Friday, June 30, 2006

11 days

I figured I would update. It is 11 days until orientation--the day I have been anxiously waiting for! I don't know why I am so excited for this. I just want to see how everything looks, how everyone acts, and what I am getting into.
-I have gotten my PPD and a titer for varicella. I am obviously negative for TB and I need to go back in two weeks to get my blood work from the titer.
-I am an official "Healthcare Provider" according to my new BLS and AED card:)
-I found health insurance. $43 a month. Just waiting on the card. Although, I'm confused on the whole thing really.
What else?
-I still need to do the HIPPA certification online

I think that covers it all! It feels good when you're on top of things.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Tomorrow after 2pm, I will be able to save a life. So if anyone is in trouble, needs CPR, or is choking on food, I'll be the woman to call!
That's right--I have my CPR for healthcare providers class tomorrow. It is from 10am-2pm, which isn't too bad. The price is $30.

Working as a cashier for $7.50 an hour at a fabric store seriously gives me a new appreciation for my acceptance into nursing school. Every hour that goes by when I am in the store I am just smiling because I know after 2 months, I won't have to do another stupid retail job again. I honestly feel anyone who isn't considering going to school, should work as a cashier because it is such motivation to get the hell out of that place and into a meaningful career!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

random thoughts brought to you by NICOLE

I've been thinking lately about how I chose nursing.
For others, it seemed out of the blue. In fact, it was sort of out of the blue for me as well. I toyed with the idea when I was kid, but pushed it aside. I kind of felt like I wasn't smart enough, which is crazy, I know! I know I am intelligent, but I just had doubts for some reason.
One moment I remember in particular when my boyfriend's mother was in nursing school and I specifically said to him, "wow, she has to know ALL those drugs? And all the things about the human body? I don't think I could ever do that!"

It's funny to think back on that comment now. Stuff like that does not scare me anymore.
Anyway, ever since the 8th grade, I wanted to be a journalist. I wrote for my high school newspaper for 2 years and I was the editor for the last 2 as well. Also, I was part of the Poynter Institute's HS Journalism program! Obviously, I was dead set on journalism. In 2003, I began college, working on general education classes, and by about the 2nd year, I even took this test to get into the college of mass communications. I passed and I was ready to begin the first reporting class by the next semester.
I contacted the editor of the school newspaper and I wrote two articles. I was working on the third, when I called her and I told her I would not be able to do it. It just did not feel right. I had SO MANY DOUBTS about journalism. You can't just like to write to be a journalist, you need to love to report, which is totally different. I realized I did not like to report.
Honestly, I felt kind of depressed because deep inside for awhile, I did not want to do journalism. I pretended to be excited for it, but I wasn't.

I would watch shows like 'Trauma Life in the ER' and saw how successful and happy my boyfriend's mother was and I wished for that. We were driving one day and it just sort of came to me. I said, "I wish I could do something cool with my life, like be a nurse."

Why not? I asked myself.

Yeah, why not? Do it, my boyfriend said.

So I decided from that moment.
I had a goal!

And you know what? Ever since I decided this, my life has been awesome. Everything has fallen into place. I love school. I love to learn. I love nursing! I just love it all! I feel like my life finally has meaning. Even if it is tiny. It is worth something more now.

PS: Can't wait to start nursing school!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Possible Schedule

So I was bored and I decided to see if any of the nursing classes are up on the class schedule. If these are correct, these are potential dates for my fall 2006 first semester nursing!

-Meets either:
M/R 4:30-6:20pm
T/R 8:30-10:20am

Fund. of Nursing
M 12:00-2:50

There are a bunch of different times for each hospital, but I am hoping for one hospital (there are 6 to choose from though) in particular, so here is a possible day/time:
W 6:30am-2:20pm AND F 7:30am-9:50am

Physical Exam/Assessment:
R 12:30-2:20

There is also a lab for the physical exam class, but the dates are TBA!

If these are correct, I would like my schedule to look like this for the fall:
Fundamentals 12:00-2:50

Patho 8:30-10:20am

Clinical 6:30am-2:20pm

Patho 8:30-10:20
Physical exam/assessment 12:20-2:20

Clinical 7:30-9:50am

Of course, I may not get that clinical, but no matter where I go, I will definitely have W at that time, but Friday could be different depending on this. Also, there is that other lab somewhere?
Anyway, I don't know how correct this is, but it was fun to pretend. I'd like to get my classes as early as possible. At least that way I will have the rest of the day to study. Also, my boyfriend and I would like to pick one day where we hang out and focus on our relationship, so it would be nice if we could do Friday or Saturday.

