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  1. HI! I have no idea how I came about reading your blog, but I love it! I\’m a CNA right now, going to school to get my RN… I totally appreciate the step-by-step!! 🙂

  2. hi
    im so happy u shared ur experience as a nurse
    coz im a rn in & i wanted to  share my experiences as a nurse wanted people how interesting our job is
     

  3. hi
    im so happy u shared ur experience as a nurse
    coz im a rn in & i wanted to  share my experiences as a nurse wanted people how interesting our job is
     

  4. Katie,I came across your blog on Nursing Voices. I\’d like to invited you to check out a great nursing social network we do marketing for: http://www.nurselinkup.com I\’d love to get your feedback on the site, as it\’s really new and we\’re trying to make it the best online space for nurses. Have a great day!Kelly

  5. Hi Katie,
     
    I am currently completing my prerequisites for nursing school, and I will be starting nursing school next fall. That is if I don\’t end up on a waiting list. But I must say your blog is very engaging. And I love your stories about attending nursing school and doing clinicals. And of course now your stories about your experiences at the hospital as an RN. But I have a question are you an ER nurse? Because I want to be an ER nurse, but when do you get to decide what kind of a nurse you want to be. Is during nursing school or when you apply for a job? Your advice is very encouraging. Although, I am not quite sure about creating my own blog, and writing about it all–like you have. I never think I am important enough to have my own blog..haha.
     
    Congratulations on passing your board exam.

  6.  Hello Katie.
            I was surfing the net and found your space. Watched your catphotos, they were very cute.
            Best regards from Norway. Take care. 
       

  7. This a great blog! I hope to learn a lot from your experiences. I am starting the nursing program in Fall 2007 and I am a bit nervous…but this is really an exciting field!
     
    Souad
     

  8. Congrats on your new career! I have been a medical transcriptionist for the past 30+ years and can identify with your posts about your patients…since I type PE\’s and such!  Your notes about your boyfriend are priceless. He is lucky to have you! Good luck in your career! Sandy :o) 

  9. I love your blog! it is interesting and i learned alot from it. I will definetly check back here!   
    ~grace~

  10. Oh i absolutely loved reading through your entires! I\’m in my first year of my Bachelor of Nursing, and reading through your experiences have given me such new insights and a reality of what to expect. You really do pull anyone towards the nursing career and I must say, you\’ve definately added a boost to my passion of becoming a R.N 🙂 Thankyou.

  11. I love reading about what you are going through and what you have been through. As a student nurse myself, your blogs help me realize that there are alot of us out there in the same boat, and for some reason that makes me feel better.

  12. Hi Katie – I would just like to say how wonderful your blog is! I am 15 yrs. old, and I would love to become an R.N. but sometimes I have doubts like getting nervous about whether or I would do everything correctly, and would it be stressful and etc.
     
    So, I wanted to ask you, while you were earning your degree as an R.N. did you have doubts yourself and if so, what were they?
     
    I miss your blogs!!!
     
    Sincerely,
    Asmaa

  13. Katie, I definitely thinkthat you should turn your blog enteries into some type book as maybe a guide for student nurses and even those who are interested in this field but have some many doubts similar to yours. I think it would be a best-seller – you should think about it!

  14. I like when ER\’s have good nurse\’s. I have been the ER alot here in NJ, for this and that. The Hosp. i go to saved my life. There were good DR\’s and Nurses there. thank you, carry on

  15. Hi there- great blog!  And one that I\’ll reference for the next two years– I\’m starting nursing school in January.  Many Thanks, Sandy

  16. Hello, just ran across your story about the code blue at the peds hospital.  I am a nurse and I am always looking for others in the same position that I am in. I have invited you as a friend, hope we can chat…~Erin

  17. so great! love it! I\’ll find time to read all your entries. Godspeed.(www.themedicalmission.blogspot.com)Alyssa PHILIPPINES

  18. Hi Katie.  I just came by to see how you were doing.  Hope everything is well with you.  I\’m imagine you don\’t have a whole lot of time to post here anymore, but I\’d love to hear from you occasionally.  My wife is thinking more and more of retiring (which is quite a change in her from a couple of years ago!  LOL). 
    Take care, and many blessing to you.
     
    Lee

  19. Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know I stopped by. I really enjoyed your page. I just graduated from Nursing school May 08 and am looking forward to working full time in the hospital. Your stories were inspiring, thanks for sharing them. Take care.

  20. Hi! i really enjoyed reading your stories about the ER, im finishing my prerequisites and should be in nursing school next summer, i hope we can be friends on here, i would love to have somebody i could ask questions about nursing and stuff, neway God Bless – Amber

  21. Hi Katie:  I have read some of your blog and would love to have a caring nurse working with mesuch as you.  I have too many ER visits to count or remember ; but I will remember how you have put a different spin on my next go round.  Thanks

  22. Hi Katie,
     
    I haven\’t set up my web page and when to browse at others to see how they look I landed right on yours.  My daughter is going to college in the fall for nursing so I will try to leave her your blog – your posts look interesting and insightful!  Tammy

  23. Very Interesting. Most Sites & Blogs Are Boring If Even That. Father-N-Law In Hospital With Chest Pains & Colon And Not Sure What Else. Just Joined So Not Much Here Yet. Have A Blog On Other Site I Use To Share Weird Stuff & Pics..
     
    http://poffnews.blogspot.com/

  24. I love your stories! I am a nusing student about two days away from burnout, "I think" I just happened to run across your space. I just got off work and once again will study all night Fun, but you made me laugh so I think I will make it through the next couple of hours ok. Thanks

  25. I really enjoyed your blog, especially the one about gas.  That one had my boyfriend and I laughing so hard!!  I look forward to reading more.
     
    Check out my space at http://kellyandherantics.spaces.live.com/ or go to my MySpace which I visit EVERY day at http://www.myspace.com/kellylwalters and be sure to visit my Market America web portal where if you sign on as a Preferred Customer, you can SHOP AT OVER 3,000 PARTNER STORES at a DISCOUNT and get everything for your WEDDING or anything else INCLUDING CUSTOMIZED ISOTONIC NUTRITION or "CUSTOM COCKTAIL".  TAKE THE FREE \’NUTRI-PHYSICAL\’ TODAY AND FIND OUT WHAT NUTRIENTS YOUR BODY NEEDS.  GENETIC TESTING IS AVAILABLE WITH THE \’GENE SNP\’ ANALYSIS, TOO.  Shop at http://www.marketamerica.com/klw and thanks in advance!

  26. I just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. I\’m seriously considering going back to college to become a nurse, and reading your blog is encouraging me to do so.

  27. I just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. I\’m seriously considering going back to college to become a nurse, and reading your blog is encouraging me to do so.

  28. Hi, I just wanted to stop by and say hello.  I am a student nurse in my third semester and I believe I can honestly say that it is the hardest thing that I have ever done. 

  29. Hi, I really enjoyed your page.  I cant work anymore (health reasons),  but your stories made me, again, feel a part of hospital life (from the right perspective)… Keep up the good work!  I started my own myspace account last year but only got to enter one post… have rediscovered and updated my profile – I now need to work on the content, but have such a long way to go to get even close to yours…

  30. Hello – I really enjoyed your page!  I am trying to get into the nursing field – even though I am considered a "nontraditional" student because of my age BUT nonetheless – nothing will stop me from fulfilling my dream and going through your page and reading your blogs and such has given me renewed inspiration!  Thank you so much!  Also – your pages of your wedding and honeymoon are lovely.  Enjoy!  Take care, Marlena

  31. You have talent as a writer; of course as a nurse too!!  I have a daughter at med school, so I can relate to all the trials and tribulations but to the joys as well, when you are doing something that is fullfilling.  Needless to say, I have enjoyed your blog and wish you the best in your married life.

  32. Absolutely loved your blog.  Like another or so who have signed your guestbook, I  can\’t work anymore either due to health problems, but I still love to read nursing stories and keep in touch with my former co-workers and classmates.  You have such a way with your writing and your stories definitely brought a ray of sunshine and laughter to my day!  THANKS for taking the time to share!   …. Regina

  33. Just about to launch my own first blog, to use as an interactive example to engage my computer class for seniors here, I stumbled across your wonderful blog.  Found myself laughing at your "Farting story" and laughing even more imagining my class of seniors (seniors by age, not as in "high school") when they read it after I offer it as their homework reading assignment (getting them into the blogging concept) at our next class as an example of an interesting and fun blog.
     
    Congratulations on that wedding.  Loved the pictures, especially of the photographer who went into the surf with you too!  That\’s a dedicated photographer.
     
    – Jim G

  34.  I do hope to come back and read more of your site with permission, or just an OK.  I have stayed quite to myself till now.  Only converse back and forth with one person so far.  I just took a glimpes of your wedding, and it looks like you had a good day to have it.
     I had all together 3 Nurses in my family, one a brother passed away now. Do think you have a very a lot of readers.  This is only my secound step out of my own spaces. I won\’t be able to get back, if you don\’t have the time to visit my spaces.  I do hope you are very happy. Diana

  35.  I came across your space just by chance. I am in college trying to finish my prereq\’s for the nursing program at LMC. I know reading your stories will help me prepare for what\’s ahead. I hope you don\’t mind me coming back.
     
    Lisa

  36. What a delight to read!  As a nurse with over 20 years experience, a very small amount of it in ER, I am so impressed by your passion and sense of fun.  I did hospice care for most of my career, and it is certainly a lot slower, but also has its ups & downs.  I miss working with the kids, though I did a little with pediatric hospice.  You give me hope for the next generation of nurses.  Had to laugh at your note about needing to learn Spanish.  I worked in South America with a plastic surgery group for a short time, and became fluent quickly.  Of course, now it\’s gone.  Any extra language is useful.  Blessings be yours.

  37. I thought those pictures were pretty good.  I\’m planning on getting married too soon.  I hope my wedding will be just as nice

  38. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog this was so refreshing.  I know you will become an exceptional Nurse.
    Your pictures are very nice,

  39. Hello…This is my first time checking out these spaces, and I couldnt b more pleased. U write very well and I agree with many that U are an exceptional Nurse. I was a Medical Assistant and worked in many offices and specialities but did a long stint working in Peds and absolutly loved it. I can really relate to what u r going thru and loved reading about ur daily experencies, I will b returning often n enjoying them as they come. I havent taken the time to look thru ur pics yet,but whats on the front page looks like u had a georgous wedding and u 2 make a great looking couple, I will b looking at those lovely wedding pics soon. Best of luck to U n ur Husband.. I second what "Kenny" said… "Keep up the good work on ALL fronts" and Good Luck with All the "fronts" also.
    Take Care, there are many who need U
    Karmel

  40. The fart story had me in tears.  I needed a good laugh today, thank you.  What you do is absolutely amazing.  I was an EMT/First Responder for years.  Even the most greusome trauma never bothered me.  But the one thing that turns me inside out is when a child is hurt.  Keep up the good work. God Bless You..

  41. hi .  i have a question 4 u? was nursing school hard 4 u?the reason i ask is because i want to get in the field. in fact i\’m in enrolled now. im takin my prer as of now. anyway i really liked the story how got got the little boy to let u change his dressings. that was very creative.

  42. THAT WAS AN AWSOME SPACE VIDEO!!!! ME AND JENN ARE GETTING MARRIED SOON IN FLORIDA ,ON THE BEACH. COULD YOU GIVE US ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO SET UP A SIMILAR VIDEO , AND PAGE LIKE YOURS. THAT WAS RELE BEAUTIFUL, CONGRATULATIONS. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR HER PLEASE CONTACT HER AT JENNIFER_SICK@HOTMAIL.COM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME VERY MUCH, JEREMY AND JENNIFER

  43. You have many blessings.  I pray someday soon you will understand that God chooses you, you do not choose God.
    In His love. Jan

  44. HI! it\’s been about a year since I\’ve been on your page.  I am so happy to see you\’ve married! I have so much to catch up on what\’s been going on in your experiences as an ER nurse.  BTW I cried all the way down the aisle (not pretty pics) but it was out of pure joy.  Great photos!  Congrats! Looking forward to your first baby\’s pics! lol nurse hel

  45. Hi–My name is Angela Posey-Arnold and I saw your blog title-which brought me right in. I am an RN as well–retired from practice. I am now a Nurse Author. My new book is a handbook of hope for new nurses. After being in the profession for over 20 years I have compiled stories, experiences and devotionals into a book, called, The Nightingale Protocol.
    I try to reach as many nurses as I can not just to sell books but to give them the encouragement they need to be the best they can be.
    Order your copy today by going to http://www.publishamerica.com or my website. http://www.angelaposeyarnold.com
    I worked Peds for many years—
    If you ever need someone to talk to outside of your coworkers–who understands!! I am your nurse. I am a nurse advocate and work with Johnson and Johnson in the Campaign for Nursings future.
    Angela Posey-Arnold RN BSN

  46. wow great stories    welcome to the world of nursing  i became an LVN in 1983 just now returning for my RN am i crazy or what? lol

  47. I enjoyed your blog!  Congrats on getting married.  I wish you many years of happiness!  As a study assistant I can relate to the human element of what your job involves as a nurse. You write in such an entertaining way. Keep up the great work!

  48. Just wanted to say hi. I was just checking out your blog. I\’m a student nurse (I graduate in April 09). Congrats on getting married. Your video is absolutely beautiful. You have great taste in dresses. Just had to say that because we had the SAME one! Well, congrats on becoming an RN and getting married. Here\’s to a beautiful life!Melissa

  49. I LOVE your blog. Im leaving trucking and HOPe to become an RN if i can find a school without a two or three yearwait. You make ER nursing sound fun and interesting. Congrats on becoming an RN

  50. Lovely photos of a special one day in a life time. Aww get rid of the jerk. Just kidding. Lot of work went into the video but it was super

  51. 2nd time I happen by: cool! Usually never comment but I love what u say: being an old MD I can share and feel this is truly nursing at its best. Go on, keep it up (don\’t forget to enjoy yr family – u need each other!).Bless you…

  52. Katie,
     
    I love your blog! I am a soon to be BSN graduate and reading your stories inspires me to pursue my dream of being a pediatric nurse as well. I wish you luck in your  new marriage and new career. Congrats!

  53. Loved your site. My 22 year old granddaughter is getting married also in April 2009. She is already a nervous wreck about her wedding. I purchased a beautiful gown for her sister who will be the matron of honor  to wear to the wedding and she said "No, she can\’t wear that, she will be more beautiful than me"…Her gown is a $900 gown, this dress was on sale for $99. I wish she could be so carefree and full of confidence as you! You looked so beautiful and happy. I love it the way your wedding was an original and so fun looking to share with us. What can I stress to her to get away from being so uptight?
    She is also in nursing school to become an RN which is contributing to her stress. She talks to my other daughter who was also in nursing about her everyday problems but is still stressed. Any pointers how you are handling stress (getting married before completeing school)? She is waiting till she is almost completely done with school to marry plus I pay her home, car, internet too and when she is married, I am making her pay it then. That is why the wedding is postponed till April.
    Joyce

  54. Love your blog!  I am fledgling ADN-RN student and love reading about others\’ adventures ins chool and nursing!  COngrats on the marriage!

  55. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. I am a senior student nurse in Atlanta, Ga. and will graduate in May. Your stories are very intertaining and enlightening. Thanks for sharing. I actually just started my own blog:
    http://tinasquips.wordpress.com/ but I have a lot of trouble finding time to update it. Good luck.
    Tina

  56. Hi! 1st of, Congraz on your wedding, and my late congratulations on passing the Nursing Board Exam! I\’ve just been accepted to a Nursing Prg here in Florida, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.  I was researching more on what student nurses need and how to be well prepare when I ran across your site.  I found many things beneficial.  Thank you for posting them, I am also thinking of starting one myself.  Its a good way to releave the stress the school puts you under 🙂 Once again thanks, and may God continue to bless you and your family.

  57. Haven\’t stopped in a long time. Happy Holidays to you. Will return to read more . Is great how you won that childs trust. As a nurse that is important. I remember being a child and having to get stiches. When the time came for them to come out. I asked the doctor if it would hurt and he said no. I wasn\’t scared of doctors after that. But I was when I got those stiches. Two nurses in the family now.

  58. Hi. I just entered a BSN program this January. I found your blog very entertaining. Maybe I\’ll get to read more in between studying for Med-surg and pathophysiology. Sigh. Anyways, your blog to new nursing students said to contact you if you could help. Well, I need to interview a nurse for a short paper. I\’ve been asking around but no one has responded yet. Can you email me at sykang36@yahoo.com and help me out? I have about a dozen questions ranging from \’why did you choose to be a nurse\’ to \’what challanges do you see in the healthcare system\’. Thanks a lot!

  59. I\’d just recently moved my blog from one site to another (and funnily enough it has the same title "Confessions of a student nurse" as yours), and I was Googling other people\’s student nurse blogs. I\’ve read a few entries and they\’re very amusing! They remind me of my first year experiences with poo, bodily fluids and all that! 😛 Weirdly enough I think I\’ll miss those experiences, as I\’m studying mental health nursing (UK). :PCongrats on your wedding btw! 🙂

  60. You are my favourite blogger. You are funny and with the ability to convey your thoughts with an enviable economy of words. No mean feat. Thats a second career, right there itself. God Bless.

  61. I am in nursing school right now, I have 4 more months to go. I have been really really stressed out lately and today I decided to google "nursing student" and see if anything helpful popped up. Somehow your blog appeared in the list and here I am.Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for reminding me why I want to be a nurse.

  62. i was here!!! i enjoy reading your nursing blogs…you haven\’t written one in awhile i did get a kick out of ur hubby\’s new find though

  63. I really enjoyed reading your blog. I found it after googling "survive nursing school." I start a 2-year BSN program (my second bachelor\’s…because I\’m crazy like that) and I\’m really excited. I actually can\’t believe I was accepted into nursing school because there are so few spaces for students and so many people applying. Thanks for creating this blog because it gives me an idea of what to expect.Marie in Portland, OR

  64. Hi Katie, love your blog and your interesting ways of telling your stories…just got accepted into an accelerated nursing program in university of south alabama and am very excited, but nervous. the program starts in July of 09, and was just wanting to get your advise as to how best to succeed in nursing school. Any form of advise will help…my email address is snnamchi@gmail.com. Thanks in advance, cos i really need to know what to expect!!!

  65. I studied hard to read your blog and to be your online friend. Finally I am happy with writing something on your guest book. You are so proud of your job as an RN which is enviable for me. Actually as a former musician, publisher and information technician now I am an Assistant Nurse from Mar. 17 2008 after 1 year coursework including 4 months\’ hospital practice gratis. Thru my career in nursing field I am trying to practice humanism to materialize human dream and hope. Even though I am not at all sure…I will do my best always and be a travel nurse in the future thru course study in Excelsior College. Add me please^^*

  66. Hi,

    I just found your blog through StumbleUpon. I just finished my first year of Nursing BSN. I am in Victoria, BC Canada and we have a 4 year program (if you do not have another undergrad). Love your blog! I started reading from the beginning – makes me laugh and feel a lot better about my experiences!

