Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What's in my Clinical Bag?

That night before your first clinical can bring a lot of emotions. My biggest emotion at play was nerves. What would my patient be like? Would the nurses be mean? What will my teacher ask me? and the biggest question What do I need? So depending on the clinical it really depends on what you need but for me this is my go to pre packed bag I like to keep in my car during Clinical rotations. Sometimes I will carry my the book for that specific class, depending on the teacher and how much down time is expected during the clinical. Aways bring your paperwork, you never know when you may have 10 minutes to think up a care plan or write up your assessment. Use your time wisely!

 Here is a look into my bag! I always carry my planner with me. You never know when a teacher will change a date or add an assignment! I recently purchased a Day Designer and so far am loving it!
 I carry a pocket size notepad in my pocket to write down any vitals or information I get from the patient that I may need for paperwork or charting. Also in my pocket is a pocket sized eye chart. ALWAYS carry extra pens. Those things disappear all the time. Chapstick is a must for me along with gum and hand lotion.  Make sure the lotion is unscented! You hands will thank you after constantly washing them! Tide to go pen is super handy to have. We wear white scrub tops so every little stain or spill is seen. I try to never leave the house for a long day of classes or clinical without a protein or granola bar. I love love Quest Bars! So good and filling and prefect to hold me over till a break or for the rest of the clinical. The little black box carries my drug cards or any pre notes I make on my patients condition. Tylenol or some sort of medication for headaches or aches and pains is a good idea. If you have never had a clinical before or worked in a hospital, you'll be surprised by how much walking and lifting you will be doing. Tylenol is my go to!
 I am big on getting in my water for the day and can only do this my always making sure I have a water bottle around. This thing goes everywhere with me. A drug book is handy in case your patients drugs change might shift or if you have some time to work on your paperwork. I love my Littman stethoscope. This baby should last me quite a long time past nursing school.
 My bag is a Thirtyone Utility tote, Spirit collection . It is perfect for clinical. Easy to clean and lots of pockets for all my small things i carry with me.

Hope this helps as you plan out your first clinical day!



Monday, August 17, 2015

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...

This past weekend I saw the community of Harding University come together. My social media is filled with pictures, verses, prayers, and updates of this couple. An alumni, Harrison Waldron, suffered a devastating brain injury after an ATV accident in New York. Harrison is a 22 year old newlywed. His wife Hayley is now being faced with living out her vows- for better or worse, in sickness and in health.  Doctors have done all they can do. They have said all the hope he has is his youth and that the brain damage is extensive. What they don't know is that we have something else on our side, a mighty and powerful God is is capable of so much more than we can ever imagine. Harrison has a powerful presence. A personality full of laughter, joy, and radiating Christ. I was fortunate to be in a bible class with him my sophomore year.  While we may not have been close friends, I respect Harrison and his wife so much. So many times we stop praying big bold prayers. We have downgraded the power of the God that created the universe and knows our thoughts. He hears our heart groans when we can't find the words and he is capable of miracles beyond our imaginations. I have seen him heal. I have seen him confuse doctors and nurses who have no explanations for the healing that has occurred and I believe that he can do the same with Harrison. I ask that you bring Harrison and his family to God. Pray without ceasing that Harrison is healed, that he is able to continue his life with his wife and continue to further the kingdom. Pray that Hayley and his family feel Gods presence and comfort, that they keep their faith strong in face of the coming challenges. And if possible consider donating. Harrison's parents are missionary's in Honduras and had to travel from their to new york over the weekend to be with him. His wife is now facing the upcoming burdon of doctors bills and making decisions no 22 year old expects to make for your husband.

Harrisons mom said it best "We serve a God full of compassion and mercy and we are resolved to praise him, no matter what. God is good all the time"


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A look back at my first semester. '

Finals are offically over (praise God) and I have successfully passed and completed my first semester of nursing school! For me this is a huge step. This time last year I was experiencing major doubts in my self and my choice in careers paths. I unfortunatly had been exposed to some very discouraging professors who caused me to quesiton and doubt a career path I had been certain of since I was 13. I was told I had a disability. I was told to I needed to look into other options and that I was not cut out for Nursing. I let them get inside my head. I spent the next two months in turmoil. I had no plan, no major and no idea of what the future held and that scared the crap out of me. I like plans. I like knowing exaclty what to expect and prepare for.  Sometimes its a blessing and sometimes its a curse as my anxiety tends to get the best of me. After many long days, lots of research and phone calls to my mom later I decided that those teachers were wrong. Nursing was all there was for me. I absolutely can not imagine doing anything else with my life. So I decided right then that no matter what it took I would be a nurse.

Getting through this semester was a big step in the right direction and also confirmed that I can do this. At this school I am surrounded by people and professors who actually believe in me. I have been encouraged, uplifted, and praised and it has boosted my self esteem and mentality by so much. I am here to tell you that if this is your path, if this is what you are meant to do then find a way and do it! It requires sacrifices. I have spent many nights with just me and my books color coding the mass amounts of information. Just because it doesn't come easy does not make it impossible. Ignore those people who barely have to study or those people who say it isn't worth it. Find your way to study and deal with the stress and push forward. It took me longer than I like to admit but I finally figured out how I need to study and what works for me. In 4 semesters I know I will be walking across that stage and be given my BSN and soon after that pass my NCLEX and be able to right RN after my name.

