Wednesday, July 16, 2008

All. Done.

Yay!! Today was my last day of general nursing orientation!!! Getting up at 5am each day was really kicking my butt! I got home at 4pm yesterday and was seriously considering going to bed then! Of course, I wasn't able to, but I hopped in as soon as I got the kiddos tucked in! I didn't even make it through the first 10 minutes of Deadliest Catch! I tried, but no luck! Thank goodness Discovery and Bravo rerun their shows constantly!! I've got to catch up on Sheer Genius from last week too, I couldn't stay awake for that! Anywhoo . . .

I got my results back for that horrible 6 hour skills assessment scenario test and I did very well! It stated that I needed minimal orientation! What a relief! I challenged the arrhythmia course today too and passed that! Go me!! Not too bad for being out for 5 1/2 years! I've got one certification course to get through yet, in September, since that expired 5 years ago. Then, I should be good!

We got some yummy calzone, pizza and calamari for supper tonight as a little "yay, mommy is done orientation" thing. We all went for a bike ride down to the lake this evening too. It's so nice to have family time again!!

Project Runway starts again tonight!! Woohoo!!! Can't wait!!!

I'll leave you with this layout. I swapped pictures with my buddy, Tracy, for last month's issue of Scrapbook News and Review. This is her daughter, Frannie!

Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

5 down, 3 to go!!!

Work days, that is!!

I started my general orientation last Monday and worked an entire 40 hour week this past week. I've got a bad cold on top of it and have pretty much been miserable!

I have 3 more days of full time hours, then I will go on my per diem schedule! I've really missed my kids and Chris this past week! By the time I got home and we had supper, there was only like 2 hours left to have "family time". That's rough!! I really admire those who juggle full time jobs and family, I don't think I could do it all the time!

I haven't really done anything exciting this week, this part of orientation is all the "fluff" stuff. I had to take a 6 hour test on Wednesday! It was a performance based evaluation used to evaluate what kind of things you need to work on in orientation. Let me just tell you how horrible that was!! For one, I had to take the medical surgical version of the test, I guess because I've been out for so long. Thing is, I've never worked a day of med surg in my life and was very unfamiliar with the types of patients they showed! I think I would've done SO much better had I taken the critical care version!! I was so happy when a cardiac scenario popped up on the video!! Heart and lung - yes. Orthopedics - no! I should get my results mid week and I'm not looking forward to it!! LOL

It is really neat to see the changes that have taken place since I worked there last in February 2003! Most of the paperwork is the same, except there is about an additional 20 sheets to fill out! LOL I've ran into so many people that I used to work with and they have welcomed me with open arms. That is such a GREAT feeling!! It feels good to be back and I know 2 days a week there will do me good!!

Not much else going on, I haven't had time to do anything else. We're all looking forward to our vacation coming up soon! We bought an air conditioner for our camper. Chris and a friend are going to install that today.

I'll leave you with a few layouts.
This one is in the July/August issue of Memory Makers.

This one is in the August issue of Simple Scrapbooks.

Thanks for reading!! Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cherry Picking!!

We went cherry picking with Andrea and her kids on Friday. We've only ever been strawberry picking, so we were a little scared when we saw "please don't climb on our ladders, but feel free to use your own" signs going into the cherry tents!

Ummmm, ladders? I guess that would make sense since cherries grow on trees!

Luckily, there were plenty of ripe cherry clusters that all 6 of us could reach!!

We all enjoyed it, but I think we enjoyed the ice cream and milkshakes afterwards more!! It was H. O. T.!!!!

Okay, off to the pool!!! It's a beautiful day today, 83 degrees, it'll probably be too cold for me to get in! I think I'll watch from the sidelines!!

Have a great day!! Thanks for reading!