  67. Just realized that wordpress lost over 400 of my comments!! Thankfully, I had saved some of them on my computer! November 16 Guest book Please leave me a comment to let me know you were here! If you leave your website or email address, I’ll try to get back to you soon. If you’d like to create your own guest book, click HERE. 6:20 PM | View trackbacks (1) | Blog it | Guest book Comments (567) • Change picture MuseMonkey – Nov. 17, 2005 Well this is just too cool! Guestbooks are neat because it’s easier to find ALL of the messages if you get a lot of messages, and you do. Especially when you get featured, because then you get so many messages and some people go way back and read a lot in older stuff and then you might not see the messages for a long time. I’d like to make you a logo. It looks like you can do what needs to be done re. follwoing directions to get things “up” and that’s a real plus for tricking out your space. Can you describe your cap for me? I was thinking of a cap with angel wings for your graphic, unless you have something else in mind. I would make it in colors to match your space. Way to go! Hugs, MuMo jedidiah_the_avenger – Nov. 17, 2005 Here you go. I sign the guestbook. I actually used to live not that far away from Overland Park, in Odessa, Missouri, if you know where that is. MuseMonkey – Nov. 17, 2005 Since you’re not in Kansas anymore, I think your subtitle should say, “She’s not in Kansas anymore!” Maybe your graphic could be ruby slippers with a Nursing cap on them” Whaddaya think? SuzieQ91053 – Nov. 17, 2005 Hi – Do stop back by with your thoughts! ~Dana p.s. Small world – I’m just outside of the DFW area and lived in Kansas for a few years, too. Mannyed – Nov. 17, 2005 Hi Katie! Glad to see you got a guestbook…hope all is well! rebekahasss – Nov. 17, 2005 YAYYyyyy *high fives ya* good job..Guestbooks are fun, another way to see who may have popped by 🙂 have a fantastic day becky Friendly_Tech_Support – Nov. 17, 2005 tnx for droppin by my space cutie 🙂 ur space is pretty neat 😉 Damen aka TechSupport http://spaces.msn.com/members/damen •Stephen• – Nov. 17, 2005 CONGRATS on getting your guestbook set up. Also, thanks for stopping by and dropping a note in mine – it’s greatly appreciated! 🙂 Have a great day, Peace! 🙂 Crazybloggincanuck – Nov. 17, 2005 I have loved my guest book; definitely a nice addition to any page! Oh, and I can’t say I “love” poop stories. In fact, I’d rather NOT tell ’em. 🙂 Oldermomofone1 – Nov. 17, 2005 Thanks for the link…I have a guestbook now too!! Carrie Michele – Nov. 19, 2005 Your site is actually fun to read. It’s really amazing some of the things that you contend with. You are an amazing person. Good job! Peace. CornerKevin7 – Nov. 20, 2005 HI,I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR BLOGS AND YOUR PHOTOS. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE YOU VISITED MY SPACE AND LEFT A NICE COMMENT. I WILL COME BACK TO CHECK ON YOU EVERY ONCE AND A WHILE.. HOPE ALL IS WELL IN YOUR WORLD.. KEVIN spliceit69 – Nov. 20, 2005 Hi! Thanks for stopping by my space and leaving your mark in my guest book… I love nurses… they are always so nice to you and they sometimes give you that dreamy eye look and right when you are falling under their hypnotic spell…. STAB!!! they get you with a needle….. Don’t worry I am not afriad of needles or giving blood…. Do you get a lot of men fainting when you take blood…I hear the bigger they are the more likely they are to faint. Nice space, lots of cats and stories of sick people…. Cheers! Warren Corine-Tuesday – Nov. 20, 2005 I stopped by! jtrav31 – Nov. 22, 2005 Hey, Thanks for saying hi on my space. I enjoyed seeing someone actually taking a look at my page. Josh bethanne73 – Nov. 22, 2005 Hi there! Thanks for visiting me. You’ve done a fabulous job on your site! Keep up the good work. Come by and see me anytime! ~Beth spliceit69 – Nov. 22, 2005 Hi Katie…no I have not read that Genesis book. I recently got a new Michael Crichton book, State of Fear. It looked pretty good when I read the back cover so I figured what the heck… as long as there are no dinosaurs running loose in San Francisco it can not be that bad. How is the nursing business going? Sick people still coughing all over you? Stabbed anyone with a needle lately? Does anyone come in that you dislike alot and instead of taking their temperature in their ear you tell them to take off their pants and bend over?…..yep… this will not hurt a bit….. Cheers! Warren Mannyed – Nov. 22, 2005 Hi, Manny wants to know if your cats get premission beforehand, can they hang out? He wants to teach them a few tricks. ~Mannyed Unimum209 – Nov. 30, 2005 I really like your blog. I love browsing around all the other student nurses blogs. It is so interesting to hear all the different stories and perspectives. I really think you can get a real snapshot of someones personality from their blog too. Feel free to drop in at my blog or my student nurse website at http://home.iprimus.com.au/theboss6675/ Cheers Unimum209 Mannyed – Dec. 2, 2005 Manny is single and looking for a nice lil kitty to hang out with. But he’s not aloud outside. Mannyed – Dec. 3, 2005 I think Manny is in love!! ANNND…he keeps checking the map…I wonder what he could be up to?? p.s. that picture is soooo great!! michaelcusden – Dec. 4, 2005 cool site, lots of good pics of the pets. have a good day http://chocolate-dog.blogspot.com/ RowanQuill – Dec. 4, 2005 Hi Katie! Thanks for visiting my site! Sorry about the carpet! Also, to answer your question, I will send in my nursing application after the 15th of this month so hopefully I will hear something by February! In the meantime, I am finishing up my Liberal Arts degree next semester. Good luck on your finals as well! And thanks for visiting My Space =) I will include a link to your awesome Space from mine! Have a great day! Rowan Maiccukatti – Dec. 5, 2005 Hi just stopping by. I like your space fell in love with that grey kitty. Maikku Mannyed – Dec. 5, 2005 p.s. I sent an email to bestofmsn spaces and told them how much i enjoyed ur blog! MessyJessyLuvSheBelly – Dec. 6, 2005 Hi. I love your blog!! I’ve read the whole thing….Hope u dont mind that i’ve put up a link for your space . Bye!! Mannyed – Dec. 6, 2005 hey, katie… i hear you are going to be featured soon…MSN responded to my email to them! YAY! Mannyed – Dec. 7, 2005 yup, you read right, is there an email that I can fwd the email that they sent me? secret_fairy_whispers – Dec. 7, 2005 I send a friendly hello from Puerto Rico to you Katie! I stopped to say to pay you a little visit. Ilka MAnDeR252 – Dec. 7, 2005 Hey there, just thought I would stop by, since ou stopped by mine…wicked site!! Manda MitziRobinson – Dec. 7, 2005 Just stopped by to say hello! I’ve linked you onto my blog, since I find your blog very humorous, and a nice change of pace from my oh-so-boring life. MochaMomma – Dec. 8, 2005 Alrighty, girl. We’re connected. Congratulations on Space of the Week! I’ll return after I’m done freaking out myself. Kelly Jenna – Dec. 8, 2005 Great site! i can’t stop reading! congrats on being a featured space! Peace! CulinaryQueeninprogress – Dec. 8, 2005 Hey Nice space, I love what you are doing here. CQ Mannyed – Dec. 9, 2005 KATIIIIEEEEEEE!! THERE YOU ARE BEST OF THE BEST! the_mighty_cara_j – Dec. 9, 2005 Hiya, future nurse! Glad to see there are more HCPs (health care pros) on Spaces (was wondering if there were many of us around.) Love the “faces” entry, but I wanted to comment on this entry: http://spaces.msn.com/members/lilk8tob/Blog/cns!1pd_Ax_WxTbaCimxCusd2FlA!451.entry – you are not alone, your classmates are not alone, none of us are alone. In my first week of med school, they actually brought in a psychologist to explain to all of us scutmonkeys that “imposter syndrome” is very common, and we’ll all experience it. I think it comes from the amount of pressure HCPs have (it’s not like our classes are easy, and we have the bonus of dealing with real people in actual working situations during clinicals) – that, and I think we all demand way too much from ourselves! Good luck, and any time you wanna swap scut or patient stories, swing by my space! 🙂 nursemike – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey Future nurse, First let me say congratulations for sticking with the program and not quitting like so many of my initial classmates did. Please graduate, pass the boards, and bring comfort and relief to many, many people. With that said, now I must go to the sad part of this note. First, I am a nurse. am an L.V.N. in the insane state of california. I worked in this honorable profession for ten years, beginning in psyche, and spending the last six years strictly in the E.R….( yes……I was/ am very good at my job. The problem is this…….Two years ago, I was accused of fondling the breasts of ..TWO… patients…. aged 68 and 56. Open E.R……..full house, both nights, and they know each other. Okay…..me…….let’s see………6′ 3″…36″ waist…54″ chest…18″ arms…shaven head…..beautiful smile……demeanor of a tame grizzley … oh yeah…..and I’m black. Well actually like a coffee light, but you get the idea. Well after two years of what they tried to pass off as an investigation, and posting $200,000 bail….TWICE ! ! ! ( bail only lasts a year), all the charges have been dropped with the exception of two. They tried to sue me in civil court and the judge threw them out and dismissed the case. But now I must defend myself in criminal court. Thank God the staff from the E.R. is testifiying on my behalf. I’m not worried about the outcome, but my question or problem or bitch/moan/ complaint is this……….I LOVED my job. Before GOD and all of His Angels, ILOVED my job, and now I will never be able to go back and do what I was meant to do. It isn’t fair. They just arbitrarily snatched my life, my future, my family’s stability, EVERYTHING ! ! ! ! ! WHY?????? Who the hell knows. It is a moot point now anyway. The damage is done. I can never go back. I’m a marked man. Okay…I’m sorry,so what am I saying? ? ? ? ? ? ? Just this……This is the greatest, warmest, coldest,kindest, scariest,funnnnnest, most REWARDING carreer you could ever embrace and embrace it you must. Just remember this one thing……….COVER YOUR BUTT…….PLEASE. GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY YOUR FUTURE. NURSEMIKE Michael – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey Future Nurse, I love your site, you’re really funny. Polo – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi Friend Nice to meet you i will follow your blog I hope have news from you soon jtrav31 – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey, thanks for your comments on my last blog. I’m glad you liked it. I did write back on the blog just for fyi. Daisy’s Heart Thoughts – Dec. 9, 2005 Well hello again. Ms Daisy Clover erica_rae1 – Dec. 9, 2005 We need so many nurses these days and your personality will kick butt!! Also you curiosity and enthusiasm is awesome! I am an hour away from op and wanting to apply to st lukes, avila, and penn valley for nursing admission. You’re an inspiration!! ellen – Dec. 9, 2005 if laughter is the best medicine, thanks for sharing your blog. laughed out loud in the computer lab numerous times while reading it. the details of life… J – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie~ I think it’s awesome that you’ve had the inspiration to publicly post your experiences as a student nurse! I too am a nursing student in Oregon. Nursing is really a valued profession and will always be, and teaching the public just exactly what nurses do is really important because it helps clear up misconceptions that people may have about the profession. I love your stories, they’re great. Congrats on publishing your confessions, I think that’s really wonderful. Jayne in Santa Barbara – Dec. 9, 2005 Neat! Wow, it’s weird/encouraging to hear about some girl out there in the mid-West living a parallel life to mine. I guess all nursing students with cats are bound to have some common threads. Have a good Christmas break from writing care plans!!! celestellar – Dec. 9, 2005 you are going to be a great nurse…word of advice(oh yes, the bloody experianced nurses will always butt the hell in) when someone is snoring midsentence not good to give meds or food…they often get aspiration pneumonia from things that were only half down or still in mouth…also i chose to believe that i really rock when I sing…contrary to all the evidence that contradicts it…it’s a release, and so far at least, no matter how drunk I am I don’t ever ever pick up the karaoke mike, because although alone we rock enough to impress simon cowell on a rough day the magic will always die if exposed to another set of ears or a tape recorder forever to be prvate geniuses sigh.. Rashmi – Dec. 9, 2005 hey ..it was really nice chkin out ur blog… besta luc wid ur nursin program 🙂 Vicky – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie, don’t worry, you’ll be great. I’m an RN in New England, and I’m your age. I also have another BS that I don’t use. When I was in nursing school I thought I was stupid because although I was getting good grades in class, I felt so dumb at clinical. I thought they just expected us to be masters at everything after the first time of doing a skill. When I became a nurse though I realized that they were a lot more forgiving of that. I ended up learning a lot on the job, and people didn’t expect me to be perfect. So, in a way, nursing school does make you walk the line, but sometimes that harsh sort of hazing prepares you. Sometimes when I see a condition that’s not too common, but that I remember learning about in nursing school (like SIADH), I remember a little bit about it, talk to my coworkers, and they look at me like I’m Einstein!! It’s the funniest thing. I’ve been a nurse for 2 years, I work in med-surg, and I’ve gotten consistently good reviews. Also, just be honest and be yourself, because in the end, people will be a lot more forgiving of your mishaps when they know you’re trying your best. Plus, for some reason people always tell me that my clumsiness (something I will never get rid of) is endearing! Ha Ha! So, they expect that from me, but I just learned that although I’ve only been a nurse for a couple years, I just do what I can, and people help me if I need it, because I make sure I listen and respect those more experienced. Make sure also to always laugh at yourself because you’re gonna be dealing with lots of gross and sometimes traumatic and disturbing situations, so the only thing you’ll be able to do is laugh, or else you’ll end up on SSRIs the rest of your life. Just kidding!No, but seriously, you seem like you are hardworking and fun, and you’ll be great!! I just love hearing stories from people who are going through what I went through, because I can relate, and I want you to know that I was always feeling self-conscious, but I made it!!! And I really love what I do!! Also, just remember that no matter what kind of nursing you do, there is meaning to derive. You can turn any situation into a better one if you really just try to look at it in a different perspective. Every type of nursing is meaningful, and don’t ever let people pressure you into a situation that you don’t feel comfortable in. Trust in yourself and your intuition will guide you. James Hughes – Dec. 9, 2005 I really enjoyed your blog, you made me laugh quite a few times. Don’t worry your not the only one to make stupid mistakes, all of us just aren’t brave enough to admit it. I am thinking about starting my own blog, I am from Florida but currently work in Bahrain (right next to Saudi Arabia), I am just not sure if what happens to me is interesting enough. Take Care and keep on taking care of your business. Saying Andre – Dec. 9, 2005 I think your blog was excellent. Really enjoyed it. You seem to be a very nice and funloving person. Best of luck to you. RN-Student in MI – Dec. 9, 2005 It’s nice to hear and know that there are others out there that feel the same way. Stressed, clueless, like the school owns and dictates your life and so much more. It’s so hard to explain it to people who are not in nursing school. They just don’t understand that it’s not like regular college. And the tests are like no other test taken before. So it’s just nice to know that there are others out there. Heather Mindy4375 – Dec. 9, 2005 Hang in there girl…I know it doesn’t seem like it, but it will all be done sooner than you think. I spent alot of time just smiling and nodding my head like I knew what they were talking about, hehe. But here I am and I passed the boards and lovvvvveeee my job (surgery). I still have to look at the floor during sinus surgery, thats the one that gets to me. Take care, and don’t let em get to ya!!! Mindy connie Young – Dec. 9, 2005 Don’t feel bad. I once tried to put a patient’s dentures in upside down. He decided to put them in himself. love your cats. They are really cute. keep up the good work Connie Michael Siehien – Dec. 9, 2005 Boy! is it nice to see that the stress that I have been going thru, I’m NOT alone!! I am on my last week of Ped’s rotation, getting ready for my final. I am sooooo looking forward to the break that’s coming up. Nursing school is very tough on guys, you are surounded by women in a professon dominated by women! Not that this is a bad thing, but in my case all of the girls in my class are married, and I am the only single Guy!(30 students, 3 guys) sometimes there is no escaping the estrogen in the room!! michelle – Dec. 9, 2005 hi katie..im a nursing student studying in singapore right now..Its nice to hear that someone half way around the earth is having the same way that i felt.. This is my final year and i will be graduating next year may..I still feel so silly and stupid and clumsy wherever im in the clinicals…The test and exams are really totally different from the other courses…And i really feel silly when i have to talk to the maniquine during my practical test..Though i heard that my school had imported a talking maniquine last month..i never had a chance to lay my hands on… But its nice to hear and read another nursing student stories…it warms my heart really… 🙂 jacquese – Dec. 9, 2005 I didn’t get a chance to read everything but the little that I did read was funny. I’m a nursing student in Chicago. We just started our clinicals and I want be able to keep a straight face when it comes to needles. I will be keeping in touch. Have a good day. MieRN2B – Dec. 9, 2005 HI! I am a nursing student in Atlanta!! I had been searching nursing students’ blogs for a long time, and finally MSN spotted you! I am hoping to graduate Demeber 2006! So I think we are taking similar classes. I also have a blog site, but have not updated since Sep…. I am bad… However, I might have some time to update regulary next semester. Good luck to you, and hang in there! Mie NICURN – Dec. 9, 2005 Nursing is a calling…you must love what you do even if you can’t figure out “WHY” you do. It certainly isn’t because of the money or the hours. Sometimes working conditions really suck, especially with the severe shortage of medical professionals. Nursing is not conducive to ideal family life and raising kids, although the knowledge background can certainly prevent running to the ER for every injury and an immediate response to a toddler choking on a hot dog. The mood of your day can be affected by an interaction of just one patient. IN return, your normal response to a given situation at work can be affected by your morning trying to get the family off to work/school/babysitter. Ideally, if you are sick, you should stay home and take care of yourself. However, when you stop to think about that little old lady that is having surgery today and has expressed a fear of “not making it through”, to which you reassured her that you “would be there to see that she is fine”. and she smiled warmly and replied that she “felt much better, Thankyou.”…you drag yourself out of fbed, dose up with Tylenol and remind yourself to get a prescription for an antibiotic from one of the Docs( not recommended, but frequently done). When all is said and done, there is always a sacrifice when you open your heart and arms to care for people. Jesus did it as a callling from His Heavenly Father, and so must we when we are “called” to be His “Angel of Mercy” It’s all worth it in the end and I would never think of doing anything different. Good Luck! Judy lil_ms_nobody – Dec. 9, 2005 Very interesting. I feel like I am reading my biography when I read your events. I, too, am a nursing student at the ripe old age of 33 years old, yet I feel you. I really do. Let me just say how wonderful it is that you have such endurance. Already have one degree and went back into nursing? Good for you. Takes alot out of you. I have alreadt been a nurse for 10 years (LPN) but I wanted more out of my career. So, I will be a REAL nurse (I hate that term) in May 2007. I am in WV but I think you would be a hoot to work with! Good luck to you! Janet – Dec. 9, 2005 I only wish they had blogs 22 years ago. I needed to vent and had only my mother to listen. Good Luck and email me if you ever heading up the the northeast. Janet ExLibrisLily – Dec. 9, 2005 I am not a nurse nor a person of the medical field. I am one of those people who pass out at the sight of their own blood, as well as everyone else’s and Im also one of those people who are a sympathy vomiter. (You vomit and I witness or hear it, Im right there along side you showing my support with my amazing regurgitation techniques.) Your blog entries are great and very funny and its cool to see the other side of the needle. Pardon the pun. And as for the clown – I am actually not a fan of clowns but yours seemed to be sweetest one Ive heard of. Youre a nurse with a big heart – wish we had more folks like you here in Australia! TGLASER3 – Dec. 9, 2005 You are a great writer…..so friking funny…can’t wait to see the movie! Thanks for doing this! stormey820 – Dec. 9, 2005 I came upon this site by accident, and i am so glad I did. You express so many of the same feelings I am experiencing. I graduate in May and I feel like a walking zombie. By the way, does anyone have an idea of good graduation songs? Stormey, South Bend, In. mwrn – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie: I am a Nursing Administrator, and have been an RN for 27 years, started with a double major in Bio/ Chem, then decided growing mediums and test tubes had little value in my life. I worked at a hospital doing odds/ends and someone suggested that I should look into Nursing, I did, got a scolarship and off I went. Your stories bring back some of what I felt, being a fish out of water at times, way too important at others, way too insignificant the next minute. In my career I have held the hands of 100’s who were actively dying, and dealt with 1000’s who faced the trauma of life changing events thrust upon them. I have always been amazed at what I had to learn from each and every one of them. We are lucky, we are nurses. People trust us with their lives, their feelings, their secrets. It is an amazing future you have chosen to explore. You will make many mistakes, you will experience situations you were never prepared for, learn, grow, share with others, laugh, cry. Maintain your humor, treat every client like they are your family. Vacation a lot. I am looking forward to following your maturation. When done, come west…..WE need great RNs. Good luck, chin up at all times Glenda – Dec. 9, 2005 I taught nursing for 4 years. Just want you to know how much I enjoyed your blog.I hope you enjoy your nursing career. Don’t let others ruin it for you by ponting out the disadvantages of nursing. Every job has its drawbacks but as you have already discovered you have the opportunity to share in others lives and make a difference as no one else will be able to. good luck and enjoy! Rose – Dec. 9, 2005 Ok, I just read your blog, the entire page, and found it very interesting (and funny, which I needed this morning). It takes a lot to go back to school to learn a new profession. I was a manual laborer for many years until tearing my rotator cuff and having surgery to repair it. I went back to school and took some medical classes which were very fun, (medical terminoloy, law and ethics, ect…. However I ended up getting an office job that I really don’t care for and not in the medical field. I sometimes wonder if I could have done nursing or become a doctor. You see, I love watching the discovery channel and all the surgeries an such, doesn’t bother me in the least. When my younger brother had fallen on a cinderblock and cut his knee all the way to the bone, (yeah, not much meat there), I had to hold the gash together while my mom drove to find a doctor, and it didn’t bother me. Same thing when my son also cut his knee, (some careless boob threw a coke bottle on the school lawn and he didn’t see it). I watched while they stitched him up, all the while the doctor asking me if I was ok, or if I felt faint. My problem is that I don’t want to mess up and look like a fool. I have been a nurses aid, once when I was 18 and once when I was in my late 20’s. I got so attached to my paitents and it bothered me when they passed on. You sound like a fun and caring person, keep up the good hard work, you will be fine. Rose Audrey – Dec. 9, 2005 I am so glad that I found your blog page. I am in a similar boat to you… actually a few steps behind and ahead at the same time. I have have a PhD in psychology and still have had difficulties finding the job that I wanted (wanting to work with people and/or students… not always the same thing 😉 So I am planning on making the transition to nursing… actually, I am hoping to combine my previous training with the skills I would acquire as a nurse. I am located in Houston…and work at the medical center. I am (a little) older than you and won’t get started in school until next fall. But I am very excited about the opportunity and it’s never too late. I wish you the best of luck in school. I read one of your posts about feeling like you were the only one that didn’t know what they were doing, while the rest of your classmates appeared confident? And you were exactly right, all you have to do is speak to your classmates and you will discover that most people feel that way. Usually, the ones who don’t worry about not knowing anything are the ones who don’t know anything (wow, really deep for a Friday morning, right?) Well I plan on adding your page to my favorites so I can hear about your progress! BayouDarling – Dec. 9, 2005 I think you are a interesting writer. I like the story about the patient only having six months left to live. I am a utilization/review nurse and have worked in the medical field for 25 years. Let me say this. Holding his hand meant more than you will ever know. Bayou Darling. BrianGillespie1 – Dec. 9, 2005 Just opened my new space and played around for awhile trying to get a feel for this, when I accidentally got your blog of singing in the car. OMG !!! That was the funniest thing I have heard in years. Reason why it was so funny is because a similar thing happened to me. I have a music room in Palltalk, and I sing along with some good singer when it’s my turn at the mic. There was about twenty people in the room at the time, when I was singing with Roy Orbinson (Bridge of Troubled Waters). Thought I was doing good when a friend sent me a (whisper) saying I was singing accapello ~ (even though I could hear Roy Orbinson, nobody in the room could) ~ and my face heated up just like yours did in the car. So embarrassed, I closed the room and have never sang again. So, your experience could have been worse. Starr783 – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi there. I just wanted to write to tell you how comfortable you have made me feel about starting clinicals. I start spring of 2007 and I am super nervous. Alot of the people in my anatomy class are already in clinicals and they seem to be 10 times smarter than me. I am going for my LPN Degree first then I will go back for my RN Degree. Can you answer me one question? Is it as hard as everyone says it is? They make it seem so hard. I guess I am doing pretty well in school given that I work full time and live with 2 dogs. I still somehow manage to get B’s. Well I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great Christmas. NICOLE – Dec. 9, 2005 I HAVE JUST FINISHED READING YOUR STORY AND ALREADY I FEEL TEM TIMES BETTER. I GUESS EVEN THE BEST OF US CAN FEEL LOST AND UNSURE OF THEMSELVES AT TIMES. I AM A STUDENT IN A SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST PROGRAM AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THE “CONFUSION” OF ALL OF THE TERMINOLOGY AND THE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS USED TODAY. ALSO IT’S GOOD TO SEE THAT THERE IS SOMEONE SO BALANCED WITH A BOYFRIEND AND A FULL TIME COMMITMENT TOO FINISHING SCHOOL. I LOST MY HUSBAND TO A CAR ACCIDENT 2 YEARS AGO BUT I HAVE STARTED DATING AGAIN– EVERYONE SAYS IT’S STUPID TO GET INVOLVED WHILE HOLDING DOWN A FULL TIME JOB AND BEING A FULL TIME MOTHER AND A STUDENT ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE. YOUR STORY GIVES ME AN INSPIRATONAL FEELING. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP BECAUSE IF I CAN DO IT ANYBODY CAN. Stacey – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie, really enjoy your blog. Nursing is one of those fields that will always amaze and intimidate me. What you’re doing now (and will do for a career) is truly a calling. Just know that occasional patients like me really appreciate people like you, even if you are a newbie! 🙂 Good luck in your studies. Anjelika20031 – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey, Wow, I completely understand what your going through, I am also a student nurse, and found myself laughing reading some of your stories about your patients, in fact they reminded me a lot of some of my own patients. I needed a good laugh considering three of my patient’s died this week. So thanks! Good luck in school. Nickole Harris – Dec. 9, 2005 You think you have brain freeze days try answering the phone 4 times in a row when it’s actually the doorbell that’s ringing Paula D – Dec. 9, 2005 Love your blog. I want you to know that you are going through what all nursing students go through. When you think you have lost your mind, you are finally accepting the fact that you are a nurse! I remember (15 yrs ago), I was plucking poop out of a urine sample because that is what the doc wanted. I triple gloved and started laughing. I couldnt stop. I finished the poop fishing and then went outside the pt room and slid down the wall giggling and sat on the floor. My peers and clinical supervisor thought I had lost my mind. All I could think about was the amount of money I was paying to go to school to pick poop out of pee! I also have a useless b.s. in psych and went back to get my nursing degree. You will use that psych degree tho, I have learned that everyone is a little crazy. Good luck to you! We definitely need more nurses and dont ever think you can do this, you can! Treat all patients like they are family and you will be blessed beyond measure! Kari – Dec. 9, 2005 I love your blog!! I used to work at a nursing home and I know exactly what you are going through. I definatley see the humor in some of the things that you do, because I have been through it! Keep kickin! Mannyed – Dec. 9, 2005 Your on for the beer thing. Same thing goes for you if you ever find yourself in the NYC area. Email anytime. Millicent RN – Dec. 9, 2005 Good Luck in school. Reading your blog made me laugh, and it reminded me of the crazy days of nursing school! I love being a nurse, and hopefully you will too. Study hard it’s worth it. FoxyNenita – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey this space was so great and funny. It made me not only really think about going back to nursing but made me laugh. I only wish that you were in my area so I could have a person like you in my life. You are very down to earth and easy going. I love your attitude. Good luck to you!!!! Keep on making people laugh!! I hoep that when I need a nurse I get one like you. Wíllôw – Dec. 9, 2005 Love reading your words. I graduated nursing school a year ago this Dec and it just keeps getting better!! I read some of the entries to my boyfriend (whom I met in Nursing school) and we howled over the similar situations and memories. I remember crying with my first patient too. Sometimes it’s the best healing gift we can give. Never lose the compassion that brings those tears. It’s the mark of a true nurse. Hang in there! Sounds like you’ll be a great nurse! Katherine – Dec. 9, 2005 Thank you for making my day brighter!!! I was laughing the whole time I was reading your blog. Keep the laughs coming! Nicole – Dec. 9, 2005 I thought this was a very funny blog page. Good luck in school RhodasBro2 – Dec. 9, 2005 what a great blog! I love your honesty and your high self-esteem…..GOD BLESS YOU ! Tricia – Dec. 9, 2005 Just wanted to let you know that your blog really lightened my day! I am going through a terrible divorce and planning to start nursing school right around the time you’ll be graduating, so your insights help a lot. Though I’m not as young as you (my kids are probably closer to your age), your outlook is great and some of the things you said hit home with me, so thanks for helping to remind me that women all have pretty much the same things going on, regardless of age. We just learn to deal with them better as we get older. Nicole (student nurse) – Dec. 9, 2005 I love your stories on clinicals. This tells me what I have to look forward to in clinicals. Hilarious!! bobbie – Dec. 9, 2005 katie: i have been nursing for 18 years, and i must tell you that all the classes and all the tests, and information you are learning right now, will come down to one thing: common sense. if you can stay cool and think on your feet, using your common sense, you’ll be a great nurse. don’t loose your sense of humor, you’ll need it. remember why you wanted to become a nurse, for most it was because you wanted to make the hospital experience better for people. you won’t always feel like you have made a difference every day, but one day, your patient or a family member will say ” mom has been waiting all day for you to get here, she’s ready to go, and needs a pain shot to help her relax, she’s waiting for you to give her that shot.” and when you go into the room she will smile and knod and you’ll know you made a difference. good luck and hang in there, it will get better. SusanRN – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie – I also went back to become an RN after discovering having that a BA in psychology isn’t a very practical way to earn a living. It is very helpful in my nursing practice, however. I love your atttitude and ability to handle what was for me, the most stressful time of my life – clinicals. I’ve been a nurse for nine years now, and can’t imagine loving a career any much. Yes, it is still stressful, but being able to make a difference in other peoples lives and have them impact mine as well is amazing. And believe me, there is no greater feeling than taking your last nursing exam and knowing you won’t have to take another one, or write another paper. Keep up the good work and welcome to the profession! Maureen Warner – Dec. 9, 2005 Wow! Reading this brought back so many memories of school in Nebraska-the horrible winters and driving. The patients that stand out and touch your heart, they will remain with you forever!! It is making you a great nurse, embrace it and use these moments. Thanks for the great cry! Beaglebay – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi Katie: I just completed my first semester of nursing school. I felt like a complete imposter during clinicals!!! I totally felt like a “play” nurse! I am LOVING the program, stressful as it is. I took my last final (HESI) exam two days ago and am on Christmas break — boy is it a welcome rest (All I have to do is Christmas shopping, house cleaning, baking, attend the parties, attend the school concert, and entertain and feed house guests) . . . did I say REST? This is my second career — I spent 20 years as a paralegal and was just burned out. I have so enjoyed going back to school. I find it very energizing! I’ll graduate as an RN in May of 2007. I plan to work for a year, and then go back and hopefully enter a bridge program at USF to earn my MSN. I enjoyed reading about your experiences. I’m sure you’ll make a terrific nurse! Lisa – Dec. 9, 2005 Thanks for the laugh. As an RN student myself just returning home from testing I REALLY enjoyed your blog! Good luck with school, Lisa aflttrby8888 – Dec. 9, 2005 I AM CURRENTLY ALSO ATTENDING SCHOOL FOR NURSING, BUT I AM AT THE VERY BEGINNINGS, BUT I GET TO DO CLINICALS.SOON, AND I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD AT THE NEEDLE STORY…..IM PICTURING THIS TO BE ME ON NEEDLE DAY!! I WILL BE READING DAILY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS/…U R AN INPIRATION TO SCARED NURSE WANT TO BE’S EVERYWHERE!! ANGELA brandy sheppard – Dec. 9, 2005 hi, i am entering the nursing program in janurary can you give me some advice on what to expect my first couple of weeks or maybe months. i am scared to death that i won’t make it, is this just nerves. Cheryl – Dec. 9, 2005 As a nurse I found your blog to be very funny!! Brought back alot of memories!!! Kim Perry – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi there, I am wanting so bad to start nursing school but I am a little scared. I am 34 years old now but I have been at the same job for 10 years and I really want to go to school. Your stories are so funny, all my friends are nurses and my sister-in-law. Keep up the good work and I will keep reading your stories. DEBBIE – Dec. 9, 2005 This was really good…its nice to know your not the only one going nuts in nursing school and just school in general…Good luck to you too…we all need that and more…ha ha….I had a wreck in on a bridge going to clinicals. I was over looking the river…Scary!! I managed to get off the bridge and go pick up two people to take to our clinicals…we made in one piece..my nerves were shot when I got there and I almost passed out..but I managed to make it through the day… Fred – Dec. 9, 2005 I’m on a rescue squad and have been for 13 years, some of your stories can relate to the field also. Good luck in Nursing School. Darla – Dec. 9, 2005 I will be entering a 12 month accelerated BSN program in the Spring. I am 49 yrs old and am leaving a Human Resource career of over 15 years. I have always wanted to be a nurse and I figure it is now or never. Am scared to death!