Friday, June 23, 2006


I got my letter!

Orientation is Tuesday, July 11th 8am-3pm! HOW EXCITING IS THAT, PEOPLE? For me, very. I ripped that package open before I could even reach the front door from the mailbox. My acceptance letter is now in a protector sheet in a binder. I may frame it:)
This is what my letter says *sips some water**clears throat*

Dear Ms Nicole__,

Congratulations! It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been admitted to the Upper Division/Accelerated program in the College of Nursing for Fall 2006. This decision was made based on your successful completion of the prerequisite courses and your outstanding GPA. I appreciate how hard you have worked to reach this goal and want you to know that the College of Nursing's faculty and staff are committed to assisting you in becoming a leader in the nursing profession.
To confirm your admission to the College of Nursing, please complete the following Intent to Enroll form by Wednesday June 31, 2006. You can return it to the College of Nursing by mail, or you can fax it to us at xx-xxx-xxxx.
Upper Division/Accelerated students are required to attend Match Day- Orientation, Tuesday July 11, 2006, 8 am to 3 pm in the College of Nursing room xxxx. During Match Day, students have an opportunity to request their choice of clinical agency where they will attend all of their clinical learning experiences while enrolled in the baccalaureate degree nursing program. This is termed a Match process. All of the participating agencies provide students with excellent clinical experiences that fulfill all of the clinical learning requirements in the program. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session. Students will receive a registration appointment time, program plan and list of courses to register for at the end of this program.
We look forward to having you as a student in the College of Nursing as you pursue your professional career. If there is anything the College of Nursing can do to assist you, please contact the Student Affairs Office xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Main Things To Do Before Orientation:

**Mail my letter of intent

**Become CPR certified (in the process of finding a class)

**Complete Med history/Immunization form

**Get Health insurance (BLA!!)

**Become HIPPA certified

Health Insurance!

Along with the list of 534545 other things that need to be done before orientation (JULY 11TH!!), I need to obtain health insurance! AAAH. I have never had health insurance, so I really don't even know where to begin. I looked at my school's health insurance and it said "The annual premium for both domestic and international students will be $1196.00," so I am guess about $100 a month. Is this too expensive? Is this cheap?

Does anyone know of any resources where I could potentially get health insurance that really doesn't cover anything, but just to satisfy this requirement?


Monday, June 19, 2006



Okay, here is the story of how I found out I was in the CON. It was quite the night!!

First, I was looking at my application online because my friend was worried about hers and how she thought she may have applied wrong. Eventually, I wondered why no one has looked at my application and why it said "documentation needed," so I posted yet ANOTHER message on this little message board that is on my application. I got a reply immediately with this long statement about the qualifications to getting into the program and as it turns out---I APPLIED AS THE WRONG STUDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I applied as a "First time in college student," which has the code BSNFR (something) when I was supposed to be BSNUR--UPPER DIVISION!! OMFG. I was crying. I thought THIS IS IT..I BLEW IT. I was so afraid that if she switched me over it would be too late since the deadline passed!! I was BAWLING!! I e-mailed this woman about 5 times. It went on for like a half hour with me crying and flipping out.
THEN, the phone rings.
"Hi, this is __. Is this Nicole?"
"YESS, I am sorry, I am freaking out!"
"Um yes I see that since I have gotten like 5 emails within the past 5 minutes."
"I KNOW, I AM SORRY. I am not insane, but I am just really worried...AM I GOING TO BE OKAY? WILL I STILL BE CONSIDERED?!?!? *still crying like a moron*"

"ok, let me see here *typing* I am going to switch you over to Upper division...*typing* oh you already tried...I will delete that one.."


"Alright, I just erased the second one and saved the old one which says May 12th and upper division."

"ok, so I am going to be ok? *crying!!*"


"Alright, You have been offered a seat into the college of nursing..."



"OH MY GOD.......OH MY GOD!"



"Ok, you will get a letter in the mail in about a week........"


I went from hysterics over thinking my chances were over to immediate acceptance. When she said, "Are you interested?" I was like OMFG. Seriously, my boyfriend said the expression on my face was priceless.

