It’s no secret that I’ve had some more time for various things this semester. I miss the rush of nursing school, and I know that I would have laughed to hear that just five months ago. But you know what they say: Be careful what you wish for. ;)

Part of my “various things” that I’ve had time for involves crafty stuff. I’ve always liked to do artsy things, but I’ve never really done much. A few weeks ago, I traveled with my family to our great cosmos in MN, and found a great old suitcase at a thrift store.

A few years ago, I would’ve gagged at the sight of such a piece of luggage. You can either say that my taste has grown to appreciate some vintage, or you can say that my taste has sagged. Either way, it’s a great suitcase.

Especially covered!

Thanks, A Beautiful Mess!



As most of the readers here have gathered (I assume), I didn’t make it to second semester of my ADN year. I passed everything but Lifespan, and even there (I think), my grade was higher than my Family Nursing grade last spring. Thank you, RN year grading rubric.

What am I doing now? I’m working as an LPN and getting that vital experience of critical thinking. I sincerely hope that the responsibility I take at work and the more responsibility I take in my life will help with that. Also, as there has never been a “year off” in school in my short life, I couldn’t imagine just sitting this semester out. I’m taking 7 credits: Higher Algebra 2, Composition 2, and Nutrition. Thing is, I’m so used to the pressure of nursing classes that I’m currently acing everything – even though the grading rubric is way easier.

Am I disappointed? Understatement. I didn’t fail that class, I just didn’t get that 80%. I was very close. If I had really failed, I would hope that somebody would come up and give me a whack across the back of my head and tell me to “Grow up.” But this isn’t the case. I’m trying not to mope about it much now, and it has become easier to bump into classmates and tell them why they haven’t seen or heard from me for a while.

The college I attend requires that I submit a petition to retake the class not passed. My Lifespan teacher (and Nursing Program Director) graciously approved it without batting an eye, and I’ll, Lord willing, retake the one class next fall. No, I don’t have to retake skills and clinicals. I passed both of those just fine. Further encouragement that I can do this.

Now all of you fellow students know. Be encouraged and don’t take any passing grade for granted. :)


There’s something about ear-buds when only one of them work. I feel completely lopsided, and this is coming from a person who usually prefers to only have one in anyways.

But that’s besides the point. I’ll buy some new buds tonight, and no one will be happier.

Finals are next week. Next Wednesday to be precise. To say that I’ve been busy is a slight understatement, but things are working out well in various areas. Midterms were not fun, and my grade said as much.  My nice and round B dropped after that, and 80% is our passing grade. Yes, this means that 79.99% is failing. I’m very close to hitting that 80%, but I never thought that I’d have a class that I’d be fighting to pass. As long as I get a good grade on the final, I’ll be good. I’ve heard that the final is better than the midterm, but we’ll just have to see.

Clinicals went fabulously. I just realized that I hadn’t posted since before I started them. I had a day in infusion and surgery, and a few on the med-surg unit floor. It is a lot easier this go around, and the butterflies I had last year before walking into a patient’s room have all but disappeared. I contribute that to the experience work has given me. And, while I miss the hospital setting, I don’t miss the early mornings. Working the evening shift has done nothing to help my night-owlish tendencies.

Being in an RN role has taught me a lot about humility. Would that I’d remember that humility all of the time. :)

But there you have it: an update. And, I’m afraid, that’s all I can do now.

Best of test-taking and studying to all of you students out there!


Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

Something Scary This Way Comes

This comic is pretty accurate. However, the fictional nursing student here probably had more sleep than I seem to provide myself with. I hear, “John has a headache”, and either I jump to the thought that he needs to drink more water or watch less TV, or I wonder if somebody’s checked to see if his neck is stiff to test for meningitis. I either see the little bump in the road or the volcano erupting . . . not so much the deer standing on the shoulder or the rain flooding the garden.  The pathophysiology is there, sure, but it’s the part that gets overlooked during non-clinical settings.

I don’t expect anybody to really understand what I just said. Case in point.

The HESI Exam is on Friday. Yes, that soon. I’ve contemplated calling everyone before it begins to say goodbye, but then I think of finals and boards, and figure that maybe I should wait.

I wish I was able to update more often with better reads, but now, my brain is thinking of school and not of blog. I can’t promise any posts between now and finals, so bear with me and I’ll share the news of happiness or gloom.

That, or I’ll have someone post my death notice on here.

A Guide to Proper Hand-Washing Technique

Did you know that your hands are loaded with bacteria and other contaminants? They’re filthy! They spread disease! Oh, it’s just awful. And it’s not scientifically possible to sterilize your hands. You can, however, get them really, really clean. Here’s how!

1. First, you need to get some water going. We want it hot, hot, hot! The hot-water tap is contaminated, but that’s okay, because you’re about to wash. Touch it again, just to show how brave you are. Touch it one more time. Three taps wards off bad things. Now we’re ready to wash!

2. Next, choose your poison. What kind of soap is for you? Bar soap is out; other people have probably used it (a possibility too horrible to contemplate), and even if it’s unopened it’s made from animal fats, which is revolting. The whole thing just seems so dirty. Liquid soap it is! Choose an antibacterial formula if you’re worried about contamination from germs. If you’re worried about contamination from death, choose dishwashing liquid. It’s so death-free it’s safe to use on plates and flatware! But only if it’s BRAND-NEW. Even then, you never know. Okay, let’s skip the soap altogether. Plain water will be fine.

3. Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub, scrub, scrub. The Centers for Disease Control recommend you wash your hands for ten seconds, but what do they know? If they’re such geniuses why do people still get hepatitis? A full minute, minimum. How about this: you keep your hands under that tap until you answer the philosophical question “Is water clean?”

4. I don’t know if water is clean. What if water isn’t clean? What if water just makes you dirtier?

5. You’ll wash and wash and wash but you’ll never be safe.

6. Okay, try not to think about it. Let’s just say water is clean and move on.

7. But what if it’s not clean?

8. We’re moving on. This next part is tricky. Your hands are clean-but they’re wet. How to get them dry without getting them dirty again? The air-dry technique is best. Sure, it’s slow, but it’s safe. Simply hold your hands in the air until they’re completely dry. Be sure not to touch anything! If you touch something, or if for some reason you think you maybe touched something, go back to Step 1. Yes, let’s go back to Step 1 just to be safe.

9. Now we’re in a hurry. You’re going to have to dry your hands with paper napkins. That’s fine. Just make sure it’s a new package. Did you touch the part of the package that was sealed with glue? Is that glue? Glue is dirty. Wash again, just to be safe, then dry your hands on a napkin that absolutely for sure didn’t touch the glue.

10. Use a napkin to turn off the tap and another napkin to open the door on the way out. Some people won’t even touch the door with a napkin; they’ll just wait until somebody comes to open the door for them. But they’re crazy!

– Jennifer Traig

I found this in my book for Composition. Obviously, it’s an example of a Process Essay. Pretty funny!