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Thankful Thursday | This is where I’m supposed to be

This week, I’m thankful:

that I’m sure about my educational choice

A lot of things in my life feel rather up in the air right now, but I doooo feel sure that nursing school is where I’m supposed to be.

I love the medical material, and the personal side of it also speaks to my soul.

cat in box.

Here’s a quote from one of my textbooks:

One tip for practice is to cultivate the habit of reflecting on your clinical encounters each day. As you walk out of a human encounter, mentally look back at what you are leaving in your “wake.”

Were you one more anonymous person who did something “to” the patient? Were you toxic?

Or were you the one who will be remembered as making or being the critical difference for the patient?

The choice is yours in every encounter. At the end of your shift, ask, “Are my patients better for having had me today?” “Is my team better for my being in it today?”

cat in puzzle box.

This might seem a little silly, but I teared up when I read this. I want to be someone who makes my patients’ days better; to me, that seems like such important work.

(Quote from Taylor, Lynn, and Bartlett: Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Person-Centered Care, Tenth Edition)

that I didn’t drop out of school*

There were some times in 2021 when I seriously considered giving up on my dream.

But I’m really glad I didn’t! I feel just so, so happy at school. 🙂

Kristen wearing a backpack.

I’m busy and it’s a lot of work, but I am delighted to be a full-time student.

*Ok, I did kinda drop out of school back in 1997! I always say that I took 24 gap years. Heh. But for the purposes of this post, I’m saying I’m glad I didn’t drop out of my second go-round with college.

for a good first exam

During my brief time in nursing school, I have heard a lot, a lot, a lot about how you cannot expect to get A’s even if you did in your prereqs, and how nursing tests are completely different than any other kind of test.

We’ve had exam prep sessions, there are post-exam review sessions, there’s a zillion practice quizzes and exams to do, and MAN I was prepared for this first exam to be a nightmare.

I got my first exam grade back yesterday and you guys, I got 100%!

screenshot of test grade.

I know this is not gonna be typical throughout all my semesters, and I have made peace with the idea that I will likely lose my 4.0 GPA at some point in nursing school.

But, I do feel happy for this good start; it makes me feel like I’m gonna be fine, and that my usual study habits will serve me as well in nursing school as they did in my prereqs.

for feeling a little more settled

This is the first week of school where I really felt like I had a good handle on life.

Partly this is because I spent quite a bit of time Friday mapping out school life, meal plans, blogging plans, exercise, and so on.

weekly plans.

Laura Vanderkam always suggests using Friday afternoons to plan for the upcoming week, and I’m gonna try to make that a habit. Based on how week one went, I feel motivated to continue.

that my foot/ankle are totally back to normal

The itching and swelling from my yellow jacket stings are now all gone. Yay!

I’m especially happy that the itching is over because my goodness, it was so hard not to scratch the skin right off of my ankle.

for the arrival of fall weather

I’m wearing jeans as I type this! My windows are open! It’s not humid!

spider web.

I’m delighted to be living a less-sweaty life these days. 🙂

spider web.

for beautiful plants, always

purple flowers.

Don’t these purple flowers look rather magical?

underside of purple flower.

And these little ones on my hostas at home are also lovely.

hosta flowers.

for clear, sunny mornings

I’ve been walking pretty early on the mornings when I have early classes, so I’m getting a chance to appreciate the beauty of the freshly-risen sun.

sun peeking through a pine tree.

for schedule flexibility

Since nursing school is not at all flexible, I am feeling very appreciative of the fact that the rest of my life IS pretty flexible.

For instance, the other morning I had to be at school at 7:30 am for an exam. So, I skipped my usual first-thing-in-the-morning walk, took my exam, and went out for a walk after my exam.

that Chiquita loves her tunnel

Someone from my Buy Nothing group gave this to me a while back and my goodness, Chiquita has used it so, so much.

cat in toy tunnel.

Somehow, she never gets bored with it, and I think it might be one of my best Buy Nothing acquisitions of all time.

that PT is already helping my tailbone

I’d been experiencing some tailbone pain, presumably triggered by doing squatting exercises with weights. So, I took myself to PT last week, got some new exercises and instructions, and my tailbone pain has improved a bit already.

green exercise band.

PTs love to send you home with exercise bands. 😉

Since school requires a lot of sitting, I am very happy that my tailbone is feeling better!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Christine Rush

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Thankful that I am back on track and follow you again , I haven't felt well ,but I am happy that you doing well and determand to have a place that you will be excellent in , that's your calling ,you such a smart ,caring and extraordinary Person !


Monday 25th of September 2023

You have certainly made my day better many times. You help me change my outlook for the good. You bless me.


Friday 22nd of September 2023

So thrilled for you that school is going SO well!!! I remember that thrill of getting really good grades when went back to svhool!!school!!! Truly one of the thrills of my life to do that. Loved and all. And all it gave back to me in making my life work so much better. Thoughts and are amazing and sure inspiring so many other women.....Gaye


Friday 22nd of September 2023

I also love the excerpt from your textbook. Switch up the wording a bit and it is excellent advice for everyone.

Jenny Young

Friday 22nd of September 2023

I am so happy to hear school is going so well. Congratulations on your first exam!

-I'm thankful for rain....slow, steady, soaking rain. Living on a gravel road it's hard when it's so hot & did those living in the dust bowl survive!?

-I'm thankful for cooler weather, sleeping with the windows open & the rain falling. Heavenly.

-I'm thankful for a totally free schedule. As an empty nest granny, I'm able to step in when someone needs help. This week my son came down with covid so I rescued my grandson at bed time & he spent a few days with me so dad could heal. (my son is divorced). I got to take him to swim lesson, we went out to eat & I helped with school. If I were working like his other grandmother, I would have missed out.

-I'm thankful to live in the country with country views & walks, wildlife & nature. It keeps me sane.

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