Thursday, September 27, 2007

My first day at the hospital

On tuesday, I worked my first "shift" as a student nurse at Peace Arch hospital. I am very lucky and blessed to have not only a wonderful clinical instructor, but also a great floor to work on. While many students were simply thrown in on the first day, our group got to shadow an RN for the day which was SO nice! It gave me a much better sense of how the floor works and I learnt so much.

I got paired up with a wonderful nurse who has been practicing for over 40 years! So she is very old school is some things, but she knows so much and she is so cool! For 4 hours I followed her and listened and she spouted off information. She was so helpful and encouraging and I really hope that I get to work more shifts with her!

Other than that, school is going good. I have tons of assigments and mid terms in October so I'm preping myself for that.

And yes, I'm still LOVING it!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My new toy!

One of my friends in another nursing program recommended that I get a PDA to download my drug guide to for working in the hospital. So, I got a Palm TX! It is so cool! Not only will I have my full drug guide on there, I can load up excel and word files and work on them on my PDA, plus I can load music (it has a head phone jack) and photos. And the really cool part - it has wi-fi so I can surf the web on it!

Commuting Fun

So far, my long daily trek to UBC hasn't been that bad. However, this week, my coming home trips were a bit less fun.

First of all, the buses have been PACKED which means that I have to stand from Granville and 49th to White Rock. Not fun. Yesterday, the standing was even less fun due to the major accidedn on the 99. The ride was going well and we were making very good time. In my mind I was planning out my evening (which included a nap on the couch). Right after we got through the tunnel, the bus slowed way down.....and then stopped. 20 minutes later the bus driver announced we were going to be there for a while. Finally, we started moving again, only to find out that the police were making everyone do a U-turn and go back north on the 99. So our bus, along with thousands of other cars, packed onto River Road to connect with the 91.

I finally gave up standing and just sat on the floor. I know that it's probably not the cleanest place, but I put my clothes in the dirty laundry as soon as I got home. The bright spot of our major delay was that I managed to read another article for school.

All in all, our delay and rerouting took an hour and 45 minutes!!! Quite the evening!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

So how is school?

This has been the most common question I have received lately, so I figure that I will just answer it here. School is great! For those of you who don't know, I'm going to UBC's School of Nursing. It's an intense 5 semester BSN program that I will finish in April of 09 (not that I'm counting alread!)

The program moves very quickly and we are already starting our clinicals next week! Yikes! So far, we've had a lot of front loading on basic skills so that we will be ready to go into the hospitals. And that means A LOT of reading. Such fun.

The commute is going ok. It takes me about 1.5-2 hours from my door to UBC, each way. It isn't too bad though because I can park my car at the South Surrey Park and Ride and hop on a bus into the city. This is good for MANY reasons including:

- I don't have to drive and deal with traffic!
- I can relax and read on the bus
- It's cheap! I get a U-pass through school so my commuting costs are $25/month. Can't go wrong with that!

Unfortunately, the school didn't give us much info before we started, so I have spent the past two weeks running around trying to get all of my equipment and uniforms sorted out. Shopping for scrubs has been fun, but tiring. There are SO many styles out there, and none of them make me look like Meredith Gray! Grr. But I did finally find a style that I like and that are actually flattering. Urbane Scrubs. They should be arriving this week so I'll post a pic as soon as I get them.

The other students in the program are really great and our instructors seem to be pretty good so far too. All in all, the next 20 months are going to be an interesting adventure with many bizarre stories I'm sure! I'll keep you posted of the really crazy ones! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Whistler

Our friend from TWU Reid, and his lovely wife Laura, came up from Tucson AZ for a visit at the end of August. We had a great time hanging out, exploring Vancouver, going to Dublin's Crossing and to Whistler! They spoiled us by treating us to a gorgeous room at the Hilton up in Whistler! We wandered the village, ate some yummy food, and took the gondola and lifts all the way to the top!
Thanks for a fun weekend!!

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