Written on July 7, 2015 at 11:02 pm
Filed under: Personal with tags: annoyances, holidays
Life post-NCLEX is interesting. I’m currently unemployed, but according to the CRNBC I am licensed as a registered nurse – so that’s something. I’ve put in many, many, many job applications. It does not help that I live in one of the top three most saturated areas when it comes to nursing jobs. Many of my classmates have taken to posting on Facebook when they’ve gotten jobs. Some got them straightaway and I could not be more jealous. Others have been going on extravagant adventures overseas and have gotten jobs. Even more jealous of them, because I have wanderlust right now and would love to go on a trip to Europe.
So there’s me. Unemployed, but an RN. I have a dwindling bank account, I have gone on a pretty strict budget where I spend very little (it helps that I live at home, still rent and board free). And I’ve spent time with the boyfriend, friends, and I’ve gotten to the point where I realize that I should actually embrace the state of unemployment as free time to do things besides mope around at home. And then I also remember that doing fun things does often also involve spending money, which I can’t afford to do. So stay-cation activities it is, but not everyone wants to do activities like that because being a miser is (according to my sisters) boring.
But… that’s my life right now. Struggling to find a job, very broke, and trying to find the bright side of things.
Written on June 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
Filed under: Nursing School
and I passed!!! Michelle RN sounds good, right?
Written on June 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm
Filed under: Nursing School with tags: stress, studying
It’s been a few weeks since I last stepped foot in a hospital. And it really kind of sucks. I miss being in the hospital. I miss patient interactions. I even miss being a little bit stressed because “ohmigosh, everyone has 8am meds!”.
I’ve been studying a lot for the NCLEX lately. I decided to do the review produced by the NCSBN because it was significantly cheaper than all of the other online review programs. I like the idea of self-study because sitting in the classroom having someone talk at me just does not sound like a good time. So far it’s been going well. I study Mondays to Fridays for 6 to 9 hours a day, depending on which lesson I’m on (I’m following a suggested study schedule, which is outlined by the lessons).
Studying is possibly one of my least favourite things in the world to do, but I find giving myself the weekends off really helps! It gives me time to relax, to regroup, and to just not think for a couple of days about the NCLEX. I know some of my classmates that are studying every single day and I think my brain would just be all “Pfft, eff you, I’m going to play Blank Space for you on repeat for the next hour'” or just give up altogether.
The thing is, I learned a lot over 3 years. And having to review all of that stuff is a lot to digest. So, daily studying, plenty of breaks, and weekends off does the trick for me. I know that a lot of people on allnurses.com are probably rolling their eyes at me because I should be studying 12 hours a day for 7 days a week or something equally horrendous. My brain likes breaks! And sometimes it’s nice to just relax and watch an episode of something on Netflix and not think.
Speaking of weekends to regroup – I did just that. I roasted marshmallows in a backyard fire pit, got harassed by a Boston terrier, and slipped down a flight of stairs. Oh, and that was just Friday night. For Saturday, I hit my head against the wall trying to sit up. Cue laughter from the boyfriend because he just thought I was hilarious (he witnessed me slipping on the stairs too).
Hopefully next weekend will be a bit tamer – I’m going out for an afternoon tea on Saturday!