Friday, May 16, 2008
School is done!!!!!!
Whew, made it through my finals and ultimately the RN program!! It's taken me a few days to recuperate from it all and today may be no exception. The weather here has been an anomaly with record highs of 80 degrees in Eureka and up to 100 in Trinidad. I joke and say I kinda like what global warming is doing to the coast! Maybe all the more reason to buy a home here.. Once I'm a RN and making good cash I figure I could pull it off.
So, one small hurdle to go still with obtaining my nursing license. It's called NCLEX. It's a national exam that costs around $300 and can be quite challening to pass. They ask all these questions where it seems that every answer is correct ( multiple choice answers) and the key is to go with the best correct answer. I need to schedule it for sometime in June and most likely drive about three hours away and stay in a hotel the night before. I have bad test anxiety as it is so I'm not looking forward to it. Not to mention I need to sudy my ass for it as it covers pharmacology, pediatrics, obstretrics and med/surg material. Some of that I haven't looked at in years. I'll do fine though and I can take it more than once if need be.
As far as jobs go I accepted a med/surg position with one of our local hospitals with my start date as July 14'th. They want me to have my RN license before beginning, thus another reason to pass NCLEX the first time around. I'll be doing full time (3 12 hour shifts) and working nights!!!! I'm horrified at this as I'm very in tune with my circadian rhythm but as a new grad I kinda get stuck with the crappy shifts. The good thing is, it is a great place to start as it's a quiet busy verses a crazy busy and I know I have so much to learn still. My challenge will be keeping my dogs on that schedule somehow too. Those days when I'm sleeping they are going to need to entertain themselves. But then I'll have 4 days to play with them.
Speaking of, for those Ash fans- he's doing great. I'm hoping to certify him as a therapy pet in June. I've been through the course he just needs his eval. Though I need to work with him alittle because it might be that he's still alitlle too young for this and i have gone soft while in school on his obedience. Our challenge is greeting the neutral dog as he just wants to play soooooo bad with the strange dog. I'm going to try and put him in a sit position and get him to stay....Wish me luck. Then I'm thinking I'll enter him as a special for my local dog show which is late June- The Lost Coast Kennel Club show. If anyone is going, they can stay at my house!!! I'm pretty sure Kelly will be there with Bryer- but it's just for fun anyway since it's local. Besides Ash is still a measly 32 pounds and his chest hasn't seemed to drop anymore, he has a great prominent breast bone but not much drop.. yet, hopefully there's still time for that to come in. Ok I just wrote a novel and have too much caffiene coursing through my viens. I'm going out now to enjoy another unusually warm coastal day. Here are some of my latest dog pics- Enjoy!