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Now isn’t that a pretty picture?? Ok, back to work! Still much to be done.

So I’ve joined Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. The induction is online this Sunday. I’m pretty excited! I couldn’t afford any of their jewelry stuff so I’m posting this beautiful pin. I guess they think you’re rich if you make good grades: that’d be a nope. But I’m still pretty jazzed. Week 7 of 11 in school is almost over. Then my clinical practicum and then can you say MSN? I sure can. See me smile. 

I have classroom shadowing with my preceptor tomorrow, so time for bed. Gonna dream. Please say prayers for the two US nurses with Ebola but also for nurses and other healthcare workers around the world fighting the war against disease. They are such brave people. Pray for the suffering patients as well. The world is changing and not always for the good. Good night.

So I’ve joined Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. The induction is online this Sunday. I’m pretty excited! I couldn’t afford any of their jewelry stuff so I’m posting this beautiful pin. I guess they think you’re rich if you make good grades: that’d be a nope. But I’m still pretty jazzed. Week 7 of 11 in school is almost over. Then my clinical practicum and then can you say MSN? I sure can. See me smile.

I have classroom shadowing with my preceptor tomorrow, so time for bed. Gonna dream. Please say prayers for the two US nurses with Ebola but also for nurses and other healthcare workers around the world fighting the war against disease. They are such brave people. Pray for the suffering patients as well. The world is changing and not always for the good. Good night.

Any nurse could be in Nina Pham’s position right now. She needs our prayers and support.  Nurses are often blamed when things go wrong. This is not a people problem, this is a system problem.  All nurses know the challenges we face, but we continue to be nurses because that is who we are.    

Any nurse could be in Nina Pham’s position right now. She needs our prayers and support.  Nurses are often blamed when things go wrong. This is not a people problem, this is a system problem.  All nurses know the challenges we face, but we continue to be nurses because that is who we are.    

I think this is my problem. My deadlines are too far away. Now that is a good thing unless you are like me and perform best under pressure. No pressure? No motivation. So I’m still struggling to focus and take advantage of this time but I’m not too sure I will succeed.  Wish me well.

I think this is my problem. My deadlines are too far away. Now that is a good thing unless you are like me and perform best under pressure. No pressure? No motivation. So I’m still struggling to focus and take advantage of this time but I’m not too sure I will succeed. Wish me well.

P.S. I also have all of this to do. A grad student’s work is never done! But this gray, rainy day is not motivating me at all. I need to leave tumblr, and Facebook, and just close my laptop. But that’s no fun! Oh well, here I go.

P.S. I also have all of this to do. A grad student’s work is never done! But this gray, rainy day is not motivating me at all. I need to leave tumblr, and Facebook, and just close my laptop. But that’s no fun! Oh well, here I go.

Ok, the first step was to get all this information out of my head and onto a wall. At the center is the subject of my project: simulation. I’m using actors, known as standardized patients, and each arrow points to one of the building blocks of the project. Today I’m going to review each block and solidify my content on that particular subject. I really have a lot of this done: I just need to organize and pull it all together. Next, there’s the real-life presentation of the scenario and then I will develop a PowerPoint presentation of the whole process. Gonna work all day so talk soon.

Ok, the first step was to get all this information out of my head and onto a wall. At the center is the subject of my project: simulation. I’m using actors, known as standardized patients, and each arrow points to one of the building blocks of the project. Today I’m going to review each block and solidify my content on that particular subject. I really have a lot of this done: I just need to organize and pull it all together. Next, there’s the real-life presentation of the scenario and then I will develop a PowerPoint presentation of the whole process. Gonna work all day so talk soon.

Release! The next few weeks are gonna be wild but yesterday was my last work day until the dreaded exciting Practicum project presentation is completed on October 23, 2014! My project is a simulation that prepares the nursing student for their first visit to a patient’s home.  The scenario focuses on social, economic, and environmental challenges and will be played out by me and two actors.  We rehearsed today and although we need some fine tuning, I am pretty excited about the project.
On October 23, we will present the simulation to my preceptor’s class of nursing students.  She will evaluate it and then I will also complete a PowerPoint presentation to go along with it.  So like I mentioned: the next few weeks are going to be wild.  But at least I don’t have work hanging over my head, as well.  That is the beauty of PRN! 
I would like to have a journal of my project journey, so I will try to keep you up to date.  I feel really good about all I am learning and when I think about how close I am to being done, well, I just wanna shout from a mountaintop :)

Release! The next few weeks are gonna be wild but yesterday was my last work day until the dreaded exciting Practicum project presentation is completed on October 23, 2014! My project is a simulation that prepares the nursing student for their first visit to a patient’s home.  The scenario focuses on social, economic, and environmental challenges and will be played out by me and two actors.  We rehearsed today and although we need some fine tuning, I am pretty excited about the project.

