Monday, August 18, 2014

What I Learned from my OB Clinical

After taking three classes this summer, we wrapped up the summer session with our OB Clinical. I was able to spend 6, 12- hour shifts with my AWESOME Nurse Preceptor helping care for laboring moms and postpartum moms and babies! 

While I cannot share any details I was able to see and do some amazing things! I will share that on my first day, within three minutes of being there, I saw a birth. What a beautiful, joyful experience! I learned a lot throughout this clinical experience not just from a nursing perspective, but about my personal beliefs and thoughts.

I'd like to preface this by saying that I do not have my own children, so I am speaking from a viewpoint of never going through labor. Everyone has their own beliefs on what they feel is right/best for them, today I'm sharing mine! I'd love hear your thoughts on them too!

What I learned from my OB Clinical


1| Meet people where they are in life.
This is just a good life lesson in general. UVA is a huge teaching hospital, so the people we work with come from all sorts of backgrounds. It was rare to see a nuclear family, which was sad simply because bringing a baby in the world is a huge responsibility and a lot of these moms are doing it all on their own. Regardless, you need to throw your judgement card out the window (come on, we are all guilty) and care for everyone the same. No one person is better than the other or deserves special or different treatment. 

2| BreastFeeding is Fantastic
Not that I have personal experience, but it's not necessary to, to know how great it is for both mom and baby. Breastfeeding promotes instant bonding for mom and baby, there are tons of health benefits for mom and baby (short and long term) and best of all it is FREE!! Formula is expensive and your body is providing you will free food that will always be 100% better for your baby than formula. I spent most of my days on Postpartum and some moms were completely against Breastfeeding and others embraced it. Do your research before hand, learn the benefits, become educated and know that it is a learning process for both you and baby. The hospital employs Lactation consultants to help you and teach you, use them! And just always know that if breastfeeding doesn't work, that does not mean you are a failure. 

3| Epidural = Catheter 
Something I had no idea about (and probably most of you don't either) is that after the anesthesiologist places an Epidural, the nurses have to put a catheter in your bladder. The epidural causes you to loss feeling in your legs so you are unable to tell how full your bladder is. A catheter is placed to drain your bladder for you. Also, once you get the epidural you are bed bound. The obvious plus of an epidural is that it takes the pain away, which for some is extremely important. Once again, do your research, know the risks and benefits and pick an option that works best for you. You can have pain medicine through your IV if you do not want an Epidural, though these are not long lasting. Prior to this clinical I would have told you that I wanted an Epidural ASAP. Now, post clinical, I'd say that I really want to try to go without it. I'm sure all the moms out there are shaking their heads and saying "this girl has no clue" and I don't, but I know it's definitely possible to be done (plus I don't want to have a catheter!). 

4| I will have a midwife, not a Obstetrician.
During my OB class we had a midwife come speak with us and I was already very intrigued by the idea. There is research to show that midwives use less intervention (i.e: pitocin, epidurals and C-Sections), you do not have to be on the monitor constantly (at UVA you are strapped to a fetal heart rate monitor and cannot walk around), and you can labor in different positions, in a tub, etc. Midwives have a much more holistic approach to their care and I think are much more personable. When people think of Midwives, I think a lot of people think of "at home births" or water births, which is not always the case. You can still have your baby in a hospital with a midwife or at a birthing center. Seeing birth in a setting where so many interventions are used, I now know that I want the complete opposite of that experience (though I still want to have it in the hospital to be on the safe side). 

5| Enjoy the newborn stage
Newborns are the best! There was nothing better than snuggling with the newborn babies and getting to look at their peaceful little faces. So many opportunities and experiences await these little precious beings, what an exciting time! Babies don't keep and before we know it they will be going nonstop! Even though the newborn stage is exhausting, soak in all those special moments because you never get them back. 

This clinical experience was an amazing opportunity and I'm so glad we started off with such a fun one! While I'm not sure I could be an OB/GYN nurse, I definitely enjoyed my time on the unit. I learned a lot about myself and what it is going to take to become a successful nurse. NURSING IS NOT FOR THE WEAK. There are no scheduled lunch breaks, bathroom breaks, time to get your head together. It's all on the go and you better be able to keep up! 

I can only pray and hope that all my clinical experiences are just as fantastic as this one!

What are your thoughts on any of the above points? Let's talk!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Food, Movies, Puppies and Jacks

Here are a few of my favorite things from the past couple weeks


Mexican Quinoa
  I promise it's under all that yummy avocado! I made this two weeks ago and on Sunday for my mom and she loved it to!


