HANDLING NURSE BULLYING

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I wish this was not a common theme amongst most hospitals…but unfortunately it remains ever-present. Some places less than others, some more than most. Nurse bullying is real and it happens more often than not.

I am so fortunate to work at a zero tolerance nurse bulling establishment…however, I still find it happening. How does one handle such situations? I’ll share with you the best ways I have gotten through sticky situations the right and wrong ways. Read More


SOLITUDE

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It’s funny how things happen all at once. For the first time in my life, I find myself alone…in many aspects. I am now living alone, something I couldn’t have foreseen happening. Additionally, I am now alone on the floor as a nurse, without a preceptor holding my hand. I have longed for this moment of solitude in the nursing world…but not so much in my own personal world. 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


CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

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I am going to be honest with you all. I applied to a bunch of Southern California hospitals and didn’t feel that excited/ anxious feeling people talk about. I didn’t have clinical or preceptor experience at any Southern California Pediatric hospitals. Because of this, I felt as though I was applying with my eyes closed, letting God place me where He felt best. After submitting each application, the work only got harder. Without experience at any of these facilities, I was placed at the bottom of the list. I had to knock down doors to get my applications re-looked at. This process was emotionally draining but I eventually got the interviews I was hoping for, and subsequently the job offers.  Read More




PICU NURSING BRAIN

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Kiddos are nothing like adults. Everything, every piece of data, is more sensitive in an acute child than an adult. I found that all the nursing brains I was using didn’t allow enough room. For adults, you can put three patients on one sheet of paper. However, in peds, I needed one piece of paper per child. Read More