Posts Tagged ‘nursing

back to work observations

March 26, 2014

>First of all, this is good. Aside from orientation being super boring for me since it’s just a review and involves a lot of sitting, I really like the new hospital and I LOVE the commute, which is about 15-20 minutes in the morning and half that in the afternoon. This is literally life-changing. >Liam has been a champ at daycare. He sleeps, he chugs his bottles (about 16 oz a day so far), he takes a pacifier if needed, he only fusses when he wakes up, and they haven’t had any trouble with his cloth diapers. >Pumping. Ugh. Apart from leaving my baby, it’s the worst part of being a working mom for me. I totally forgot all the…
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thoughts on returning to work & some news!

March 7, 2014

Well, I have an official return-to-work date: March 24. So I have two more weeks of freedom, and then it’s back to real life. I have so many thoughts and feelings! But before I go any further, I have to share my news: I have a new job! (Sort of!) Let me explain. I work in the Houston medical center, which is awesome and prestigious, and the hospital I work for (Methodist) is the best. I’ve worked there for almost six years and for the past three I’ve been in an outpatient infusion cancer center and I would happily continue on there until I retire, probably, except for one thing. The problem is that we live in a suburb and…
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day in the life of an infusion nurse

December 16, 2013

I have another post about my job as a chemo infusion nurse for you! This one is a little less serious, as I wanted to give some detail about what my job actually involves. This might seem way too detailed, but I assure you I am summarizing vast amounts of activity here and only hitting the high points! It’s a busy place. The following took place on a Monday, and it actually was one of my less busy days. One of our infusion suites. 7:30 // I arrive and Patient #1 is there, to get the chemo regimen ABVD. I access her port and draw labs. We were not sent new orders from the doctor’s office, so I start making…
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on being a nurse

December 9, 2013

I had an opportunity to write a post about nursing – which, if you don’t know, is what I do for a day job – and although at first I wasn’t sure because I don’t tend to write much about work in this space, the more I thought about it the more I wanted to say something about how special it is to me. Because even though lately we are all holiday-focused and I’m naturally also very family-and-pregnancy-focused, the reality is that work takes up the biggest part of my life, and I’m very blessed and grateful to be doing something I love and feel is a calling and a ministry. In church recently our pastor challenged us to figure…
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pregnancy hormones in full effect

August 14, 2013

So I cried at work yesterday. A lot. It was ugly. I tried to pull myself together in the bathroom but someone even came knocking on the door to make sure I was okay. And then I kept crying off and on for about an hour and just could not stop it. My mascara was gone and my eyes were puffy. I hope I didn’t scare anyone. The deal was, I had a rude patient. Rationally I knew that it was nothing personal to me (because I hadn’t done anything wrong and was nothing but nice) and I dug deep for sympathy and understanding because I know she is in a beyond stressful situation. Anything I told myself didn’t help…
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