2 | After waiting what felt like forever, Divergent finally came out to RedBox and you better believe I went and picked it up (plus some Ben and Jerry's!!) Both were equally amazing (and can we just mention how gorgeous Four is?!). I also watched 21 Jump street and was in tears from laughing so much! I need to see 22 Jump Street now!!
Divergent and Ben&Jerry's


3 | I'm seen some other bloggers rave out these, so when I saw them in the store I figured I'd try them out! SO Delicious! You need to go pick them up as soon as humanly possible!


4 | Snuggles with my girls! While I know there is no way I could own a dog right now, I miss them mucho when I'm gone.
Poodles and a Yorkie


5 | Mom surprised me with the UVA Jack Rogers when I came home last Thursday! Such a fun surprise! I can' wait to wear them to some of the Football games this fall!!
UVA Jack Rogers

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hooray for 2 weeks of Summer Break!

I am officially done with my first summer session of Nursing School!!

It's kind of crazy how fast the past 2 1/2 months have gone and I know these next two weeks will speed on by before the madness of Fall semester begins. So I'm going to make the most of my time and have a lot of fun these next couple weeks!

I'm currently at home hanging with my mom and the girls. I've already taken naps, slept in, read a book in one day (that NEVER happens), started another book, and made it to Season 3 of Scandal on Netflix. 

Oh and KILLED a copperhead snake... EEK!! Oh my goodness it was horrible. I walked out of my house yesterday morning before church for my dogs to go to the bathroom and I saw them looking at something to my left, I turn and there the snake is, hissing at one of my poodle!! I screamed for my mom and she ran out and got a shovel and an ax. After about 10 minutes going over and over what we should/should not do, we were able to pin it down and kill it. Oh gosh it was horrible and I hope I never have to do that again. But since it was near our front door and those are poisonous snakes, it had to go!!
This is what it looked like...SCARY


That was more than enough excitement for me and my mom. So our plans just include a lot of relaxing. I know once I start school in a few weeks, I won't have much down time, so I'm enjoying it while I can. 

Next week one of my very best friends, Kerry, is coming to visit me for the week!(Read about our trip last year) I'm BEYOND excited and I may just not let her leave at the end of the week ;) At the end of that week I'm going to spend the weekend with my other best friend Kristin and her husband Paul! I stayed with them back in January and I'm really excited they are letting me come back again :)

I'm excited to pack in all this friend time while I can! I don't get to see Kerry or Kristin as much as I like too, so this is really special to me!

I can't wait for all the fun adventures ahead and I promise I'll be back to share all the details! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Edamame Basil Hummus {Tahini Free}

Ever since I moved into my apartment I've really been making my own foods. I LOVE to cook and make dinner several times a week, but I also am loving making simple everyday things like pesto and now, hummus! 

When I was at Trader Joe's a few weeks back I randomly bought a bag of edamame and my basil bush. I was trying to decide what to do with the edamame and remembered how much I love Wegman's edamame hummus. A quick google search lead me to this recipe.

And while it didn't turn out exactly as I thought it would, nor did it even come close to the Wegman's hummus, it still turned out pretty great! 

Edamame Basil Hummus

Edamame Basil Hummus

Edamame Basil Hummus

Edamame Basil Hummus

Edamame Basil Hummus

Edamame Basil Hummus

Edamame Basil Hummus recipe

As you can tell the hummus is not so much creamy, as it is more of a "mash". While I was looking for more of a creamy texture, I couldn't achieve it. Still it was delicious.

My favorite way to use it? Put it on a tortilla with provolone cheese slices, fold it in half and hit it in a pan on the stove. Think of it like a hummus quesadilla!! I wrapped it in aluminum foil once it cooled and took it to work with me for lunch. Delicious!

Have you ever made hummus? What recipe do you use?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thred Up

I love to shop, but I don't love to spend a ton of money. Anyone else that way? 

When I stumbled upon Thred Up I instantly fell in love! Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I loved the concept and the prices are amazing! Thred Up is an online consignment store of sorts. People send in there gently used clothes, Thred up pays you and then they resale the clothes for a fraction of the price.

Thred up has all sorts of brand names, included designer goods. In addition to clothes they sell shoes and handbags. You also have the ability to set up "shops" to conveniently shop with particular brands or specific items. For instance I have an "Old Navy" shop with my particular sizes and when Thred up receives new items within my shop parameters I receive an email. How awesome is that?

I recently purchased some clothes from Thred up and wanted to share with you what I got! 

Thred up Box

Thred up Box

The packaging is adorable! Now on to the good stuff!

