Which Stethoscope?🤔

Which Stethoscope?🤔

I have a lecture and lab component class that requires me to need a stethoscope. So being a new nursing student, I decided to go the cheaper route and purchase one from amazon for $15.00 and free prime shipping. Initially, I did not think this was a bad idea considering the fact that I was saving money. However, I soon realized that it was a mistake.😩

First impression, the stethoscope was black and cute. It was very light weight and even included replacement pieces if you lost the original ones. For practice use, I found it to be a little difficult to hear sounds clearly. This can be a problem in practice because you can get false readings. However, I will continue to use the stethoscope for use in lab with my classmates.

Ironically, I was also gifted a beautiful Littmann (classic III). First impression, it was beautiful and pink. It is also light weight and instead of a name tag, my name is engraved. This is awesome because it makes it super difficult for someone to steal it. As far as functionality of it, the sounds are super clear. This stethoscope I would rather use on patients and can be more confident in my readings.

I know for some pricing can be a problem, but you honestly get what you pay for. If you can just stomach to make this purchase, you will have a reliable stethoscope that will last a long time.

These are my honest opinion on both stethoscopes. Below are the links to where both stethoscopes were purchased. Hope this helps!

MDF Dual Head Lightweight Stethoscope

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011E8DG2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0011E8DG2&linkCode=as2&tag=studentnurs06-20&linkId=1b8240636a144657b2c5243b13226c37

Littmann Classic III

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QESFO80/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00QESFO80&linkCode=as2&tag=studentnurs06-20&linkId=931fa3342e4874f6a445da35eb6f3140

Because Finals…

Because Finals…

I know I am not the only one who deals with anxiety from school. With the challenges of balancing work, school, social and family life, it can be difficult to find a perfect balance. Despite of, it is imperative that we find time to do things we enjoy.

For some, that may be going out, traveling, or maybe even partying. For me, I enjoy simple things like working out. A good workout leaves you feeling refreshed and as if you can conquer the world. So during finals week I have been in living in gym, which has helped me tremendously with my anxiety.

So my advice to anyone who experiences anxiety is to simply try a workout. It doesn’t matter what you do or how long you do it. The goal is to simply get that body moving. I promise you will feel better about yourself and your mental clarity will also be better. Moreover, follow it up with feel good fuel. I prefer smoothies, juices, or salads. You ultimately choose what works best for you.

Building Gym (My sanctuary)
Lately I’ve been trying to drink at least one juice a day. Ingredients: 1.) Celery 2.) Ginger Root 3.) Lime 4.) Grapefruit ⚠️ The ginger does give this juice a little kick but nonetheless, it was pretty tasty.

I’m Ready

I’m Ready

Every Sunday, I can not help but think about how much I dread returning to work on Monday. The weekends are like a breath of fresh air and sadly work is not. Im always contemplating, “Do I really need this job?” I could all be so simple, but life is never really that simple.

Anyways, I gathered a list to attempt to see if the benefits actually outweigh the negatives.

Reasons why people love my working for the federal government

1. Great health insurance

2. Employer match Thrift savings account

3. Pension

4. Grade and step increases

5. Guaranteed cost of living increases

6. Job security

7. Generous vacation time based on time invested

I pointed these out because many always mention these as reasons why they wanted to retire from the federal government. I believe that this mentality alone is what enslaves people. I say this because with every positive that I came up with, I was also able to counteracted it with a negative that over shadows it. I do want to provide a disclaimer that this is my experience with my own agency. There are many other agencies that very well may be different.

Over the years, I have contemplated leaving my job due to its nature. I deal with a lot of difficult individuals on a daily and it can be quite draining. Additionally, I really dislike the changes that are being implemented by government leadership. What is more, some of those once great benefits mentioned above may very well be relinquished.