Now it is time for a much needed summer break. This is my first summer without school in over three years. I have always taken summer classes and now have none that can be taken. So I will be relaxing, recharging, and working so that I am recharged for the next semester. I also will begin studying for my NCLEX. Yes that's right I will be studying this summer for a test I won't be taking for another two years. I will be working through my NCLEX book and doing online kaplan questions. This helps keep my brain engaged and thinking how my instructors test. It also will keep me learning and I never want to stop that. I will keep you updated on my summer and preparations for my first full semester of psych and adult health clinical!

Happy Summer Ya'll!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Life flight ride along... well almost

I was given the opportunity to sign up for a ride along with the Vanderbilt life flight team based out of Tullahoma. I was so excited for this opportunity to experience a day in the life of a life flight nurse and learn about this aspect of nursing! Unfortunately I was not able to actually ride on the helicopter due to not getting any calls that day but I did get to learn about what these nurses and paramedics do. Getting to see in the helicopter and ask questions was so eye opening. The amount of medical procedures and life saving measures that are able to be done in flight is amazing! I have always been drawn to trauma nursing, and life flight is as traumatic as it gets. I also got to see what a down day looks like for them. They are responsible for a lot of paper work and had to check the helicopter at the start of the shift. This is to make sure everything is in its place and ready should an emergency call come in. They have to be able to think fast and decide what medications or procedures are needed without a doctor calling out orders to them.

I never thought about doing life flight nursing until this day! The process of being hired is intense and requires 3 years in the critical care setting and numerous certifications but oh so worth it, at least it seems that way to me!

Thank you again to the Tullahoma Life Flight Crew for letting me spend the day at the base and answer all my questions about your amazing job!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Taste of Clinical

This month we started our first round of clincials. In the first semester they give us a taste of what clinical is like. This way we don't show up to clinicals the first day of Adult Health and look completely terrified and confused.  I am so thankful I have experience in the hospital and have had clinical before, so for me this round has been a breeze. We have been working with a local nursing home where we are partnered with the Techs for our 6 hour shift. I can't lie, nursing homes are not for me nor are they for the faint of heart. I have been so lucky to work with some great techs at this nursing home. It truly takes a special person to work at a nursing home. The tech I was assigned to really changed my perspective of the nursing home staff and environment last week. This particular tech really knew his residents. He knew how the women liked their hair, and how they preferred to be moved and changed. He knew their routines and knew each one of them by name. He knew their morning and night routine and took the time to make sure each resident he was assigned was taken care of just how they like.

Now a here's a thought. How many of you techs or nurses take the time to really know your patients. Do you find your self referring to them as the hip replacement or the stroke in room 105? I know I know- A hospital is different than a nursing home. Trust me I get that. But there is a disconnect at the hospital. What if we took 5 minutes, just a few, to learn our patients names and maybe how they like their blankets or what their nightly routine is. If we took this short time to ask them how we can make them comfortable maybe less patients would be cranky, yell, cry, or complain. Something as simple as making sure the patient can follow their nightly routine (to the best of our ability in the hospital) can do wonders for their sleep- which we all know is important with healing. This can ease anxiety, fear, and can make their stay a tiny bit better. You are the one with your patient for the most time, not the doctor. You know their illness, their medications, their treatment plan, and prognosis. Patients are people. They are more their their illness and diagnosis and They are more than a hospital room number. Treat them that way and I know you will have less patients yelling and complaining which we all know would make a much better 12 hour shift. 

Lastly- Nurses thank your techs. So many times they are ragged on and felt to be so much smaller and insignificant then they are. They are more than willing to help and take care of patients but should not be dumped on with only the tasks you do not want. 
Techs- respect and thank your nurses. They are the advocates for their patients and are many times behind on meds and struggling to keep up in the shift. Nurses have one of the hardest jobs and many times could not get it all done without you! 

Until next time! 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Plexus Provision: Probio5

Okay so a few months ago I started on a journey to better my health. I did not go into this with the intention of weight loss. Instead I wanted to takle my health issues by addressing my body from the inside out. For as long as I can remember I have battled anxiety. I am a worrier. I can remember crying over TCAP testing week and that drop in my stomach as I sat down for any test. This past year it got to where the anxiety was affecting my grades no matter how much studying I did. I constantly felt stressed and on edge. The doctor perscribed anxiety medications. I tried those for a few months and while they did help my body just could not handle to side effects. I messaged a friend who I had seen post about this Plexus stuff and relaized that this could help! Since starting plexus my anxiety has been undercontrol but that is not the only benefits I recieved.

  • Acne gone
  • Increased energy
  • I sleep through the night
  • Constipation gone 
  • less migrinaes and headaches
  • my joint aches and pains are much more managable 
Plexus is not a magic pill that but it is a tool that can help you get your body back on track. I am going to highlight some of our products every week. I hope that someone who suffers from the issues that pexus can help will see these posts. I am passionate about helping people find wellness.