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experiences and will put your website on my favorites list. charleysmom.rn – Dec. 9, 2005 Love your blog. I have been a nurse for 19 years and now teach nursing in north texas area. I continue to work in the ER so that I can draw from current experience while i am teaching. I laughed reading reading your entries and htink of my experiences and those of my students. I will share this blog site with them. They are studying for finals, then for boards. They probably need something to laugh at at this time. Aw yes…crazier things i have done… listened carefully as i pumped up the bp cuff several times when i was hearing no bp sounds, no matter how close i watched & listened; Knowing this person must have a decent bp because we were carrying on a conversation. When i went to adjust the cuff i realized that i hadn’t even taken my stethescope out of my pocket. NO, i haven’t repeated that oops. Thanx and i look forward to reading more! Johnny Depp – Dec. 9, 2005 your site continues to give me the confidence to keep on pursuing my dreams of being a doctor. remain blessed champ. Brian – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi Katie! This all sounds pretty familliar! I think my wife is in the same class as you, so all the posts I get to hear about at home on a regular basis. Hope everything is going well for you, I know my wife is really stressed out with work and school so I know it is really hard. Good luck! michelle – Dec. 9, 2005 hi there…..i have been out of nursing school for almost a year now and i just wanted to let you know it does get better……eventually. i had to drive an hour to and from school each day, so i feel your pain with your cold mornings and crazy drivers. if it helps….they are not any better in texas. hang in there and just know that each day you are not just improving life for other people…you are also improving your own life as well. good luck with the rest of your school year! nursecandy95 – Dec. 9, 2005 Reading your blog is given me a good laugh. Which has given me a good laugh.I understand everything that you are going through.I will be finish with nursing school next week(YEAH).I didnt think I would make it to this day but its finally here.I’m excited and scared to death about NCLEX.Goodluck with school. Matthew – Dec. 9, 2005 WOW i laugh so hard i cryed great blog lov the cat story and the cops ones good luck in school and life Jessie – Dec. 9, 2005 I can totally sympathize with all of your stories related to nursing school. I will be graduating tomorrow from a BSN program here in lovely Illinois. The last two years have been the most stressful, but the most rewarding, two years of my life, and I am SO EXCITED to finally be done!! I, too, had many, many moments when I felt I had absolutely no clue what was going on… I still feel that way to a certain extent. But the floor where I’ve accepted a job (and start in a month!) is full of extremely confident and reassuring people, thank God, and they’ve all felt like they know nothing! Thanks for sharing your experiences, and best of luck to you, fellow nurse!! Jennifer Wingo – Dec. 9, 2005 I am a nursing student in Michigan and you are living my life but add 2 kids and a husband. I graduate in May and can’t believe that I have to lives of others in my hands after that without an instructor over your shoulder. I wish you luck and if I can do any one can. Thanks for the laughs and sense of not being alone. SunshineAbleStar – Dec. 9, 2005 we need your help. i blogged something thinking i added to your blog. anyhow, its recorded somewhere. i enjoyed the lighthearted blogs. pekka pekka pekkachu , God Bless You.! Stephanie – Dec. 9, 2005 my name is stephanie. i am a freshmen at unc chapel hill and i have always planned on becoming a pediatrician. but now that i am in college i have my doubts. i mean, i cant even pass chmeistry (something i swear i was once good at), how am i supposed to be a doctor. but your blogs help. i have been considering nursing lately so they give me an idea of what to expect Oldermomofone1 – Dec. 9, 2005 Congratulations on the “Best Of”..I guess I’m a little slow sometimes!!! Take care, carrie Kaitie – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi, my name is Kaitie (also) and I’m a soph. nursing major at Millikin University. I start my clinicals next semester and the closer and closer it comes, the more nervous I get. I just don’t feel like I’m ready. But reading your stories definitely helped a lot. They helped to calm my nerves..a little bit anyway. I keep asking myself if I’m ever going to make it through this whole deal…and I am constantly asking myself why I decided to be a nursing major, but your story about your first patient really reminded me what it is all about and why I want to do this. Thanks so much for taking the things that every nursing major feels and putting them out there so we can all feel a little bit better about ourselves. Good Luck with school Laura Podagrosi-Torbitt – Dec. 9, 2005 Hello Katie! I am an RN from Utica, NY. I have been a nurse for 17 years now. Time flies very fast – and it will for you too. Before you know it, you’ll be graduating and then you’ll have been a nurse for awhile like me. Reading your “blog” reminded me of all the experiences in nursing school. some 🙂 some 😦 all very memorable! The wonderful aspect of our profession is the variety of jobs available to us. Enjoy the ride – you will meet some wonderful people – the patients you care for, the co-workers, etc. Best of luck in the future! Thank you for exposing yourself and your experiences on your blog – maybe you can entice others to join in the fun ??!! Sincerely, Laura RNBS ps- I’ve been in Endoscopy for many years, and will be persuing a new job as a “Nurse consultant” at an insurance company. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE!!!!! tealababy – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey, I am a nursing student too, also hoping to graduate this summer. I attend Seattle Pacific University in seattle, washington. I like your site. maybe we could exchange stories sometime. Feel free to check out my site too. Cheryl Cassandra – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi Katie! I just want to say good luck with school! I work as a respiratory therapist and have been doing that for 6 yrs and decided to go back to nursing school so I could do more, and there is more opportunities in nursing. I have medical experience since i have been working in the hospital for 6 yrs but I am so nervous. This coming week is finals and the end of my first semester. I go to Waynesburg college in PA and also the Washington Hospital Nursing school. Its tough working fulltime and going to school full time. Reading your stories made me laugh and I cannot wait to start clinicals in January. Keep your sense of humor about things and you will handle it all well! We need more nurses and i think you are an inspiration to those who may be interested in the field. GOOD LUCK! John – Dec. 9, 2005 I went to nursing school after retiring with 28 years in the Air Force. Went to Maryville University in Missouri which has a weekend and evening BSN program. Keep your chin up and tomorrow will be another day. Think of the good things and good cheer you are bringing to your patients even if its just showing an interest in how they are feeling in the unpersonal hospital setting. If I could change careers at 51 with three kids, I know you will be successful. Tomorrow is another shift and another chance to make a difference in someone’s and a family’s life. And boards wern’t all that bad. PS take a prep course and good luck with your future nursing career. John Telemetry RN, BSN. Imelda – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi, Just wanted to write you a note to thank you for your sense of humor. You remind me of my sister. She is a medical assistant at an ob/gyn clinic and when we talk she has me rolling with laughter at all the funny things that she experiences on a daily basis. It makes it sound like your having tons of fun. Good luck with finals and the rest of your career. Scott – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi. Im also a nursing student at NSU in Louisiana. Great blog!! It’s so crazy how all nursing students think the same lol. Your stories remind me alot of my current school experiences. I’ll add your site to favorites. milly09391 – Dec. 9, 2005 I am also a student nurse hoping to graduate in May 06′. Getting ready for Med-SurgII final on monday. EEEEE!!! Its good to know that people can read and hear what we go through, and what nurses go through. Its a physically,mentally and emotionally draining job, BUT WE LOVE IT!! haha. No wonder we all seem crazy. Especially when you are married with 2 small children, one I carried through Med-SurgI. wow. I give all respect to you and all our fellow brave nursing students out there. Keep your heads up and you’ll make it! We are truly very special people and dont get enough recognition for what we do.(or what doctors dont,haha) Email me anytime! And, of course good luck on boards!! Fellow crazy student nurse,georgia. Melissa Clark – Dec. 9, 2005 I enjoyed reading your blog. I am a bsn nursing student at the University of Michigan in Flint, however, clinicals start for me in January. I didn’t even know what a blog was, but it was on my MSN home page. Very interesting. Good Luck with nursing school. The story about the clown made me cry. Peace be with you. carla guido – Dec. 9, 2005 Read your note on your patient diagnosed with liver cancer and a 6 month diagnosis. You’re going to be a great nurse, my dear, you instinctively did the only thing you COULD do and the only thing that would have helped. Don’t think you didn’t “do anything”. As you progress in your practice you will find that the most rewarding moments in your career, the ones you really remember, have less to do with skills and more to do with being present for people in their need. Good work! Carla Guido, RN MSN San Diego, CA Shelby – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi, Reading your msn spaces is very entertaining. I have found that we have a lot in common. I too graduated from a university with a BA that got me a glorified receptionist job. I think i tried doing the “office thing” several times before I settled on going back to school and pursuing a nursing degree. (greatminds think alike) What turned me into nursing was being a vet tech at my cousins vet hospital and loving the techincal stuff, but hating the pay. So here I am in Hilo, HI pursuing a nursing degree! One drawback though, I am also married and having a baby in January. My advice, “don’t try to start a family while in nursing school”. It’s really, really hard and I am always worried I am going to catch something that will hurt my unborn child (paraniod from taking Microbio. has caused this) Anyway, Thanks for the motivation and funny stories. By the way, Do you think Johnny Depp left a message on your guestbook? If so, that’s pretty cool! -Shelby (future nurse, watch out Hawaii) Ishy2you – Dec. 9, 2005 I was happy to come across your blog… I’m a student nurse too, AND I also have the useless Psych degree. How is it that so many of us were fooled? Thanks for sharing your experiences. I start clinicals in January. Good luck! jeankfl – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi! I’ve been a nurse for 29 years, and your blog sure brings back memories!! I love some of your stories, and can definitively tell you that you will always feel slightly like someone will soon find out you don’t know what you are doing! I theorize that this comes from the fact that there are very few absolutes when it comes to people’s physiology, and/or psychology. Just laugh and go on, and enjoy what you are doing, knowing that few people can make more of a difference in people’s lives than a good, caring nurse. I also have 3 cats, and immensely enjoyed the “poor skitzo” story. Our cats have a lot in common, too! Good luck with your career. Find an area you really enjoy and go for it. (mine is infusion) You’ll find you probably have some unusual talents. Elle4101 – Dec. 9, 2005 I am a nurse of 20 years and I have nejoyed reading your blog. I am now a professor pursuing my PhD in nursing and believe it or not, whether a student nurse for the first time or a nurse returning to school there is uncertainty at times for all of us. It is universal. You will begin to gain confidence and your skills will become more natural and “second nature”. Thanks fro coming into this rewarding profession! Keep up the good work. Jennifer – Dec. 9, 2005 Fellow nursing student here! Hopefully graduating in June! I feel your pain! I love the comment, “Patients….you gotta love’em.” When it comes to patients, I’d have to say, just when you think you’ve seen it all…… Keep up the good work on the blog! ~Jenn~ Samantha – Dec. 9, 2005 I am a nurse & I loved reading your blog. I can totally relate to a lot of your entries, I know how you feel. I really enjoyed reading of your experiences. keep up the good work!!! Danielle – Dec. 9, 2005 You have a great sense of humor, very necessary as a working nurse! Good luck to you. Becky – Dec. 9, 2005 Just found your blog site today while enjoying a little downtime in my ICU/CCU dept. Love the stories, remember mine mostly fondly…lol. I especially loved the snow story! 🙂 Anyhoo, good luck in your studies, it will all be worth it in the end! I found nursing by accident I guess and absolutely love it, even the funky old (& young) ETOH w/d pt’s. Always leave a good story for telling later! Amber – Dec. 9, 2005 Good job on your blog!! Keep it up. It’s nice to know that there’s another crazed, confused, sleep deprived student nurse out there! Good luck to you! Amber Cls341 – Dec. 9, 2005 I’m a part time nursing student, have finals this week, and if i make it, i start in the hospital in Jan. hopefully i’ll make it, and if i do i’ll be showing up bald from all the stress! good luck to you! Karaline – Dec. 9, 2005 i live in an extreme northern corner in mn and am a nursing student as well. may i say that your day in the snow was very enjoyable to hear Good luck with finals Anthony – Dec. 9, 2005 Before today, I did not even know what the heck a BLOG was. Although, a few nights ago, I was walking around the house going,” BLOG-BLURB in this silly sort of half-baritone half-burping voice because it made my wife laugh. Yeah goofy. I too am a nursing student in (Albuquerque New Mexico), but I am currently on a break because there is a two year wait list to get into clinicals. Can you believe that? I go to school for three years and now I have to wait? Sad but true. So I have been out of school since May this year and I’m freaking out. Anyway, I stumbled across your BLOG today and out of curiousity, read a Blurb and before I knew it, I was like reading all of your blurbs (I’m supposed to be working mind you), but I am so glad I did and I just HAD to sign your guestbook, even if it meant that I had to create an account just to do so. One minute I am laughing at your silly antics (I especially love the faces), and the next I find tears streaming down my face as I am reading about your favorite clown. You’re adorable. Such a sweet, blessed soul, and you’re going to make a wonderful nurse someday. I’ve often said that it is my belief that this profession chose us, and not the other way around, and until today, those words have never had truer meaning. brownsugarflorida954 – Dec. 9, 2005 IM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN FLORIDA MAJORING IN NURSING, ANYONE IN HERE KNOWS ANY GOOD SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS THAT CAN HELP ME FINANACIALLY AND EDUCATIONALLY TO BECOME A BSN SOONER THAT LATER. I WILL BE GRADUATING WITH MY AA IN MAY THANK YOU CHRISTINA P.S REPLY OF YOU HAVE ANY INFO TO MY EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE LaWanda – Dec. 9, 2005 Hello Katie, I was accepted into a Nursing Program for Spring of 06′. I am very excited and scared at the same time. I am going for an ADN and amazingly we will start clinicals 2 weeks after school starts. Can you believe it? I just wanted to say that your website is wonderful, amusing, truthful and informative. Keep up the good work. My mom is an RN and sometimes she comes home with great stories and sometimes they are not so great. It’s too bad that Nurses don’t always get the Props that they deserve. I am going to try to keep track of your site from time to time if I can find it, it was on my homepage when I signed out of my email today (smile). Anyway what made me read your site was not only that you were a Nursing student but I noticed that Dallas, TX was mentioned. I am actually living in the Metroplex and the comment you made about the driving was right on target. I’ve been living down here for about 12 years and I’m convinced that it is getting worst (if that’s possible). Well I should have been studying the whole time I’ve been reading your blog due to the fact that I have a final in Nutrition and College Algebra next week. Good luck, and it sounds like you will be a great Nurse. Future RN 07′ charli – Dec. 9, 2005 i feeel you, big time… im in nursing school right now.. ill be done in may, but not soon enough charlie – Dec. 9, 2005 which school are you in.. i am the northern regional director for tnsa. lorena – Dec. 9, 2005 Hello, I am a begginer, I am just starting with the basics i am attending a community college then from there I’ll be attending hopefully a 2 yr university, even though I am just starting I cannot wait to start the clinical and all the interesting things that i’ll be seeing, I have always wanted to be a nurse but never did anything about it, until I got fed up of an office job (property manager) that I had and I decide to do something with my life other than sit on my behind all day and listen to people complain about things that were out of my reach. I think nursing is great, can wait to get out there and start helping people. your blog is great is good that there are more people out there that feel like they don’t know what is going on, I feel like that almost everyother day. keep up the good work!!! Lorena, Dallas, TX Leonardo – Dec. 9, 2005 Thanks for creating your web page, it’s very insightful for me to know what is like being a nursing student. TerrificCaramelflavored – Dec. 9, 2005 I LOVE IT.You are funny, the experiences are simular to mines as a student .what you are doing is a brilliant idea and i know you will pass after all if i did you most certainly will.(caribbean RN) GreenEyes_Blondie – Dec. 9, 2005 Funny thing, my mom came across your link and sent it to me. Im an undergrad with a pre-nursing major with high hopes of getting into the professional nursing program. I just read through some of your blogs and they made me laugh, it sounds like such an interesting experience with plenty of diversity in every day! Thanks! lorena – Dec. 9, 2005 what school are u attending?, love the clown story, soemtimes when you are down all you need is for somebody to be there to hold you hand!! Ed – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi, My wife graduated with a degree in pysch also. She went back to school and got her AA in nursing from Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, SD in 2000. She is working on her masters as a nurse educator online in the upward mobility program at USD. She just finished this semester with enough credits to get her BSN. She got hired by USD to be the precepter for the nursing students doing their clinicals at Rapid City Regional Hospital where she is a CRN on MACU and an ACLS instuctor. She has had many adventures with her wonderful and wacky patients. I enjoyed reading your stories, and forwarded your page to her at work where she on another endless 12 hour shift. Good luck on your studies and your career, and thanks for the laughs. Morgana – Dec. 9, 2005 Welcome to the world of Nursing. I’ve been a nurse for 8 years now. Glad to give advice to anyone, and of course a few opinions. I’ve recently left the world of bedside nursing to work for a company that deals with the medical insurance side of things. I specialized in PACU work, but also worked for an agency that gave me a lot of different experiences. Hang in there, there is both good and bad out there. As much as I loved working with the patients, you will find that staff both loves and hates new nurses. There is a book out there titled *Nurses Eat Their Young* , good reading, and will give you a look into some of what is still to come for you. Find those out there that love to teach and mentor and want to see you suceed, and avoid like the plaque those that are threatened by new faces. Would be fun to do a *funniest* story run for a blog…. Good luck to you, Morgana Oldermomofone1 – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie, OMG! I’ve had 288 hits today! At LEAST 90% have come to me through your site! AMAZING!! Thanks again for adding me to your list. Take care, carrie bi_momma_nikki_2005 – Dec. 9, 2005 I am also a nursing student and I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from!Thank you SO much for putting it out there for all to see. Keep up the good work. Nicole L. Smith,SPN Jananna2 – Dec. 9, 2005 HELLO! Nice to hear that I’m not the only nursing student that has the car heater on “blue” driving to clinicals when it is ONE degree outside!!!! I’m just finishing my first semester in nursing school in IDAHO! Nice to read your stories. I loved the needles can be fun one…yes, they can be fun! Best of luck to you! Anna La_Vaquera_2001 – Dec. 9, 2005 I like your blog. I don’t feel like the only odd one in nursing class. I am just beginning nursing school. Best of luck to you. Enjoy. Kevin Snell – Dec. 9, 2005 Don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t worry……you have what it takes to become a nurse, you already have the caring compassion and your skill level will increase each day. You will have times when faced with situations that you may draw a blank, but your training and knowledge will take over and you will just do what you need to do instictively. Kristi – Dec. 9, 2005 I’m starting the nursing program in the fall. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. Thanks for the preview! Kellie – Dec. 9, 2005 You have to admit….a day is never boring when you get patients like the ones the student nurses end up with!! Good luck!! Wayne State University Nursing Class of ’08!! 221stitch – Dec. 9, 2005 I have been a nurse since 1977. I began was a Navy Corpsmen and new as soon as I left active duty I would go to nursing school. Love your work and work your love this is one of the most important things that I have learned as a nurse. A lession I learned from Jane Rothrock one of the great spirits gifts to Perioperative Nursing. Valerie Allard – Dec. 9, 2005 I have been a nurse for almost 40 years. I have enjoyed your comments and they bring back memories of being a student nurse. Now I am a missionary to Honduras and have been living here for almost 20 years. What I learned in nursing school comes in handy a lot of times here. ﺪﺴﺍ (asad) – Dec. 9, 2005 hey cool i want to be a dentist i am junior in high school good luck in school clred121482 – Dec. 9, 2005 You are hilarious! I am graduating next Thursday from nursing school in Houston, Texas. I wish I would have known about this site before today. This is a great idea, and an awesome way to keep all of us nursing students from going insane or thinking we are the only ones that feel stupid. william0206 – Dec. 9, 2005 You remind me of all the stories my younger sister had to tell, as she fought her way through nursing school. She has now returned to ER nursing after several years of ‘Mommy Sabbatical’, and you think you have good stories now….just wait! For what it’s worth, thank you and all other nurses for all you go through for us confused and frequently ungreatful patients. I learned long ago that I’m far better off trusting my nurse, than that doctor who rushes in and out. He means well….BUT she DOES well! Nat-tat – Dec. 9, 2005 I too am in an accelerated nursing program. I go to Univ. of Massachusetts. I totally loved your pic with the med-surg books noted as EVIL….that is an understatement. I completely understand all of your doubts, worries, fears, etc. about being a student and not really knowing who’s going to come around the corner and say, “Ah-ha!!! I knew you were a fake! You know nothing!” It’s going to be an even more interesting ride as I plan to take my boards this coming january and start workin (Lord willing). God bless in your studies and just continue to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people like you seem to be doing. Natalie Billy, Las Vegas Nv – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi Katie! Well, I must first say congratulations on putting your life forward and doing something that most people don’t even think about doing. You are a blessing! My brother is a RN in Connecticut, and it is very demanding, as you already know. I myself am a culinary student at Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas, and my dream of becoming a pastry chef is starting to come true. I also want to say thank you for your site here, it made me laugh and cry also, and if we can’t do that once in awhile, then we really aren’t human, are we? My life consists of classes too (kitchen classes and lecture too) but your career is so much more demanding and gut wrenching then mine. hang in there, and I wish you the best of luck, and if you ever need a someone to talk to, I’ll be here. Billy gerri – Dec. 9, 2005 Nursing has been a great career for me. I have been a nurse for 30 years. Don’t let the” negative’s” scare you away from nursing. Keep a positive attitude. The real true joy you will experience is from your p
  68. Lisa Petty – Dec. 9, 2005 I enjoyed reading your blog. I have been an ER/ICU nurse for 10 years now. It has been both challenging and rewarding. There are people who will be ungrateful, unaware and too stressed to realize that you just saved their life or their loved one. But that one person or patient who thanks you or calls you an angel for the slightest thing (such as a warm blanket) or when you see your patient rolling down the hallway checking out after a near miss with death, will keep your spirit going for years. Yes, there are burned out nurses and many who should have never been there in the first place, but obviously you are not one of them. Find a good mentor, take the most challenging patients and never let them tell you you can’t do it! Good luck in your career and God bless! Cindyu03131 – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey Katie, Well I wish you the best of luck in all that you do….reading your stories have helped me understand how difficult it will be for me; but it will be rewarding at the same time. I will barely be going to school for nursing sometime next year and am extremely terrified…… strawberrie_shrtcke – Dec. 9, 2005 I have to say I really enjoyed reading your blogs this morining. What an inspiration you are! Not only was I practically falling off my chair with laughter, but had to wipe my eyes a couple times (your favorite clown). I am also going to school to become a nurse. Still wading my way through pre-req’s, but Im getting there. Its people like you that help people like me realize why I am doing this…why I am struggling, getting up everyday, going to school, work and then home to only to cook, clean, and spend time with my wonderful 4-year old, and finally end my night with some nice relaxing Anatomy & Physiology! (Im sure you know the “relaxing” part was incredibly sarcastic) Anyhow…I wish you the best of luck and loof forward to more “Confessions from a student nurse.” And hey…THANKS! :)…. Carly – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi! I just found this site today and found myself laughing at your stories. My classmates and I have so many funny, scary, sad, etc. memories that we’ll never forget. I just recently graduated from nursing school and passed state boards. I am very familiar with the feeling of not knowing enough. As a matter of fact I still feel that way, even as I am about to start my first “real’ nursing job. I’m excited and terrified at the same time. But, we’ve all been told many times how we nurses will never stop learning. So Good luck with your studies and thanks for sharing your experiences. It’s amazing that you find time to keep up with this site while in nursing school. You must have excellent orgazational skills. Carly Renee Robinson – Dec. 9, 2005 Thank you for your “reality” of a nursing student! I will be going to nursing school in the, Fall 2006, and I am nervous. I am currently a surgical technologist and can relate to your experience in the O.R.! Good luck! Schagadellic – Dec. 9, 2005 I am in nursing school right now…have not started the care management yet or clinicals…but I have never laughed so hard! I could write a novel on my experiences that I have had the past year as a CNA. I can hardly wait! haha. ~Courtney Rae~ – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey! I thought your space was really cool! Good luck in nursing school! Sue – Dec. 9, 2005 Congratulations on being in the Best of… I enjoyed reading your entries so far! Keep it up! Dolores – Dec. 9, 2005 Forget about all those doctor shows with residents and interns that do not know anything. This is the real deal and I could not stop laughing!! I can not wait to read more. Good luck. It sounds like you need it!! tnrn2be – Dec. 9, 2005 I loved reading your stories. I am a junior in nursing school and we just finished our first clinicals at a nursing home. I am sooo glad to be done with that! We do have some pretty funny stories to tell though. I also sometimes feel like I am the only one who doesn’t have a clue what’s going on sometimes, but I’ve realized that other people feel that way too. Well, off to study for finals! Good luck! natalie – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie You are an amazing nurse, and a wonderful friend and a great classmate. Your compassion, humor and whit help the rest of us survive. I would have never made it past the head to toe with out you, and probably would still be calling the thyroid the thalmus! Delaine – Dec. 9, 2005 I just happened to run into your blog and thought it was so interesting. I’m planning on going into nursing school after I finish my science prereqs. Your comments made me less afraid of nursing school in general. I’m pretty excited actually. So, thank you and please write more. Helen – Student Nurse – Dec. 9, 2005 “One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud I’m using this quote in my yearbook blurb. Katie! I really enjoy your blog! You are HILARIOUS! Thanks for the much needed laugh!! I will let my collegues know to read it! I was just studying for my PSYCH test when I decided to take a break and check my email. The link on MSN caught my eye – by the way, congrats for being BEST OF MSN. I wish I had thought of keeping a journal of my rollercoaster ride called NURSING SCHOOL! I graduate (GOD WILLING) in June 2006. Good Luck to you and all BRAVE NURSING STUDENTS. It’s definately the best decision I’ve made for myself. Although I’ll miss my collegues – I won’t miss the STRESS of theses tests!!!! SHOUT OUT TO MHSON STUDENTS CLASS 2006! OK, that was corny – oh well! I gotta get back to studying! Keep up the excellent work Katie! Ciao! mosleyds – Dec. 9, 2005 Hey, I’ve been enjoying your nursing stories. Spent 20 years in the Air Force as a medic. So can relate. Think about Air Force Nursing. It’s a very rewarding career move. Anyway, enjoy life…and keep up the good work. Don Stacy – Dec. 9, 2005 I am a nursing student as well in Greenville, NC. Your “Confessions…” helped put a smile on my face after a hellacious day. Our class received two tests back this week that EVERY person in the class failed. Needless to say, the student morale is at it’s lowest point this semester. It’s nice to know there are other nursing students around the nation with funny and stressful stories to tell. Thanks! Mëllïßëë – Dec. 9, 2005 I am a student nurse also and I love your stories. I am a 36 yr old married mother of five and decided to go back to school!!! I just finished my finals in first semester and am ready to start 2nd semester in January. I know we will look back and laugh at the stories we have……I hope!!! Good Luck, Melissa Marcelo – Dec. 9, 2005 lol… Good Luck… Really Marcelo Sousa, Porto University Medicine Faculty, Portugal Yvette – Dec. 9, 2005 Katie, I love your stories, they are very entertaining! My boyfriend of 10 years is in a nursing program at S.C.C. in Spokane, WA. He works two jobs on top of school, so we rarely see each other. I like to read your experiences because I relate it to what my boyfriend must experience. You seem like a very sweet and real person, not fake or phoney. I like that. Best of luck to you! Keep writing you are very good at it! Yvette Lucy – Dec. 9, 2005 Hi Katie, I read your stories and i found them wonderful. I graduated with a BS in Computer information systems last year. i found i job but i’m not making money at all. I always had a thing for nursing, so I was planning on going back to school and do an accelerated nursing program but now i’m scared on pursing this field because some people told me that more than 30% of nurses got HIV from work. Is that True? How easy it is to get infected in the job? Are nurses at so much risk? I know i might sound stupid but could you or anyone answer me. Please answer me !!!! thank you so much for your time. Luciane Shannon – Dec. 10, 2005 Katie- I really enjoyed reading your blog. I too am in nursing school and I am half way done. I can’t wait to be done with finals next week. I really enjoyed your story about watching the epidural because I also had the same reaction you did. When I saw them screwing that into her back I about lost it. I also printed out your message to nursing students at the end of your blog and plan to make copies for all my classmates because more times than not we’ve doubted our intelligence. Keep up the good work and good luck in the future. Karl – Dec. 10, 2005 I have had the great pleasure of being a Registered Nurse for 22 years (Wichita State University-1983) and just want to say that I hope you find the satisfaction, pride and joy that I still experience each and every day. I love my profession and I welcome you to what will be the greatest journey you can imagine. If I may, 30% of us are not HIV positive from work exposure. Good luck and best wishes. PAnurse – Dec. 10, 2005 Your stories are great. I’ve been a nurse for 11years and finally found my niche in home care where the beurocracy (sp) of business doesn’t interfere with the patient needs (yet). I found in studying (or trying to) for finals I would find myself cleaning closets (I hate to clean). What worked for me was retyping my notes. It even worked for boards, passed first time with only 75 questions. Even though it feels you don’t know anything now, it really will all fall into place by the end, when you’ll think “I really do know this stuff”. Good luck in your endeavors, you have the perfect personality for this profession. BabySirena49 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hello, I was very happy to read about your adventures. I will start nursing school next year and I can’t wait to start. I am a little scared, worried, excited, happy, and then some about finally pursuing this career. Love your sense of humor. Hang in there and I am sure it’ll be over sooner than you expect. All the best to you and yours, thanx:) Medic5038 – Dec. 10, 2005 oh how i remember those wonderful days of being a nursing student what fun good luck linda Keri – Dec. 10, 2005 I enjoyed reading your stories! Now I know what I have to look forward to. I am just now finishing an accelerated pre-requisite program. We did every one of our pre-requisites in 8 and 1/2 months! We’re taking a small break and then we start our nursing program in April. I’m going to school with the same 24 students from beginning to end. We have the good fortune of being sponsored by our company. There were over 300 applicants for 24 positions! (ok, I’m bragging now . ..hehe) Anyway, I can’t wait to get to the real nursing work. I’m a 37 year old single mom that is in great need of a career change. Good luck with your program! I’ll continue to read and be entertained by you! Deborah Woods – Dec. 10, 2005 I have been an RN in critical care for 20 years, and I love your site! Your stories bring back both wonderful and frightening memories of my school days. Just keep on keepin’ on and you will do just fine. wileybobcat_01 – Dec. 10, 2005 Without nurses there would be no practice of medicine. I know you’re giving it your all, even on days when it seems “your all” has abandoned you. Fear NOT, girl, ’cause you’re gonna MAKE it…! With admiration to those of you with that special dedication, Jim M., M.D. SmiledSticks01 – Dec. 10, 2005 I just left a comment on the one about stress and sounding like you stepped on a cat………………..seriously tho, nurses are high on my list/ I honestly believe that nurses do alot more work than Doctors/ I know because I have worked at several hospitals and seen with my own eyes. I wish you the best and hope you get the perfect job you have always wanted Dana – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi Katie! I really enjoyed reading your stories. I’m a student too and I can’t decide if I want to go into physical therapy or nursing. Nursing seems so stressful, but so rewarding… Anyway, I wish you the best of luck! God bless, Dana annamal3 – Dec. 