Reasons why I needed to move on

1. Feeling unfulfilled

2. Militant like culture

3. Brown noser culture

4. Not enough pay

5. Multiple things based of seniority

6. Had to move up in organization

7. Mentally draining work

What do you do when you are no longer happy? When you feel like you have outgrown a position? When you are not valued as an employee? When you feel like you are stagnant? For some, the answer is simple. While others will hesitate based on family needs, age, complacency, false hope, etc. I myself have hesitated too because uncertainty of the next steps. However, I came to the realization that life is too short to be miserable despite some benefits that a job can offer. As for me, my time is coming to an end. I will be releasing myself of the bondage that plague me. My nursing journey will be a fresh start for me and I could not be more excited. My hope is that everyone finds the willpower to do the same.

Passing with flying colors!

Passing with flying colors!

So before I start nursing school, I have one prerequisite to finish. The class happens to be General Chemistry. I am more than half way done with the class and wanted to share a few study tips that has helped me tremendously.

Study Tips!!!

1.) Before class always read the chapter. Having some idea of what the Professor will lecture on helps you familiarize yourself with the information.

2.) Always take notes. However, do not try to write down word for word, but listen for key points/concepts.

3.) Ask questions during class if you don’t understand something. You will be surprised how many others have the same question but are afraid to ask.

4.) After class, read the chapter again but this time using the notes as a reference point. If something is still unclear, reach out to the Professor for further clarification.

5.) My secret tip: YouTube always has some very knowledgeable chemistry professional who have channels. However, before you result to this, do your research on the credibility of the person teaching.

These are just few of the many tips that has helped me along the way. Hopefully, they may help one of you as well. Best wishes!

Blackboard Screenshot of a few of my grades.

Reminiscing…

Reminiscing…

Today I want to share a secret about me. So when I was in high school, I attended a Practical Nursing Program. For those who don’t know, the Practical Nursing Program is designed for students who wish to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The total length of the program was two years. This program was connected to another high school. So I spent a half day at one school and the other half at my home school. We also attended many clinical at local hospitals in the Chicagoland area. After completing the program, I was eligible to take the NCLEX exam. So here are a couple of throwbacks pictures from my graduation in 2008. Some how I wish I could fast forward to 2020 and be done with this MSN already 😩

Story Time

Story Time

For sometime I have been going back and forth with the idea of going back to school. The decision has been difficult considering I already accumulated over $110,000.00 in debt. That figure alone would terrify anyone I’m sure.

Despite of, I still felt deeply that going back is something I should do. Let me explain why. When I was in high school, I attended a Licensed Practical Nursing Program and actually graduated. However, after not passing state boards after a two attempts, I felt defeated. I figured that college was a chance for me to think things over and give it a try with my with bachelors degree. I was pre nursing major for the first two years of undergrad.

However, I struggled adjusting to the curriculum and my grade point average took a hit. With nursing, you have to be competitive to get in and unfortunately I did not have it together. Conversely, I changed my major to Psychology. Doing so allowed me to use the last two years to get my grade point average back up and graduate on time.

Once I graduated, I was offered my first salary position. As a recent graduate, I was ecstatic and gladly accepted. After spending a year there, I found myself researching nursing programs. The job offered tuition reimbursement so I took that opportunity to take the prerequisites necessary.

Shortly after, I was offered another position with the federal government. I took the position because the pay was double what I was currently making. At the time, I was fairly young and money was a great motivator.

It was not long before I found myself unhappy and needing to GET OUT! I spent the next two years getting a masters degree in Public Administration. I figured that life lead me into the field of public service and that the program may be a good fit. I thought that this would be the right move because it would allow me to advance to the next level in my career.

After spending an additional two more years stuck at my current job, I started to think that I made yet another bad decision. I know, I know. You are probably thinking, “This girl is all over the place.” I could not agree more with you (laughing but serious). But the beautiful thing about life is it does not always have to make sense. At this point, the confusion I mentioned before became clarity. I knew NOW that nursing was it for me. This very moment was when I made the decision to go back to school to pursue this MS in Nursing degree.

From here on out it is crucial to be intentional with my moves. My advice to anyone struggling in life, know that it does not always have to be a straight path. Sometimes difficult decisions can come about, but still do what scares you. Typically those are the things that are most liberating and leads to the best outcomes.  Often times we let the fear of the unknown hinder us from our potential.