Thursday, March 27, 2008
It was rather boring as orientations go - security, benefits, information technology, cultural diversity, etc. The differences were really cool, though! This lasted two days (Monday and Tuesday) and each day began with prayer. At one point the hospital chaplain came in and spoke to us about the mission of the hospital and the fact that we needed to embrace that mission - the mission? "To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ". At the end of the second day we all trooped down the the beautiful chapel and he led a mini service of commissioning to all the new hired employees. I am not personally Catholic, but it was REALLY cool! His prayers were genuine and heartfelt and I was amazed at the presence of the Lord in that place! At the end of the service he got a small crystal bowl filled with pins of the hospital logo - blessed them and then gave one to each of us with a personal word of blessing - again, not what I am accustomed to in my Nazarene church, but a really neat thing nonetheless!
During this orientation I was given a work schedule and informed that I needed to attend a computer training session for the week. So I finished basic orientation on Tuesday evening and then had to be at the hospital at 7 AM on Wednesday for orientation on the floor! I put in 12 hours yesterday doing that and I came home totally whipped! This morning was my computer training until noon and then I have to do another 12 hours in on floor on Saturday - after that I will work each Wednesday and Saturday from 7PM until 7AM. I am hoping to get some study time in in the middle of the night when all my patients are asleep. Maybe that is a dream, but I can hope, huh?
Tomorrow is my "day off" and I have clinicals for school! I will be in the Endoscopy unit again. I need to finish a care plan for my patient from ICU, but can't seem to dredge up the energy for some reason! Have I mentioned lately that I am SO ready to graduate??
Hope you have a wonderful weekend - I am still hoping to find time soon for a trip to find bluebonnets...
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
We had a class meeting today to elect people to put our pinning ceremony together - and I was elected! I think it will be fun - maybe? At least if I have some input I can't complain if there is something I don't like, huh? The pinning is a week before our cap and gown ceremony for graduation. It is in a church and involves a "lamp procession" with the Florence Nightingale pledge - and of course the pinning. We ordered our pins today. Last week my honor ropes and stole arrived from Phi Theta Kappa so it is really starting to feel like graduation is near!
Last night I realized that I had a term paper due this morning - and I hadn't even started! I was VERY thankful at that moment for the internet and a connection into our school library and the nursing periodicals I needed. I got it done and turned in on time - the girl that carpools with me was just amazed that I could get it done. She said she struggled with hers for weeks! I asked her if she was a reader. She said she was not. I told her that was the reason - that started me thinking about growning up with a very big love of books and reading in general. When all else failed there was always an outdated encyclopedia in the bathroom to peruse! I think this has given me a really big advantage in school because I do find it relatively easy to write papers and essays. So a gi-huge-ic thank you to my Mother and Daddy for instilling in me a love of reading!
It has been a bit disjointed around here the last few days. Andrew left on Friday night for a ropes course retreat with the teens of the church. Brendan and Jamison had a sleepover at our church with the children's department - they made salvation bracelets and then went to a housing development to pass them out and play with the children there - they are training them for missions early! So last night we only had Melissa here at home with us - that felt really wierd! Missa enjoyed her Daddy's undivided attention thoroughly while Mommy worked frantically on her paper!
I am excited to be planning to go on a Work and Witness trip to Hattan, Sri Lanka in August with a team from our church. This is the first trip I am aware of from our church that has had a medical team going, and I am going to get to go as an RN! I attended a meeting yesterday but only found out that we won't know much about the medical team or what we will be doing for a few more weeks. I am still excited!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Okay, have I strung you out long enough? I GOT the INTERNSHIP!!! I am so excited! The director also said I should plan to go ahead with any vacation plans I already had made - this means I still get to go on the medical missions trip to Sri Lanka in August - and we hope to take the kids to DisneyWorld this summer! I just love the department. She took me on a tour and it has the latest and greatest in equipment. The best part is that it is a Christian hospital! I literally had to sign a contract that states that the mission is to "extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ" and I would do everything in my power to further this mission. I just love the wonderful way the Lord has put pieces in place to put me in such a great fit!
Melissa is doing well enough to drive me crazy now. She is feeling much better and getting into everything! She told me a bit ago that she needed to do a "collage" -and asked me what I wanted in my collage! Her vocabulary just blows me away!
The cutest thing: on Sunday Jamison earned a Ty Beanie Baby from Sunday School. He came home with it and promptly ripped the little heart-shaped tag off - I don't think he every subscribed to the whole "great investment" rumor on the things! ;-P Anyway, Missa found the tag on the coffee table and Randy caught her with it stuffed up under her shirt. He asked her what she was doing and she told him "It's a heart, Daddy! And see...(opening it up) you can open it up and JESUS is inside! Here, you can try it!" You just have to wonder what goes on in those little minds, huh?
