1. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP beautiful Ralph

  2. Yes it has been tremendously tough but I know all of the great memories we had will help me get through this. Thank you so much

  3. That is precious. If I could upvote it 10 times I would!

  4. Thank you so much! Kaiya and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 🎄❤️

  5. Thank you so much for this information. I will look out for this with her heat rock. Thank you!

  6. I left bedside nursing after an icu ptsd situation and started working in an office. I do a lot of different things at the office and I work with a ton of nurses. We basically scribe for the doctors and assist with procedures. There's a lot of charting, which isn't unfamiliar, and I'm surprisingly on my feet all day. I also send scripts and do patient education and phone triage and prior authorizations. But then I also make almost $10 less than I would in the hospital. And I work long hours 5 days a week. I get along with everyone and I like the environment but I don't feel as valued and there is absolutely no where to grow or advance. It's a private practice so the doctors really just care about their $. My job now is just repetitive, annoying and tedious. I've been deeply considering going back to bedside. I miss the skills and flexibility and many other things. I am terrified though. I've only been away for a year and a half. Obviously there are WAY more options out there. This is just my case!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing! From what I’ve already gathered being at my new job is basically everything you just described. I’m going to give it time but I truly do miss the bedside just for skills and schedule flexibility. Hope you’re doing well!

  8. I’m doing per diem at an outpatient GI center and I like it way better than my ER job. Literally I have no stress at work.

  9. That’s what I was hoping to do as well. My floor was so fast paced and stressful that I wanted a new environment.

  10. Long-term, I see myself at a practice or urgent care type of facility after doing a couple of years in the hospital setting with either PA or NP school. I want to be a generalist such as emergency medicine or primary care. I’ve been a nurse for 1 year on an Acute Post-Op floor, but also have experience as a CNA/PCT in the float pool. I love the nursing field so far and have met a lot of wonderful people... patients, other nurses, doctors, and PT/OT as well. I will definitely be working while studying to become an APP as I have bills and other things to pay for (story of all of our lives right lol). The only reason why I’m having trouble with deciding is because I love how PA school let’s you move from different specialties, such as nursing which is one thing I love about the profession. As far as I know, NP’s are usually specialized and do not have as much freedoms with moving into different areas. Grrrr

  11. I’m definitely going to take a look into both subs and read more about both of them. I think if I am going to stick with emergency medicine or primary care, either one could be good. As far as a specific area of care, if I find one, will help to sway me in one way or the other. Thank you for your time and help. It is greatly appreciated! :)

  12. Nap before your shift starts, drink a lot of water, and eat lots of fresh produce. You need additional fiber to make up for your digestive hormones getting thrown off being up all night. Eat smaller meals or snacks, avoid fatty foods and don't overdo the caffeine. Put sunglasses on before you leave the building on your way home in the morning, and keep it as dark as possible in your bedroom during the day and consider melatonin.

  13. Thank you so much! I tried to nap for an hour and a half but I don’t think that’s long enough. How long do you usually nap? (Weird question I know lol) And thank you for the nutrition tips. It’s definitely easy to eat crap when you’re just picking up little things to snack on. I’ll keep those things in mind.

  14. Seconding the put on sunglasses before leaving the parking deck. It helps so much even though it sounds crazy. I sleep a good few hours before my shift and in between shifts I try for 5-6 though that doesn’t always happen.

  15. I’m definitely going to try out this whole sunglasses thing. Thank you!!

  16. Great! You’re welcome. Thank you again! :)

  17. Thank you!! I have sent the notes. Let me know that you got them! ♥️

  18. You're doing great. I studied for 6-7 days and did about 1000Q on UWorld and averaged 50-60% correct per 75Q exam. I was in like the 58th percentile or something like that and passed.

  19. Thank you so much for this! This seriously helped calm my nerves a bit, but especially the pass rate and positive encouragement. Also, where are the Mark K lectures located (YouTube, Spotify)?

  20. http://kastle.ws/eric/MarkKlemik/?C=N;O=A

  21. I will take that advice with me! Thank you once again for the words of encouragement and the link. ♥️

  22. Congratulations!!! I also want to thank you because this post helped with relieving some of my anxiety :) .

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