Don't Curse the Nurse!

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I’ve been nominated for an award by a young nurse who’s sharing her journey through nursing school and other aspects of what I’d call young adulthood. (I can say that. I’m twice her age J  )

She writes with an authentic voice and is not afraid to reach out to readers and ask for advice.

Oh, if I were to have had this much courage at her age. Check out her blog!

Here are my answers to the questions posed by Beth:

The first thing I do on Christmas Day is give thanks for my daughter.

I would like to visit Victoria Falls in Africa.

The biggest role model in my life, other than my parents of course, is Maya Angelou .

My favorite quote: “People may not remember what you said or did, but they will remember the way you made them feel.” Maya Angelou.

I love sunsets better than sunrises.

My New Year’s Resolution – Make less lists!

My go –to comfort food: French Fries. If stuck on an island in the ocean and only able to have one thing – French Fries!!

And I’m nominating:

My questions for these bloggers:

What was the last book you read?

Four 12 hour days or five 8 hour days – what’s your preference for work?

Your favorite quote?

Your favorite cartoon as a child?

Pick five people you’d like to sit and have dinner with (living or dead).

If you were told to start a second Blog, what would be the theme?

More info about Liebster Award:

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.
  • Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  • Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them in your post so that they can learn about it.




Taking Chances

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You might make a change in your life at a point where everyone thinks you are supposed to settle in. Some will say, “What are you doing?” or “You’re going backwards!” Most will say “I don’t miss hospital work!”

And you do it anyway because you fought the feeling long enough that something was wrong and it wasn’t going to change until you did.

The belief that we made the right choice can slip in and out of grasp. A bad day that turns into two or three bad days in a row can make you wonder, Did I do the right thing? There may be moments when it looks like everyone else is having more fun than you.

Then validation comes, not just from kind-hearted patients and generous coworkers, but in a big way.

And you know that any uncertainty about the path you are on is never going to return.

*Recipient of Orlando Health Excellence in Nursing Award


Employee of the Month


I’ve been Employee of the Month for five days and they still haven’t given me my tiara!

I mean seriously, I wear my hair up. It would fit perfectly, flatter my eyes, draw attention to the good job my colorist does every eight weeks. One jewel in the center, braided white gold and platinum. It’s not much to ask.

I should also be getting only small outpatient surgeries like Florin’s excision of back lesions, Torres’s wrist surgeries. The patients in August should be screened – only the people with BIG veins should come to the bays I cover. Oh, and about that, I need a nicer chair for sitting in when I start IV’s. I’ve picked out one I like from Brookstone. Its item # 57342 – has a nice curved back to it and there is a portable heat unit built in.

That reminds me, the temperature in ASU, I’d like it raised two degrees from 75 to 77, then lowered two degrees from 77 back to 75 when I’m prone to having one of those moments of feeling “flush”. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.

But, back to the anointment of my celebrity status…

The truffles that were supposed to be waiting for me in the break room at 10am today, well, I’ve looked everywhere.

They must have been eaten.

I sense an uprising.


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