Much better day today than yesterday, and my exam went well too!! Halfway there.

Took the night off from doing much of anything to enjoy some yummy food and head to bed early. Tomorrow I’ll hit the library and gym.

Six sleeps six sleeps six sleeps!!!

In my humble opinion, sign language is important to know for anyone going into the medical field. Yes, there are interpreters, but in some situations, interpreters may not be able to make it to the patient in time for essential communication   to be held between the health care provider and the patient. Below is a list of resources you can use and add to in order to learn and gain an understanding of ASL and Medical ASL.

Websites to Learn ASL

American Sign Language University
Start ASL
Signing Savvy

Apps to Learn ASL

ASL Coach
ASL: Fingerspelling

Marlee Signs

YouTube Channels to Learn ASL

Dr. Bill Vicars
Rochelle Barlow

Rob Neilson

Dr. Bill Vicars Medical Sign Language Lessons 

Lesson 01 Part 01
Lesson 01 Part 02

Lesson 02 Part 01

Lesson 02 Part 02

Lesson 02 Part 03

Lesson 03 Part 01

Lesson 03 Part 02

Lesson 03 Part 03

Lesson 04 Part 01

Lesson 04 Part 02

Lesson 04 Part 03

Lesson 05 Part 01

Lesson 05 Part 02

Lesson 06 Part 01

Lesson 06 Part 02

Lesson 06 Part 03

Lesson 07 Part 01

Lesson 07 Part 02

Lesson 07 Part 03

Lesson 08 Part 01

Lesson 08 Part 02

Lesson 08 Part 03

Lesson 09 Part 01

Lesson 09 Part 02

Lesson 10 Part 01

Lesson 10 Part 02

Lesson 10 Part 03

Lesson 11 Part 01

Lesson 11 Part 02

Lesson 11 Part 03

Lesson 12 Part 01

Lesson 12 Part 02

Lesson 12 Part 03
...with some exceptions, of course

caine= local anesthetics
cillin= antibiotics
dine= anti-ulcer agents
done= opiod analgesics
ide= oral hypoglycemics
iam= antianxiety agents
micin= antibiotics
nium= neuromuscular blocking agents
olol= beta blockers
ole= anti-fungal
oxacin= antibiotics
pam= antianxiety agents
pril= ace inhibitors
sone= steroids
statin= antihyperlipidemics
vir= antivirals
zide= diuretics

What I've Learned After 3 Months of Being a Nurse

What I’ve Learned after 3 months of being a nurse

  1. There is no pressure like being in the code of a 23 year old you were talking to 20 minutes ago while their mother stands in the door way begging you to save them.
  2. There is no silence like the one at the nurse’s station while everyone is gloved up and waiting for the arrival of the fire department that just called to report they’re on the way with someone in full cardiac arrest. 
  3. It’s easier to tell your friends about the funny stories and the funny patients. You keep the sad ones to yourself. 
  4. It’s hard to get someone to care about following up with a primary care physician to get further care and medication refills when they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
  5. Psych patients make thanking God for waking you up in your right mind a completely different thing. 
  6. Other peoples struggles can make yours seem so small.
  7. The screams of the family who just lost their loved one will ring in your ears for hours…sometimes days. 
  8. Nursing is NOT passing meds and listening to heart beats, its giving your all during a code and still pulling something out of yourself to hold a grieving family member and understanding your emptiness does not compare to theirs.
  9. I’ve learned to stop praying for things to go right but instead to pray for the strength to handle anything that may come way.
  10. Some patients will make it hard to care about them, others will make it hard to let them go. 
  11. I haven’t learned this yet but I’m practicing leaving all of these things at the exit door of the emergency room. So that I can exist outside of work.
  12. I love nursing and there’s nothing I’d rather do.