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I have never been a person who sought out being a member of a peer group. I identify as an extrovert loner (shut up, that's a thing). Every aspect of the nursing profession has challenged my typical social position. Once I entered nursing school I was forced into becoming a member of a very elite … Continue reading The Nursing Club: Trial by fire.
It's important for you to have a bit of my running history to kick this off. In elementary school I remember being one of the fastest in my class. I was tiny and light and it was pretty easy for me. Fast forward to high school. I tried for a hot minute as a freshman … Continue reading 13 Thoughts I Had While Running My First 5k
The nursing profession is complex. We do try to be the people our patients need and deserve but we are only human. There were plenty of examples of RNs showing their humanity... here's a few. - We probably don't practice what we preach. An RN has the responsibility to promote the highest level of health … Continue reading Confessions of an RN: We are only human.
Mental healthcare is a topic that is widely talked about but limitedly understood. I by no means claim to have all the answers but as a mental health nurse I do have some insight. We do not become mental health nurses by accident. No one just falls until mental health nursing. Pursuing a career in … Continue reading What a mental health nurse wants you to know about mental health care.
The hubs and I have been a thing for a long time now. Sometimes it feels longer and than others but nonetheless, I have always liked him. That may sound small but hear me out. He still makes me laugh. I like him for that. We have two awesome kiddos together. I love him for … Continue reading Yeah I love you, but more importantly, I like you.
The forecast said 9-13 inches snow. In Wisconsin that's considered a moderate amount. What was different was this storm was armed with strong winds and was coming for us from mid-morning through the late night, peak travel times. I'm a nurse in a hospital. There is no "calling in" for a snowstorm. If the patients … Continue reading I turned a blizzard into a mini vacation
Wisconsin can shovel out some pretty wicked weather. When the snow flies, I always hope it will be enough to close school. I'll happily take a vacation day to have an improtu playdate with my kids. On snow days we bundle up and head outside to play. It's tradition we have hot chocolate with a … Continue reading I ❤ Snow Days
Christmas is done. Now we are all left with the aftermath. My household is littered with new toys and gadgets. Walking through the living room is only done at our own risk. My family is essentially being held hostage by clutter. There has to be an exit strategy. It is now … Continue reading Post-Holiday Organization: Who am I kidding?!
It's Christmas Eve and what is done is done. More importantly, what is undone will simply remain undone. You've put in the work and now it's time to let it go. Try to let go of the worry and laugh off the forgotten details. If you are anything like me your "don't give … Continue reading The Holiday Give Up: Accept it and embrace it.