Stuck in a Rut

I have an interview tomorrow at a fabric store--BLA! Really not looking forward to making less than $7.00hr at an unproductive job, but I suppose some money is better than none.

I am currently kicking myself because last summer I took a CNA training course through the Red Cross with a friend, but after the class, I was completely broke and I couldn't afford the $115 or so to take the state boards. Time has passed, school took over and I still am not certified. However, said friend became certified immediately and just began her first job at a local hospital. I am happy for her, but mad at myself. I suppose there's not much I could do about it considering I had no money, but darn it! I could potentially be working as a CNA right now!:(
It would have been so great to get that experience before starting nursing school. Now I feel like maybe I am missing out.
However, maybe it is best that I do NOTHING nursing related for the summer and relax considering the next 2.5 years will be spent on nothing BUT nursing. Also, I want to learn the proper techniques and I might be taught wrong if I began working before school.
I don't know. Any ideas?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Deja Vu post

This post is pretty much like the rest of them: me freaking out and wishing I knew if I was in yet or not. I seriously think this could be the worst part of the nursing school process: WAITING TO FIND OUT IF YOU'RE IN OR NOT!!!

I am seriously going insane. It really is all I think about. I TRY to keep myself busy and focus on other things (like finding a job!), but it is HARD!
If it truly is 10 days after the deadline, then I would know around the 25th/26th, but if it's 2-3 weeks, then I'll know in the beginning of JULY.
Man, I feel crazy. I CANNOT WAIT TO START NURSING SCHOOL, but this waiting is really hurting me!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006

the countdown and job search continues

Well, yesterday was June 15th--this means the real countdown begins to know my fate in regards to the college of nursing. I called and they said 10 days after this date, but a friend of mine who applied last semester said they told her 2-3 weeks after the deadline. either way, I should know before July (I hope), which gives me like 15 days *dies*!!

The job search is still going strong, sigh. I have now become desperate for anything. I have applied: La Quinta hotel, Bath and Body Works, Jo Ann Fabrics, HomeGoods, Shapes-total fitness, Disney Store, Linens-n-things, and Pier one!
I am tired.
I am just going to keep calling these people and harassing them until they give me a job!

PS: I had to take the math portion of CLAST (Collge Level Academic Scholastic Test...I think) for the second time because I did not pass the first time. You need a 295 to pass and I got a 276 because I did not study or anything. However, this time I studied for 2 hours everyday and I took my exam on Wed--I GOT A 321! Go me!
Now there is nothing in my way of getting into the CON, except you know, not getting in!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I figured as much

Dear Nicole.

Unfortunately the Unit Secretary position with John is filled. You interviewed great and I would very much like for you to come work at {Hospital}. I will look for other similar positions for you to go into and be back in touch. Feel free to inquire about anything you are interested in off our job board. You have 2 great references from myself and John where ever we decide to pursue a position.

Keep in touch.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Kind of depressed.

I don't think I got that job. I mean, I felt the interview went well, but it's now Monday and no word. Maybe it's just too soon since my interview was on Thursday, but I don't know. I sent a thank you e-mail (because that was the only address HR would give me) the day of my interview. I am not sure what the protocol is, but I did not get a reply. I am not sure what I am supposed to do. Once it is a week, should I call? What should I say?
I wish someone would comment and help me!!
Meanwhile, I called the admin. assist. at the library about a job I applied for and I REALLY HOPE she calls me back. This is kind of my last hope until I begin hardcore searching for a stupid retail/cashiering job that I so desperately do not want to do again. SIGH.

Right now, tropical storm Alberto is unleashing the fury on my backyard. It's raining buckets.

I NEED A JOB!!!!:(

Sunday, June 11, 2006

New Blog name

This blog needs a new name. Yes, it states the obvious--My name is Nicole and I will be a student nurse. However, it's boring and over used.
Any suggestions?

PS: I promise this journal will become more interesting once I actually get ACCEPTED into the program. Next Thursday is the deadline and then they review applications..YIKES!!!

Thursday, June 8, 2006

The Interview!

