Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Motivate, Encourage, Uplift, Mentor...

First of all, I want to say that I should be studying but I'm not perfect. Now to my point...

It has come to me a realization that I want to inspire, motivate, & mentor. I had an experience where I was maybe uplifting someone with positive encouragement. You see I've always believed that a person (ie myself) can be whomever they want to, do whatever career choice they desire. If you have the drive and determination then you achieve your goals. So I also believe this to be true for everyone.

I don't live in Fantasyland so I know there are real boundaries in the world, obstacles, speed bumps, and long journeys. But I still believe that if you are willing then you can... I would not be in the middle of a master's degree program if I did not believe this.

I think I used to think that they only way I could deliver this message as through supporting my nieces. And now I feel like I still have that support or advice to give (my nieces don't need me for that). So I probably won't go into some major thing while I'm busting butt in school but I think it will be a real part of my future. Maybe I can join a mentoring group or start something. Maybe at a high school or YMCA. Maybe I can get other local professionals who share my desire to join in. I'm not political but I am aware of needs and changes that could improve certain populations.

I'm a positive person, I'm a hard working, I thoroughly enjoy helping others and get high off it. Because uplifting others is uplifting to my soul...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

You have got to watch this...

Hacksaw Ridge

I want to start off by saying this movie is graphic, in the blood and guts sense of things. That probably helps to get you emotionally connected to the real-life experience of Dos. However, the message and feeling this movie can elicit in someone is profound and should not be missed. 
Why do I love this movie?
I tend to like some military movies (The Guardian, Private Benjamin, Officer & a Gentleman, etc) and this movie is more along The Guardian in that it has some realism to it and a little bit love story but that part is background music to the message or meaning. 
I'm not going to give the plot away but it made me motivated and that I am not on earth to service myself but to serve others and God. That the superficial garbage is just that. That I totally understand that dying for your country thing. I know people fear to join the service and dying but as someone who has had thoughts of joining I have not feared my own death because I know the greater good it could service if it happened. However, being a spouse I know my view shifts when I think of my loved one joining because it is focused on my potential losses. It is not focused on the duty of service and dignity in dying. 
Regardless of how you feel about the military, please watch this movie because this man was the definition of courageous, I only hope to be half as much. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Week 4 Pharma (+opinion poll)

Just updating you on the life of a graduate student, a graduate student in the healthcare world.

I took my 2nd exam and passed so I'm glad about that but nothing can make me happy unless I get a 95% or better. I just need to stockpile points so I can have a good gap for the final.

I'm learning GI but truthfully it is all a little bit of repeat because I've learned some already thru my first RN program and from being a hospital nurse. But I will say that isn't quite the same as the role of "provider" aka script giver. My time looking up drugs and consulting the pharmacy will be reduced because you only get 15 minutes with a patient unless you are doing an annual. No one knows it all, especially with the constant changes in healthcare, but I hope my patients won't mind if I consult my clinical apps, verify things, and then implement the plan. I know I wouldn't mind because I'd rather have the best care, not guessed care.

How would you feel if your provider (NP, MD, etc) used a smartphone/tablet to look up something regarding your health?

I'd really love some patient insight on this.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Is this a coincidence?

Ok people, about to have mind blow..... well maybe not quite that supermassive of a deal but get this.

In 2011 Ashton Kutcher starred in a movie called No Strings Attached.

Also in 2011, Mila Kunis starred in Friends with Benefits. 

They weren't even together (I'm pretty sure?). Of course, it all started with the awesome That 70's Show but who would have thought that they would each be starring in movies that were about the tribulations of sex within friendship. Wonder what it would have been like if they had just starred in the same movie together... Either way, I'm glad they are married with kids because they are a cute and I'd like to believe a really sweet family/.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

If it were easy, everyone would do it...

Dear Diary,

I've in mid week 2 and have had longer than I will have on future exams to prepare for the first one. Yet I feel unprepared, I feel unsure of what I know, unsure if what I think I need to know is really what I'll be tested on. I feel stuck. I can't seem to throw myself into this studying habit. I'm afraid it will take a devastating event to get my engine started.

But I've taken several Quizlet quizzes with 100% each, some matching matches.

I started with a fleeting "yes, I can smash this exam I'm going to get it done!." Now I'm just scared.

This is what graduate school feels like... at least for me. The rollercoaster of graduate school...

So there but for the grace of God...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week one Pharming

I'm back to school for term number 5. I'm stressed and have dreaded this course since before I opened my admission letter. I could use some prayers but I'm going to try my darnedest to complete this with success. So it's looking like my blogging days are on hold, we'll see. My job is school, my future plans depend on it. So happy new year, happy spring, happy growth in new things...

Friday, December 29, 2017

So what happens after the holidays?

To be honest a lot of good intentions and lounging. Hahaha

As my mind starts to shift mentally to prepare for the next term of Grad school (& the course I've feared before I ever got my admission letter). I had a lot of projects, cleaning/organizing that I wanted to achieve but haven't done much. Christmas sucked sometimes, just laziness. Its harder with kids, it is true. At least for me since I haven't found that sweet rhythm yet. So with a new year starts a new you!


Get Healthy
Get Focused (particularly for school)
Get Clinical Preceptor Commitment
Get Lily some education

I'm a big goal and list type of person so it's always a working thing, modifiable & adjustable.

Do you have any new goals for 2018?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Happy birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas!
I hope that everyone is blessed not only today but in the new year. And may the world be kinder & more compassionate in 2018. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Military Life

Are you (or your spouse) in the military?

I'm interested in finding out some personal insight/opinions. I have considered the military as an employer several times in my life. Recently, I've gotten some information from a recruiter from the Air Force because it is the only branch accepting WHNPs. While some of my family are strongly against the idea of me joining the military, it is still something I can't rule out. My biggest concern is how my kids would be impacted. With moving at least once (if I only served 4 years) and the potential for my deployment (although less likely than a FNP and probably only for 4-6 months). 
I'm gathering information as I continue with school. 
Some pros would be: job security, honor in serving as a Captain (probably), healthcare/potential retirement benefits, military discounts.