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This Lost Chick

What can I say I am a mother and a wife, trying to find my way through life. I am about to enter the big 3..0.. lets see where it takes me!

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April 2016

Week Off

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I work two jobs, and I am not complaining! I love what I do, I really do! At one job I am PRN; or as needed, as I want to work, so I can take off when I want. My other job is full time, at 245 PTO (paid time off) we max out. You get a nice check but is only 75% of your hours. I had 210 PTO hours, so it was time for a vacation. If you have read my other post you would know that my anniversary was this month. I had a master plan, I have to request my time off about a month in a half ahead of time. I wanted the family to go on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas! I didn’t want to book the trip until I knew I could have the time off.

I got the time off, I took a whole week off! I call to book the trip and my card gets declined! I thought to myself no way in hell! I know I have money plus I was saving for this trip! I told the people in the phone to run it again! Yet again it was declined, so I hung up and looked into my bank account. A company in Myrtle Beach, SC took $1,150 from my account a couple days before. I did only thing I could think of, I woke my husband up! He told me he checked my bank account saw I had over $1,500, and he wanted to go to the beach, so he booked a trip! To say I was pissed, is a huge understatement!

I worked for that money, I worked damn hard. Nothing about my jobs are easy, I work long hours, I work everyday of the week. I did not talk to my husband for a full 2 weeks! I tried to call and get my money back. Would you believe the hotel was only willing to get me a refund of $875! Looks like we are going to the beach, but when?! JUNE, not APRIL, not when I have time off! There is no way to tell if I will get the time off in June!

I requested a new debit card and I now keep it a work in my locker!

What to do with a week off, a staycation that I didn’t plan for or want!

Day 1: After taking my children to school, I slept until I wanted to get up. With the help of after school program I got to sleep to 5 pm.

Day 2: An old boss of mine asked if I would have lunch with her, so I did! I drank most of my lunch that day! My husband was unpleased, I told him I could do what I want because I was on vacation!

Day 3: Another lunch date, but with my BFF. She is preggo, so there was no drinking. I am super excited to be planing a baby shower! I also went fishing with my babies! My son landed a 2 pound cat fish!

Days 4, 5 and 6: We as a family with some friends went camping in Cherokee, North Carolina. I am now the proud owner of 50+ mosquito bites, not an exaggeration! Cherokee is really a beautiful place, we tent camp if anyone wanted to know. Here are some pictures:

Day 7: 2,800 loads of laundry, okay maybe only 5 or 6 loads. That part really sucked, I hate laundry and I hated to spend my last day off doing it.

All in all I had a good week. I am still upset about the trip I wanted to take. Though I really didn’t want to go camping, I am glad got the chance to bond with my children. With working as much as I do, I don’t get to see them as much as I would like and I hate that.

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Words of Wisdom

The company I work for picks a working CNA to give a speech to graduating CNA’s that will come work for us. I was picked for that honor! At the time I wrote my speech I was working a LTC (long term care) unit, I now work on a rehab unit. What I put in my speech hold true to both LTC and rehab, just in different ways.Here is my speech……..


Just because you cannot see it doesn’t mean it is not there!

My story:

One night a resident called me into her room to tell me there was a pony in trying to eat her shoes. I could have told her there was nothing in the room, but that would have been the makings of an argument. So thinking quickly, I told the pony to SHOO! I asked if she needed anything else, and left. Not 5 minutes later she called me for the same thing. My response was the same as the first time; I shooed the pony and left. When she rang a third time, I went to my lunch bag, then answered her call light. The pony was back!!! She was worried he would never leave, and I was starting to get worried as well! I took an apple from my pocket, called the pony, led it out with the apple and explained that I was going to crack the door so he could not come back in……

When 10, 20 and then 30 minutes had passed by I knew it worked! She didn’t have problems with that pony for the rest of the night.

First and foremost congratulations. I can honestly say working in nursing is my passion. The good days along with the bad, the hard as well as easy.

I have learned a lot along the way, and here are some tips I would like to share with you:

♦ Safety is always number one!

♦ Every resident is your resident!

♦ Every alarm going off is your alarm, because safety is number one, and every resident is your resident!