Well, my interview went well. The man who interviewed me was an RN and he was very nice, laid back, and funny. He basically just asked me why I wanted to go into nursing and asked about the different jobs I had. He thought it was funny that I've worked so many different and strange jobs. He told me about the floor and the different types of patients they encounter, etc. Asked me about school and experience, etc. He mentioned that neurology is one of the hardest floors to work on and if I could do that, then I could work anywhere. When he asked if I had any questions, I said No, but that I thought I could do this job. I told him if neurology is the hardest position and I have no experience at all, then I won't be able to compare it to anything, so I won't be able to say it will be hard or not. I said I know it will be difficult but I can do it. I said it might be a weird way to look at it like that, but he laughed and said that he agreed, etc.
I guess he is looking for someone to do unit secretary/PCT, so that is awesome. I told him I would love to do that and I originally applied for PCT, but HR said I didn't qualify. He is looking for someone mainly weekends and evenings, pool. They pay 9.00hr and then if you work evenings it is .75 and weekend it is another .50, so that would be 10.25 if I worked weekends evenings (3-11). Well, the HR guy wrote evenings was 3-11, but the man who interviewed me said their shifts are 12 hours, so I am not sure now?
He said he will be in touch, so I really hope he calls me. He said he has to look at some things, etc. I DON'T KNOW! We had a nice laid back conversation, laughed, etc. I asked him how long he worked here while he walked me out, etc.

It's just hard to tell since I have no experience.
Also, I told him about going to Boston and he was like, oh that is not big deal at all and how he has done that at every job he has ever had.
Now I want to write him a thank you note, but I am not too sure what to write, so I need to be thinking of that.
I hope if he decided to hire me or not that he gets back to me quick because I am applying to other places as well.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006


Well, tomorrow morning at 10:30 I have my interview.I'm supposed to meet the HR guy and he is going to "walk me over." I don't own a suit, but I am wearing a long black skirt, a white blouse that buttons up and has a collar, and some black slip on shoes with a little bit of height. I am feeling negative and pessimistic about this job, which isn't usually like me. I just have a feeling I'm not going to get this job. I DON'T KNOW WHY! Usually I am very much a "glass half-full kind" of gal when it comes to this stuff, but...meh.
Any last words of advice?

Friday, June 2, 2006


I wish I knew how to add links to the side or other things to my journal. I have this template right now, but I don't know how I feel about it.

Edit: I like this new template--it's not the pretty flower, but it's clean, simple, and I can read everything on the page. Now, to figure out how to add links!

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Exciting news!

I got an interview today for a Unit Secretary position on neuroprogressive--nights, but I think it is for pool. I tried to get a job as a patient care tech, but the HR guy said I didn't have enough experience (as in-NO experience, except for my CNA training through the Red Cross last summer, but I'm still not certified), but he searched hard for me and now I have a small chance! YAY!
I'm nervous about the interview since I have no real experience in this type of position, but I have worked a wide variety of jobs. Let's see:
-My first job I was a cashier at a grocery store. YAWN.
-Next I worked at a kennel where I walked, fed, bathed, medicated, and generally cleaned up after the animals, which included dogs, cats, ferrets, birds etc. My duties also included answering phones, checking in the animals, verifying shot records, basic kennel work, etc. Awesome job.
-NEXT, I was a waitress--which I do not recommend, bla.
-After that I was a "canvasser" for the Presidential election. I went door-to-door basically encouraging 18-35 year olds to vote in the election.
-And my last job was at a retail store over a year ago.

I've had a wide variety of positions, so I think this makes me a well-rounded candidate for any position, but who knows? I'm worried they will take one look at me and automatically think I am not fit for the job since I look young, despite the fact that I am 21 and competent. I MUST PROVE THEM WRONG!!:)

Another worry I have is the fact that my sister recently bought me a plane ticket to Boston to visit from July 13-18. I have to go because I have never even met my first and only nephew and he will be about 8 months when I first meet him!

As you can tell, I have a lot of worries currently, but I'm sure they will all work out. I also applied at Borders and another kennel in my area, so I could work days also. Who knows?

oh, the interview is next Thursday at 10:30.

PS: A girl won the spelling bee, WOO.

OOH YEAAH, today I got my housing assignment for fall. I've never lived in a dorm before or even away from home, so this should be scary/exciting. I will be living with 3 other girls in a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment style dorm. My room has: bed, desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe, blinds, shower curtain, range, oven, fridge, outlets for cable tv and telephone service, voice mail, Ethernet access, and common laundry facility. Also, there's a computer lab in the complex and a POOL!
All this on campus and it's the closest dorms to the College of Nursing. All the other ones are on the other side of campus.
Alright, I'm going to stop thinking of things to add to this post.