Becoming Chemo Certified

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy holidays friends!

I know this little part of me has really fallen off of planet earth, but I am really going to make an effort in 2018 to revive it! Having nursing students at work makes me miss being able to share my stories and hopefully help a lot of you along your own journeys. I am going to be reaching out to my nurse managers to hopefully get my name on the list to start precepting students at work and eventually the new grads.

So to start to catch everyone up, I recently finished my chemotherapy administration course. The course is officially run by the Oncology Nursing Society as a self-paced online study. I cannot speak for other hospitals, but my hospital than follows it up with on the job training and skills check off on a multitude of chemotherapy before I can administer individually. 

The course itself was not very challenging and I think it really lacks information. The course is set up with 15 or so mini-lectures followed by a 60 question multiple choice test. My challenge with the course was the actual lessons themselves. I found that the lectures did not have a lot of information in them and I was left scrolling through the e-book in attempts to find any information about what they were remotely talking about. The only well-written lecture was the first one that broke cancer down to the cellular level.  

Now that I have successfully passed the test, I am frightened to administer chemotherapy safely because I did not actually learn anything about these hazardous drugs. I know there are a lot of policies and procedures already in place to protect me during administration, but I do not want to assume that others are doing their job correctly. Critical thinking is a large part of being a nurse and I want to always keep my mind alert. 

What were your experiences like with the course? Any suggestions or need to know when administering chemotherapy?

One Year Anniversary

Monday, October 2, 2017

Let me start by saying this title is very misleading. My actual one-year workversary was back in early September. But ever since I started my career, I seem to have neglected this little part of me. Yes, I do remain active on social media, but it is not the same. I started this blog first as a place to share my experiences and a lot of experiences were missed from being shared here during that year or so gap. 

A Perfect Scrub Jacket

Monday, June 26, 2017

It may be 90 degrees outside, but you can always bet that the hospital will have it's AC blasting making it an easy 71 degrees indoors. I am always joking with my friends that I must look like a confused California weather girl. You know the can of girls who wear Ugg boots with shorts when it is pouring rain outside. 

Nurses Week 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy (late) Nurses Week to everyone out there! This one is very special to me because it is the first one that I have actually been a registered nurse during. Instead of indulging in all of the donuts and coffee at work, I actually took a week off to visit some family up in Oregon. It was the perfect relaxing vacation!!

Fear not, I will be running some nurses week specials over on my Instagram. Be sure to check them out as they will only last 24 hours!

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