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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Category Archives: nursing school

Thoughts on Finishing Med Surg 1

I was supposed to hate it.  It was the “bad” bimester this semester, and I was glad I was getting it over with first before the fun of Peds/OB.  Except as we stood around our post-conference room last week officially All Done with Med Surg 1 clinicals, where I should have felt joy, my heart […]

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a laundry bag for scrubs

I wear scrubs six out of every seven days.  Six days a week I wear scrubs and then on Tuesdays my jeans and I have a talk about how my current lifestyle is not without consequences. I launder my scrubs separately from regular clothing because my nursing school whites require a serious amount of bleach […]

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My nursing school clinicals / CNA favorite products

Here are a few of my nursing school/CNA must haves: Stethoscope name tag – the etsy store is on vacation right now but she needs to hurry back!  I need a new one on my adult sized stethoscope!  Standard name tags are really hard to read, but if you toss this around your neck or […]

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Thoughts on surviving the first semester of nursing school

I survived the first semester of nursing school, and somehow we’re already halfway through the first bimester of my second semester!  (That was a mouthful.)  The good news is that the time flies.   I spent a lot of time before nursing school poking around the internet trying to figure out if this was all going […]

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Tips for counting newborn heart rates

When I started as a CNA in postpartum/the transition nursery, I was absolutely horrified by the difficult time I had getting an accurate newborn heart rate.  CNA school prepares you for adult heart sounds, not the twice-as-fast rates you’ll hear on a newborn!  I had absolutely no confidence in the numbers I was getting and […]

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Anatomy & Physiology Course Tips

If you are a pre-nursing or pre-med student you’re going to hear a lot of horror stories about how A&P is the worst hardest thing ever.  And they’re a lot true.  But if I can get an A in A&P, anyone can!  Here are the things that really helped me ace Anatomy & Physiology and […]

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