CATALINA ISLAND

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Catalina Island is a little slice of heaven. It has qualities similar to Hawaii, yet is so accessible! I have traveled to Catalina a few times with Ian now, but my mom has never been. So for the Fourth of July, she and I had a girl’s trip. Catalina did not disappoint…it never disappoints! Read More


SELF-CARE

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My self-care routine is still in the works, mainly because my schedule is all over the place. Being a resident, our pay is significantly less than established nurses, our shifts flip flop between days and nights, and our and minds are overloaded with information. Some weeks we have classes all week and the following week will be all night shifts. This makes it difficult to create and maintain a self-care routine. Additionally, working with a tight budget presents more struggles. But as my residency comes to a close, I have begun prioritizing my self-care routine, regardless of finances and regardless of fatigue level. Read More


EXPECTATIONS DO NOT EQUAL REALITY

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When I finished nursing school, my life was going to be picture perfect. I would move down to Los Angeles and be with my boyfriend (Ian) of six years and soon after get engaged. I would ace my NCLEX and land numerous nursing jobs with little to no struggle. Then I would have the dream wedding that I have been planning since Ian and I exchanged our love for each other. Read More




SHIFT NECESSITIES

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It is most definitely possible to get through life…or shifts…without planning or being prepared. However, there is a sense of ease when knowing you’re ready for whatever gets thrown your way. Everyone brings different things with them on their shifts, perhaps I bring a little more than necessary, but my motto is better safe than sorry! Below are my shift staples: Read More



IT’S OKAY TO NOT FEEL OKAY

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At the beginning of my residency, I felt on top of the world. It was as though I was seeing everything for the first time. EVERYTHING was exciting. Then things took a sudden shift. Reality set in quickly that I, K Chandler Rosemont RN, will have to care for patients under MY license, without a preceptor there to guide me. There is a different level of stress related to this. Something I never felt as a nursing student. THIS is the time when I shape the type of nurse I will be for the rest of my life…and I want to be an incredible nurse! Read More