10, 2005 thought it was really cool that this page was on MSN-keep up the good work! I was supposed to graduate with a BSN tonight, but I live in Boston and it was cancelled because of the snow-FIGURES!!! tanell – Dec. 10, 2005 hi katie, i really love your site. I have just finished my first semester of nursing school, and I really like it i feel like i don’t know what I am doing a lot of the time, but i managed to make it through. i never even knew that this site was on msn, or I would have been reading as soon as i started nursing school. Good luck with finals and next semester, tanellj jabir – Dec. 10, 2005 good stories, i mean, writings.. really love to read. keep up ur good work 🙂 Amanda – Dec. 10, 2005 Hello, My name is amanda, I am 23 and I am nurse. i read your blog and was like i remember how it feels being in those kinds of situatns and being a student. i graduated This past june of 05. i LOVE nursing. Its ALOT of work but very rewarding. i work in a neuro/behavioral phsych facility and its great. Being a nursing student definatley is not the funest thing in the worl but you learn alot. I have lots of stories from my experience as well..lol you do go back and laugh at them. I wish you lots of luck hun and to all otehr nusing students out there too. we have all been there.. Best of luck!! E. Key – Dec. 10, 2005 I read 5-6 of your entries. You are a good story teller! Nurses get lots of stories in their careers. You sound like you’ll make a great nurse. Laura – Dec. 10, 2005 I recently graduated from nursing school in May. I know how horrible it can be. Everything that you have said you’ve done, I have done that at least one time or another. Believe me once you get through it, it is all definitely worth it. Just as long as you don’t work on a Med/Surg floor you’ll be okay. I know that when I started working on a Med/Surg floor it nearly turned me against nursing all together. Now I am currently working at a Cath Lab where we do heart and vascular catheterizations all day. There is still a lot for me to learn and I see something new everyday. The only thing that I hated about when I got out of school is that no matter where you go you still feel out of place and not very confident with yourself. The more you do your job though, the more confident you become. I truly enjoyed all of your stories, it brought back fond memories. Thanks! Keep up the good work and good luck! Rebecca – Dec. 10, 2005 I loved reading your stories. I am 40 and just started back to school to become a nurse. This gives me encouragement that I am not the only one “faking it” in class!!! Nurses Rule – Dec. 10, 2005 Dear Nurses, Oh my goodness, I too am in a similar situation. I’m 24, a degree in psychology and now I am in my 2nd semester of nursing school. I am soooo nervous– tomorrow I actually have to meet a patient and maybe take a temperature and give a bed bath. I’m so scared. Yesterday, I put a band-aid on patient, it’s almost like I’m a real nurse now. I can’t believe they let me do this. School is really hard, but clinical is harder– I’m starting to develop feelings for one of my patients. He’s an older gentleman of 84 years age with end-stage renal disease and in a vegetative state. My preceptor says he can’t really hear me, that he is clinically brain dead, but I really think he hears me. I told him that I loved him and he blinked. I know that as a nurse, someday I will be able to cure him. As nurses, this is what we do, touch people’s lives and cure them. Rock on nurses and bless you all. xoxo, Florence R.N LooseyGoosey85 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hey! I like your blog! It’s very amusing. My cousin is becoming a pediatrician at KUMed. She’s going crazy right now with her eight finals. Good luck in school! shannon – Dec. 10, 2005 Your blog is awesome. My husband and I are both new nurses (he graduated in May 2005, I graduated in December 2004). I already can’t imagine ever doing anything else — love it. Speaking of procedures that require a lot of unexpected jabbing…when I was in school I passed out watching a colonoscopy. Hang in there and good luck with finals. Lea – Dec. 10, 2005 Love your page. I’m not a nurse but I’m related to so many of them. Even my boyfriend is going to nursing school. Anyways, you totally made my day at work, which usually drags. What am I doing at work reading blogs? Well, slacking of course…lol. Because as you know those who work at libraries have nothing better to do. “those interlibrary loans will be the death of me” – Judy (Party Girl). Have a nice uneventful weekend! Sarah – Dec. 10, 2005 Hey everyone! It is very refreshing to find out that many of you are having the same experiences I am! At least we aren’t alone, right? I am just finishing up my finals at Beth-El College of Nursing in at UCCS. Hang in there–we will all make it! scotthope – Dec. 10, 2005 I am getting ready to start nursing school and I am excited. I have been a CNA for 3 years and I love the job. Good Luck with everything and I wish everyone the best in their Nursing future. Kiy – Dec. 10, 2005 I am a student nurse at Johnson county community college. I am glad to know there are others out there with the same bad days and the feeling of knowing nothing. Good luck to you! Great blog! Liddybithere – Dec. 10, 2005 I loved reading your recent posts about nursing school. I started nursing school when I was 24 and realized how sheltered I’d been. I’ll never forget the first patient I gave a bed bath. He was uncooperative and kept telling me to hurry up since his lady friend was coming to visit. I think you’ll find many days that are rewarding but you will also have those days when you think “why did I go into nursing?” I have to laugh about some of your comments regarding not having a clue about what is going on. I’m currently in anesthesia school and I thought I was the only one who didn’t have a clue…only after several classmates talked about our clinical experiences, I realized I wasn’t alone. Be proud of your accomplishments, even the small ones…the world needs more people like you…Hey, I’m happy when I intubate a patient with teeth and don’t damage the teeth and see condensation on the breathing tube when I’m finished!! I know I got the breathing tube in the trachea and not the esophagus! MSN™² – Dec. 10, 2005 Oh my God… some how I don’t feel so bad now. I was feeling somehow sad about my future, but now that I se someone else that has a Bachelors and couldn’t find a job too, it nakes me the more ready to take the plunge into nursing school… I just wish that waiting list wasn’t sooooo long here in California… looking forward to reading more of your blog. Sam – Dec. 10, 2005 Wow.. your stories and blogs are great.. i started nursing in september and i’m really skeptical in staying .. coz i LOVE my clinical so far but i hate ALL my theory classes.. they drive me crazy.. its cool to know your going through the same things i’m going through 🙂 Kelly – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I am a nursing student at Western Kentucky University and I can tell you that things are just as stressful in KY as they are in Kansas. I will also hopefully graduate, however, I won’t graduate until December 2006. Good luck with your finals!! I’m sure we will all need all the help we can get!! Kelly livi_1027 – Dec. 10, 2005 I am getting ready to be in an accelerated nursing program too (if i pass my pharm class!). I love your site. Your crazy stories are odly comforting. I am currently studying for finals and will be revisiting your site many more times. Good luck with your career. Nessabear – Dec. 10, 2005 I just wanted to say it’s great you have this blog. I’m just finishing up my first year of Nursing school here in California. I often feel like I don’t know what the heck I’m doing either. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way. It’s been hard, but really worth it. Good luck with finals! Peace. pl633 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi, I am a nursing student in Canada. I really enjoyed your blog, I am starting clinical in January and was really worried about it since it seemd that the only thing I know is how to take vitals. But now after reading your blog, I realize that I am not the only one worried. 🙂 UnpaidNurse212 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hey, I’m a nursing student at Wallace State in Alabama we have the same disorganization at our school. I think all schools have that one or two students who you want to stuff a sock in their mouth and put duct tape around their head maybe even their nose. HAHA. Good luck with your school. Love your story about the cop FLRNGRAD05 – Dec. 10, 2005 I just found your blog and LOVE it! In just the few minutes that I’ve been reading, you’ve managed to hit on every experience/feeling that I’ve had during my last two years of nursing school!! I just finished my last class on Tuesday and will be graduating this upcoming Monday (12/12/05). I thrilled and incredibly frightened all at the same time….I mean really, they’re going to trust me with patients now??!! Yikes!!! Hope the rest of your schooling goes well!! Best of luck to you!!! -Kris Megan – Dec. 10, 2005 Hello!! I’m Megan and I’m 17. I graduate from high school in the spring. ….and I just got accepted to the USC (South Carolina) School of Nursing! I loved reading your blog! It’s so neat to just step out of your own shoes and get a peak of what is going on in a total stranger’s life. I’m kinda freaked out about your stories….I about fell out of my chair reading some of them……but I still want to become one!!! Persevere! You sound really nice and a lot like me….I don’t know if thats good or bad though. Haha! Well… I wish you the best of luck!! You’ll make a wonderful RN! Kim – Dec. 10, 2005 Katie, Let me rest assure the people that has been saying you are violating HIPPA Laws. I have been in the Medical Billing business for 10yrs and I deal with all kinds of charts for Lawyers and Insurance CO. and you are not in anyway near violating anyones privacy rights. These people really need to get a life. As long as you are not naming names or family members or any other identify things then your ok. These people are crazy for even saying these things. My suggestion to these people is go read another blog then and bitch about something that matters like people wearing fur. That should keep you busy for the winter months. JordanCW02 – Dec. 10, 2005 hey katie, this is Jordan. I live in a small town.. Casey Illinois. I read your blogs on Dec. 9 and you sound alot like me. Except im 13 and not planning on being a nurse. but the funny stories made me laugh and the one about your heating in your car… i did the same to my whole house. well good luck with school Jordan joyce – Dec. 10, 2005 thank you so much for doing your blog…i used to go to georgia southern university for a bsn in nursing. 1 year to go till i graduate and i quit for a boy…yeah yeah yeah, i was so dumb, but that was ages ago and now when i read your site, it makes me miss nursing school. now you make me want to go back because of all the stories you tell. i felt like that was me being back there. keep up the good work and good luck with your classes!! brainfood40 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi, I really have enjoyed reading about your nursing student experiences…as well as your day to day living. You have a way of keeping things entertaining and actually smiled quite a bit while reading. What drew me to your site was that I was wondering if your nursing student experiences were anything like mine 14 years ago…and yes they are I just lacked the motivation to put them to paper…thanks for bringing them back and reminding me of the newness of it all. Best of luck with your career and with Matt…smile AngeloftheMarsh – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi Katie – just wanted to say that I enjoyed your nursing stories. I too am a nursing student. I just finished my first two clinicals in the nursing homes, and cannot believe how much poop you deal with. I am an older student, 47, and completely enjoy nursing. I can’t wait til acute care clinicals start, but am also apprehensive. It’s great to read you experiences. Keep up the good work. Ginny Jim – Dec. 10, 2005 Hello. I am just some random person checking out your myspace page. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your stories. I’ve been thinking about setting up one of these and I think you’ve inspired me. Thanks for sharing it. Jim (from San Diego, CA) Crystal – Dec. 10, 2005 This was great reading! I am thinking of going to nursing school ,but was always somewhat intimidated by it. I have loved reading your blog. Wish i would have read the driving in snow yesterday though…. I was freaking out when I could not get into my car this morning because my doors were frozen shut. I ended upt chipping away at the ice with a popsicle stick. Truly pathetic LOL Keep up the good work. I wish you all the best! Julie18691 – Dec. 10, 2005 I just wanted to say I love your stories, they take me back to nursing school. I have been out since May of 2004. Hang in there I promise there is an end. I thought I would never finish. I was an older student 39 with a family and a job. Just hang in there and you will be like me 1 1/2 years later and wondering where the time went. Shannon – Dec. 10, 2005 I have been nursing in Saskatchewan (Canada) for almost 10 years, always ICU. I haven’t laughed so hard in so many years as I did reading your blog! You are a breath of fresh air let me tell you. Health care can be so serious. There have been many horrible stories logged into my brain, my first code, preparing a dead baby for her mother to hold for the first time, watching various family members struggle to say goodbye to their brain dead child…… the stories are endless. This does not mean that I do not have wonderful stories, for I assure you I have seen many miracles big and small. But I think humour, sharing (without names) and simply getting it out of your head is crutial to a healthy career in nursing. Being able to laugh at your patients, and yourself is an awesome quality you bring to this profession. Don’t get upset by people (mostly other healthcare providers) that tell you to be more serious or that you are unprofessional for laughing at yourself or others. They are the ones who will burn out early and will never see the amazing compassion and gift a giggle can bring. Sorry to tell you, but I’m not sure there ever comes a time in nursing when you feel amazingly confident. Things are changing all the time in healthcare. It will be your many experiences, your constant training and your amazing sense of humour that makes you a great nurse. Good luck to you in your studies. Alicia – Dec. 10, 2005 I am in the midst of my finals week as a nursing student, expected to graduate in May. It’s great reading your messages because you get so caught up in your world of nursing school and think you and your classmates are the only one’s going through this, but they are soooo many other nursing students at other nursing schools going through the same thing. Its comforting 🙂 Susan – Dec. 10, 2005 I remember nursing school very well, though it’s been 10 years for me. I, too, am an older student. Your stories are very entertaining and strikingly similar to some of my own. Just remember that time will go by and in a shortly you will be signing RN after your name. Please keep these times fresh in your mind and hopefully you will not have the “burn-out” that so many nurses experience. Nursing has ssoooo many doors to open and experience, there is always one that will keep your interest and where you can still help people. Good luck in your endeavors. Susan RN Kim – Dec. 10, 2005 I enjoyed your blog. I just passed my finals and will be moving on to my last semester in Jan and will graduate in May 06. I externed this past summer in Crital Care and I found my home. I really want to encourage all of those perfectionist who want to graduate at the top of their class from nursing – listen – no one will ever ask you if you made all A’s – there is no difference in an A nurse and a C nurse. One thing I found out was the students who usually test well and make those A’s are the ones with no common sense and let’s be honest……you have a patient who is aspirating right THEN what are you gonna do? A)Call the doctor for an order to suction and put O2 on the pt; B)go ahead and suction and put O2 on the pt w/o an order; C)Call the charge nurse; or D)Call a code? So what is YOUR answer? For passing the NCLEX you have to call the doctor and real life – you better go ahead and suction and put on O2 so that you don’t have to call a code. You would be surprised at the students who just sit there and go – “you can’t give O2 without a dr.’s orders”. If you know a physician who is gonna whale on you for not calling him first, may I suggest to please go and find another dr. People, I just wanted to let you know that I am 32 and this is my second career. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old and a husband who is much harder to dicisipline than my children and if I can do it, anyone can. You know more than you think you do and yes we all are crazy right about now. Nursing school is EVIL!!! 🙂 becky – Dec. 10, 2005 keep up the good work. 30 years later, nursing is still working for me. being a nurse has allowed me to work in 4 different states and a tropical island. Roger – Dec. 10, 2005 I really like your down to earth view. I’m just finishing my first semester of school in SLC, UT. Been an interesting ride since I haven’t picked up a textbook in 20 years! Who cares about DNA translation by ribosomes anyway? To the person who said you don’t need A’s.. I got ’em and I didn’t lose my common sense!! Anyway it’s been fun reading your blog and seeing that maybe all this forgetfulness lately isn’t old age yet!!! Blueyes__82 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hey there, Just came across your blog, and since i just graduated nursing in May, i thought i would check it out. The stories i read certainly sounded familiar and you’ll remember some of them forever, like for instance, when i had to clean a colostomy bag and my clinical teacher was helping me and asked the patient…”did you have corn?” Just try to remember all the fun stuff and the reason you went into nursing and worked hard to succeed in it so you don’t fall victim to the bitter nurse curse. good luck! Dana RN Ricky – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi Katie, I just wanted to let you know that it gave me a great big smile to read from your site. I am in my first year of nursing school in Oregon and thought it was great to hear your stories. Good luck in school and remember to smile. It is great medicine! I3oriquaDr3amz1 – Dec. 10, 2005 What a funny idea. I should have started a blog about my nursing school “trip”. HAve fun and good luck! If you ever need advise I’m “here”. keith – Dec. 10, 2005 Hey Katie, I have been a nurse for 2 years now. I can feel your pain. Nursing school was so tough. I can remember the instructors posting our test scores on the main board and I remember alot of people just crying so much. Anyway I just want to tell you to hang in there. Nursing has paid off alot for me. I am a surgical nurse for some pretty famous orthopedic surgeons. We work on alot of professional athletes and yea I live in alabama. Oh by the way let me lay the rumor to rest no WE DO NOT DATE OUR COUSINS (LOL). Yea I am a male nurse but when people ask me what I do, I tell them “Iam a nurse but I like football and other sports.” But anyway surgery is one way to go. I dont have to work weekends except when on call. I dont have to wipe peoples bottoms etc. I work for a groupe called Alabama Sports Medicince dont know if you heard of dr. james andrews or not but he pretty famous in ortho. But that was just a suggestion which way to head when you get done. GOOD LUCK ON BOARDS thats when you will stress….but you will do fine. Carlos – Dec. 10, 2005 I’m just about to start my nursing classes in january, and judging from what i have read about you, i feel that i ‘ve made the right choice, thanx. I so enjoy working with and meeting new people that i feel this career change well be worth it. I hope that everything works out for you.. miranda – Dec. 10, 2005 In January, I will begin my first semester of Nursing School. I am excited and scared. I can relate to some of the things you’ve written about. I had never even heard of Overton Park, Kansas until a few months ago. I work at the Cheesecake Factory in Nashville, and one of the trainers that helped open our store was from Overton Park. Small world, I guess. Take care! Delanie – Dec. 10, 2005 I laughed my butt off at some of your stories and cried at others. I really enjoyed reading your blog and have put it on my fave list. I am also a nursing student and wanted to say how cool your are the BEST OF MSN!! CougGrl2002 – Dec. 10, 2005 Your student nurse stories are amusing and hit way too close to home! I’m working on my BSN and just finished my first year of actual nursing school, so I relate way too much! Cindy (in Washington State) suzanlatour – Dec. 10, 2005 Just graduated last December, you’re making me miss it. Hard road, more tears than I care to admit – and so much fun. Made friends that I know will be in my life forever. The most important thing to remember? KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!! Best of luck!! Gail – Dec. 10, 2005 Your blog is terrrific. I direct an academic nursing center (nurse managed and operated) in Arizona. Nursing is a fantastic profession and I am glad you will be joining us. Nursing is one of the most diverse professions you can enter and one of the most satisfying. Here is a link to our website http://nursing.asu.edu/anc/btc/ check it out to see what nurses are capable of. Good luck to you! sabrn51 – Dec. 10, 2005 Katie, I have just run across your blog and have found it to be amusing, heartwrenching and totally honest. I have been in nursing for 34 years and distinctly remember my student nursing experiences…the 85 yr old stroke victim that asked me to marry him on my last day of that rotation, my first injection that I stuck right into the bone like a well-thrown dart, 3H enemas…High,Hot, and a Helluva lot!, the Emergency Room with orthopedic surgeons whipping wet rolls of plaster at us in the cast room to see who the could get dirtiest and in the most trouble with our instructor…the ex-Army colonel…ram-rod straight and starched so stiff she couldn’t bend. But the one entry you’ve made on Nov. 30th about your favorite clown, has given me hope that nursing will survive after my peers and I have retired and must depend on you and yours to care for us. You gave that gentleman the one thing he needed most at that devastating time…a hand to hold, and an ear to listen. Sometimes we think that we must say something to comfort our patients, that we must do SOMETHING to be good nurses, when, in fact, the one thing we must do is nothing…just be there, just hold their hands, just let them cry and not be afraid to cry with them. I was an ER nurse for 27 years and am now the 11-7 clinical coordinator at a university affiliated community teaching hospital. The most important comments I could pass on to you are to maintain your sense of humor…don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and situations in which you may find yourself, never stop studying or reading your journal articles, never assume, stay open minded to new experiences, love what you do, be true to yourself, be the best you can be for your patient. Nursing is a glorious, exhilerating, humbling, frustrating, career, and it’s been my life for as long as I can remember. I can’t thing of anything that has meant more to me, and I’ve never regretted choosing this as my life’s work. Good luck to you…you’re going to be great! Hotnurse_19 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hello I really enjoyed reading some of your entries, i am a nursing student as well so i guess you kind of give me an insight on what to look foreward to in my upcoming clinicals, i am attendinga small town college in ontario oregon. i am hoping to have a bachelors degree within the next four years ( i jope) lol. i am a single mom and a straigh a student as well so i know about stress, lol, i just made it into the international honor society, omg, but yeah my finals just ended two days ago, i am almost twenty so i am aways behind you in school, i hope to read up more on your career… Thanks Tiffanee Tania – Dec. 10, 2005 Hey Katie, I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto your blog, but it’s Best of MSN! Great stories and such cute kitty pictures! I got my first degree in biology, but now I am pursuing a nursing career. There are a few accelerated nursing programs for non-nursing majors for a masters in nursing here in seattle. I am applying to those and also to an accelerated BSN program at the University of Arizona (they pay your tuition in exchange for two years service!). After reading your stories I am really excited to get started and am anxious to go back to school. I don’t know about you, but I had to take A LOT of prerequsites to even apply to these programs! I hope I get in and that will all be worth it. Good luck to you! zombie56 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi I am an OT students and can sort of relate to the stess going on here. I am in a lot of classes with nurses. All great people. Ready to help you whenever. I am so glad this quarter is done. “another one bites the dust” keep plugging along. I wish I had a better support system at home, like i feel real lonely right now. No school and stuff, i just should call some classmates!! THey will help me out! Merry CHristmas UnaidedPD3 – Dec. 10, 2005 Your sense of humour is delicious. You have natural facility for writing. Good luck & God Bless Friendly_Tech_Support1 – Dec. 10, 2005 pretty neat 🙂 tnx for linking me on your space gorgeous…btw, u look familiar…hmmm damen aka tech support http://spaces.msn.com/members/damen ca-elbisi – Dec. 10, 2005 Just wanted to congratulate you on being featured this week with MSN Spaces. Woah littleolme2005 – Dec. 10, 2005 hey!.. i love ur blog.. it so funny. i can’t wait to continue reading in 😀 take care!! Selena310 – Dec. 10, 2005 Hi there !! Lovely site!! I had a lot of fun reading! Take care. Fouzia 🙂 JJ Green – Dec. 10, 2005 My Dad called me about your blog and told me that I would find it intresting. First, for my Dad to know what a blog is is amazing (he is the farthest thing from a computer person). I am starting the nursing program at University of Arkansas Ft Smith in the Spring. Your blog has brought a insight as to what I can expect and it makes me feel better that I’m not the only one out there. I wish you luck and keep writing!!! JJ Green Holly – Dec. 11, 2005 What a great idea to blog the clinical stories. I am halfway thru nursing school and like you have another degree that just wasn’t working for me. On a daily basis, I have just as many both humerous and “maybe I am really stupid moments.” There is nothing like the satisfaction and humiliation you find from helping others. It can be the greatest high and then in the next minute be the biggest plummet for your self esteem. Good luck during finals, don’t let the stress get the best of you and keep up the blog—I am glad someone is keeping one. ladyronyI – Dec. 11, 2005 Hey katie great space, really! I guess your BA in pyschology is one of the reasons behind that. I love your care free, express yr self writing style. If i were you, i’d start taking writing classes and sending some short articles to my local newspaper. ciao rony P.S you will probably enjoy lana’s space ladyronyI – Dec. 11, 2005 Hey katie great space, really! I guess your BA in pyschology is one of the reasons behind that. I love your care free, express yr self writing style. If i were you, i’d start taking writing classes and sending some short articles to my local newspaper. ciao rony P.S you will probably enjoy lana’s space penguin_annie – Dec. 11, 2005 Humor, common sense and knowing how to prioritize – nobody tells you in nursing school, but the secret is that these things are what it takes – and your blog shows you have them! After 30 years in nursing I am working on my master’s degree and at times I still feel like everyone else gets it more than I do – but at this point, I am fairly certain that they don’t. I remember those early experiences when I knew I was a nurse as the really important moments – not the research presentations or the stats tests. Thirty years from now, I predict that you will still remember the clown. That was your defining moment, when you displayed that you got it – what’s really important, that is. It’s the human factor, when we get the privilege of being the sounding board for the terminally ill, being present at the beginning and the end of life, attending to the needs of our patients beyond the tasks and machinery, that makes nursing so special. All you students, keep having fun, keep caring, cry when you have to, and don’t sweat the boards. What is the worst that can happen – you might have to take them over? Ann 🙂 1eyedsally – Dec. 11, 2005 Fantastic blog!!! I’m a nursing student too and Im doing my clinicals now too! The things that go on are crazy! Hahaha too much drama! I really enjoyed reading your blog! Keep it cmg! GrooviestStudentRN – Dec. 11, 2005 Sounds like you’re on your way to becoming a fantastic nurse! The psych background will help. I’m a nursing student, too (in an ADN program in Newark, Ohio) and will graduate in June. One quarter left, then preceptorship and I’m done. It’s kind of scary. I can’t believe they’re actually going to let me take care of people!!! I feel like there’s so much still to learn, and I’m terrified I’m going to do something to hurt someone. Keeps me cautious, but clinicals are hard to bear somedays. I wish you all the luck in the world, and keep up the great work on your blog. You’re an inspiration to the rest of us. It’s nice to hear some of my own feelings are shared by other nursing students. :o) ~ MarciB Ann Smith – Dec. 11, 2005 I am a charge nurse in the Operating Room now but I did pay my dues on the floorin nursing school. Code brown is NOT my forte. In fact, I canno t do it at all. One day when the problem arose on the floor, I was stuck, BUT,,,,, as I have done in the OR, I usually found something “better” to smell. I looked around the room and found nothing but tootpaste. I proceeded to put a Moustache of toothpaste on and try to continue. Not only did it not work, but I had to explain to the nursing instructon who came in at that time what the heck I was doing! Needless to say, the OR is the only place for me! Good luck J Perkel RN – Dec. 11, 2005 quoting you “I graduated from KU in 2003 with a BA in psych, but couldn’t get a job.” After 12 years as a ICU nurse since having been forced from the airline industry my advice to you is to never lose sight of this simple fact. Nursing is “job security’ not rocket science. Good luck anjela – Dec. 11, 2005 I enjoyed reading your site and visited it b/c i am thinking about returning to school for nursing. Thank you for your humor, it really made me aware that I too can be true to my clutzy self and make it through nursing school. Hope you are well and still having fun! Angela, future nurse of clutzville krisleighh – Dec. 11, 2005 Hello Katie! I have enjoyed reading your blog! I’m kind of in the same boat as you. I’m 25 and graduated from college in 2002 with a degree in business. I have had horrible luck with finding a great job. I have had 2 jobs since graduating and both required no more than a high school diploma. Since graduating, I have decided the business world is not for me. I’m not the right person for that profession. Anyhow, I have decided that I want to go back to school for Radiology. It’s a two year program at my local technical college and I’m so excited about it! Since you are also doing something in the healthcare industry, I have some questions for you. I’d love it if you could email me so I could ask you some questions. Your blog is wonderful and what you do is great! Keep up the good work! schl_busdriver – Dec. 11, 2005 Just a note to tell you good luck. I myself am just starting my pre-reqs for applying for the nursing program. Take care schl_busdriver T Parker RN – Dec. 11, 2005 Hi! I am a new grad (graduated from Lincoln University, MO) in May 05. I never thought nursing would be so rewarding, but I enjoy my new career. Keep the sense of humor that you have and you will do just fine. Your degree in Psych will definitely be helpful to you. Enjoy nursing school, because after its all over you are on your own. You may have a preceptor for a short period of time, but after that, its just you and YOUR license. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are “stupid”. There are no stupid questions when it comes to patient care. You’ll do great. Where do you want to work? I am currently a Labor and Delivery nurse and love it! Nancy – Dec. 11, 2005 Hey, your blog was listed on MSN’s home page and I decided to take a peek (aka procrastionate studying pathology). I’m a first year physician assistant student and can really apperciate your stress! I also have a cat thats a little nutty so I enjoyed the skitso stories. thanks for making me laugh! Nancy Angnia2 – Dec. 11, 2005 Hi! I just found your blog site, and loved reading your stories! I am a nursing student as well in Iowa, going for my BSN and have 2 years to go. I love it, it is so rewarding and fulfilling. I have been an aide for 7 years and work in a hospital which is wonderful experience for learning. Keep up your writing I would love to read more of your stories! Its great to read about what your going through from someone else! Good luck with your finals and everything! PS< If you have tips on not passing out from smell or sight, please share them with me! THanks for all your stories! Ang Danielle – Dec. 11, 2005 So I just found your bog today. Wish I had known about this when I was in nursing school. I would have written about my many experiences. I think for anybody to survive nursing (especially in nursing homes) is to have a great sence of humor. The greatest stress buster I found was bowling. I found it most gratifying to be able to whip a 10 pound ball as hard as I could and I didn't even care if I knocked any of the pins down. Good luck and hang in there. It is all worth it in the end. ICHIBAN – Dec. 11, 2005 Great story, best of luck in nursing. We all know how short in demand they are. Merry Christmas. An Old Woman – Dec. 11, 2005 Your comments bring back a lot of memories. There is no way to explain to you the value that you bring to your patient's experrience. I remember patients telling me how much I meant to them. I always appreciated those very sincere and heartfelt sentiments but I did not fully understand the depth of meaning until I was the patient. I was a 38 year old breast cancer patient with two children ages 6 & 8. I was a Recoverry Rm Nurse and had many yrs exp in surgery. There I was, flat on my back on the OR table. It hit me that I was the pt!! Overwhelming. I felt someone take my hand and I looked up into the beautiful eyes of an anesthesia student who had gone through a rotation at my hospital not long before. "I was off today, but I saw your name on the OR schedule and I just thought you might like someone here to hold your hand the way are always there for your patients". I couldn't believe it. Come to find out, everyone there that day—the scrub nurse, the circulating nurse, the anesthetist, the anesthesiologist, both surgeons and the recovery room nurse (another anes student who had done a rotation with us)—all of them (it was Saturday) came in on their day off to take care of me. I felt very loved as the anesthesiologist said, "Is it Ok if we put you to sleep now?" "Yes–go ahead", I said with tears of fear and gratitude. That was 21 yrs ago. I still cry when I think of how that nurse held my hand. Cliff Richardson – Dec. 11, 2005 Good luck. Nursing is the greatest return to people you can get. Let yourself go and give totally of yourself. Feel their lonliness, happiness, sorrow. Never let them be just names or a diagnosis. I have been out of the nursing feild for some years, but if it were easier, to get back in, I would mfonz – Dec. 11, 2005 High there young lady, trust me when i say this. consider yourself luckly to still be in nursing school. I remember just last year sitting in class; and outside the Hospitals waiting for clinicals to start. thinking, "this sucks, i so hate nursing school". Now i sit in Iraq (in the most dangerous city in the world), as a line medic running combat patrols everyday. getting shot at, having bombs explode next to the armored humvees. So what do i wish? only to be back in nursing school. Good luck and enjoy it why you can. 1Elle_Star7 – Dec. 11, 2005 I absolutely love your blog!! You have inspired me to write my own (I just started today, and I have no idea what I am doing). I wish you lost of success in your chosen field. I used to want to be a nurse, but the sight and smell of vomit did me in. Isn't it funny how you start out on a certain career path and boom your in a totally different direction (hey, when did that happen?). Keep up the good work and feel free to visit my blog any time. -Elle Heather – Dec. 11, 2005 I love your nursing stories!! I just graduated with my BSN in May and am working at Parkland in the ICU and ER. I can so relate to your stories! I'm finishing up an internship in critical care and trauma – I feel like I don't know anything all the time, and yet I can answer all (or most of the questions) my professors (and the pt's family) ask. So I guess I'm not faking anyone out about how much I know (or feel like I don't know). :o] Keep persevering!!! It's so worth it to have those two letters behind your name. :o] Angelia Sylsberry – Dec. 11, 2005 Thank you for such honest comments!!! It brings back memories from nursing school-some good-some bad-some too embarassing to mention-LOL. You are doing a great service for every nursing student that reads your blogs. I was not fortunate enough to have someone or some medium to let me know that what I thought was strange and abnormal was actual very normal for nusing students (much relief but about 10 years late). Again thanks for sharing. IslandGirl1570 – Dec. 11, 2005 Your story very inspiring…..Good luck!!!! karen – Dec. 12, 2005 you go girl. you'll be done before you know it. i graduated 10 yrs ago when i turned 40. nursing is a great career. so many choices and opportunites. notice i didn't mention easy. if you don't like nursing you can always be a writer. i enjoy your blog, i just don't know how to save it or return to it later. not to smart with the blog stuff. good luck, k Deb RN – Dec. 12, 2005 Your blog brought back so many forgotten memories of nursing school. I earned my ADN 21 years ago and will be starting my RN-BSN completion program in January. Nursing is such a diversifed career. There are so many areas of nursing that you can do. I have worked in adult ICU, PACU, home health, pediatrics and asthma education. I thought asthma & allergy, especially in pediatrics, was where I wanted to be. Boy, was I in for a surprise last summer! I went to work for a pediatric pulmonologist and suddenly caring for cystic fibrosis patients became my passion. Along with my duties as a cystic fibrosis nurse coordinator, I am also a study coordinator for a clinical trial on a new inhaled antibiotic for cystic fibrosis patients. All the different areas of nursing over the years are what has helped me get to the point that I am at now. Just goes to show you, you never know what lurks around the corner and how much of an impact you can make on the life of a patient or their family. I wish lots of luck in your future endeavors. Kris – Dec. 12, 2005 I am so happy I found your site! I am getting ready to go back to school for nursing. I love reading your stories and getting excited for all of the "fun" things I have to look foward to. Thanks for creating such a great blog! L O – Dec. 12, 2005 Katie – Thanks for creating such a great blog about your nursing school experiences. It sure brought back memories for me! Make the most of your clinical experiences, this is as close to the real thing that you will get before you hit the ground running. I'm also from Kansas. I worked as a scrub tech in the OR doing mostly cardiovascular surgery (and taking lots of call) while I went through nursing school. I took a RN position in the same OR after graduation and continued with the heart team. I never cared for clinicals on the floor or in a doctor's office, but I did perservere and learn all I could. Good luck to you! I am looking forward to following your journey. Kinney Sue – Dec. 12, 2005 Just like Nancy, I too am procrastinating studying for my Pathology finals and saw your blog site on MSN. I have never seen or written on a "blog" site. It makes me feel a little old (42). I have been a nurse for 16 years and worked nearly everywhere in the hospital setting…NBN, PACU, Surg, Case Mgmnt, ICU and Nurses Aid all over before that. I am working on my requirements for Nurse Anesthesia- slowly. Going back to school at this age is harder work than it was before. Before, during my ADN, my only goal was to graduate- now I want to make excellent grades and actually retain some of this. Nursing for the past 16 years has never been boring- if I get bored, I move to a different area. There will still always be so much to learn, that is why it is a great career. You will never know everything, so relax and enjoy the ride. Also, there is much job security and the pay is decent. I really enjoyed the pictures of the "look" on nursing students faces "when giving a suppository" etc. You are a precious girl, we need nurses like you who look at the bright side. Also, please know that the people in your class who usurp the time by tooting their own horn and telling their own stories are also in my class. Who knew?