Okay guys this probiotic is incredible. A probiotic is an organism that helps the health and balance of the intestinal tract. It is also referred to as a "friendly" or "beneficial" bacteria. When ingested it acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and fight illness and disease.

Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulast. The chitlin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein based outer layer of yeast and fungal orgnaisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi.

ProBio5 Friendly Flora In addition to enzymes, ProBio5 contains very beneficial “friendly bacteria” that assists in supporting the body’s need for a balance of probiotics (micro flora) in the digestive tract. This “friendly bacteria” is delivered in a micro-encapsulation system to ensure that they reach their intended destination in the digestive tract to help rebuild the damage done by the yeast and fungi overgrowth.
Vitamin B6 The probiotics and enzymes in ProBio5 are assisted by the addition of vitamin B6. B6 is required by enzymes involved in protein metabolism and is also essential for red blood cell metabolism. In addition, vitamin B6 helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood. A well oxygenated body is resistant to yeast and fungi.
Grape Seed Extract One of the most powerful of the antioxidants that will fight free radicals. It is 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E. Grape seed extract is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance. Grape seed extract has been extensively researched in universities around the world.
ProBio5 Probiotics Without sufficient probiotics, your body’s nutrient absorption is impaired; this can result in producing an environment that is supportive of yeasts and fungi growth. ProBio5 contains five powerful probiotics:
Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum and S. Boulardii.
How may CFUs are in ProBio5?At the time of manufacture, there are 2 billion probiotic live cells in 1 capsule of ProBio5.
Bacillus Sporogenes is a spore forming probiotic that is able to survive the manufacturing process and caustic stomach acid so it can establish itself in the intestinal tract. Bacillus Sporogenes requires no refrigeration; it has a 50 year history of safe use. Bacillus Sporogenes produces the preferred form of lactic acid which is capable of releasing energy to resynthesize ATP without the involvement of oxygen and is called anaerobic glycolysis.
Lactobacillus — Lactobacilli are bacteria that normally live in the human small intestine and vagina. Lactobacillus Acidophilus is generally considered to be beneficial because it produces vitamin K, lactase, and anti-microbial substances such as acidolin, acidolphilin, lactocidin, and bacteriocin.
L. Acidophilus — This is a powder form of the normal, friendly bacteria that live in our intestines (called flora). Taking acidophilus replenishes our bacterial flora and reduces overgrow of yeast, especially some bacteria which grows well in an acid medium.
L. Planterum — is derived from sour dough and has been demonstrated to improve the recovery of patients with enteric bacterial infections. This bacterium adheres to reinforce the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, thus preventing the attachment of the pathogenic bacteria to the intestinal wall.
B. Longum — One of the most important residents in the human gastrointestinal tract, B. Longum keeps the digestive system running smoothly, blocks the growth of harmful bacteria and boosts the immune system. The organism ferments sugars into lactic acid and has many health benefits for humans. It is often the dominant bacterium found in humans. It is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, branched rod-shaped bacterium. Researchers have identified a number of proteins that are specialized to help B. Longum interact with the human host and persist against harmful bacteria. Future research will now look closely at which genes allow B. Longum to live in different environments such as dairy products, vegetables and the human gastrointestinal tract.
S. Boulardi — The intestinal micro flora are important for maturation of the immune system, the development of normal intestinal morphology, and in order to maintain a chronic and immunologically balanced inflammatory response. The micro flora reinforces the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, helping in the prevention of the attachment of pathogenic microorganisms and the entry of allergens. Some members of the micro flora may contribute to the body’s requirements for certain vitamins, including biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B12.
Probiotics are widely recommended for the treatment of Candida overgrowth—a fungal infection> Probiots establish large, healthy populations of friendly bacteria that compete with the Candida that is trying to take up residence in the intestine. Probiotics are also essential in the treatment and prevention of thrush, vaginal yeast infections, and athlete’s foot. Good health depends fundamentally upon the more than 400 types of friendly, symbiotic bacteria that inhabit the digestive tract.
If you suffer from brain fog, fatigue, bloating, anxiety, or sugar cravings you should try this product! 
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ProBio is one of my four products I use every day! Come back next week to learn about Plexus Slim- my favorite pink drink! 

Almost half way done...

My first semester is almost to the half way point! So far I am loving this program.
We have had two Ice/snow days this week and I am hoping for a third. Birthday on Thursday and no school would make for a great way to enter my 22nd year!

This past weekend my wonderful boy came to visit for our two year anniversary/ Valentines day. I was so excited to see him and meet his adorable new puppy. Meet Charlie! 

Eric adopted a Beagle/Terrier mix from the shelter. He is just about the sweetest pup I have met. 

 We spent his birthday weekend in Ohio hiking and camping with his family at Deer Creek State Park
We also got to enjoy a Blue Jackets Hockey game! 

Charlie on his way home 

A few pictures from the past two years together! Love this guy. 

Nothing else exciting to report! Can not wait to start clinicals and finish out this semester!