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



NIGHTSHIFT

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In nursing school, I had this idea in my head that nothing happened over nightshift. I heard from some sources that nurses slept during nights! And this was confirmed when I would come early to my day shift (at one particular unnamed hospital) and see nurses asleep at the nurses’ station. Going into my first nightshift, I had no idea what to expect. Was there a lot to do? Would I feel tired? Was CHLA different than this other hospital? Read More



PERU’S MACHU PICCHU AND INCA TRAIL

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As I begin writing this blog post, I can’t help struggling to find the right words. The magic and beauty which is Peru is hard to put into words. Machu Picchu had long been on my bucket-list and when I heard Inca Trail permits and Machu Picchu visitations were getting restricted, I panicked. I HAD to go before they closed the trail and potentially Machu Picchu…something they’ve been moving closer and closer to each year. As time goes on, their restrictions get worse. When we went, the amount of visitors on the Inca Trail and to Machu Picchu had decreased by 75%! Bare this in mind when planning your trip to Peru.  Read More