- some people never change. Thanks for a few moments to look back at that awkward time of nursing school-keep up the good work. Kinney Sue, RN gwenrose77 – Dec. 12, 2005 Yeah for you! Sorry that it has been a while since I have come visiting, school has made me very grumpy and I haven't been in the mood for blogging or reading others' blogs. I was very excited to see that you have been chosen as a best of MSN Spaces, I'm very proud of you! Now that my semester is done and I'm in the Christmas spirit, I promise to write and respond to comments more frequently. Bri* nurse coco – Dec. 12, 2005 Hi Katie- your blog is so funny, i can totally relate to it. I am a new nurse (passed boards in sept 2005! yay:)) and i am still in nursing school to get my MSN and be a nurse practitioner, but i clearly remember how i felt at clinicals in pre-RN nursing school. i just got home from work. i'm not going to tell you about my day because it might dissuade you from being a nurse! keep on truckin' girl. there will be good days and bad days and really, really bad days (like today). Just wanted to share with you what happened on my first day of clinicals. our first rotation was med-surg, and it was my first day. Cold morning, 6:30 am, almost to the hospital. I see a squirrel running across the road. i figure that at the speed i'm going and the speed the squirrel is going, he should make it across the street before i hit him. Wrong. He slowed down, and i hear a small thud, and i look in my rear view mirrow and see the little squirrel tumbling head over paws, until he came to a stop in the road. i scream-cried all the way to the hospital (just a few miles away from there) and almost got into an accident because i couldnt stop looking in the rear view mirror. I had never hit an animal before. i was so freaked out that this was bad sign and was convinced that i was going to kill a patient that day, and it was God's/karma's/fate's way of telling me i should not be a nurse. Fortunately, i didnt kill a patient that day, and still havent killed anyone (that i know of). Unfortunately, i had to be reminded of the little squirrel that i killed for over a week because he just kept getting run over and smooshed by other cars. Blog on! Mr Yang – Dec. 12, 2005 You are really doing a great job. Mannyed – Dec. 12, 2005 How ya holding up? SavedBlessedcutie – Dec. 12, 2005 I like your section called " Its your turn". It gave your readers the chance to be an active part of your space. All the best. Shawn Floyd – Dec. 12, 2005 Great blog, keep up the good work. KaRLeEAnNABaNaNa23 – Dec. 12, 2005 AWESOME space! Your blogs are so funny and entertaining! You make everyday life seem to cool! Julia – Dec. 12, 2005 Hi Katie! Thank you so much for sharing your stories. I am considering going into nursing, but have heard some horror stories of the kinds of things that nurses sometimes have to do. Thank you for helping me see the positive side. I wish you the best, and keep up the great stories! sierramae280 – Dec. 13, 2005 Love your space! I'll be back if ya don't mind! Happy Holidays! Kim – Dec. 13, 2005 Hey there I really enjoy reading about your nursing school. How do I get back on to read more though? I have hotmail but I am not sure how to get to your blog again. Thanks NurseBER – Dec. 13, 2005 Another nurse here! I checked out your blog as I was expanding my horizens. When i first started blogging, my blog title was Confessions of a night nurse, but noticed that i hadnt really written about work, but more about my kids, so i changed it. I like your site. It reminds me on school and that im sooooooooo glad to be done!!! Keep blogging, i enjoy reading about your excursions iamwillieboy – Dec. 13, 2005 Hey Katie, Thanks for the shout out on your site. I really enjoy reading your anecdotes and glad to see othe nurses agreed with the HIPPA thing. Anyway if you ever need encouragement or weary of the long hours , know that people are just a blog away. Thanksd again, you made me remember what it is about nursing that I enjoy .People. Good luck kiddo . Bill Thomas RN teenybabyRN – Dec. 13, 2005 I have enjoyed reading your blog and "reminiscing" back to nursing school. Just know it will get better and it's definitely worth all of the struggle and effort. I work in the NICU and it is so rewarding to care for the tiniest and most fragile of patients. Best of luck…… AimeeLoo3 – Dec. 13, 2005 Hi there, I got such a big kick out of reading your stories! I am also in an accelerated nursing program (in California) and have had so many similar experiences…. crazy patients, long and tiring clinical rotations, endless studying, and especially having that feeling like "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!!" Thanks for sharing! It's great to know that others out there are in the same boat, too!! You are an adorable girl with a heart of gold and you will make such an awesome nurse! Best of luck to you! P.S. Your cat "love story" photos and accompanying commentary was too cute! Keep up the great work! 🙂 Elizabeth – Dec. 13, 2005 I was reading up on creating myspaces and noticed you were the featured myspace this week. So I decided to see what one looks like and checked yours out. After reading your stories and cracking up, you reminded me a lot of my older brother who is in his 2nd year of med school. He called me last week freaking out right before a test. He apparently got on the bus to go to school like he does every morning and since he was on his way to an exam he took out his practice exam and his favorite pen (more like a goodluck charm and multi-purpose; pen, pencil, stylist and pointer). Well I guess he was so focused on the practice exam that he got off the bus and was heading toward the exam room. Well right before he gets there, he realized he left his bookbag on the bus! (By the way this bookbag is like a childs favorite doll and or blanket to him, where ever he goes the bookbag goes because if there's a minute to study trust me he will find one.) So this is when the frantic call comes in. Brother: E holy crapppppppppppp I left the bookbag on the bus Me: Ok, what are you missing? Brother: Holy crapppppppppp!!!!! My brand new phone that I just replaced… Me: ok, calm down where are you calling me from? Brother: Check, never mind I'm using it. Crap my PDA, oh man my PDA…wait Me: uh do you have it… Brother: Check, its on my waist…crap my keys and the Doctor is out of town (He lives in the city with a family who happen to be doctors)… Brother: oh wait I have that in my pocket. Me: So what about your wallet long pause… Brother: Yup lost that, just my drivers license…and shoot I have no car so no point in that. Oh yeah and my ATM card and well if anyone wants to use that …haha it will be for practice, no money there! Me: ok so you lost the bookbag, with your wallet and you have everything you need right? Brother: E wish me luck I have to kick some exam butt! Love you, click. Me: (dial tone) glad I can help. Sorry for the long comment, but your stories remind me of some of the blunders my brother goes through and I thought I would share, best of luck with school! 70_show_sara – Dec. 13, 2005 i am a student at boone high school of orlando florida looking to become a nurse in the medical feild. i would like to know what to expect in college and how can i reay myself for the challenges ahead, if any. your blog is awsome g2g Sara francè66 – Dec. 13, 2005 nice katie! saluts from italy francesco ¤£¡£¤Wa†Ë®Më£õñ¤851 – Dec. 14, 2005 Just blogging by! great space kristyn nidortiz – Dec. 14, 2005 just thought id stop by to say hi and nice space MElissa – Dec. 14, 2005 I love your website! It is so funny and interesting. Thanks for visting my page, and visit again soon! Jerca – Dec. 14, 2005 Hey… great space, great stories… it has stone an hour of my precious time… :LOL: Happy studying, though! cricket_ann – Dec. 14, 2005 Hey- Just wanted to say hello, from one student nurse to another. Cricket stlcraig71 – Dec. 14, 2005 Hello, I found your space, since it was featured on What's your Story? Congrats for making the headlines. Come by my sometime, I also have a good story to tell with lots of pictures. Craig Kev – Dec. 15, 2005 This is the first time that I have ever read a blog and I am glad you were able to "pop my cherry". All this time I thought I was the only person who has these thoughts. I find comfort knowing there are others who have the same issues I have in this world although I have never experienced the key/flashlight problem. Keep up the good work. Ukume023 – Dec. 15, 2005 your space is really cool! i like it so much and i hopy mine will improve soon. i'm a chinese high school student in shanghai. nice to meet you! gabbyinks – Dec. 15, 2005 Love your blog. I too have never read one. I'm a first year nursing student in KS as well and just finished Semester 1. I survived – whooo-hoo. Onward and upward, as the 2nd semester instructors introduced themselves, they gave us "homework" over the Christmas/Semester break to be done BEFORE orientation. Welcome to nursing – heh??? Mannyed – Dec. 15, 2005 oh no, your week is over :o( I hope u enjoyed it tho! krisleighh – Dec. 16, 2005 Hi again! Thanks for checking out my site. Yours inspired me to create my own. It's "under construction" right now, but I think I have a good start so far. It's almost addicting! Oh, and thanks for website recommendation! I'm sure it will come in handy! Oldermomofone1 – Dec. 16, 2005 Katie! Where are you?? I'm going through withdrawls!! Take care, Carrie
  69. Bob in Michigan – Dec. 18, 2005 Hi Katie, I enjoy reading your blog, folling your adventures. I’m a 64yr retired tool and die maker. I do some design work on computer. Thanks for sharing. YogaAMS – Dec. 19, 2005 I like your Space page. I’m studying for the medical boards. Maybe will see each other someday in the future working in the same hospital… who knows?!! Good luck in everything!!! Bye. Rose – Dec. 19, 2005 Katie, Thanks for writing. Yeah, I wasn’t that old when the accident happened to my brother, maybe in the 4th or 5th grade at the time. We all learn from our mistakes, and boy can I make some sometimes. I remember once looking for my keys so I could lock the front door on my way out, and didn’t realize they were in my hand the whole time…duh! Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we foget the everyday routines. In this time of sharing and caring, I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Take care and keep in touch. Rose CelticGanymede – Dec. 20, 2005 Just stopping by to say hi….love your space…. Neat freckle conect-the-dots..I have a perfect triangle and no other freckles o that arm! Stop by sometime and say hi…. take care… Dave Michaela – Dec. 20, 2005 I wanted to say best of luck to you. I am working on my last three pre-reqs and hopefully in the fall I will be able to enter a program! One student to another my best to you Poetry_by_The_Light – Dec. 20, 2005 Your site is sooo cool. From your example, I decided to to do one. Please check me out and sign my Guestbook. Char Starr783 – Dec. 21, 2005 Thanks for the flashcard pointers. I really needed that. Have a wonderful holiday. Jennifer – Dec. 21, 2005 Katie, I’ve been reading your space for a couple of weeks now and oh, how I can relate! I graduated from an RN program last May and now have 7 months of experience under my belt. School was incredibly stressful and I had more than my fair share of “meltdowns.” You’ve offered excellent advice for nursing students and I wish I would have known a website like yours to refer to when I was at my limit. You have a great sense of humor and a lot of common sense. What a wonderful career choice we’ve made – everyday brings a different experience and an opportunity to learn. Good luck to you and all other student nurses out there! Oldermomofone1 – Dec. 21, 2005 Katie, found this ad for you…LOL I was hoping the pic would copy too, but Oh well…LOL!! No more bleaching your carpet!! LOL!! Sorry, I was TRYING to be funny!! Take care, Carrie 1. Urine Gone!™ Black Light Stain Detector finds those hidden stains you can easily miss—the kind of stains that can cause lingering odors. Simply turn on the Stain Detector and watch the stains magically appear! 2. Urine Gone!™ Spray uses fast-acting enzymes to attack urine and other odor-causing debris. Simply spray and let dry. No rubbing or scrubbing necessary! ¤£¡£¤Wa†Ë®Më£õñ¤851 – Dec. 23, 2005 thanks for dropping by! love your site, great info kristyn Kevin – Dec. 23, 2005 THe studystack.com was awesome. Did you saved a bunch of time using that site? FOr me the traditional way and online way of making flashcards is the same. So Just congrats for having an A on one of your Pharmacology tests… Can you post all of your flashcards here so I can have the chance to view it. I’m on my Microbio and Physio. and that’s still prereqs for the program. I’m just starting a carrer on nursing. COntinue the good work… blondie_93 – Dec. 23, 2005 thanks for stopping by my space! the baby is my brother. Oldermomofone1 – Dec. 23, 2005 Merry Christmas to you and your family! Take care, Carrie Amanda – Dec. 24, 2005 I can’t remember if I signed your guestbook or not, but just in case I will sign again! Have a Merry Christmas by the way! Amanda Jim – Dec. 24, 2005 Merry Christmas Katie, I’m probably your least likely “fan”. I’m twice your age, don’t work in the medical field (never even been a hospital patient – touch wood), don’t watch medical shows on TV, been doing my job so long challenges are few and far between and don’t particularly like cats. But one of my daughters is in an accelerated nursing program and some of what you have shared about your passion for helping people she has said as well. The more she shares about what she’s going through the more I understand the passion required to be an effective nurse. I’m beginning to see how dedicated and amazing the people are that are called to nursing. Beyond that though, I find your blog gives me further insight to challenges she’s facing and will be facing. Challenges I might not have had a full appreciation for on my own. By reading your postings I feel I’m a little better prepared to support and encourage her. Naturally I’ve given her your link and I know she enjoyed your site when she’s had the (rare) time to visit it. Just wanted to let you know that your audience goes beyond the medical field. Keep writing and I’ll/we’ll keep reading. Jim CelticGanymede – Dec. 25, 2005 Hey there…..Merry Christmas from the cold frozen north!!! I hate to lie to you…the end of Quantum Leap was that Sam kept leaping and never made it home….I was sad, until I heard about a possible movie, and that just made my year. Hope you have a great holliday season and a bloody frightfully fun new year… Hope to see you around more often! ttyl, dave krisleighh – Dec. 25, 2005 Merry Christmas Katie! Kristen secret_fairy_whispers – Dec. 25, 2005 Hey Katie! I found a really cool guest book, it’s called a “guest map”. You can add a message to a map and choose your countrie’s flag and a little icon to represent you. Please sign at this address: http://pub22.bravenet.com/guestmap/view.php?usernum=1871788836 Thanks Ilka Jenmaye – Dec. 26, 2005 Awesome blog. I am a medical transcriptionist and work from my home for Mayo in Minnesota. Even thought I am not a nurse, I understand the lingo. Very fun to read! Angie – Dec. 26, 2005 Great discovering, this is my 1st time trying the blog and I’m glad I found your space! Keep up the good work and hang in there. I am also a nursing student and I thought I was crazy but I realise I am perfectly normal! Thanks †♥Carrie♥† – Dec. 26, 2005 Carrie was here 🙂 Great blog! Didadave1 – Dec. 28, 2005 First time visit, great blog Best to you in the new year Dave Gerri – Dec. 28, 2005 I found your blog by accident and when I read it, I knew I had to share you with my daughter who is in a nursing program. After being in college for 4 years, she’s finally in nursing. This is a field she has wanted since 5th grade when she was in intensive care with an asthma attack. Your feelings and incidents remind me of her stories, and since she has read your blog, she feels like she has a new best friend who truly understands! Thanks for sharing! ariananikola – Dec. 28, 2005 I think your banner is super-cool. I asked Mocha Mom to tell me how she made hers and it sounded so complicated I just said forget it. I will just admire others’. Would you mind taking a short, 5 question quiz about your blogging habits? It’s on my Dec. 28 blog entry. Thanks! Ariana AlsAccoldaesinLife – Dec. 29, 2005 I’m linking your blog to mine, I love finding other medical blogs! Thx pema – Dec. 29, 2005 Came across your site as I googled. Its really a big den of information. Thanks for all sharing all these information. I am in the 2nd year of nursing. Its good to read your blog as I can relate to much of your experiences. I have added your site under my favorites. Thanks again..and will look forward to read more…wishing you my warmest regards for a wonderful happy new year. All the besties krisleighh – Dec. 30, 2005 Have a safe and fun New Year’s! Priscilla – Dec. 31, 2005 Katie, I’m going to share this site with my friends. We feel lost and like a bunch of losers because we aren’t paramedics or EMT’s entering the program. After reading your little stories, I think it’s normal, we just didn’t know it. This is one big support group for student nurses. THANKS!! I will be visiting often. Meaningfulbliss – Dec. 31, 2005 Happy New Year! ~Jane~ ResplendentRachey – Dec. 31, 2005 I happened by your site when I saw it featured on MSN a few weeks ago. Ironically, it was right after a particularly long clinical day. I found it so inspiring that I passed it on to some of my school buddies to take a look at. It was just such a good feeling to know that we in Cleveland, Ohio, are not alone in our feelings and fears about nursing school. Thanks so much for putting up this site! Rachel bunny741974 – Jan. 2, 2006 I really enjoyed reading your blog! I am thinking of returning to nursing schools, and have already developed the “Oh my God, can I remember all this” mentality. Keep in mind, I haven’t even applied to a school! Anyhoo, good luck to you and I’ll continue to see how you are doing! Eskay – Jan. 2, 2006 Hi! Found ur blog by accident too. I think it’s great!! Keep up the good job.. BTW, John Grisham’s one of my fav authors … n I don’t floss everyday too…;p Longtimeproduceman – Jan. 2, 2006 I checked out your space because my sister was a student nurse a long time ago. Seems as though things haven’t changed that much since then. (except of course the medical technology) She always had similar experiences. I like your blog. Good luck with your career!! PMPM Dustin B. – Jan. 2, 2006 Hi Katie, I am really glad you found a way to tell us nursing stories, but still maintain patient confidenciality. I think HIPAA can be a little too strict sometimes, even at times a little ridiculous, but there should still be a certain level of professionalism, and I am glad to see you are upholding that. What a nurse you will make!! Anyway, I really look forward to more nursing stories once the semester starts again. My first day of class in the radiography program is tomorrow and I am a little nervous. I know I will do fine, but its just the fact that I am starting a new chapter in my life that makes me anxious. Its exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. Wish me luck. Well have a nice week and I look forward to your future posts. Dustin B. http://azx-raytechstudent.blogspot.com PS when do you start classes or clinicals again? Lori – Jan. 3, 2006 Hi .. have been enjoying your sense of humor as you make your way thru the tunnel of nursing school. I appreciate your finding a way to keep the anonymity that the profession decrees and ask us to respect…though even after 10 years I do wonder what the harm is if the innoncent are protected by substituting names as Mr or Mrs Smith and/or Mr Jones. Keep up the good work and your sense of humor Lena – Jan. 3, 2006 Hey Katie, Great stories, I love reading them:) I just finished my first semester, 3 more left. Do you ever use msn messenger btw? -lena rxmusic1 – Jan. 4, 2006 Katie, my nursing class loves your blog. We graduated in December and our local hospital took 6 of us working 3 to 11 in the ED. 6 baby nurses running around the ED. Will the residents of Tuscaloosa ever be safe again??? Good luck with school. Hope to hear from you. april – Jan. 4, 2006 Katie, My husband thinks I have a weird obbsession with your blog, he thinks I check it every day. I don’t, but it is great! Shouldn’t you have a column in a newspaper or have a talk show? You make everyday things funny. Your patients are lucky to have you, you seem like a real sweetheart. Good luck with school! I wanted to go to nursing school to be a labor and delivery nurse, school sounds very time consuming (and hard) and I am a mother of 3. You motivate me to really consider it though. Take care! interent_crazy101 – Jan. 5, 2006 Your blog is sooooooooo cool! It is really funny and I hope you do great in school!!! Bellydancing_RN – Jan. 5, 2006 Nursing school sucks. It is fun to be a nurse though. I love reading your post. It reminds me about how happy I am to be out of school. I have been a nurse now for 6 years. That was a nice present to be able to practice your IV skills. I would say that only 5% of starting an IV is skill and the rest of the 95% is mental. Start IVs every chance you get. Sometimes you won’t get them but keep trying and you will eventually build confidence in it and then the skill becomes second nature. Good Luck in school!! It is rough but in the end it is all worth it. Let me know if you have any questions about Labor and Delivery I am a L&D nurse!! Bumzwife – Jan. 5, 2006 Hella funny site! I’ll be seeing you more. Wishing you a wonderful new year! Jay_BSN_Student – Jan. 6, 2006 Hey Katie, I love reading your stories, I can definetly relate. I’m a nursing student at ULM in Monroe, Louisiana, I have 3 semesters left to go….Woo Hoo!!!! I’m dreading this semester though, I’ll be going through OB and Pediatrics. I’m pretty sure the last thing these pregnant women are gonna want to see is a male nursing student trying to help with thier care. It’s gonna be an interesting semester no matter how it turns out……lol Good luck with your studies……..Jay Tanya – Jan. 6, 2006 Hi Katie. My mom found your site while trying to find support in dealing with her daughter…me. I’m a nursing student working on my Med-Surg rotation at a small hospital on the progressive care unit. I wake up and can’t believe that this is my life. I’ve wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. But, I feel like a fraud, trapped in a nursing student’s body! I’ve helped flush a central line, remove a foley, give a large volume enema and so on. But when I went to change a dry dressing, one large band-aid over a 3 cm incision from a cholecystectomy…… I could not get the bandage to stop sticking from my extra, extra large gloves. My clinical instructor walked in just shaking her head. She had to get me a new bandage. Heidi G – Jan. 6, 2006 It wasn’t even 8 months ago that I graduated from nursing school….and even now, the mere thought of school and being a student nurse brings fear and panic into my heart!!! Ugh. Having gone through it, I’d never do it again. But being done, I’d never change the fact that I did it. I love my job, most of the time. Nursing can be really rewarding, and also can be devastatingly heartbreaking. I have learned so much in the last 8 months…and I continue to learn a million new things every day. The IV thing – that will get easier. I agree it is 5% skill and 95% mental. I was shaking so hard the firsrt time I had to do an IV lab skill for my instructor, that I failed, and had to do it again. But I start them daily now….and it has gotten much much easier. I love your blog…it cracks me up, and brings me back. The best advice I could ever give to any nursing student – whether just starting or getting ready to end – is: Just take it one day at a time…one thing at a time. And the best advice I can give to a brand new nurse starting a new job is: Never lose your compassion for people….at the end of the day, they’re people just like you…and deserve to be treated with caring and respect. You will see many kinds of nurses – some good, some bad, some great, and some who don’t care anymore. Be your own person, and stand up for what you believe in. People may not agree with you, but they will probably respect you. Best of luck in all your endeavors – nursing and otherwise! And keep the blog going..it’s great. Mannyed – Jan. 6, 2006 I voted your space in the weblog awards http://2006.bloggies.com/ CrzPam1 – Jan. 6, 2006 I love reading your blog. I myself am a nursing student and get very frustrated and Crazy at times! It is great to know that I am not alone. I love your attitude – wish you were in my class! Best of Luck to you! Sirus1978 – Jan. 8, 2006 Excellent blog. My mother, sister, and alot of my girlfriends are nurses. They are all wonderful people and i really enjoyed reading this. The cat pics were really funny and made the site even better. You seem like you really love what (nursing) and thats a beautiful thing. Best of Luck Eddie in Jersey iamwillieboy – Jan. 9, 2006 Hey Katie, Food for thought. Have you decided what type of nursing you’d like to puruse?? You’ll be out there before you know it. Bill T. RN Sharmaine – Jan. 10, 2006 Hi – great blog you’ve got ~ interesting! Will pop around again … AggieJen1997 – Jan. 10, 2006 Hi Katie! I love reading your stories! I’ll be starting the nursing program at our local community college this fall. I’m gainfully employed now, but I don’t care for my job too much – hence the change to nursing! =) I make about $42K/year and will be quitting to go to nursing school full time, and my police officer husband will be footing the bills on his own. This is what I’m most scared of, NOT the school! I’m scared of not making it financially while in school! Any advice????? THANKS BUNCHES! Jennifer graffitti artist – Jan. 11, 2006 hi katie … stumbled onto your blog a week or two ago … neat idea … now … out of curiousity (and just to give u an idea of what’s in store for u when u graduate), what would u do? you’re working in a small town hospital: a combined facility, with a patient census 20 and where the nurses (a staff of two on nites) look after the ward and the ER, there’s no doc in the house (he’s at home sleeping in his bed, on call … but not eager to leave the comfort of his bed) just you and the other nurse and two paramedics … its 0600 hours, you’re justing looking at your rythm strips for your 4 cardiac patients and thinking about how you will do your am rounds, blah blah. a man comes in with his wife. he’s 50-something and you recognise him – he was an inpatient last week (dx: spontaneous tension pneumthorax with mediastinal shift) and you remember him because you carried out the docs order to clamp the chest tube and you had to unclamp it because pt could not tolerate CT being clamped… this man appears in your ER, he’s in obvious resp distress, and you recognize the pink waterproof tape dressing on the spot where the CT was only days ago. the wife tells you this is the 3rd pneumothorax in 10 days. the man is c/o difficulty breathing, he’s leaning forward, trying to get max lung inflation … a 15 L non rebreathe mask is just holding him … he’s increasining anxious … VS within normal limits and rythm is NSR … wife is freaking out … worried … you do your best to comfort the couple while rushing to wake to doc … its now 0630 … patient c/o stinging pain in his chest … the doc is being a pr!ck … he wants you to find the old chart … he wants to know how severe and where the previous pneumothorax was … will not come in to treat this patient until you provide him with this info … you can’t find the chart, even after running down to medical records … and then rifling thru all the charts the docs have in their hospital offices … patient resp distress and anxiety increases … wife bordering on hysterical … doc will not come in until 0830 … you ask if you can call in xray in the meantime … he says ‘no … xray will not help, that is not what this patient needs …!’ and that is it, the asshole hangs up on you … doc refusing to deal with immediate crisis … as usual, the nurse is left holding the bag … you are wondering many things (like how does a doc think he can treat a pneumothorax without a CXR, among other things) … now it is 0645 … the am shift arrives in 30 minutes, and you have to complete your charting on this patient, hope the hell he doesn’t have a mediastinal shift before you leave the building and run like hell to look after the rest of your patients you have been ignoring for the past 45 minutes … this is a true story … when i left that hospital i could not return to work there, i was so …. so … outraged, traumatized, afraid … so many what-ifs passed thru my head …. so, my question after that long story is this …. what would you do? im asking you this because nursing is not all hand-holding and care bear stuff … mostly it is ugly, stressful and angst-producing … all too often we end up holding the bag and find ourselves in some pretty unsafe situations because those keebler elves are running the show … its a good idea to prepare yourself for situations like this one … keep up the great blogging! for those of you out there into the sad, ugly and poignant side of nursing … check out my other blog http://www.songofthedeathminstrel.blogspot.com Eve – Jan. 11, 2006 Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for about two weeks and you are so funny! Thanks for taking the time to do this as all your advice has been very helpful. I am a pre-nursing student at my local community college and have decided to transfer this fall the the university to pursue my bachelors instead of the associates I was working towards. It has been tough as I have young children and a big baby…my husband! They are sooo supportive, but I have NO study time! So, I tried the study cards website, but have problems loading my info. All of the stuff I entered didn’t appear. Any helpful hints? Good luck in your studies and keep up the great job! I’m sure you give patients reassurance that they are in good hands! I hope I can do the same! Oldermomofone1 – Jan. 12, 2006 OMG! I just looked at the number of comments you have! WOW!! I’m back…see you again real soon. Take care,Carrie Starwisher64 – Jan. 12, 2006 Hey thanks for all the blogs…they are wonderful. It’s sooo nice to know you’re not alone in this world and i’m not the only one feeling like i do sometimes! I just started my 4th and FINAL semester today, i’m soooo very excited, i’m in OB-Peds, my very favorite. it’s a split semester with Mental Health, so hopefully it will go by very fast. Best of luck, you’re going to be a great nurse! Rachel loftyresearcher – Jan. 12, 2006 First time visit. Like your space and focus. Mannyed – Jan. 13, 2006 I’m glad that Isis is traveling by plane this time and not by cardboard box! I can’t believe how much your space has taken off! 356 comments!! GEEZ! Good for you! jnick – Jan. 13, 2006 Katie, my hubby and I read your blog on a regular basis, and just wanted to let you know how much we enjoy it! My husband is just working on his pre-reqs to get into a nursing program. We are anxious and excited for him to get through it all. (He changed his major last year, he was going to be a pilot… now want’s to be a nurse on life-flight). Anyway. Thanks for the stories, we are always up for a good laugh and to know what he has to look forward to. LauraLeigh8 – Jan. 15, 2006 Hi Katie! Thank you so much for your stories! I am going to be a nursing student starting this fall and your blog is kind of giving me some ideas for what to expect. It sounds difficult and scary, but I know it will be rewarding, and I am up for a challenge. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences! Laura SharableTranquille – Jan. 17, 2006 nice to hear about another student nurse because i am also. mannat_sra – Jan. 17, 2006 hi really like ur blog. the student nurse stories make me feel sympathetic for the student nurse who gave me a bruise just trying to find my blood vessel(i dont kno if its a vein or an artery so i just decided to be evasive) for my blood test. its commendable how u can write a blog eveyday – i started 1 a couple of months ago and have one 1 blog on my entire page. well wish u lots of luck Aimee – Jan. 18, 2006 Hey! I love your site! I’m going to start the accerlerated nursing program in May. I’m so scared! Reading your blog makes me feel better! Uber_Jen1 – Jan. 19, 2006 I’m not a nurse or a student nurse….I’m not in the medical field at all actually…but I love your blog. Honestly, it’s become somewhat of an addiction. You’re entertaining and you provide food for thought at the same time. Thanks for adding a little something to my day. You’re awesome!! Keep up the great work!!…..Jen Paul – Jan. 19, 2006 You are a breath of fresh air. I am certain that you are delight to your patients. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us ! Tracie – Jan. 19, 2006 Hi – Your stories are great and inspiring/scary as I am interested in getting into the medical field as well. I’m considering nursing or physiotherapy – very different from my current job but something I believe I’d be much better suited to and would be more meaningful. I’m in research mode on which school to go to – any advice on how to find out about which schools offer accelerated programs like the one you are in? Good luck in your studies – I’m sure you’ll keep doing great. iamwillieboy – Jan. 21, 2006 Katie, Visiting your space has become a daily ritual.When I get my patients tucked in @ night and sit down to chart.