On October 23, we will present the simulation to my preceptor’s class of nursing students.  She will evaluate it and then I will also complete a PowerPoint presentation to go along with it.  So like I mentioned: the next few weeks are going to be wild.  But at least I don’t have work hanging over my head, as well.  That is the beauty of PRN! 

I would like to have a journal of my project journey, so I will try to keep you up to date.  I feel really good about all I am learning and when I think about how close I am to being done, well, I just wanna shout from a mountaintop :)

Each of these are important characteristics for a nurse educator to develop. 

A kind heart is essential in any profession. 

A fierce mind is necessary to teach creatively and competently about a subject. 

A brave spirit is required to fight the battles against mediocrity and the sacred cows present in nursing and education. 

I’m striving for these characteristics as my coursework cheers me on. 

Picture from bravelets blog @ http://blog.bravelets.com/2014/09/kind-heart-fierce-mind-brave-spirit.html?m=1)

Each of these are important characteristics for a nurse educator to develop.

A kind heart is essential in any profession.

A fierce mind is necessary to teach creatively and competently about a subject.

A brave spirit is required to fight the battles against mediocrity and the sacred cows present in nursing and education.

I’m striving for these characteristics as my coursework cheers me on.

Picture from bravelets blog @
http://blog.bravelets.com/2014/09/kind-heart-fierce-mind-brave-spirit.html?m=1)

Happy October! Good bye summer although it’s still pretty warm here. But summer’s lost its grip and I’m glad. Ready for porch time, tinkling chimes, falling leaves, and sweatshirts! (and Christmas…yes, I said it!) 🎄🎁🎄

Why is there always one or two everywhere you go? Nurses who are determined to make life miserable. I know, I know: ignore them, don’t let them get to you, you are in control of how you feel, not them. But really?? I am so over mean spirited, negative co-workers I could scream. 

Right now, my husband and I are both dealing with negative nurses. His is a charge nurse who seems to hate men and treats him like an idiot every chance she gets. Mine is a snake in the grass who seems determined to convince me that she’s the boss of me although she’s not. She never missed a chance to tell me my online degree will be worthless. Negativity just pours out every time she opens her mouth. 

I’m really tired of these people! And how do they keep their jobs? Why is there such a huge disconnect between annual performance evaluations and what is really going on out there?? I’m so tired of: “Oh, that’s just how she is..” Really? She’s a mean b***h, a bully, a negative nelly sucking every molecule of happiness out of the room? Well if you know that, then tell her GOOD-BYE! Give her the opportunity to meet new people and visit new locations when she has to go find a new job. 

Why? Why is there always at least one in every crowd?? End of soapbox (for now).

Why is there always one or two everywhere you go? Nurses who are determined to make life miserable. I know, I know: ignore them, don’t let them get to you, you are in control of how you feel, not them. But really?? I am so over mean spirited, negative co-workers I could scream.

Right now, my husband and I are both dealing with negative nurses. His is a charge nurse who seems to hate men and treats him like an idiot every chance she gets. Mine is a snake in the grass who seems determined to convince me that she’s the boss of me although she’s not. She never missed a chance to tell me my online degree will be worthless. Negativity just pours out every time she opens her mouth.

I’m really tired of these people! And how do they keep their jobs? Why is there such a huge disconnect between annual performance evaluations and what is really going on out there?? I’m so tired of: “Oh, that’s just how she is..” Really? She’s a mean b***h, a bully, a negative nelly sucking every molecule of happiness out of the room? Well if you know that, then tell her GOOD-BYE! Give her the opportunity to meet new people and visit new locations when she has to go find a new job.

Why? Why is there always at least one in every crowd?? End of soapbox (for now).