♦ Although you’re coming to work, you are working in someone’s home!

♦ A smile can make the world a brighter place, not only for a residents but anyone you come into contact with.

♦Work smarter, not harder, always work as a team.

♦ If you don’t ask, you don’t know

♦ Working in the nursing field, will not always be text book perfect, and that’s okay.

♦ You can fix a mistake, but you can’t fix a lie!

♦ NEVER SAY THINGS ARE QUITE!!!! As soon as you do all things go awry!

♦ Always find time for what I call the 4 C’s

1)Clean nails

2)Clean teeth

3)Clean clothes

4)comfortable

If a resident is scrunched down at the foot of the bed, not only is it unsafe, it’s uncomfortable.

♦ Be more than just a CNA

♦ Listen to your residents to create a better relationship in order to help learn daily habits.

I hope in the days to come you will put my tips to work. I wish you all the very best as you continue your journeys. 



 

I hope this is able to help more then just the 14 new CNA’s we welcomed in to our company and facility.

My Passion

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I am a CNA\CMA, to say that I love my job is an understatement! Majority of my family member work in the nursing field.

I have worked for 15 year now! When I see the number it shocks me! My family always said I should go into nursing, but I was your “know it all teen” and I wanted no part of the nursing field. I wanted to be in management, sales and marketing, so that’s what I did. In the beginning I loved it, my company car was a Lexus, and I didn’t need a reason to dress up! I would have breakfast and lunch meetings. My office was the size of most peoples living room, and for lack of better term…. I made BANK! My children financially had everything they ever needed or wanted. My job had a mandatory 50 hours a week, work week, and at first it was okay. I took trips all over the northeast. The down side I never saw my family, or if I did it was always in passing.

In 2015 I needed some change in my life. Now I not sure how thing are in other states, but in North Carolina; you now have to get your CNA before you can go to nursing school. For me this was the best way to start. I told myself I would get my CNA, give nursing a try. If I didn’t like it I only spent hundreds not thousands on my new career choice. From day one I was in love! I have always been a people person, and now I was being paid to care for people, listen and even console them. Not long after being a CNA I was asked if I wanted to get my Medication Aide, at no cost to me I might add! My managers said they wanted me to further my education, that I am a natural talent, and when I am ready to go to nursing school let them no and they would front the cost!

This year I am taking all the classes I need before I enter nursing school, but I am scared! This is a big step, and so far in live I have not failed at anything. I am afraid, I may fail, but I refuse to let my fears keep me down! My dream is to be a Flight Nurse! My mother worries for me, she thinks I have lost my mind! Though she will always support what I want to do.

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Holy Shit 30

I am a little more then 4 months away from the BIG 30! I am beyond not ready! My lovely husband has said if I want a birthday party I am on my own. Now I’m stuck how in the hell am I going to give myself a bad ass party?!?

I am the shit when it comes to planning kid birthdays, after all I am a mom! When my son was 8 he wanted a full blown circus, and it was the best party ever! I have planed parties at baseball fields, pools, and bowling allies. When it comes to what I want I have no clue.

I know what I like…… some of everything, but getting it down on paper is going to be hard.

A party is location, location, location right? I spent most of my life in Chicago, so when I moved to North Carolina it was a bit of a shock. I live in a VERY small town compared to Chicago. I was thinking about having my party in Charlotte. I some time think of it as a city in the woods, but not a bad place to party. It would be nice to have my party at a upscale venue, with a adult-ish theme, all of my friends and family. Or have my party in my little town at a podunk venue with the same theme, family and friends.

To a lot this wouldn’t matter, to me it does. I believe in quite a few milestone birthdays. The first being the age 10, you are finally into double digits. At 13 you have made it to your teen years, 16 you can drive. With 18 comes adulthood,  21 you can drink legally. If you are ME and I am, I turned 25 on the 25th and was a quarter century old…. extremely important! Lastly 30, 40, 50 half a century, 60, 70, 75 three-fourths a century 80, 90, 100.. the BIG CENTURY. I want my last milestone birthday to be 109, yes I like to dream big!

So what to do? How do I plan my own 30th birthday party? Will 30 be a good year for me? I know all of this begs more questions then answers.

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