What a month this has been! Christmas at home was more wonderful than I can say and it was the breath of fresh air that I desperately needed. The break was far too short, but oh so sweet. The transition back to Southern California was a difficult one. The goodbyes don’t seem to get any easier and I have had my fair share of days where the tears just seem to come.
This semester’s focus is that of obstetrics and pediatrics and we hit the ground running right away. This is the semester that I have been looking forward to since day one of starting the nursing program and I have to pinch myself that I am here already. During each lecture, I have all the heart eyes on my face (just picture the heart eye emoji and that’s what I look like!) and eat up every word. I am fascinated by the content and my heart soars at clinical in the hospital.
I have 12 hour night shift clinical each week which has proven to stretch me in ways that I did not anticipate. My sleep schedule is all wonky leading up to and following clinical but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. I have floated to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and the general pediatric medical surgical unit. I am humbled by the privilege to care for the littlest of littles who are so sick in the hospital and these kiddos are seriously the sweetest. It is such a blessing to care for them.
I, for the first time, am beginning to feel like a nurse, which is exciting and scary all at the same time! I have had so much hands-on experience with incredible nurses who have taught me so much. I am learning a tremendous amount and even though this semester is trying in its own way, I am thriving. I cannot wait to see where the next few months take me.