(we have wireless computerized charts) I always have to check out your space and see what you’re up to.I work with several new grads and students taking nursing courses and have told them about your space. Your anecdotes are genuine ,your reactions are thought provoking and visitors to your space come away feeling good about the world. Thanks for your contribution and I hope you continue to have time for your blog. Bill T. Mannyed – Jan. 21, 2006 um…India is a girl *blush* BUT THEY ARE JUST FRIENDS I SWEARR! Kelli – Jan. 23, 2006 Katie, I just started nursing school this semester and it seems as if it was fate that your blog was featured on MSN and I happened to read it and got hooked. I now look forward to reading it to see what adventure I have just begun. Most of the stuff I have learned so far just seems so negative (such as nursing wages, the history of nursing, overcoming the nurse-doctor game, etc.) so to hear some positive feedback is so nice! I just got finished reading (for class of course:)) Life support by Suzanne Gordon which tells stories of 3 nurses in different fields. It was an eye opener but I feel as if it emphasized too greatly that doctors and nurses do not get along. If at all possible, if you could tell what experiences (bad or good) you’ve had with M.D.’s that would be helpful. Diane – Jan. 23, 2006 I worked in a hospital for several years in Education. One of my main jobs was to teach all the CPR to the nurses and other patient care staff. However, I left to work in a Funeral Home with my husband. This has been a dream of ours to own and Funeral Home, and it is finally beginning to come true for us. I sometimes miss the hospital life, but reading your experiences have been fun and enjoyable. I wish there were more nurses like you. In my experiences of being around the nurses at the hospital where I worked, many were hard and calloused and did not care to keep learning. “Why do we have to do CPR again?!” Others, looked forward to “Education Days” and knew it was important. Those were the nurses who had compassion and strived to do their best in their work. You seem to be one who enjoys learning and will continue to look for ways to broaden your education. Keep the humor and compassion alive! Humor is much neede in our profession (and also mine.) I admire you and wish you much luck and success your final months in school. You will be a great asset to the hospital where you will be working. Diane Karen – Jan. 25, 2006 Hi! Katie………..stumbled on your blog today. Didn’t even know about these blogs in “spaces”. So cool! You are a great writer of your experiences. My son and daughter-in-law are in the Air Force together. They are both going to college at night. Diana is trying to get all the pre – stuff completed but is only on her 3rd semester because just after she started a semester last year she had to withdraw because she was deployed to Iraq for 4 months. She is so eager to get the routine stuff out of the way then she will have a decision to make about leaving the AF so she can go to Nursing school full-time. What is the name of the school you are attending now? Was it difficult for you to get into the program? Did you have to wait long? I know some schools have limited space for new students. I live in the Atlanta, GA area and we have some good nursing schools here, but they are stationed in California and I don’t know where they will be in a couple of years. Well, I just loved reading about your experiences. I’ve put your blog in my favorites and will return to catch up on your latest news! Priscilla – Jan. 27, 2006 Hi 🙂 I found your blog because it was featured on the MSN Spaces page. It’s very interesting reading about your experiences in nursing school, as well as your stories about life. And I totally identified with the comment you made about the fact that it took you three months after graduating college before you found the job as a receptionist — I got my journalism degree a year ago, and right now I’m working as a receptionist in a radiology clinic. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll decide to go to nursing school (… but probably not!). Have a good day — Priscilla Felicity – Jan. 27, 2006 Thanks for visiting my site! Until the day comes that it’s soooo busy that I can’t reply to comments (har har) I’ll reply… so I have! 🙂 Have a great weekend and I hope you get some relaxing time. Felicity Tonya – Jan. 28, 2006 I am a fellow BSN nursing student, in my last year. I want to thank you for your posts. Something brought me here tonight and whatever it was made me realize that I am not alone and the feelings that made me cry for 1 hour prior to reading your posts were shared by someone else miles away. Best wishes to you Katie – you will make a difference in this world (even though I do not know you, you made a world of difference for me tonight). butterfly – Jan. 29, 2006 I am also a nursing student and I was under the impression that I was the only one in the world that was going through hell. Then while I was studying for finals I recieved you site from another classmate and it made me realize that I am not the only one that is going through hell. I just want you to know that I have really enjoyed you site. I was recently sent to an ICU unit and I felt retarded because the nurse I was with was talking a hundred miles an hour about this that and the other and in the back of my mind I can remember your site and I almost died of laughter in front of her. the only thing getting through was blah blah blah!! Kristen H – Jan. 30, 2006 Thanks for the link! You are full of such wonderful information! That will be good practice for me. It’s a lot different seeing it on an actual person as opposed to a drawing in a text book. My A&P class has an anatomy coloring book! I sat down and colored in it last night and it is kind of helpful. Well, take care! Daniel – Jan. 30, 2006 I’m starting my phlebotomy class this semester. I’ll be experiencing bruised veins like u katie. Ouch… Phlebotomy has a different concept from IV, but the same thing happens when u practice it… Pain. How’s your semester going at Kansas University? Brittany – Jan. 30, 2006 First of all, thank you for doing this site. I really don’t think you know just how much it helps me and others to read your posts and know that we’re not the only ones going through this. Next, you wrote a post about a PDA that you bought. Some of the comments mentioned a dell axium, epocrates, and tabers. Are these all PDA’s? Or are they programs? I would like to buy me one after seeing how much it seems to come in handy, but I don’t know too much about them. So if you have any good advice, and can find any time to respond, lol, please let me know. Thanks again, Brittany An Old Fashion Girl – Feb. 1, 2006 Thanks for your words of encouragement. However, I didn’t get to go because the car didn’t come home in time. This is good because it gives me a week to practice. Brittany – Feb. 6, 2006 Hey. It’s me again. I just wanted to say thanks for the information on PDAs. I found one that I really like (aTungsten E2, it really was the best one!) and its on its way. lol Thanks again! Felicity – Feb. 6, 2006 Hola Katie! Updated photos on my blog of the new ‘do. Good luck on the exam! Felicity Elaine McFadden – Feb. 8, 2006 Just want to say how much I love this site! I am in a program where we have two years at Community College then 18 months at Nursing school. I hope to start in the fall at the Nursing School. I know what I have to look forward to; teachers are universal! I will be asking for the Tungsten for my next holiday present!!!! Thanks for the site!! Steven – Feb. 10, 2006 Your stories are hilarious. I am from Missouri but run a Home Health Care company here in San Francisco. I love reading your stories every day! Good luck with school and be well. Steven Fishell Jane – Feb. 12, 2006 I havent visited in a while. Just dropped by to say “hello” and wish you well. ~Jane~ Aden – Feb. 13, 2006 Hey! Thanks so much! I hope you dont mind me adding your space in my fav. list on my page. :o) -Aden Jayleen Hille – Feb. 14, 2006 Happy Valentine’s Day! Strawberry Fields – Feb. 17, 2006 Wow you’ve had lots of visitor’s. Just passin’ through and thought I’d sign your guestbook. Hope you have a fabulous blister free weekend and Happy Belated St. Valentine’s Day. God bless you! Dawn – Feb. 19, 2006 Funny stuff!- from a fellow nursing student in VA. Keep up the with the nursing comic relief! 🙂 Kim – Feb. 23, 2006 I have 3 cats so I can definately understand the messes they get in. They are freaking hilarious. Karen – Feb. 24, 2006 Hi, I was blog hopping and found your fascinating blog. I have to admit, hospitals kinda scare me, but my favorite show on television is Scrubs. I guess it’s nice to see a scary place through more light-hearted eyes. Tracy Ulderich – Feb. 26, 2006 Just wanted to thank you for putting some confidence back in my son’s nurses. I knew somewhere there was an answer for my unfounded protective guilt 🙂 Thanks for helping out a wayword blogger!!! a fellow student – Feb. 26, 2006 I love your site! I heard about it from another student nurse friend of mine, and now I read it regularly. Even though my friends at school are all going through the same things as me, we don’t always have the time or motivation to commiserate like you do on here. I usually read your postings when I need a break from studying (When don’t I need a break?) and it helps to get me back on track. Thanks, and Good Luck! DandDsmommie – Feb. 27, 2006 Hi Katie! I hate to bother you but I have a question for you. I somehow got into my own blog space through another service. I relatives are so excited so now I want to switch to msn. I’m so confused…can you give my some pointers on how and where to begin???? I feel like a kindergartner! Hope you had a good weekend and didn’t burn out on studying! Thanks for all your help! Eve Danielle and Dan Bieling – Mar. 2, 2006 I stopped by. Nice site. Keep up the good nurse work. We need more nurses out there so we don’t have to have foreigners coming over here who can’t even speak english working in our hospitals. Good luck. Kristen H – Mar. 2, 2006 You’ve been double-teamed! I know what you mean. I really should be studying for my A&P final. Good luck with your nursing care plan! Jaden – Mar. 3, 2006 I stumbled onto your wonderful site! What a hoot! Love it! My hubby is an ER doc and our daughter is junior at KU who wisely decided on Finance degree. Her dad always told her ALSO not to go into medical field. One of her best friends is in nursing school now. There’s always another story when your in the medical field!! Erica – Mar. 5, 2006 Hi Katie. My name is Erica and I am in this nutrition class. It is killing me. I don’t know why I can’t seem to catch on to this stuff. Do you have any advise? If so please email me at ebalser@hotmail.com. Thanks. Megan – Mar. 7, 2006 Hey Katie, I found your web blog a couple months ago and absolutely love it! I’m a pre-nursing student, and I read your entries everyday. I’m trying to get through all my classes, figure out what to do next, prepare for the NET and exams, and work full time on top of it all. I get so discouraged sometimes, like I don’t know what/why I’m doing this. And then I read your blog and it reminds me of why I really want to do it….to help and care for people. I know classes, filling out endless paperwork, and trying to organize everything in order to get into nursing school is just a tiny roadblock. Once I get in, I know I’ll be happy with what I’m learning to do. Thank you for reminding me of that! Keep the great stories coming! Thanks…Megan Jayleen Hille – Mar. 8, 2006 Thanks! I’m doing well, but I need to be better about my diet. Warren James – Mar. 9, 2006 Hi Katie…. I have not been here in awhile because I had an acute case of belonephobia. Some lady at the local Red Cross Blood Drive started laughing when I told her my problem and then she proceeded to stick it to me…….So much for my belonephobia… and for bed side manner…. Oh well, at least I did not faint or squeal like a girlie man……. So I thought I would stop by and say hi and I hope you have good luck at finding a place to work. Cheers! Warren Jacqui Williams – Mar. 10, 2006 I have enjoyed my visit. Brought back memories of when I was in nursing school. Evelyn Diaz – Mar. 11, 2006 hi, I stumbled upon yor site a few months ago. I have to tell you, I really enjoy reading your blog. I am studing to be a teacher but am seriously thinking of getting into an accelerated nursing program after I finish. Sue – Mar. 12, 2006 talked to hubby, probably work it out if you’re interested, but he thinks you found me through my site for our grandson, jadens room (wink,wink). Just drop me a line if you want to shadow. Kristyl X_x – Mar. 16, 2006 I found your site through Man oh Manny. I love your site! keep up the great work! I added your link to my site 🙂 Cheers Sue – Mar. 18, 2006 ARRGGHHH!!!! THE PAIN!!! NOT AGAIN! My sisters aren’t answering their phones and Jaden (grandson’s dad) is in a coma on the couch down south. hahaha. ESPN curse again. If only more the half had NOT predicted KU in the final four this year. We are too young!!! Have fun tomorrow if you’re able to make it. Rick – Mar. 24, 2006 I love your space! Good luck to your job hunting and everything! Gina – Mar. 28, 2006 Hi Katie… Just curious…a while ago you posted something about those ads that you can put on your space. You warned us about something but I can’t remember what it was. I tried taking a look in the archives but I couldn’t find anything. Can you let me know again what that Kandoole thing is all about? Gina – Mar. 29, 2006 Thx, Katie! I’m not interested in the ads thing, but I know someone who is and I wanted that person to have all the facts about it! Your info was very helping. Manny says purr to Isis. Barbara – Apr. 3, 2006 Hi Katie, I have been coming to your space for awhile now and find it absolutely wonderful. And this was all before I learned I will be starting the RN program this fall…..something I never thought possible for me. I am 47 years old, my children are all young adults in college, and I plan to celebrate my 50th birthday with a degree and a job I will love. Your site is very helpful and I love all of the advice, and wanted to let you know that I will probably popping in quite regularly to read and learn. I love your stories, the funny ones and the serious ones. The one about your clown really touched me, and you did excellent writing of the situation. While I was reading it, tears came, but I knew how lucky he was to have you there beside him. Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration to anyone choosing nursing as a profession. ~ Barbara ~ I hope you don’t mind I put a link to you on my site so I can get here in a pinch! 🙂 Tracy Swain-Grant – Apr. 12, 2006 Hi, Katie! I am a pre-nusing student and I just looked at your site for the first time and I liked it a lot. I am worried about wanting to be a nurse when I get upset when I watch a show on tv where a kid is sick, I wonder if I will be strong enough to keep my emotions in check. I wanted to know if this was a problem for you could you please e-mail and tell me your answer if you have the time? Thank You! Tracy Jo DeMott – Apr. 14, 2006 I retired from nursing several years ago. We were just into the computer documentation. As a night nurse in a VA hospital, I had the fun of editing the sequence of notes as PT.OT.Doctors, pharmactist,nurses et al were charting on line at times convenient to them and they were not in proper sequence. We had not gotten into medications charting on computers at that time. Thank God. My friends back at the VA hate this especially when giving prns. I remember giving meds to 72 patients @6am and some had as many as 10 different meds. Don’t understand how they can do that today…..Enjoying my retirement…Have fun. Enjoyed your writing. Jo Gina – Apr. 17, 2006 Hi Katie: Unfortunately my grandmother had the unfortunate opportunity for a hospital stay. She has been in the hospital for two weeks while the doctors try and figure out what is causing her to have stomach pains that caused her to pass out and hit her head. She’s been there for two weeks now and I have been thinking of you and this blog a lot. I’ve been logging many hours at the hosptial visiting her and quietly observing the nurses. You can tell right away which nurses have the heart of gold and the ones who should’ve found something else to do a long time ago. Those are the nurses that don’t answer pages or finds the Aide to do something she feel she is above. There has been one nurse, that wasn’t even my Grandma’s nurse that has been a Godsend! She has helped my grandmother when her Nurse was nowhere to be found, has comforted my mom, has tracked down doctors for us, etc. She is constantly whizzing out of her assigned patients rooms making sure everyone has what they need. Truly remarkable. She pokes her head in the room and has daily conversations with my Grandmother, just chatting with her about the most mundane things It really makes my heart swell to see how caring and devoted she is. You know I’ve been reading your blog for a really long time, and I think you are going to be one of the best nurses ever because you care. I hope that never changes and I wish you all the success, because hospitals and patients need your positive attitude and devotion. Keep at it, Katie! BTW, I have the upmost respect for you, your peers and colleagues for all the hard work you do day in and day out. dannie – Apr. 20, 2006 just thought i’d say “hi”….i really enjoy your blog…my boyfriend of almost 4 years has gone back to school for his RN…he has one more school year after this semester!! woo hoo!! we’re both over 30, and although he’s doing awesome in classes, he cannot wait to get out into the work force! it’s nice to read about your experiences and recognize and understand what he’s going thru right now. (you know guys don’t always volunteer all the details!) lol….keep up the good work….and good luck in everything you do. dannie long island, ny tracey makowe – May 1, 2006 WOW! Look at all your comments! LOL I really really like your space. Really. I love the banner. Very creative. I will be back to visit again. Brenda – May 3, 2006 Just a eeny weeny request: Can I add your space to my “Great Spaces” list? I enjoy visiting and want to make my blog walk easier. Please? 🙂 CJ – May 7, 2006 Thanks for commenting on my site! I’ll be back to visit yours frequently just to see what’s happening in the world of cats! Jeannie Gina – May 8, 2006 My Grandmother is doing much better. She is in a Rehab facility now to help with her recovery. It’s been a mth since she’s been home, but hopefully very soon. Thanks for asking about her, I appreciate that a lot! Kristyl X_x – May 10, 2006 Here is something I found that you may find interesting! 🙂 http://blogshares.com/blogs.php?blog=http%3A%2F%2Fspaces.msn.com%2Flilk8tob%2F Korku – May 15, 2006 Cool Space!!!!! Check Mine Out!!!! stacey freeman – May 18, 2006 Hi i’m stacey just wanted to let you know that yop have a great space, very interesting. I’m glad i checked it out. Paul Brady – May 18, 2006 Hi Katie, I stop by your site occasionally to check out your stories and see how your doing…….you remind me that it’s normal to make mistakes and freak out (in your mind) cause you have no idea what your doing while in nursing school………Thanks for your stories…..you are more supportive than you realize. You have a strong resemblance to one of our Peds instructors, good luck on HESI, I ended up with a 926 on this last one, just happy to have Peds and Maternity over with. We go to advanced Med-Surg & Psych in August……it’s supposed to be a hard semester, hopefully I’ll get through it though. Good luck on everything……Jay Heidie – May 19, 2006 Just wanted to let you know that I love stopping in and reading your blog. I’m in a 4-year nursing program in South Dakota. Upon returning to school in the fall, I will be a senior! You have such a positive attitude and a great perspective on things! Alex Chan – May 21, 2006 Hello from across the Atlantics. Very impressive blog! Funny and informative. Nursie To Be – May 30, 2006 Hi Katie! I’ve been checking out your site for a little while now, and I figured I should stop being so rude and stalker-ish, and just introduce myself! I am starting school in the fall for pre-health/nursing. Gotta get those pesky pre-req’s out of the way first. I’m so glad I stumbled onto your space! I have a lot of fun reading it, and always look forward to your next post. Keep up the good work in school. Shannon Evelyn Diaz – May 31, 2006 WOW. I JUST READ YOUR COMMENT. I THOUGH NO ONE WOULD ACTUALLY READ MY BLOG AND THAT’S WHY I STOPPED WRITTING. THAT SUGAR PILL THING YOU SPOKE ABOUT I VERY INTERESTING. Laurie – June 2, 2006 Hi,I just happened to read your blog.I was truly touched by your stories about student nursing.The kindness and compassion you showed to the pt who had been a clown making others smile was inspiring.This is truly where nursing lives.We can learn “stuff and skills” but if we don’t have compassion for who we take care of it is just a job and will burn us out eventually. I also loved the entry about the Nicu nurse.I am a pediatric nurse and can totally relate.While I am at work these children might as well be my own.Not much can take me away from a sick baby or child. Good luck with your career,don’t let go of the ability to care,have compassion or the need to take a moment to spend with a pt that at that moment needs nothing else from you. megs – June 4, 2006 Hi, just wanted to let you know that I’ve linked to you from the new version of my msn space. Loryn – June 9, 2006 Katie, I started an accelerated program 4 weeks ago for my second degree. I cannot tell you how wonderful your site is! Because of you, I am using study stacks, purchased a PDA, got hints for my pharm class, and have read great stories! Thank you so much for continuing your blog, you really are helping so many people!!!!! Jo DeMott – June 12, 2006 Katie…come on over and tell me how you put your Guest book in….Can’t find an easy way……lol Also read my “this is your world”….think you would find it interesting….Jo Charis – July 1, 2006 Hi Katie! I’ve heard a lot about you from Shelbe. I’m her friend from JCCC who will be going to KUMed in the fall. I started a blog a few days ago. Hopefully, it will take off. :o) Just wanted to say “hello”. By the way, you are an excellent story teller. Charis Crystal – July 8, 2006 I just wanted to say congratulations on soon finishing school. You emailed me about a year ago when i was asking you about nursing because I was thinking of going into it…. but was intimadated by the whole process. I have since started my pre-reqs for the program. Thank you for your encouragement. I am certain that you will succeed and go far in life. Good luck! – crystal Michael Skidmore – July 18, 2006 Congadulations, on becoming a nurse, a truly noble undertaking, as the husband of a nurse, and stepdad of one already nurse and one with a year to go. You have joined a group of people dedicated to help others. May God bless you and all nurses. martin – July 26, 2006 I wrote you many months ago, I am a Nursing Supervisor and have been nurse for almost 30 years now, ack. Enjoy following your growth, youll do fine. Something has come up recently that might be worth discussing in your groups and something for all to think about. The last week two nurses along with a physician were arrested in New Orleans for murder for actions they may or may not have taken in the horrible scene ito which they volunteered to stay and assist in the aftermath of Katrina. point 1. What would you do?, Do you know what you would do? 2. Could any of us afford to defend our actions in this situation and to what level should we be held accountable? I think this whole situation is worth a long and serious discussion as we “cruise” through our everyday disasters that are maybe not so unsurmountable, just a thought. mom_3_b – Aug. 18, 2006 Love your space……….congrats on your new job. Elizabeth Larene – Aug. 21, 2006 Just stopping by to congratulate you on being featured this week on “What’s Your Story”. Good luck on job hunting. Someone on Windows Live – Aug. 21, 2006 Just wanted to say thanks for sharing you stories! I also have a BA in Psych and Soc and have hated every job I had since I graduated in 1998. Not sure if it was the meager pay or the stress of working with low income, high risk familes that drove me over the edge. I was enrolled to start my master’s in applied developmental psych this fall but decided about a week ago to go to nursing school instead. I’m glad i ran across your blog. It is helpful already!! Kristen H – Aug. 22, 2006 Hey Katie! I wanted to ask you what kind of shoes you bought? I have to find all white shoes for my program. Of course they need to be comfortable, but you already knew that! Thanks! clubheadthbre34 – Aug. 23, 2006 hello just checked out your blog and can say you accomplished alot and wish i had the drive when i was your age to do the same. makes me feel good inside to know that people like yourself are succeding in life. (no name) – Aug. 23, 2006 Katie your stories are hilarious and helpful. I just got accepted to the LPN program starting this October, and then I will bridge over to the RN. I’d love to keep in touch with you to be able to ask questions or just vent about the day. My email is gotmyownmail@yahoo.com My name is Kristy Debbie – Aug. 23, 2006 Hang in there. I’ve been in nursing for 24 years. It sucks some days but it’s NEVER boring. (no name) – Aug. 23, 2006 Hi Katie! I just started reading your blog and find it very interesting since I’m a pre-nursing student and I cannot wait to get into the real deal! Chemistry is giving me fits, and sometimes I’m not sure if I’m really smart enough to do all of this. It’s the only thing I need to get out of the way! I will take any advice you can give! I wish you lots of luck and look forward to reading more! Stephanie Roxie Hillis – Aug. 23, 2006 Hi. I was just spending my last days of summer thinking. Can I make it another semester? The last semester on the end I thought I’m losing my mind. But, now that I have read your blog it kinda gave me the kick start. Thanks for taking the time to encourage us, Roxie (no name) – Aug. 23, 2006 Dear Katie, I just stumbled across your site and I love your stories! They remind me of the time I let a patient have a BM in a shampoo ring thinking it was an “inflatable bedpan.” Yikes! I wish I could have read your blog when I started nursing school – 34 years ago! My career has taken many twists and turns – staff nurse, supervisor, nursing instructor, now VP for a software development company. Remember your first job will not be your last – wring what you can learn from it and use that insight as you begin the next. Nursing offers sooo many opportunities these days. Expect to have a long, varied and satisfying career. Good luck! Julie (no name) – Aug. 24, 2006 I just came across your blog. VERY interesting to say the least! I am 1/2way through my nursing program, and reading your words has given me hope that I can do it! If any of you out there have tips for a nursing student and mother of 3 busy boys like me, feel free to write! H from WA Arleen – Aug. 24, 2006 Hey Katie, congrats for you and I’m sure you do well in nursing! I’m doing NCLEX review class right now(it’s required by my school) and will take my Board exam next month. I go to school in Denver and my boyfriend of almost 4 yrs works in Dallas, so I kinda can relate to your stories…anyways…I also already kinda look around for nursing jobs especially in NorthDallas area, that’s where he lives (and me too later on) but for now I’m focusing to pass the board (I wish I could be a very good multiple test takers, like you, any tips ? ) …oh I’ll turn 25 this December and unfortunately I’m not a cat person,sorry! I’m in http://www.friendster.com ID: rlenevnt@yahoo.com Missabecca – Aug. 25, 2006 I justed wanted to say Hi! Hi! I’ve been addicted to your blog since you recieved the best of thingy. I have to say that reading your blogs have given me courage to keep trying..I’m alot older than you and new to this college thing, so it is pretty dang scarey. I’ve finished my pre-reqs and went thru a phase of wondering if what I am doing is right, considered doing med. assistant as the wussy way out. I finally clicked that I was just scared shitless, but reading your blog about your first days helped me to realize I’m not the only one that is scared, mainly of making a dufus out of myself…. But once again congrats to finishing and on the internship…thats awesome!! Good luck in all that you do!! Becca Joan Gram – Aug. 25, 2006 Hi, I was just checking out the internet and came across your site. Congratulations on your new job and all the best. Take care. Grandmom Teddy – Aug. 25, 2006 Hey, congradulation for your job, i just passed by your space. Good luck 😉 (no name) – Aug. 26, 2006 Katie, Thanks for sharing your stories with us. I hope you can find the time after you start working to update your blog. I’m working on my pre-reqs now; half-way done. Enjoyed General Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Sociology. Was glad when English Comp. I and II were over with! The human body fascinates me and it’s just miraculous the way the human body works. I am really looking forward to completing my education and getting out there to help others as an R.N. Congrats on the new job you posted about the other day and update when you can! Amy Jessica232006 – Aug. 30, 2006 Your site is awsome. When I started my nursing program I truely believed I was the only idiot in the class. I was one of 3 in the class who had no backgroud in the medical field… the rest were CNA’s, EMT’s, medical assistants, ect… After realizing that I wasn’t the only one who was overcome by these feelings, I learned to relax. And making a fool of myself was probably the best learning experiences I could have had. I decided to go for LPN to get my feet wet and decide if I like it. So far, so good. I will go on once my little ones are a bit older. Now, for that pesky problem of finding a job… Good luck with all your endevors. I hope everything pans out for you. Someone on Windows Live – Aug. 31, 2006 Looks like you’re on your way, even if you don’t know where Pittsburgh is! Hugs, MuMo (no name) – Aug. 31, 2006 I just came across your blog (I think from Man oh Manny actually) and am really enjoying it so far. I live in Cleveland, OH (about two hours from Pittsburgh by the way) where I am awaiting word from a school here in town as to whether or not I will be part of their January 2007 accelerated nursing class. I hope that you continue to update your blog now that you are graduated as I’m already finding your stories to be a huge help in preparing me for what lies ahead. I’m nervous about the program but your advice and comments are extremely encouraging and I appreciate knowing that I am not the only one out there who is terrified that I’ll screw up several times along the way. I followed the link to study stack which is the most amazing web site ever and I’m sure it will be a huge help next year…I, like you, am a big fan of flash cards. And I’ve added “a new palm” (I have an older model now) to my list of things to get before school starts. If/when I’m accepted, January won’t get here fast enough. Keep up the good work with your blog. I’ve bookmarked your site and will be checking in daily to see what the latest is. L e e A – Sept. 1, 2006 Hi Katie. Thanks so much for coming by my space. Now you know what occupies me in my retirement! lol Although there are enough RN’s and MD’s (and one DVM) in mine and my wife’s family to staff a small hospital, I am the one that chose another field (mechanical engineering) but chose to work in a hospital (the one that you applied at). However, the one that I worked at was the Regional Hospital of the same name in Grapevine. (They couldn’t pay me enough to drive to downtown Dallas!) It was one of the most rewarding jobs that I ever had. In my opinion, RN’s are the unsung heroes in the medical profession. (My wife, also an RN, is standing beside me. I had to say that! lol) Seriously, I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t meant it. Good luck in your endeavors, and hope to hear from you again. Lee Krista – Sept. 12, 2006 I just graduated from the BScN program in Toronto and boy do I ever wish you were in my classes!! I have read a few of your entries and love the way you express yourself and your experiences. I definitely think more student nurses need to check out this site, or even start sites of their own. I couldn’t agree more on the importance of writing out your thoughts etc. while going through nursing school. I thought about quitting many times because of how stupid I felt or how I didn’t feel like I knew what the heck I was doing, but like you, I stuck it out (all 4 years!!) and am verrrry happy that I did. I am also going through my first ‘real world’ job hunting right now, so best of luck to you! I know how frustrating/stressful it can be. Keep up the great posts!!! -Krista Bebu – Sept. 20, 2006 Hello Katie, I just came across your blog and I really enjoy it. Thank you for sharing all our experiences; it is a good way for me to see if I could handle it. I would like to become a midwife, and obvisouly being a nurse-midwife is a possibility. I haven’t made up my mind yet, about which route I would like to take to become a midwife (Certified Nurse Midwife, Direct Entry Midwife…), but since my husband just started a job at a University and I could get my schooling for half the price, going to nursing school is becoming a real option…it’s almost like a sign! So thank you again for sharing! I’ll keep reading. Bebu Bebu – Sept. 20, 2006 Sorry I typed my URL wrong… Carrie – Oct. 2, 2006 Hi Katie! I love your blog; it is very entertaining. You are an excellent writer and story teller. Tim sent me a link to it. I am a mother of three who is accepted to the Research AO program for next year. I would love to get an insider’s perspective on it and how do-able it would be for me. I am nervous and second-guessing myself. Would you chosse the AO again, or would you pick a slower paced program? Would you choose RU, or would you try somewhere else? Did anybody flunk out or nearly flunk out? Are the teachers understanding in the case of catastrophe (sickness, late because of a traffic jam, etc). I am very curious to hear what you think…I feel like if I am going to try to apply somewhere else I better do it soon! (RU is the only place I applied). Do you have any advice? Congratulations on passing the NCLEX. That is awesome!!! Thank you!!! Carrie Carrie – Oct. 2, 2006 Hi Katie! I thought that my email would be linked with my name, but it looks like it’s not. My email is ckriegks@yahoo.com Thanks again, Carrie Phurbu – Oct. 9, 2006 Congratualations katie! I was praying all along that you would pass and it was really good news. A big congratualations!!! I regularly read your blog and it cheers me up all the time. I am still in the student phase. I tremendously enjoy your blog; always read it before i go to bed and somehow always makes me feel good. You have been an inspiration, a great help. You are just too good. I am so happy for you…a blog fan. Phurbu – Oct. 27, 2006 I remember sometime back, you referred to a site where we can do free NCLEX questions. I used it one time and was able to do some. I have added the link under my favorites, I was trying to access to it..its no longer in function. Do you know of any other sites where we can practice some questions. Thanks again. I have one more year to go. I read your blog regularly. As always cheers and motivates me to go on…Pema Thomas – Nov. 16, 2006 Cograts Katie on becoming an RN!!!!!!!! I haven’t been on your blog for sometime, but visited today…….Glad to see you were able to finish and take your boards and pass. Welcome to the profession and good luck with your career…..Bill RN Jaclyn – Nov. 19, 2006 Katie!!! NO WRITING ABOUT MY CRAZY ADVENTURES ON HERE!!! they are copy righted…. lol unless its about me getting struck by lightning…. anyway, had to leave you some RN love. Had a great time the other night…. lets release stress more often! And the other half is always welcome…. his cover charge is “x” number of available bachelors! lol Lorrie in Kansas – Dec. 6, 2006 Congratulations on passing your boards! I haven’t been to your site in a while and was wondering if you were continuing your blog now that you are no longer a student nurse. Glad to see it I took my state boards a year ago in January. I remember when the computer shut off (somewhere between 75 and 80 questions), I was thinking, NO!!!!! That’s not enough questions!!! I studied too hard for this exam, throw me some more! Give me more questions! Then I started thinking the same thing, I must of really messed up. Thankfully, the questions are for entry level nurses, and they only expect you to get 50% of them correct. (Found that out after I tested) I guess the first thing I realized after graduating and passing boards was, “I still have a lot to learn.” School teaches you the basics techniques, modalaties and theories, and how to prepare for the NCLEX, but nothing, even clinicals, really touch on what it’s like to be a RN (Real Nurse). Good luck and I hope you continue to post! Lorrie in KS Lisa – Dec. 31, 2006 Hi! I’ve been reading your blog and thought I’d say hello 🙂 I just applied to Nursing school, and I’ve gotten a big kick out of reading your blog! You have a lot of great tips too…I just got a palm pilot and I’ve already been playing with studystack. Thanks a lot for all your help! Lisa Bobbie – Jan. 21, 2007 Hi. I’ve been looking for someone as enthusiastic about Nursing as I am. I am awaiting acceptance to the program in Austin, TX to recieve my RN training. I have enjoyed your stories. I can see by your writing that you are indeed passionate about your new profession and i’m sure you will succeed in the ER! I don’t know what kind of nursing I plan on exploring. I only know what I would not like to do…. So how did you go about your decicsion to become an ER Nurse? I’d be curious to know. Katie – Feb. 1, 2007 Hi Katie, I was just checking in to see how things were going. Noticed you haven’t been writing for a while. Just a bit concerned… everything ok? Ju
  70. sylvia giem – Mar. 16, 2007
    The blog thing is entirely new to me, but I somehow landed in yours. I am a retired RN who trained in the late 1950s in San Francisco. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through your blog. You do a great job of conveying the atmosphere of a job that is so much more than a job. Thanks!