Tomorrow we have tickets to the world-famous "Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo"! I have gone a time or two in the past, and it is always interesting. I am going with two girlfriends from church. I think it will be fun - I guess we will see. Anybody know anything about Toby Keith? That is supposed to be the entertainer for the night. I'll check back in and let you know what it was like. For now... have a great night!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Gotta love that smile!
I have always loved messing with hair! When I was still in high school, I begged Mother to let me cut my brothers' hair - and finally got to! In college I was a cheap haircut for a lot of the guys - they never were interested in me other than for my scissors - but that's another story entirely!
When I was in fifth or sixth grade I taught myself to french braid my own hair. Mother always did it before then but don't you know four heads of long hair kept her busy? So I learned to do my own. I did eventually learn to french braid on others too and over the years I have gotten to do the "first braid" on many a little girl. Mainly because I would spot them with hair that was "long enough" and beg the Mommy to let me try! So over time I have held many a squirmy little girl in my lap and succeeded in scraping shiny little locks into braids. Sometimes with better results than others!
As an aside here, I wonder how many of you have heard moms say "I can't DO my daughter's hair - she won't let me!"? This drives me nuts - I really want to say "Which one of you is the parent?"! No, Melissa doesn't always enjoy me doing her hair and she does fuss sometimes, but I simply do not give her a choice! (And she really is pretty good about it most of them time - she is pretty accustomed to it I guess) I waited too long for a little girl to take her out of the house looking like a ragamuffin! I figure if "people of color" can braid little girl's hair in dozens of braids, the least I can do is a pony tail or two!
Well, this weekend I realized it was time for Missy to have her "first braids"!! Armed with a Disney Princess DVD, spray detangler, a comb, and a lot of patience (can we say chocolate?) we set out to do the braids! Yesterday they were a mite crooked and since she wasn't feeling great, I didn't redo them. But this morning, we did it right! I liked putting the rubber bands higher up close to her head so the ends would curl.
The butterfly's are part of my little girls accessory line I have been doing - I have them in pink, yellow, orange, lime green, purple and aqua. They acutually look better on two "puppy dog tails", but this one matched and I put it in. Let me know what you think!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
So we spent this morning at the church doing registration for our Upward basketball program. This has been an incredible outreach for our church and Randy and I have been involved since we started the program several seasons ago. Randy is one of the co-directors for the basketball program and last fall we started a cheer program to go along with the basketball - and guess who is director of that?? You got it! I just can't say no! Since I have to do so many community service hours for my degree, I can kill two birds with one stone.
When we got up this morning Melissa informed me that she was "not feeling well"! I am afraid our three-year-old is a bit of a hypochondriac! I usually respond by asking her where she hurts and normally she can't really answer me! This morning she couldn't really answer me but she asked if she could have a "bweaving tweatment". She has seen Jamison getting his all week and is just fascinated! I told her she didn't really need one and we set off for the church. We got home around 2:30 and I laid down with Melissa for a nap - and guess what? Yep! Melissa just woke up from her nap sounding like a freight train hauling up a steep mountain! The good news? Next week is my spring break. The bad news? I have cabin fever!!
I got a phone call yesterday from the hospital where I hope to do my internship in Labor and Delivery and the Newborn Nursery. They would like to hire me for a position as a tech/unit secretary on nights "as needed". This is exciting because it will only be for the time between now and graduation (EIGHT weeks!) and it puts my internship application to the top of the pile! Randy and I actually think nights will work well for us right now because I can sleep while the kids are at school and be here when they get home for homework etc.
I have been making hairbows, hats, beaded socks and such like in my spare time. I know, WHAT spare time? I must confess that the housework often gets put off in favor of crafty things these days! I have to spend so much time studying and doing school work that the crafty stuff is a great stress relief for me. I have been making bows shaped like the Disney princesses. I found the designs on ebay and bought the patterns - when I started making them I wasn't really that crazy about the face that the designer had so I covered a small button with the same ribbon as the skin color and used that instead. They are really cute! I will try to post a photo of the pattern - you can imagine a small button instead of the ribbon loop they use as the face.
My friend Sandie and I have been selling beaded socks - she teaches at a private school and the parents are snatching them up like crazy. I don't know a total count of how many we have made, but I would estimate around 90 or 100. We are thinking we may just keep building our inventory and try to do a craft show this fall. I don't know if we will, but for now it is fun and keeping me sane!
I need to go sort out some supper for the troops...