Category Archives: February 2014

Note writing and things I end up doing instead.

I’ve been to lectures and I’ve been to tutorials. I have all my poorly written, incorrectly spelled notes ready to consolidate and re write, but I’m now laying in bed after a solid 45 minutes of online uno. Sad right?

This got me thinking of all the things I end up doing instead of writing notes.

1. Go to the bank or post office- not matter what I ended up doing this once or three times a day. For some reason or another I HAD to go to the bank or post office RIGHT THAT MINUTE.
2. Facebook- if the name is at least partly familiar, I will go through the pictures and wall posts and mutual friends and other friends and then through my own friends until I’m not sure if I actually know the people or I’ve randomly clicked their profile :/
3. Doing my washing- again I always seems to need to do it NOW! That one pair of jeans, yeah the one of 10 I own, just so happens to be the pair I want to wear next Wednesday- better do it now.
4. Play online uno in bed- currently sitting at level 62 after I had it on my list of goals for 2014 to “reach level 50 in uno”.
5. Lastly, I seem to go buy novels a lot. Online or in stores, I’m addicted to buying books. I recently purchased the cuckoos calling because I found out Robert Gailbraith was JK Rowlings pseudonym. I’m currently at 36 unread novels to 10 read.

Now that I’ve been away from my notes for a good two hours I guess I better go to the bank before it shuts and check my washing.

The first day.

Today marked the official start of my journey to become a nurse.

And if today was anything to go by it is going to be hard but it will be worth it in the end. I endured two 5 hour blocks of lectures in a cramped room with over 100 other people. It got uncomfortable.

Having been through the first weeks of university before, I knew what to expect so it wasn’t a shock to me the amount of new and confusing information being thrown at me. One thing I learnt was when you say something that is beyond what anyone else is expected to know you will get a lot of those looks that seem to label you as “that chick” if you know what I mean.

The first few weeks will always be hard trying to find your feet, navigate resources and campuses and TRYING (extremely hard to no avail) to make new friends but it gets easier and by semester two we will all be university pros smashing academic goals.

One thing I was lucky enough to experience was a lecturer that was so honest about the profession that instilled a sense of hope that I can get where I want to be. That is, undertaking a PhD and becoming an expert within the nursing industry. In an environment where you are identified as a number for the most part, it is a wonderfully comforting feeling to know that academic staff want to see you strive for and achieve your academic goals.

As I get ready to wind down for the evening before my second day of nursing school, I’ve come to realise that I cannot wait to be a nurse and I can’t wait to one day be in front of fresh faced students inspiring them to be the nurses they want to be.

Bye for now x

Getting a foot in the door.

Being a young job applicant with a trade certificate and a good range of job experience has turned out to be quite the set back for me. I’m 20 years old and can’t even get an entry level job such as a check out operator or pizza delivery driver.

Whilst this is a disheartening experience for anyone looking for a job to support themselves, it has forced me to re evaluate my career goals and aspirations. If there’s anything I’ve learnt this past 18 months, it’s that graduate jobs are not available in abundance and people DO miss out.

So with this in mind I’ve been job hunting and applying to no avail until I came across a hospital assistant job. Yeah, it doesn’t sound all that glamorous but it will be a definite foot in the door to the health directorate I WANT to work in.

In this day it really is about who you know, and not what you know so it is imperative to start planning NOW! Not next week and not next year because you will turn around and find yourself on stage graduating.

It’s time to own our lives and own our education and start planning for the job we want to be in upon graduation.

Making mistakes and realising it’s going to be ok.

2013 was a big year of change for myself. I quit my job, I left my home town, I moved away from my family and began my path to something better.

Six or seven months in and I began to feel the effects of bad choices and made the decision to go home and start anew.

My first mistake.

As I begin on my journey to become a nurse I have quickly realised that the end goal is not the only goal you should have while at university. My goals are to make an interim career change to make the transition into nursing practice easier, to get into an honours program after my undergraduate degree and ultimately to enjoy my time working towards all of this.

My first mistake: coming home to the place I so desperately wanted to leave for new experiences. Coming to a university I had been unsure of for a long time (I deferred my first offer here and eventually withdrew due to feelings of unease).

But with, everything there is a solution to be uncovered. While I’m not fully certain what that is at this point in time, it will come to me and had not made me want to become a nurse any less.

My commitment to join the nursing profession is what will ultimately help me decide what the right course of action is for this situation and my mistake will not defer me for reaching my goals because in the end IT WILL BE OK IN THE END.