January 6, 2011, 2:27 pm

Tomorrow…Is Another Day!

Scarlett O’Hara, RN says goodbye to Rhett Butler, MD and that wimpy orderly Ashley Wilkes from the porch of Tara Medical Center.

She didn’t get the order for morphine that she wanted, but no matter. She won’t think about it now.

She’ll worry about it tomorrow.

Because tomorrow…

Is another day!

I’m the proud owner of the 60th anniversary boxed set of “Gone With the Wind”.

LOVE that movie!

Can’t stand that mousy, measly, mush-mouthed Ashley Wilkes.

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I’m loving my new ad up in the right corner! That is the RN Pocket Guide by Informed Publishing. I bought the app, and I know why it’s one of the top 10 grossing medical apps on iTunes!

For the new RN, there are assessment guidelines and enough information to get comfortably through a shift. For a seasoned vet (waving!) there are calculators and guidelines to areas that may be out of your specialty. I appreciate the pediatric calculators and drug information the most.

Hospitals are using the app on their iPads (hey Boss, if you are reading, can WE have iPads???) and nursing schools are using the app as a text. Nursing students – it’s a great study aid.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

(Oh, and P.S. – if you are an Android user, it is called “Nursing Essentials” and is available wherever you find apps for that other platform!)

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I am at some sort of crossroads. Not quite sure where to go next with this career of mine.

For three years I was gunning full-bore, all-out, head down, get-out-of-my-way-I’m-comin’-through….to a BSN and….BAM!

I hit the wall.

I got the degree and I’m extremely proud of it, but I was living in a fantasy world, thinking that I would segue seamlessly into a life of paid academia.

It didn’t happen.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a Plan B in place, so I spent the last six months moping around in a sort of limbo. Not really knowing what I wanted to do and questioning whether my original goals were even realistic.

Well, I may have spent the New Year with Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone Marathon, but apparently Mr. Reality paid a visit and hit me upside the head, because now I know what I’m going to do:

  • I’ll start my MSN through the program at Cal State, Dominguez Hills. The program at UCSF is too expensive and I am too poor to pay it and too rich for financial aid (that’s called “middle class” :D ).Don’t want student loans.
  • I need to work, and the money is in staff nursing. For example, the People’s Republic of California (sorry…) is hiring nurses to do health facility inspections. Working full time with them would mean a $30,000 a year drop in pay, and I only work 3/5 time now! Which means…
  • I will stay at the bedside with my MSN (and later my PhD). I can’t afford the pay drop that comes with moving to education or research. Perhaps I can teach part time; I know the need for nursing professors is acute.
  • After the MSN, I will see what my options are for the PhD, perhaps at that point I will consider a DNP – who knows? There may be opportunities open that are not even a twinkle in anyone’s eye right now…

So this makes me feel like I have a solid base underneath me again. I missed classes, I missed writing, I missed researching…

And I missed blogging!

The pickin’s have been slim here lately – thanks for hanging in with me.

Just had to recharge this ol’ battery!

Speaking of battery – I better get working on Change of Shift…..

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4 Comments

  • Candy
    Candy

    January 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Not to throw a monkeywrench into the mix, but…you could consider the BSN to DNP at USF…with all the different options, it could be the answer to the question you haven’t even thought of yet.

    Just sayin…


  • Helen
    Helen

    January 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Kim,

    I’m a huge fan. Started reading your blogs before nursing school. Now I’m 6 mos away from MSN and NP.

    Have you considered an area of specialty for MSN? May I suggest FNP? Because NPs have the potential of making more money than staff RN. And you can splitting your time between ER bedside, NP practice and teaching if you like.

    Good luck with the CSDH program. I took one of the online MSN classes with them before. I think you’ll like it.


  • Rachel
    Rachel

    January 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    And I’ve missed my favorite nurse blogging regularly! I hope you get out and about more :)


  • Sean
    Sean

    January 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Ohhh, Kim!
    There are soooo many options and opportunities in advanced practice. DNP, PhD, CNS, etc.
    I think we all (including myself) have to dig deep into what we can’t do without as a nurse : find that answer – and you’ll find your destination.
    Glad to hear your pressing forward.


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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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