NoDak

First and foremost, happy 2019 to all you Rockstars!! I hope the holidays treated you well.

I would like to take a second and apologize for the months of radio silence on here, or maybe it’s been a year? I’ve lost track of time amidst the chaos of planning a wedding, getting married, moving to a new state, getting a job and trying to be settled in this cold tundra they like to call North Dakota!

This little treat is to explain to you guys what the heck I’ve been doing with my time off. I took a little extra time for myself to get accustomed to the new home and state, and I even made a trip back to Wyoming for the holidays! So here we go.

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DEAR PATIENT

I get really frustrated with people when they hear about the nursing profession and think of us as “pill pushers”, “candy stripers” or even “ass-wipers” (excuse my French). Nursing is not and never will be anything like that, and you will never truly understand it until you’ve worked as a nurse or have been cared for by one. And no offense, but you still may not grasp it entirely when you’ve been a patient.

Nursing is said to be the most trusted profession in the United States.

This fact is actually surprising to me, due to the way nursing can be portrayed in the public by social media. We’ve been humiliated and scoffed at by shows such as the View, saying nursing isn’t a talent and stethoscopes are only for doctors. We’ve been sexualized in so many ways I could never write them all in a list, Halloween is just one of the top. Not saying I’ve never dressed up as another profession, but I feel that nurses are a large target for skanky Halloween costumes. And whether the rest of the medical world wants to admit it, we are a difficult career to get into because of our schooling and testing. The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing was chosen by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the toughest undergraduate degree. I will never argue that anyone else’s Bachelor’s degree is less or easier than mine, Guinness just decided to rank degrees according to the most exams, quizzes, assignments and so forth.

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STUDENT LOANS.

The dreaded topic no new grad wants to talk about. Why is it so bad? Why should it be this bad?

Let me start off by talking about my current situation and my student loan debt. First off, I started in the financially smart route by going to community college for my first two years. I wasn’t sure on what path or career I ultimately wanted, but I knew I wanted to do something in health care. I had jogged around med school, but knew I would grow impatient with the time commitment of going to school and that my financial situation would be a major setback. I also thought about going to PA school, but I didn’t research it much.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October is filled with many things: fall, scary movies, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween, national pizza month… but there’s one thing many people forget about. October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink ribbon is used to draw awareness and educate the public. 

I am very fortunate and have not been personally affected by breast cancer in my family. But as a nurse, it has made an impact on my life. I do not work in oncology and I praise those that do. It is a very taxing and emotional specialty, but that’s not the reason why I choose not to work in oncology. Cancer is very smart. It has found a way to attack every body system, to wreak havoc on many lives, and it has a way of outsmarting many doctors. I findit very intimidating, especially because I do not know much about it. I love knowing as much as I can about the diseases, illnesses, and injuries that my patients experience, and the “unknown” aspect of cancer is something very frustrating to me as a nurse. 

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Why did I go into Nursing?

WHY DID I GO INTO NURSING

There are nurses who have some amazing, incredible, inspiring stories of why they decided to become a nurse. I am blessed in the sense that I have not had a life changing event that dealt with my health or someone near to me that introduced me to nursing. There was never a turning point or difficult time that lead me to my current position, but it was just a burning desire to care for others that’s always been in the back of my mind.

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The Night Shift.

NOCH SHIFT

Ever since I’ve started this new life as a new grad nurse, my schedule has been completely messed up. I’d have no idea what day it was if it wasn’t for having to ask my patients every day at work. On orientation, they try to give you the most experience on all shifts as possible, and so I could be working straight days one week, nights over the weekend and sometimes evening shifts throughout.

This week, I worked an eight-hour day and am now switching to 12-hour nights tonight and Thursday. Staying up last night didn’t go so well… I have been having random migraines weekly and it left me exhausted. I woke up around 2am sitting up and the lights still on. Tonight will be interesting to say the least.

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Intro.

FIRST BLOG

So! I decided to try something new. I got this blog. I’ve always loved writing, but I just never knew what to do or how to do it. (( SO please bear with me as I figure it all out! )) To start, I will introduce myself . My name is Maria. I am a newly graduated nurse working in Rochester, MN. I won’t name the hospital I work at, but if you have a little knowledge in the medical world, I’m sure you could probably guess which wonderful facility I work for. 😉 I am fortunate enough to also be part of a few amazing companies.

I’m from the beautiful state of Wyoming. Wyoming is, like I said, very beautiful but very sparsely populated! So, to get out of my comfort zone and to discover more opportunities for myself, I took myself to Iowa for nursing school. After a long and very difficult three years of nursing school, I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and graduated this last May (ya, that means I’m super-duper new). My junior year of nursing school, I landed a very competitive nursing externship that changed my life and opened up so many opportunities. This externship led me to accept the position I am in today as a registered nurse on the Trauma/General Surgery floor at the beautiful hospital located in Minnesota. 🙂

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