Utah-bound

I am leaving in a few days to drive 1,800+ miles to Utah to meet with a provider who currently works in an area of psychiatry that I’m interested in. I’m super excited not only to meet with her but also for the trip itself. I’ve never been out that far west before. My mom is making the trip with me and we have a lot planned to make a little vacation out of it. I’ll post some pictures when I’m back.

I have a week left of my summer research class, then two weeks off before fall semester starts. I also started recently working my new home care job and that’s been working out really well so far, I enjoy it.

In my personal life, I’ve been spending a lot of time gardening. We have a huge garden on a hillside that was neglected by the previous tenants. I’ve been putting mulch down and getting rid of weeds and debris. I find gardening very relaxing and thankfully the weather has been beautiful lately.

Drumroll, please!

Grades are in, and…

A- in both spring classes! Woohoo!

On to the next one! Applied research with one of my favorite professors. This is going to be a great semester and I’m really looking forward to this one (not really for the research, but this professor could teach a 15-week course about rocks and I would still find it fascinating).

I’m still amazed that I’m even in graduate school… let alone my second semester (and I already scheduled my fall classes)! It seems so unreal. I am both excited and terrified about this journey.

Enjoying my free time catching up on Shameless and hanging out with family, but hopefully starting my new home care adventure this week. Money is really tight (that grad school life) and my financial aid is held captive by the state for a few weeks, and ya girl has to pay her rent and car payments. I’m also looking forward to getting to know this client and her family. That’s absolutely my favorite part of nursing!

Got a new bullet journal to help me stay organized among all of the chaos. I have one I’ve been working on for a while, but I really wanted the kind with the grid dots so my husband got me one.

Summer Break is Near

I’ve completed one of my classes! Not sure of my overall grade yet though, since I just submitted my final synthesis paper yesterday. I actually enjoyed that class, as the assignments were diverse and interesting, but I’m glad it’s over and I’m ready to move on.

As for my other class, I am submitting my quality improvement paper today and working on the power point for it tonight. The power point gets presented on Thursday in class. Then, after class, I’m DONE with my first semester of graduate school! Woohoo!

I get a few days of summer break before I start my summer class (which is research). I didn’t really enjoy my research class in undergrad, so hopefully this time around it won’t be so bad. I foresee many more papers in my future (-silently cries-).

In addition to completing lots of school work, I’ve been trying to spend some time doing things I enjoy. I’ve been trying new recipes at home (fathead pizza dough is AMAZING, by the way), spending lots of time with family, and trying to catch up with chores around the house and outside (those darn weeds…). I want to start doing embroidery while I watch my Netflix shows, that I would like to sell on Etsy someday for fun. I am probably starting a new job either this week or next week in home care that I’ve been trying to get into since February.

Group Projects Part 2

From the title, you could guess that I have even more group projects going on. I sure do, and I still very much dislike them. Especially when my partner isn’t a team player. Anyway, we passed the project and that’s what matters, right?

Now I’m on my third and final group project for the semester. This one is another paper. My partner is very good at communicating with me and has been doing his fair share of the work (and in a timely matter, too… wow!).

In addition to this group paper, I have one other paper to write based on a book we have to read and one more power point (both individual projects, thankfully). I also have an open book final exam. I’ve been busy trying to catch up on reading and listening to lectures. I admit, I’ve been slacking a little bit lately.

Tomorrow I am visiting a local elementary school to do a quick lesson on how to stay safe this summer as part of my community service project. My friend is a teacher there and has graciously allowed me to come and chat with her students. It’s been a while since I’ve been in front of a group, especially younger people, so I am a bit nervous (but also excited).

I am all registered for my only summer class – research – which begins a week after I finish my spring classes at the end of June.

I got my fingerprints done for my NJ nursing license late last week, so hopefully I can start doing private duty care soon. I’ve heard mixed things about how long it takes to process a license endorsement, but hopefully it won’t be more than three or four weeks. I also need to start looking into continuing education, since those credits are due in October and come fall, I’m going to be super busy with three classes and two part-time jobs.

In my personal life, I’ve been spending weekends finishing up my training for Crisis Text Line, as well as hanging out with old friends. Since a trip to the beach isn’t going to work out, my husband and I will be doing a camping trip at the end of June with some family. I am also planning on going out to Utah in August to shadow a PMHNP, which I am SUPER excited for!

Projects and Papers

For some reason, I thought graduate school would be a lot more exams than papers, but I was very wrong. It’s a lot of papers and powerpoint projects (and a lot of group projects!). This week was the first week I had ever done a group paper… and let me tell you… I’m really not sure how I feel about it. I submitted the paper tonight and followed the rubric very closely, so hopefully it’s worthy of an “A”. I have a powerpoint project due in two weeks (but it’s pretty much done on my end already, just waiting for my partner to add her info) and a few other papers coming up. And the reading! Oh the reading. So much reading. I’ve gone through 2 highlighters in the past month.

In addition to my classes, I’ve been training to volunteer as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. It takes about 2-3 hours a week for prep work and graded assignments and I think it’s going to be a great way to get me comfortable with discussing difficult topics.

In my personal life, I’ve been trying to get away to the beach for a few days. However, doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon, unfortunately. That’s about it! Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome mothers (and fathers!) out there!

Introduction

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to share a little bit about myself and why I am writing this blog.

I am a 27 year-old registered nurse with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I also earned my¬†Bachelor’s degree in Biology (which was my first degree). I have almost a year and a half’s experience working in a specialized ICU. I left the hospital¬†setting due to burn out and stress. Through my ICU journey, I discovered I was very passionate about mental health. So, I applied to the PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) program at my alma mater and was accepted. I am currently in my first semester, attending full-time and taking two courses; one in informatics and the other in public health.

As far as work goes, I am a nanny for a family that I have worked on and off with for a few years. This job is extremely fulfilling and fills the void that I currently have as someone who enjoys being a caregiver. I am looking to do home care to keep up some of my nursing skills, but I am waiting for my license to go through in a neighboring state first.

I started this blog because I had a really hard time finding a blog run by a licensed PMHNP or a student PMHNP. Not sure why, maybe it’s a privacy issue? Anyway, I don’t plan on giving out too much information about myself, but in addition to my journey to becoming a PMHNP, I will share a little about my life.