thanks for the input, i really appreciate it. i do know how vulnerable i am on the whole weakness for someone's sad story thing. i had my own business before and became the standing joke at the local chamber of commerce; need money, don't want to work for it? get a job with <?xml:namespace prefix = st2 ns = "urn:schemas:contacts" /><st2:givenname w:st="on">peg</st2:givenname>, the less you do the more likely she'll be to give you a raise and make sure you do less for it. it was a very hard lesson to learn. i am hoping that with regular faculty meetings we can all keep this aspect of ourselves under control. i have never been one to say, "not me, i don't need anyone's help." so i will see what happens and keep a check on things, i have found that keeping a journal has helped me put some of this into proper perspective.
as far as the school having the money, they have been very generous to me, not to mention the ego boosts i get on a fairly regular basis. it really does feel good when you are recognized for your accomplishments. it's sad for me to say but i get more encouragement and support from non-nursing people, you'd think it would be the other way around. one of the things i stress in the cna course i teach is how to care for people, not just take care of them. the state exam in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
illinois</st1:state> is not very hard and after awhile i started to realize that i was never really going to be able to teach them everything they would need to know. so i changed my approach; i just make sure they have the basics to do the job. the rest of my time with the students is stressing the need to take care of people like they would like to be cared for. i talk to them about how frustrating it is when the checker at the grocery store is talking to the bagger and both act like you're not there. i just love seeing the light bulb go on over their heads, they truly empathize with that and are able to understand how important it is to be present to their patients. i also throw in real life examples of having a meal at a friend's house, or the embarrassment they might feel if they lost control of some body function. or i'll put one of them in the back of the room facing the wall and say i'll be right there. the conversations and the solutions the students come up with are very creative, some of it i never even thought of before; i still get to learn, what fun. this is why i went into education even though sometimes it can be very frustrating.
with the lpn program, i am waiting for state board representatives to come and see the lab but i can't believe they won't pass us on that. but if you do have any suggestions about what i may need to have in the skills lab that the state will be looking for, i am all ears. i love getting as much input as i can. i can't wait until the first class starts. the plan right now is <st1:date w:st="on" year="2007" day="1" month="7" ls="trans">july 1, 2007</st1:date> and i don't know who is more excited, me, the owners or two of my cna students who are ready to go for their lpn. <o
oh ya, almost forgot, where can i get some ideas for a nursing pin? i remember my pinning ceremony; it was my second proudest day in nursing school. the proudest day was when i actually graduated. also, what are your thoughts about a full fledged graduation ceremony, i think that is another important aspect. these were the things i looked forward to when i was in school and sometimes they became the only reasons that made me keep going.