Thred up Black Button up
Old Navy Black sleeveless Ruffle Collar button up
Original:$18
I paid: $4.26

Thred up Pink Top
Old Navy Pink Top
Original: $18
I Paid: $3.88

Thred up Purple Top
Old Navy Sleeveless Purple Blouse
Original: $23
I paid: $5.43

Thred up Green Dress
Old Navy Green Dress (I'm using this a beach cover up)
Original: $30
I Paid: $6.98

Thred up Pink and Orange Dress
Old Navy Pink and Orange Dress (using this as a beach cover up)
Original: $30
I paid: $6.98

Thred up Blue Dress
Old Navy Blue Ruffle Dress
Originial: $30
I paid: $6.20

Thred up Chevron Dress
Ann Taylor LOFT Chevron Dress (Brand new with tags still on!!)
Original: $89.50
I paid: 18.20

** I received a $15 dollar discount since it was my first purchase, so the "I paid" prices are the prices with the discount.

My total for this order (with the discount) was $51.93! BOOM

Needless to say this will not be the last time I purchase clothes through Thred up. The only downside is that it took my package a week to get here (shipped from California). 

If you spend over $50 you get free shipping!

Have you ordered from Thred up before?

This is not a sponsored post. I'm just sharing this great business. However, the link is an affiliate link. So if you use it, I get $10 and so do you. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

When I moved into my apartment back in May I thought it would be a great idea to grow some of my own herbs. I've never been someone whose enjoyed outdoorsy work, but I didn't think it would be that hard... I was wrong! My first basil plant dried up in a matter of days, even though I gave it water, the same thing happened to my cilantro plant (I'm thinking my balcony doesn't get enough sun, or maybe I have a black thumb). I was really upset but I decided to try again and bought a HUGE basil plant from Trader Joes.

Basil Plant

I was very excited and promised myself that I wouldn't let this one die. Then I got home with it and thought "what in the world am I going to do with all this basil?!" My answer - PESTO!!

I have a friend in school who is obsessed with making her own pesto, she talks about it all the time. So I figured I would try it out. I started googling recipes and realized Pine nuts are pretty essential in pesto, who knew?! (Clearly I'm a pesto making rookie) Then I came across this recipe and just went with it.

I used what I had and this is what I came up with. 

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

Basil Pesto Recipe Card

Just a quick note: You may not need 1/4 cup of Olive Oil. The original recipe calls for 1/3, which I used and it was too much so I decreased it to 1/4. 

This recipe made enough for my pizza and I froze the leftovers for a later use. It makes a great pizza "sauce"! Yum!

Pesto Pizza Sauce

Pesto and White Cheese Pizza

Have you ever made Pesto before? 
What's your favorite way to use Pesto?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

5 Favorite Quotes

Thank you for all the words of encouragement on Monday's post! 

Today I wanted to share some quotes I've been loving lately. Is it just me or does the Pinterest Quote page just suck you in?!

Connecting all the dots

I look back on my life a year ago and think how I was in the midst of taking nursing school prereqs, studying for the GRE and wondering where I would be in a year. Two years ago I would have never thought I'd be in Nursing School at UVA. But life has a funny way of working out. It's amazing to see how all the dots connect in life when we have no clue how they will during the process. 
God's working
I actually stumbled across this quote on Ruthie's blog. Philip was only 23 years old, my age, and he was tragically killed in a car accident a few weeks ago. In his short time on Earth, Philip had accomplished much in this life and from the sound of it, was wise beyond his years. This was his last tweet and I think it's beautiful. So simple and sweet, but so powerful and meaningful.

 Oprah Quote
Oprah doesn't need any explanation does she ;)

Owning your story
 Is this an "Okay God I hear ya" moment or what?! Referring back to Monday's Post -- I know God has a purpose for my life and everything that is happening (or not happening) in it right now. I'm going to work on owning my own story and loving myself more (I think we can all do a little more of that anyway)!


The beginning is often the end
Yesterday we had a Nurse Midwife come talk to us during our OB class and she read this quote to us. 
She said that in order for us to be here [in Nursing School] we had to give up something from our past. Now we are in school to become Nurses, but we aren't quite there yet, we must be students first and that's the beginning step. We had to end something to begin this new step. 
This can be put into any context for anyone, but the way she put it (and hopefully I didn't mess it up too badly) was just beautifully said. 

A lot of times in life we have to end something to begin something new and while it maybe tough to start over or begin again, it can also be incredibly rewarding and life changing. 

What's your favorite quotes and why?
Please share! I love to collect quotes!!