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4 Secrets to Being a Better Nurse

“It works! It works!” cried my patient.

Earlier, I had reset her tablet. It wasn’t working. She was very worried because she was already bored to death lying in her bed.

“This doesn’t have to do with my sickness, but you looked smart,” she explained as she handed me the non-cooperative device.

Her enthusiasm at the success of my fixing her tablet brought a smile to my face. It reminded me how human this job actually is.

The first Baby Steps to Financial Health

I was pretty proud of myself for graduating from my Bachelor of Science in Nursing with zero debt. Of course, always had a feeling that something was a little bit off with my finances. I keep trying to figure things out without much success. My siblings were starting to buy their dream computers, cameras and other gadgets while I was always broke. That was pretty weird because I usually was making the most in my family.

I picked up bits and pieces of financial advice like save 20% and don’t get into debt. I would dutifully keep these little rules, but I wasn’t flourishing financially. Then, I stumbled upon a niffy series of financial lectures by a personal finance blogger, Alistair Huong. It wasn’t the first financial seminar that I have participated in, but his explanations were so simple and straightforward. I finally was able to make some steps in the right direction.

What I wish my church could learn from Paradox Church

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My siblings and I have a fascination with attending churches that are outside of our denomination.  We once went to the Baptist church and they member thought that we were greeters! I was pretty disappointed when I heard that my siblings had visited the a Catholic Church and a Jehovah Witnesses meeting hall when I went traveling for the summer. I missed out! Of course, we love our own church, but we are open to learning from our fellow brethren in Christ.

I was at local youth group and they were talking about their experience visiting several churches in our denomination. Then, told about visiting a church that was technically not in our denomination. It met on a similar unusual day. I think it “independent ministry” was the word that they used. They wore Hawaiian shirts and flip flops. It’s was the Paradox Church. My curiosity was piqued.

How to Land an Interview

As Nursing students, we often focus solely on passing the NCLEX. However, soon the next challenge confronts us –finding a job. From my experience studying for the NCLEX was a piece of cake compared to job hunting. Mainly, because it is very subjective. Everyone has an idea of what will give you an edge. That could be anything ranging from a great looking resume to polished make-up. The outfit must look appropriate but feel great. The variables are just too vast.

The Statue

After publishing this in various blogs, it's finally home on my very own blog.

I promised myself that I would write this story no matter how it ended. I regret that promise because I had no peace until I did. It’s done and this is certainly not the story I expected to write when I made the promise, but it helped me heal.

For Jenn because you didn’t judge me when I first mentioned the statue. You looked at me and your eyes twinkled with something that felt like understanding and empathy.
For Rachel, my Dakota, I’m forever in debt to you. Thank you.

It was one of those days when the sky looked like a grey canvass that hung low over the earth. The vibrant colors of autumn had passed but winter wasn’t here yet, so the tree branches were like bony fingers groping wildly in the bitter breeze. I walked down the sidewalk along the big gates of Sherman’s Park. I peeked through the wrought iron fence between the hefty pillars and savored the pang of feeling locked out. Loneliness bit at my heart. Then, I continued on. I stopped again for a long moment to stare at the marble statue atop the concrete pillar.