Since graduating from nursing school I have been “figuring it out.” More like I feel as though I’m stumbling my way through and hoping to learn from the fumbling in the process. Alright, let’s just get right into it!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I graduated in May 2021 with my bachelors degree in nursing. Most of the people I went to school with had a job lined up after graduation (as I had heard and seen it would be on social media). Well, I knew I didn’t want to work in the hospital setting. I didn’t have the best experiences starting day one with clinical as a CNA (certified nursing assistant). So, I knew going in to nursing school that the hospital setting was not the best route for me.
That being said, having a job lined up right out of nursing school would be difficult as I wouldn’t be “interviewing” during clinical at any of the types of facilities I would have liked to go in to.
Now, that being said, if you are wanting to work in the hospital, think about every clinical as a job interview or a walk through of that hospital.
Alright, back to not wanting to work in a hospital. During nursing school I always kept my mind opened to specialties. Such as, maternal newborn, pediatrics, labor and delivery, and oncology. Originally, I would have loved to be a pediatric oncology nurse (still kind of do) but I’ve learned more about myself to know that would be extremely difficult. So, I’ve switched my focus to fertility, pediatrics and labor and delivery or more specifically maternal newborn. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s back up to 2021 after graduation. I got married in September of 2021; however, I was also in 3 other weddings and went to 4 others total within 5 months, was invited to 6 but 5 was my max. Alright, so let me break that down a bit.
Graduated and turned 30 YAY!!! 👩🏼🎓🥳
I was in my sister’s wedding, CONGRATULATIONS sis!! 🍾🎉
I thought I would be able to get myself ready to take my NCLEX this month. THINGS CHANGED! And I realized that’s 100% ok.
I was in my nursing friend’s wedding! It was beautiful, so thankful to be apart of her special day ♥️🍾
Actually took the NCLEX this month! Thankfully, passed. And oh yea, I GOT MARRIED!!! I was able to marry the man of my dreams this month and I couldn’t be happier about that ♥️👰🏼♀️🤵🏽♂️
I was lucky enough to be apart of my best friend’s special day marrying the man of her dreams this month. Also lucky enough, to be welcomed to celebrate the special day of my step brother to his beautiful wife I couldn’t be happier to call my sister in law. ♥️♥️♥️♥️
November & December
Now the holidays! I started really looking for a nursing job. I applied to a few different clinics; infusion, oncology and primary. I found a primary care clinic job that I thought would work for me. I knew they worked with a cancer facility that I had also applied to so I thought I could get my foot in the door this way.
I started working for a primary care clinic that had recently been taken over by a large corporation. A more hospital type of corporation. I’m not going to get into that too much, all I am going to say is it was not a good fit. I am not one to burn bridges whether I’m going to work for them or not. However, I can say that I do not fit into a corporation type of job. I care too closely about the patients and cannot change and control anything from the position I was in.
So, I worked for this company for 11 months trying to make it work for me as “I found my “big girl job,” my nursing job. I can’t quit it now.” But something I realized was that a job was not worth my becoming physically and mentally ill. I did not feel like myself, I felt like my husband didn’t even recognize me because I became such a zombie from being in this position. So, I left. It was not easy as they had made me sign a 2 year contract because I was technically a “new grad” and don’t forget this was a large corporation that owned this clinic.
A huge headache and getting the run around almost 2 months after leaving and arguing this company, thankfully the contract was dropped as I was leaving due to medical reasons.
Weeks after leaving this job I started feeling like myself again. I’ll be honest, my depression and anxiety started to slowly diminish after leaving. I will continue to be honest and say it didn’t completely go away. Now, I had a new struggle. Finding a new job.
I’m a planner and as mentioned above, I do not like to burn bridges. I’ve always worked in the restaurant industry. So, after leaving my nursing job (ok before my two weeks was up) I went to restaurants I worked at before my nursing job and asked if they needed help. Between the two restaurants I was able to almost have a full schedule.
I did this because I knew I was needing to get out of my nursing job and needed some type of income. We all have bills.
Flash forward to now. I’m still working at the restaurants. I’m able to make the income I need and most importantly I am really starting to feel like myself again. I can do this. I don’t have to become a bedside nurse as nursing school pushes you to become. Like I mentioned, I’m looking towards maternal newborn, pediatrics and fertility. I’ve also started to listed to what people encourage me to do. “Sell your notes! They’re stunning!”
So, I’ve really taken to creating documents to sell out of my notes. I love being inspirational or helpful to fellow nurses or nursing students. It is such a difficult time in nursing school and I want to be able to help make it a little less difficult.
GLP – Downloadable’s Includes:
Nursing Cheat Sheets
Nursing Cheat Sheets for Pediatrics, Management of the Older Adult 1 & 2 and Maternal Newborn. You can order them individually or in a bundle for a better deal. I’ve even created ones that are laminated with fill in the blanks on one side and the answer on the other.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – “Great quality. Just as described. Easy to understand. An essential nursing tool.”
Added January 22, 2023,
Written by: Kashmir Jackson
Med Surg Cheat Sheet
⭐️⭐️⭐️“Excellent information. Colors are vibrant but not harsh. Font is not sharp, so print appears a bit blurry.” Added on Dec 4, 2022
Written by: Kristine
Need some help or adjustments with your cheat sheets?
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If I can’t help you figure it out I’ll create something for you that does work. The Med/Surg Cheat sheet above is a personalized cheat sheet I created for this customer who was having difficulties with their cheat sheet. They preferred it to be larger and front and back. This is what they received 🤓👍🏻. I hope they liked it 🤞🏻
Management of the Older Adult I covering: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, & Neurology (FINAL) Study Guides
Management of the Older Adult II covering: Gastrointestinal, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Neurology, Burns, Shock & Oncology
More on Organization with planners and templates to come!