kat1822

kat1822 BSN, RN

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B.A. Anthropology - University of Oklahoma ('15) B.S. Nursing - Roger's State University ('20). I'm a Catholic convert, married to an English theologian/philosopher, and we have 4 gorgeous babies. My hobbies include trying to do ALL the things and getting in way over my head ?

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  1. I'm not sure how to describe this idea I've had, because I've never heard of anyone doing it. Basically, I'm not working as an RN currently because I'm raising my 4 children (7, 5.5, 3, and 10 months). However, I recently had the honor of helping to ...
  2. Hello all. I just want to start by saying thank you, to each and every one of you, for the selfless, hard work you’ve been doing these past 2 years and beyond. Your dedication is unmatched, and I have nothing but respect for everyone who is out there...
  3. Can an RN Volunteer on the Floor?

    Thank you for your understanding. I completely get that hospitals wouldn’t want to do this for liability reasons. I knew I was overlooking something! Despite always saying “wow they’re growing so fast!” it still feels like it takes forever for c...
  4. Can an RN Volunteer on the Floor?

    A little background: Last year I worked for almost 4 months on a stepdown tele unit. I could not continue even part time due to personal circumstances. At this point I'm in a bit of a tricky situation... I can't commit to a job right now because I'm ...
  5. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    Alright so I'm a genius. It struck me like a ton of bricks tonight as I was pining to be back in the action of the medical world. I specifically enjoy hospital nursing the most. What if I volunteered? Is that even a thing - RN volunteer at the hospit...
  6. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    Thanks so much! I didn't mention before, but I finished my RN program one week before I gave birth to my third. I had high blood pressure at the end (go figure) and was hospitalized the night before our cumulative final. I negotiated with my doc to g...
  7. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    How can you read my mind?! One of my toxic traits is wanting all the answers right this min. Haha. Thank you for your balanced perspective on this issue. I'm so glad to hear that you took time off for your children! That's how parents create the best...
  8. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    This is honestly the most helpful comment yet. Thank you for affirming my decisions and giving me some practical advice; that's what I was hoping to find by posting here. I think my only hesitation regarding specialized certifications would be that a...
  9. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    Theoretically speaking, even I do not think going straight into an NP Program and then job is ideal without nursing experience. Going from the student role to floor nursing taught me that there is an extraordinary learning curve to be a good nurse, n...
  10. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    That's what I did when my last was born. Looking back, it would have been feasible if we could find childcare and if the unit hadn't been so, frankly, not a good fit for me. Next time I start I'll go somewhere with a lower patient acuity to start wit...
  11. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    Those without children are missing out on the experience of having children (by the nature of those words). Yes, that also means you are missing out on temper tantrums, diaper changes, and inconveniences. But that's your choice.
  12. BSN - no experience and lots of children

    Obviously it's your own prerogative to make that decision for you and your wife, but I must say you're missing out. I didn't really want kids very much when I was younger, but when I fell in love with my husband that changed. They are sweet, loving, ...
  13. Hi all! Currently expecting my fourth child in September. I have 3 aged 6 and under. Finished my RN-to-BSN online last year, but I didn't work until one year after finishing my RN degree (my youngest was born one week after graduation, so I stayed ...
  14. Help - Should I Work or Wait?

    SORRY!! I should have been clearer in my communication - it would be 2 days per week for 8-12 weeks with the possibility of extending orientation if I need it. After that, I'll go down to one day a week! I think that's quite generous. I don't think...
  15. Help - Should I Work or Wait?

    Wow you don’t mince words do you! I respect that. And you have reminded me that I did feel a little on my own in my first job... which is one reason among many why I left. One of the things that did scare me was exactly what you said - I didn’t know ...