ER Nurse

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Nurse Making A Difference

Bookmark my friend Nancy's blog: http://nancydunphy.blogspot.com. She's working with Doctors Without Borders for a year in Zimbabwe in a HIV Clinic. Her stories and pictures are amazing and inspiring. I always wanted to do something like that, but didn't have the guts to drop everything and go away for a year, so now I'm living vicariously through her by reading about her adventures on her blog. Check it out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Turning 35


Kind of weird to be officially in my mid-30's, but guess you've got to just go with it! Had a great pre-birthday dinner with my family, followed by another dinner at Mie N Yu in Georgetown. Oliver discovered that he really doesn't like lamb and I discovered that I really like French Kisses (a drink!)

Monday, December 12, 2005

One Final to Go....


I'm so ready to be done! Had my last clinical on Friday; pretty low key.....I was still getting over my cold, so I felt a little out of it. Spent most of the weekend studying for my last final, which is tomorrow--but did manage to squeeze in a little fun. Saturday night went to a Christmas party with Oliver and last night, we saw "Walk the Line," which I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm ready to go out and buy a Johnny Cash CD after seeing it!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Relief

Just found out I passed Anatomy, in fact I squeaked by with a low A; funny because I was sure that I had bombed the final lab exam. So now, one down and one more to go.
I've been fighting a nasty cold the past few days and woke up at four this morning, feeling crummy. I dowsed myself with medicine and fluids and trudged off to work. Fortunately, my clinical supervisor extraordinaire, Michelle, took pity on me and let me leave at 3. 8 hours is so much more manageable than 12, especially when under the weather. The last four hours can be brutal in the ER; it seems things always seem to deteriorate after 3 pm. So, it was a great relief to head home and turn in for an early night.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Semester End

Well, the semester is wrapping up; I have two finals, one paper, and one more day at my clinical rotation to go. I enjoyed my clinical rotation at the detox facility so much. The clients were really appreciative of any assistance and I found myself really rooting for them in their efforts to stay clean and sober. I'll miss the staff and clients.
I'm looking forward to a little break from school and my favorite season, Christmas! I can't wait to hang out with my family, decorate the tree, bake Christmas cookies, and listen to Christmas music. My neighborhood in Georgetown is gorgeous at Christmas time and I love looking at all the decorations and lights.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

British Royalty on Campus

Just back from a glimpse of Prince Charles, who came to Georgetown University to give a speech. I didn't get to shake hands with him, but had a pretty good view from where I was standing. It was pretty cool! It was a beautiful day-perfect for hanging out and waiting for the Prince to come.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Cracked

May I recommend Cracked, by Dr. Drew Pinsky. I'm doing my first rotation at an inpatient detox center and the staff there highly recommended it to me. The book is readable, interesting, and insightful. Dr. Pinksky is candid, compassionate, and committed to helping substance abusers get on the road to recovery. According to his bio, he's the medical director at the Chemical Dependency Services at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, Ca. He's also co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Loveline. You can check out his website: www.drdrew.com.