Saturday, January 23, 2010

always the sloooooow way through...

Okay, I definitely think I should start a Dear Abby kind of column for nurses/students like myself. I swear, I always have to go the loooooooooooooong, sloooooooooooooow way around to get anywhere I'm going. And yes, I am able to totally laugh at myself....when my stomach stops cramping with stress. I do believe God is wanting to get my attention, slow me down, and make sure I'm relying on Him, and not myself. So the first time I took the EKG test, I failed one of the critical arrhythmia's. Only one. BUT....that being said, you could fail if you didn't recognize ANY of the 7 critical rhythms. Well, they are called critical because...well...well, okay, they are deadly, and if your patient had one of these, well, they could be a minute away from death. So yeah, it is RATHER important. Now I do know how important this is, it's not just a theory in a class, these are actual patients I will be taking care of so I do agree with this policy. But these EKG's on the test are REAL EKG's not text book, so I missed it. I retook it yesterday, and passed it. WHEW! I still have one more test to take, Pharm, on Monday, then I am set.

I also got a call from the other hospital that I had an interview with, that I got a second interview for the ICU job I wanted. Only 4 people from 200 were chosen to have this second interview, and 2 will get it. Yeah, the odds were pretty good. Huh. Eight months without job offers, and now, two at one time. Of course this has totally stressed me out because I have wanted an ICU job, and it's an excellent new grad program. However, I am choosing the first hospital because I LOVE the nurses there, and I LOVE patients with neuro issues, especially older folks, and I think that I will learn sooo much from these women. (there may be some guy nurses there too, but I haven't met any yet) I cannot wait to start back in patient care, I miss them! This unit is a small one, and I totally love that. What a great way to start a new career, I can't wait.

And it only took.....EIGHT bloody months! heeheee.

I have totally loved all of this torrential down pour in S CA here. The only problem is that I've had a head cold from hell, and haven't gotten to the gym in a week, and my back is sooo achy from all the inactivity. I am gonna try to go today, sick or not.

Have a lovely weekend, I hope things are blue skies and sunshine on this Saturday for you.

2 comments:

Lorie said...

Two jobs at once??? Don't you hate how life works sometimes. I would go to that second interview and see what the nurses are like at the ICU. I am not an ICU type of nurse but if they are willing train a new grad that is remarkable there! You would learn SOOOOO much in an ICU setting. But if your heart is really leading you to the other job then I would follow your heart. Good luck!!

And now that you have taken that test I can say I hate rhythm strips. I am no good at reading them because I can always find a q,r,s lol... well except for asystole...

LivingDeadNurse said...

2 jobs thats great! i hope i don't have to wait 8 months it scares me to think i went thru all this pain and can't get a job...