    Solimar – Mar. 19, 2007
    HI! I have no idea how I came about reading your blog, but I love it! I’m a CNA right now, going to school to get my RN… I totally appreciate the step-by-step!! 🙂

    parweeza sohun – Mar. 19, 2007
    hi
    im so happy u shared ur experience as a nurse
    coz im a rn in & i wanted to share my experiences as a nurse wanted people how interesting our job is

    parweeza sohun – Mar. 19, 2007
    hi
    im so happy u shared ur experience as a nurse
    coz im a rn in & i wanted to share my experiences as a nurse wanted people how interesting our job is

    Candace Khan – Mar. 21, 2007
    Hey,thought ur story was cool.Tanx 4 d encouragement sweetie 🙂

    Kelly – Mar. 22, 2007
    Katie,
    I came across your blog on Nursing Voices. I’d like to invited you to check out a great nursing social network we do marketing for: http://www.nurselinkup.com

    I’d love to get your feedback on the site, as it’s really new and we’re trying to make it the best online space for nurses. Have a great day!
    Kelly

    Cecile – Apr. 8, 2007
    Hi Katie,

    I am currently completing my prerequisites for nursing school, and I will be starting nursing school next fall. That is if I don’t end up on a waiting list. But I must say your blog is very engaging. And I love your stories about attending nursing school and doing clinicals. And of course now your stories about your experiences at the hospital as an RN. But I have a question are you an ER nurse? Because I want to be an ER nurse, but when do you get to decide what kind of a nurse you want to be. Is during nursing school or when you apply for a job? Your advice is very encouraging. Although, I am not quite sure about creating my own blog, and writing about it all–like you have. I never think I am important enough to have my own blog..haha.

