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The ER is the ER is the ER ...

by Pixie.RN - I really had no idea what to expect from working in an Army ER, but I suspected it wouldn't be much different than any other ER. I knew just from my experience with various ERs in the northern and...

Tapping into Army Tuition Reimbursement: Cha-Ching!

by Pixie.RN - During the process of orienting to the post, we had a presentation at the Army Education Center about using our Tuition Assistance (TA) dollars. I listened with interest because I knew I wanted to...

Arriving at My First Duty Station

by Pixie.RN - It has been a while since I have blogged, and I apologize for that! You know how life gets away from you, especially with shift work -- those 12 hour blocks seem to make the weeks disappear even...

BOLC Nurse Track: Yay Nurses!

by Pixie.RN - We transitioned right into Nurse Track the day after graduation. Tuesday we all wore our ASUs (dress uniforms) because we were scheduled to have a video teleconference with Major General Patricia...

BOLC Week Seven: Gas Gas Gas!

by Pixie.RN - GAS GAS GAS! Yep, that's right ... this week was the infamous gas chamber. For those of you who don't know what that entails, we were issued a gas mask (item M40), which, like the M16 rifle, is a...

BOLC Weeks Four and Five: Mostly Great Stuff!

by Pixie.RN - My apologies for failing to blog last week ... it's been non-stop, and I've been stressed and tired. Lots of PT, lots of sit-ups! I will start with the good news: I passed my PT test today! ...

BOLC Week Two: Lines, Lines, Lines!

by Pixie.RN - Almost more than the whole "hurry up and wait" business, the Army is crazy about lines. We stand in line for just about everything: meals at the dining facility (DFAC), getting our FTX (field...

Even More Hurry Up and Wait!

by Pixie.RN - December and the holidays flew by, and it was suddenly the first part of January. The next step in my Army career centered around when I'd hear from the branch manager who would determine my first...

And the Physical Training (PT) continues...

by Pixie.RN - PT, PT ... how I love and hate PT! I just completed my semi-annual Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) during the last week of October, and I was very happy to pass with a decent margin and score. I...

APEQS and SAFE ... more alphabet soup!

by Pixie.RN - So many levels of bureaucracy -- in-processing to the post, then the hospital. But both are necessary, so I tried to be patient (not one of my strengths, certainly). The first thing we tried to do...

101 Things I Wish I'd Known Before BOLC...

by Pixie.RN - Not sure how many things I'll actually come up with, and these are things I wish I'd known, or that other people probably wish they'd known that I actually did know, and I turned out to be right... ...

BOLC Graduation!

by Pixie.RN - Good times! I was lucky enough to get to fly in a Blackhawk as part of the casualty simulations on Tuesday, which was amazing. Wednesday, I was elected by my cohorts in crime to be a triage nurse at...

BOLC Week Six: I Would Trade My Firstborn for a Shower...

by Pixie.RN - I'm kidding, I really wouldn't trade my firstborn for a shower ... but only because I'm not having children! When I last blogged, I was getting ready to take the final exam, and I'm happy to say I...

BOLC Week Three: Soldiers First

by Pixie.RN - Lots of good things this past week: another formation run without vomiting, which was great. But also our first record (official) PT test, and I'll say right up front that I still didn't pass the...

BOLC Week One: I Love This Uniform, But This Beret Is A Lemon!

by Pixie.RN - Let's see, where were we last ... oh yes, departing for Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC). I drove from Virginia to Jackson, Tennessee on the first day. It was a fabulous drive -- lovely weather...


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