free childbirth classes you’re welcome to sign up at parkridgebabies.com. I would love to have you in my class! (Classes fill up quickly, though.)

Till then, know that I am doing everything I can to become better at what I do. And for me, that means nursing school. Will I become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)? I don’t know yet. We’ll shall see. For now,  my goal is to keep passing my exams and learning as much as I can.

How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

PS. For those who have a dream that requires you to go back to school in order to accomplish it … remember there is no perfect time to go back to school. Start with what you can. Things worth doing are rarely ever easy.

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One of the SIM rooms at my school. (Check out that view!)

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