A little update on me...

  1. I've gotten multitude of email from those of you how are wandering about me in my absence from the boards, so I thought I would update everyone at once, and save time Sorry for the lack of personal responses! Your emails are wonderful, its great to know so many people are pulling for me! You are truely a special bunch!

    Ok, on to the update

    I graduated May 18th with my BSN, and started working in the Emergency Department May 28th (the day after labor day). Im trying to get my body adjusted to night shifts, and overall, its going pretty well, although I still start to get tired about 11pm or so, it usually wears off by 1am, and I am completely ok again. Its hard with Kevin working days (by the way, the got a promotion last week, and is now the bank manager, so he is working more hours as well), and we dont get to see each other much right now, but I am in hopes that once I get "into the groove" I wont want to sleep all day on my days off.

    I work 6pm-6:30am for 3-4 nights a week. My first paycheck will be handed out Friday! That is fairly exciting, since I havent had a real paycheck in the whole 4 years I was in school, and I have NEVER made a salary like this before... it may not really be what a nurse is worth, but it sure beats my paychecks from Wal-Mart!

    We are all moved into the new house now. I have been remodeling the kitchen, and in a day or two, the new carpet should be here, then it will be all finished. For those of you who have heard the horror stories dealing with my car (the 1993 Geo Metro-mostly-body-putty-POS-car), I finally got rid of it!! I ended up buying a new Pontiac Aztec (SUV-type thingy). The gas mileage isnt great, but I dont have far to drive for work, and it sure is nice to have that warranty! But, I am having a lot of trouble trying to master the concept of Cruise Control... ive never had it before.

    I just got my ATT letter today, and I scheduled my NCLEX test for June 25th... but its at 5:30 PM! I am very hopeful that I get a short version of the test, since it is a 3 hour drive from home, and I have to work the next morning at 6am (training on day shift for a week). But, atleast then this will all be over, and I'll finally be an RN Then I can start working on ACLS and TNCC (both required by 6 months), its not too early to start working towards them!

    Hmm... I can't think of anything else. Just wedding plans (which are taking forever), my new puppy (I finally got my Yorkie! - her name is Cricket), and n/v secondary to NCLEX jitters.

    Thank you to everyone who has emailed me to check on me! I miss you guys, and I will be back as soon as life settles down again

    Love,
    BrandyBSN
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   BadBird
    Brandy,
    With all the stressors in your life now and the efficient way you handle them I am sure you will make a wonderful nurse. Congrats and good luck.
  4. by   peaceful2100
    Brandy, I was wondering about you! I am glad to hear that you are ok and that you are trying to adjust. I can totally relate with you on nights. Even though I don't graduate till next year I took a new job as a neonatal care tech and I am working 3 nights a week from 645pm-715am and I am slowly adjusting to it. I worked my fourth night the other night and the first night I had troubles around 2am the second night I had lots and lots of energy well the other 2 nights I did not really start getting tired until around 4am.

    I am glad to hear that you are getting your post-college life together. I can't wait until next year to be able to do the same.

    Good luck!
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Brandy....welcome back...and welcome to the wonderful world of nightshift nursing. I wish you the BEST of LUCK on your NCLEX, but I doubt VERY much you will NEED it......and enjoy your career. So glad to have you w/us!
  6. by   Jenny P
    Hey, Brandy, You know I've been thinking of you and wish you well. I'm glad to hear you are doing so good so far; but you DO have a lot on your plate at this point so be sure and get enough sleep and take care of yorself! Be jealous of your sleep times! Good luck on your NCLEX exams! Remember Kevin is going through changes too with the promotion and all, so don't bite off more than you 2 can handle as a team, okay? Between new jobs, house, pet, remodeling, etc., etc., etc.; don't forget to stop and smell the roses, too!
  7. by   live4today
    Amen Jenny P Brandy, congrats on your graduation, your new job, your pending marriage, your puppy, your home, your new car, and soon your RN license as I know you'll make an excellent nurse! In the midst of all the excitement going on in your life, do as Jenny P says and stop and smell those roses. Life is way too precious not to. :kiss
  8. by   nightingale
    I miss you Brandy! All will be well after just a little bit!

    B.
  9. by   Kikumaru
    Brandy, I haven't emailed you prior to this but was compelled to do it after reading your post. I would like to congratulate you on all your new undertakings. I have worked night shifts in the past and may have had the same emotional feelings you are now having. It does take time. I found that exercise helps the adjustment ... I used to go to the gym after a shift so that I could sleep well prior to returning. Let us know how your boards and new member(s) of your family are doing..
  10. by   KeniRN
    CONGRATULATIONS BRANDY:hatparty: !!!!!!!!

    Welcome to our world! How do you like working in the ER?
    It sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Hang in there! It will all work out.
    I will keep you in my prayers. Good luck on the NCLEX. You'll do fine. Just remember to relax and breathe.:wink2:
    Hope to see more of you on the board!
  11. by   GPatty
    Hey Girl!
    Hadn't heard from you in ages! I was thinking about you the other day, wondering if you'd gotten moved in and all!

    Brandy~ life is coming together for you and I am so happy for you! You sure do deserve the best life can hand out! Please don't stop coming around cause we do miss you!

    Love,
    Julie
  12. by   JMP
    Good for you Brandy!

    Hard work does pay off! I hope you love it!

    J.
  13. by   Love-A-Nurse
    It is good to read you are doing as well as to be expected after all you and yours are embarking upon and the new puppy too.

    I look forward to hearing of the good news after your NCLEX-RN!

    Be mindful to stop, and give Brandy a minute and a minute for Kevin too.


    StephanysGetaway
  14. by   RNforLongTime
    Brandy,

    I've been wondering how you've been doing! Glad to hear things are going well for you! As others have said, things can be overwhelming and with all of the things you have on your plate, don't forget to give yourself some "me" time!

    Good luck on your NCLEX exam, I'm sure that you'll do fine! Take care now and keep us updated!

    Kelly

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