    Congratulations on passing your board exam.

    JAN HELGE – Apr. 21, 2007
    Hello Katie.
    I was surfing the net and found your space. Watched your catphotos, they were very cute.
    Best regards from Norway. Take care.

    (no name) – May 23, 2007
    This a great blog! I hope to learn a lot from your experiences. I am starting the nursing program in Fall 2007 and I am a bit nervous…but this is really an exciting field!

    Souad

    I. Veronica Alejo – May 30, 2007
    hi!!! this is a great blog!!!

    Alex Wang – May 30, 2007
    hiiiii,nice to see your great blog^_^

    Delete52Mitch – May 31, 2007
    Greetings from Alabama. You’ve got a great blog. Keep it up!

    Asmaa – May 31, 2007
    Hi Katie!

    You have an awesome and very entertaining blog.

    Adan – June 1, 2007
    luv the Blog!
    and awesome page!

    Michelle – June 1, 2007
    Hello Katie..I love your blog. Keep up the great work girl! Good luck in nursing.

    Jackie – June 2, 2007
    I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Keep up the good work. I love peds ER too!

    Yours Truly . . . – June 3, 2007
    Greetings.

    Wedding Plate Poem – June 4, 2007
    Congrats on your new career! I have been a medical transcriptionist for the past 30+ years and can identify with your posts about your patients…since I type PE’s and such! Your notes about your boyfriend are priceless. He is lucky to have you! Good luck in your career! Sandy :o)

    Gracie – June 5, 2007
    I love your blog! it is interesting and i learned alot from it. I will definetly check back here!
    ~grace~

    Jeremy – June 7, 2007
    I think you captured the NCLEX moment! enjoyed reading your experiences J

    Princess – June 9, 2007
    Oh i absolutely loved reading through your entires! I’m in my first year of my Bachelor of Nursing, and reading through your experiences have given me such new insights and a reality of what to expect. You really do pull anyone towards the nursing career and I must say, you’ve definately added a boost to my passion of becoming a R.N 🙂 Thankyou.

    Karri Placencio – Aug. 12, 2007
    I love reading about what you are going through and what you have been through. As a student nurse myself, your blogs help me realize that there are alot of us out there in the same boat, and for some reason that makes me feel better.

    Asmaa – Oct. 8, 2007
    Hi Katie – I would just like to say how wonderful your blog is! I am 15 yrs. old, and I would love to become an R.N. but sometimes I have doubts like getting nervous about whether or I would do everything correctly, and would it be stressful and etc.

    So, I wanted to ask you, while you were earning your degree as an R.N. did you have doubts yourself and if so, what were they?

    I miss your blogs!!!

    Sincerely,
    Asmaa

    Asmaa – Oct. 17, 2007
    Katie, I definitely thinkthat you should turn your blog enteries into some type book as maybe a guide for student nurses and even those who are interested in this field but have some many doubts similar to yours. I think it would be a best-seller – you should think about it!

    Deb – Oct. 29, 2007
    I just stumbled onto your blog. I am loving it!

    Jmite1 – Nov. 18, 2007
    I like when ER’s have good nurse’s. I have been the ER alot here in NJ, for this and that. The Hosp. i go to saved my life. There were good DR’s and Nurses there. thank you, carry on

    GroovySandy – Nov. 24, 2007
    Hi there- great blog! And one that I’ll reference for the next two years– I’m starting nursing school in January. Many Thanks, Sandy

    Dennis Kennedy – Nov. 28, 2007
    Came across your site while searching for akathisia information. Congrats on the fiance!

    Erin – Dec. 23, 2007
    Hello, just ran across your story about the code blue at the peds hospital. I am a nurse and I am always looking for others in the same position that I am in. I have invited you as a friend, hope we can chat…~Erin

    Michelle D – Dec. 24, 2007
    Hey! I just wanted to wish u a very Merry Christmas!! I hope u are having a wonderful one!

    Ayhan AKBABA – Jan. 7, 2008
    http://www.idealsohbet.com fit 🙂

    Alyssa Kathleen – Jan. 25, 2008
    so great! love it! I’ll find time to read all your entries. Godspeed.
    (www.themedicalmission.blogspot.com)

    Alyssa
    PHILIPPINES

    L e e A – Feb. 3, 2008
    Hi Katie. I wanted to let you know that I had been here. Hope all is going well with you.
    Blessings
    Lee

    L e e A – Apr. 21, 2008
    Hi Katie. I just came by to see how you were doing. Hope everything is well with you. I’m imagine you don’t have a whole lot of time to post here anymore, but I’d love to hear from you occasionally. My wife is thinking more and more of retiring (which is quite a change in her from a couple of years ago! LOL).
    Take care, and many blessing to you.

    Lee

    DAN STAHL – May 15, 2008
    I left a comment in your “blue is not good”. It was honest & funny at the same time.

    retea – May 18, 2008
    Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know I stopped by. I really enjoyed your page. I just graduated from Nursing school May 08 and am looking forward to working full time in the hospital. Your stories were inspiring, thanks for sharing them. Take care.

    VALRIG – May 20, 2008
    I READ MANY OF YOUR BLOGS. LIKED THEM ALL.

    amber authement – May 21, 2008
    Hi! i really enjoyed reading your stories about the ER, im finishing my prerequisites and should be in nursing school next summer, i hope we can be friends on here, i would love to have somebody i could ask questions about nursing and stuff, neway God Bless – Amber

    Peter Berger – May 21, 2008
    Just to let you know I visited. Pete

    antonettejamesblack – May 22, 2008
    i am a reader not a writer and i enjoy your blog a whole lot keep it up.

    SR – May 23, 2008
    Thanks for writing it.

    EARL OSWALT – May 26, 2008
    My wife was a pn instructor for may years, hope you enjoy nursing as much as she did. geat pictures!

    Iz – May 27, 2008
    Hi Katie: I have read some of your blog and would love to have a caring nurse working with mesuch as you. I have too many ER visits to count or remember ; but I will remember how you have put a different spin on my next go round. Thanks

    Tammy Reed – May 30, 2008
    Hi Katie,

    I haven’t set up my web page and when to browse at others to see how they look I landed right on yours. My daughter is going to college in the fall for nursing so I will try to leave her your blog – your posts look interesting and insightful! Tammy

    Bama – May 31, 2008
    Very Interesting. Most Sites & Blogs Are Boring If Even That. Father-N-Law In Hospital With Chest Pains & Colon And Not Sure What Else. Just Joined So Not Much Here Yet. Have A Blog On Other Site I Use To Share Weird Stuff & Pics..

    http://poffnews.blogspot.com/

    Ashlin Ellis – June 3, 2008
    I love your stories! I am a nusing student about two days away from burnout, “I think” I just happened to run across your space. I just got off work and once again will study all night Fun, but you made me laugh so I think I will make it through the next couple of hours ok. Thanks

    Paul R. – June 5, 2008
    Hi. I enjoyed your space. I will be back.

    Alyssa Fogarty – June 6, 2008
    i really enjoy reading your space!!

    Kelly Walters – June 7, 2008
    I really enjoyed your blog, especially the one about gas. That one had my boyfriend and I laughing so hard!! I look forward to reading more.

    Check out my space at http://kellyandherantics.spaces.live.com/ or go to my MySpace which I visit EVERY day at http://www.myspace.com/kellylwalters and be sure to visit my Market America web portal where if you sign on as a Preferred Customer, you can SHOP AT OVER 3,000 PARTNER STORES at a DISCOUNT and get everything for your WEDDING or anything else INCLUDING CUSTOMIZED ISOTONIC NUTRITION or “CUSTOM COCKTAIL”. TAKE THE FREE ‘NUTRI-PHYSICAL’ TODAY AND FIND OUT WHAT NUTRIENTS YOUR BODY NEEDS. GENETIC TESTING IS AVAILABLE WITH THE ‘GENE SNP’ ANALYSIS, TOO. Shop at http://www.marketamerica.com/klw and thanks in advance!

    Julie – June 7, 2008
    I just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m seriously considering going back to college to become a nurse, and reading your blog is encouraging me to do so.

    Julie – June 7, 2008
    I just wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m seriously considering going back to college to become a nurse, and reading your blog is encouraging me to do so.

    Shae Tidwell – June 7, 2008
    Hi, I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I am a student nurse in my third semester and I believe I can honestly say that it is the hardest thing that I have ever done.

    Lynne McAteer – June 12, 2008
    Hi, I really enjoyed your page. I cant work anymore (health reasons), but your stories made me, again, feel a part of hospital life (from the right perspective)… Keep up the good work! I started my own myspace account last year but only got to enter one post… have rediscovered and updated my profile – I now need to work on the content, but have such a long way to go to get even close to yours…

    Marlena – June 20, 2008
    Hello – I really enjoyed your page! I am trying to get into the nursing field – even though I am considered a “nontraditional” student because of my age BUT nonetheless – nothing will stop me from fulfilling my dream and going through your page and reading your blogs and such has given me renewed inspiration! Thank you so much! Also – your pages of your wedding and honeymoon are lovely. Enjoy! Take care, Marlena

    Annette Carrasquillo – June 20, 2008
    You have talent as a writer; of course as a nurse too!! I have a daughter at med school, so I can relate to all the trials and tribulations but to the joys as well, when you are doing something that is fullfilling. Needless to say, I have enjoyed your blog and wish you the best in your married life.

    Kent Lyman – June 24, 2008
    I enjoyed your blog. Keep up the good work on all fronts.

    Regina – June 24, 2008
    Absolutely loved your blog. Like another or so who have signed your guestbook, I can’t work anymore either due to health problems, but I still love to read nursing stories and keep in touch with my former co-workers and classmates. You have such a way with your writing and your stories definitely brought a ray of sunshine and laughter to my day! THANKS for taking the time to share! …. Regina

    Jim Gleason – June 27, 2008
    Just about to launch my own first blog, to use as an interactive example to engage my computer class for seniors here, I stumbled across your wonderful blog. Found myself laughing at your “Farting story” and laughing even more imagining my class of seniors (seniors by age, not as in “high school”) when they read it after I offer it as their homework reading assignment (getting them into the blogging concept) at our next class as an example of an interesting and fun blog.

    Congratulations on that wedding. Loved the pictures, especially of the photographer who went into the surf with you too! That’s a dedicated photographer.

    – Jim G

    Diana – June 28, 2008
    I do hope to come back and read more of your site with permission, or just an OK. I have stayed quite to myself till now. Only converse back and forth with one person so far. I just took a glimpes of your wedding, and it looks like you had a good day to have it.
    I had all together 3 Nurses in my family, one a brother passed away now. Do think you have a very a lot of readers. This is only my secound step out of my own spaces. I won’t be able to get back, if you don’t have the time to visit my spaces. I do hope you are very happy. Diana

    Lisa Marie – July 1, 2008
    I came across your space just by chance. I am in college trying to finish my prereq’s for the nursing program at LMC. I know reading your stories will help me prepare for what’s ahead. I hope you don’t mind me coming back.

    Lisa

    Someone on Windows Live – July 5, 2008
    What a delight to read! As a nurse with over 20 years experience, a very small amount of it in ER, I am so impressed by your passion and sense of fun. I did hospice care for most of my career, and it is certainly a lot slower, but also has its ups & downs. I miss working with the kids, though I did a little with pediatric hospice. You give me hope for the next generation of nurses. Had to laugh at your note about needing to learn Spanish. I worked in South America with a plastic surgery group for a short time, and became fluent quickly. Of course, now it’s gone. Any extra language is useful. Blessings be yours.

    Ruth – July 6, 2008
    I love your wedding pictures. You cried out of happiness. I did when I was married.

    Andrew Maynard – July 17, 2008
    I have just read some of your exploits and I am impressed the photos are pretty cool as well.

    james moore – July 19, 2008
    I thought those pictures were pretty good. I’m planning on getting married too soon. I hope my wedding will be just as nice

    Elladine Jackson – July 22, 2008
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog this was so refreshing. I know you will become an exceptional Nurse.
    Your pictures are very nice,

    Karmel – July 22, 2008
    Hello…This is my first time checking out these spaces, and I couldnt b more pleased. U write very well and I agree with many that U are an exceptional Nurse. I was a Medical Assistant and worked in many offices and specialities but did a long stint working in Peds and absolutly loved it. I can really relate to what u r going thru and loved reading about ur daily experencies, I will b returning often n enjoying them as they come. I havent taken the time to look thru ur pics yet,but whats on the front page looks like u had a georgous wedding and u 2 make a great looking couple, I will b looking at those lovely wedding pics soon. Best of luck to U n ur Husband.. I second what “Kenny” said… “Keep up the good work on ALL fronts” and Good Luck with All the “fronts” also.
    Take Care, there are many who need U
    Karmel

    Becky – July 23, 2008
    Hi, sounds like you are having fun, and you will make a good nurse.

    b – July 24, 2008
    That is a cute story:) Thanks for sharing!

    Chas . – July 25, 2008
    The fart story had me in tears. I needed a good laugh today, thank you. What you do is absolutely amazing. I was an EMT/First Responder for years. Even the most greusome trauma never bothered me. But the one thing that turns me inside out is when a child is hurt. Keep up the good work. God Bless You..

    Shirley – July 28, 2008
    hi . i have a question 4 u? was nursing school hard 4 u?the reason i ask is because i want to get in the field. in fact i’m in enrolled now. im takin my prer as of now. anyway i really liked the story how got got the little boy to let u change his dressings. that was very creative.

    Someone on Windows Live – Aug. 1, 2008
    Hi gurl! How you is? I enjoyed your blob. Thanks for sharing. Peace!

    JEREMY – Aug. 3, 2008
    THAT WAS AN AWSOME SPACE VIDEO!!!! ME AND JENN ARE GETTING MARRIED SOON IN FLORIDA ,ON THE BEACH. COULD YOU GIVE US ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO SET UP A SIMILAR VIDEO , AND PAGE LIKE YOURS. THAT WAS RELE BEAUTIFUL, CONGRATULATIONS. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR HER PLEASE CONTACT HER AT JENNIFER_SICK@HOTMAIL.COM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME VERY MUCH, JEREMY AND JENNIFER

    Jan – Aug. 5, 2008
    You have many blessings. I pray someday soon you will understand that God chooses you, you do not choose God.
    In His love. Jan

    lvmy3kids – Aug. 6, 2008
    HI! it’s been about a year since I’ve been on your page. I am so happy to see you’ve married! I have so much to catch up on what’s been going on in your experiences as an ER nurse. BTW I cried all the way down the aisle (not pretty pics) but it was out of pure joy. Great photos! Congrats! Looking forward to your first baby’s pics! lol nurse hel

    Angela – Aug. 8, 2008
    Hi–My name is Angela Posey-Arnold and I saw your blog title-which brought me right in. I am an RN as well–retired from practice. I am now a Nurse Author. My new book is a handbook of hope for new nurses. After being in the profession for over 20 years I have compiled stories, experiences and devotionals into a book, called, The Nightingale Protocol.
    I try to reach as many nurses as I can not just to sell books but to give them the encouragement they need to be the best they can be.
    Order your copy today by going to http://www.publishamerica.com or my website. http://www.angelaposeyarnold.com
    I worked Peds for many years—
    If you ever need someone to talk to outside of your coworkers–who understands!! I am your nurse. I am a nurse advocate and work with Johnson and Johnson in the Campaign for Nursings future.
    Angela Posey-Arnold RN BSN

    Devine Devil – Aug. 14, 2008
    wow great stories welcome to the world of nursing i became an LVN in 1983 just now returning for my RN am i crazy or what? lol

    K – Aug. 18, 2008
    I enjoyed your blog! Congrats on getting married. I wish you many years of happiness! As a study assistant I can relate to the human element of what your job involves as a nurse. You write in such an entertaining way. Keep up the great work!

    Someone on Windows Live – Aug. 20, 2008
    Just wanted to say hi. I was just checking out your blog. I’m a student nurse (I graduate in April 09). Congrats on getting married. Your video is absolutely beautiful. You have great taste in dresses. Just had to say that because we had the SAME one!

    Well, congrats on becoming an RN and getting married. Here’s to a beautiful life!

    Melissa

    iain – Aug. 24, 2008
    nice…!

    lancdulak – Aug. 31, 2008
    I LOVE your blog. Im leaving trucking and HOPe to become an RN if i can find a school without a two or three yearwait. You make ER nursing sound fun and interesting. Congrats on becoming an RN

    HENRY MARTINEZ JR – Sept. 5, 2008
    Well, those were some intresting stories of your life AWSOME!!

    Roger Sadler – Sept. 8, 2008
    Lovely photos of a special one day in a life time. Aww get rid of the jerk. Just kidding. Lot of work went into the video but it was super

    JP – Sept. 10, 2008
    2nd time I happen by: cool! Usually never comment but I love what u say: being an old MD I can share and feel this is truly nursing at its best. Go on, keep it up (don’t forget to enjoy yr family – u need each other!).
    Bless you…

    Stacy Lloyd – Sept. 11, 2008
    Hi! Just cruising around….checking things out. Thanks for sharing!

    Lawrence – Sept. 12, 2008
    Thanks for letting me visit, and congratulations on your wedding!

    Melancholy Girl – Sept. 16, 2008
    Hi, and thank you so much for sharing! Congratulation for the wedding too!

    Lydie – Sept. 18, 2008
    love your site. I am a RN and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Old enough to be your mother or grandmother – 60 years old. Graduated as a RN when I was 56 years old. Social Worker for years but finally got to live my dream and get my degree in nursing. Love your site – love your beautiful wedding pictures. Much luck to you. I love being a nurse. I bet you are a good nurse. Please don’t be one of those nurses that don’t help new nurses. I have had a lot of that especially being a non-traditional student. I was the oldest person in my nursing my class. That was really no problem. The problem started AFTER I graduated. I met with a lot of resistance from young – more experienced nurses. It was VERY difficult and still can be at times. Anyway, love your site and truly loved your wedding pictures. Much success to you in your career and marriage. Lydie M. Phillips, LCSW, RN – New Orleans, LA – post Katrina.

    Miranda – Sept. 19, 2008
    Katie,

    I love your blog! I am a soon to be BSN graduate and reading your stories inspires me to pursue my dream of being a pediatric nurse as well. I wish you luck in your new marriage and new career. Congrats!

    Joyce Nall – Sept. 21, 2008
    Loved your site. My 22 year old granddaughter is getting married also in April 2009. She is already a nervous wreck about her wedding. I purchased a beautiful gown for her sister who will be the matron of honor to wear to the wedding and she said “No, she can’t wear that, she will be more beautiful than me”…Her gown is a $900 gown, this dress was on sale for $99. I wish she could be so carefree and full of confidence as you! You looked so beautiful and happy. I love it the way your wedding was an original and so fun looking to share with us. What can I stress to her to get away from being so uptight?
    She is also in nursing school to become an RN which is contributing to her stress. She talks to my other daughter who was also in nursing about her everyday problems but is still stressed. Any pointers how you are handling stress (getting married before completeing school)? She is waiting till she is almost completely done with school to marry plus I pay her home, car, internet too and when she is married, I am making her pay it then. That is why the wedding is postponed till April.
    Joyce

    Kirsten Scannon – Sept. 28, 2008
    Love your blog! I am fledgling ADN-RN student and love reading about others’ adventures ins chool and nursing! COngrats on the marriage!

    Spiteful – Sept. 29, 2008
    Love reading your stories!

    Someone on Windows Live – Nov. 13, 2008
    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog. I am a senior student nurse in Atlanta, Ga. and will graduate in May. Your stories are very intertaining and enlightening. Thanks for sharing. I actually just started my own blog:
    http://tinasquips.wordpress.com/ but I have a lot of trouble finding time to update it. Good luck.
    Tina

    Amanda – Nov. 26, 2008
    Hi! 1st of, Congraz on your wedding, and my late congratulations on passing the Nursing Board Exam! I’ve just been accepted to a Nursing Prg here in Florida, and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I was researching more on what student nurses need and how to be well prepare when I ran across your site. I found many things beneficial. Thank you for posting them, I am also thinking of starting one myself. Its a good way to releave the stress the school puts you under 🙂 Once again thanks, and may God continue to bless you and your family.

    Diana – Dec. 13, 2008
    Haven’t stopped in a long time. Happy Holidays to you. Will return to read more . Is great how you won that childs trust. As a nurse that is important. I remember being a child and having to get stiches. When the time came for them to come out. I asked the doctor if it would hurt and he said no. I wasn’t scared of doctors after that. But I was when I got those stiches. Two nurses in the family now.

    Sun – Feb. 1, 2009
    Hi. I just entered a BSN program this January. I found your blog very entertaining. Maybe I’ll get to read more in between studying for Med-surg and pathophysiology. Sigh. Anyways, your blog to new nursing students said to contact you if you could help. Well, I need to interview a nurse for a short paper. I’ve been asking around but no one has responded yet. Can you email me at sykang36@yahoo.com and help me out? I have about a dozen questions ranging from ‘why did you choose to be a nurse’ to ‘what challanges do you see in the healthcare system’. Thanks a lot!

    Michelle – Feb. 5, 2009
    I’d just recently moved my blog from one site to another (and funnily enough it has the same title “Confessions of a student nurse” as yours), and I was Googling other people’s student nurse blogs. I’ve read a few entries and they’re very amusing! They remind me of my first year experiences with poo, bodily fluids and all that! 😛 Weirdly enough I think I’ll miss those experiences, as I’m studying mental health nursing (UK). 😛

    Congrats on your wedding btw! 🙂

    Prem Das – Mar. 23, 2009
    You are my favourite blogger. You are funny and with the ability to convey your thoughts with an enviable economy of words. No mean feat.
    Thats a second career, right there itself. God Bless.

    Lasi – Apr. 4, 2009
    I am in nursing school right now, I have 4 more months to go. I have been really really stressed out lately and today I decided to google “nursing student” and see if anything helpful popped up. Somehow your blog appeared in the list and here I am.

    Thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for reminding me why I want to be a nurse.

    Nurse BiteMe – Apr. 7, 2009
    i was here!!! i enjoy reading your nursing blogs…you haven’t written one in awhile i did get a kick out of ur hubby’s new find though

    Someone on Windows Live – Apr. 7, 2009
    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I found it after googling “survive nursing school.” I start a 2-year BSN program (my second bachelor’s…because I’m crazy like that) and I’m really excited. I actually can’t believe I was accepted into nursing school because there are so few spaces for students and so many people applying. Thanks for creating this blog because it gives me an idea of what to expect.
    Marie in Portland, OR

    stephanie – June 11, 2009
    Hi Katie, love your blog and your interesting ways of telling your stories…just got accepted into an accelerated nursing program in university of south alabama and am very excited, but nervous. the program starts in July of 09, and was just wanting to get your advise as to how best to succeed in nursing school. Any form of advise will help…my email address is snnamchi@gmail.com. Thanks in advance, cos i really need to know what to expect!!!

    DohSeob Hwang – May 21
    I studied hard to read your blog and to be your online friend. Finally I am happy with writing something on your guest book. You are so proud of your job as an RN which is enviable for me. Actually as a former musician, publisher and information technician now I am an Assistant Nurse from Mar. 17 2008 after 1 year coursework including 4 months’ hospital practice gratis. Thru my career in nursing field I am trying to practice humanism to materialize human dream and hope. Even though I am not at all sure…I will do my best always and be a travel nurse in the future thru course study in Excelsior College. Add me please^^*
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  71. hey katie,
    i just finished semester 2 in my practical nursing course here in canada. i am enjoying reading your blog while off for 2.5 weeks b/f returning for semester 3.

    i love your blog! thx so much for sharing. i love how you share the good and the bad and the learning mistakes along the way. i am only here at 2005 and know you are practicing as a licensed nurse now so i look forward to reading about your growth as a nurse and student thru to now, 2011!!!

  72. Hello from Canada,
    I’m starting Nursing school in the Fall this year and I have to say reading your stories (some of which I died laughing at, might I add all by myself….) is making me all the more excited. I started my own blog yesterday and while it has one post I cannot wait to have months of posts that I can even categorize them someday like you! You’re an inspiration to me and I hope I meet students in my Nursing classes that have qualities like you do. 🙂
    My blog is

  73. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It if truth be told was a leisure account it.
    Glance advanced to more brought agreeable from you!

    However, how can we keep in touch? Don

  74. Your blog inspired me, I loved following your journey through nursing school, I hope to have the compassion, humor, and great instincts you had as a nursing student. I started a blog after finishing reading yours, I decided I could use the free therapy as well 😉 I start nursing school in august!
    http://themakingofanurse.wordpress.com/
    I am actually suffering withdrawls since I ran out of your posts to read! ;P
    Fill us in on how things with your book are going! I would buy your book.

  75. Hello!
    I started school to become an LPN on Monday but I found your blog MONTHS ago when I was first looking into nursing as a profession. Now that I’m here, I’m so, so glad to have your blog as a resource of both information and encouragement. Your blog also inspired me to start one of my own (becomingnurseabbey.wordpress.com) to use as an outlet while I’m in school and getting through clinicals. Please keep doing what you’re doing!!

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