Friday, July 29, 2011

This fall's school schedule

As the school year gets closer, the more and more excited I am to be back in the academic world! I have missed being in an academic setting. Yes, I admit it, I have missed school. I think that's why i love the new job so much is that i am learning new things! My schedule is going to be a full load but believe I can handle it. On friday and saturdays I will be working at the hospital each a 12 hour shift! I am also excited to have the afternoons open to study and take a few exercise classes! While at MSU, i would work during the week and not be done until 5 and have the weekends off. This will be a nice change! Classes begin August 22! Only 24 days away!

My classes include:

Anatomy lab
Medical Microbiology

The fun ones ( 1 credit classes):

aqua zumba
cardio and tone

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Officially a CNA....soon to be an OB tech!

Well, as most of you all know, I have completed my CNA (certified nursing assistant) course and have passed the state tests! I accepted a job on an OB floor in London, KY about 45 minutes from where I live now! I was hired on as a CNA and through training/orientation, I will become an OB tech in the next few months. This entails assisting the surgeon with c-sections and a slight pay raise. All of this experience is going to be perfect for my application to midwifery school!

Things have been crazy ever since I returned to KY from visiting home for a few days. I am working full time at the hospital for orientation until classes start in late August, as well as working full time for AmeriCorps to make sure that I have all my required hours needed to complete my full turn! Things right now are all over the place. But I wouldn't change it for the world!

I have now attended 6 births, 3 of them being c-sections and 3 being vaginal. I am training in the areas of post partum, nursery, labor and delivery, and the OR. What do all these include? (I haven't learned everything involved with the positions yet, but this is what i know thus far)

Post partum:
  • taking vitals
  • passing water
  • changing beds
  • changing dressing
  • passing linens and towels
  • checking on mom's well being
  • Charting
  • Taking care of baby
  • Rounding up the little ones for the pediatrician
  • Taking baby vitals
  • Changing diapers
  • Bathing the babies
  • Recording feedings/outputs
  • Helping with circumcisions 
  • Helping moms with breastfeeding
  • Recording info in many books
  • Charting
Labor & Delivery:
  • Set up for deliveries
  • Assist the doctor with labor
  • Help mom push, hold leg etc.
  • Receive baby from nurse
  • Check baby vitals
  • Weigh, measure, clean off baby & mother
  • Clean up after delivery
  • Prepping the c-section room
  • Scrubbing in
  • Opening all instruments
  • Assist surgeon
  • Hold skin, hand instruments, suction etc. 
  • Assist suturing
  • Clean up room

I have passed the post partum stage and now on to labor and delivery. I think that this is the area I will like most! The area in which i am working is considered underserved/not everyone has all the resources etc. I hope that i can make an impact! The hospital is brand new so i will be able to grow with it too. I am going to see what can be done with my brochures and if I am able to pass them out to mothers. I feel that they would benefit from them!

I am so excited and very grateful for the opportunity that the hospital has provided me! The chance to be a part of births and babies is mind blowing. It gives me a look into what my future will entail! I can't wait for that moment when I get to catch the baby and pass the new bundle of joy to his/her parents!

Monday, July 4, 2011

To the great lands of Michigan I go......

I will be home wednesday afternoon! I am leaving tomorrow! I can't wait! I haven't been home since mid-August of last year when I left to move to Kentucky for AmeriCorps. Well, I am finally making the 10 hour trip home to Petoskey! I am so excited to see my family and friends! I have missed them all soooo much! I have missed the water and of course the sunsets......B and I are planning on going kayaking and can't wait! We are also rode tripping it there! We haven't been on a road trip together in years! It's going to be a great time! The time at home will be busy and probably go by fast, but I am very excited! Here's to MI and seeing my family and friends!