My Favorite Shoes

This post is going to be a little less emotionally charged, but I wanted to talk about my favorite shoes and why they are my favorites.

I wear Dansko clogs. Yeah yeah I know they cost an arm and a leg, but they absolutely save my back after a long day of standing. Initially in nursing school I had one of the sexiest white pairs of Danskos. They put quite a bit of pressure on top of my foot, but the sales clerk assured me that they would stretch over time. They made my back feel so much better than another pair of shoes I decided it would be worth it to stick it out and see how they stretched out. My white pair unfortunately never stretched out to the point of being comfortable. I decided on a whim to buy a black pair on ebay that had been lightly used just to test to see if there was a difference. I saw an IMMEDIATE difference. The shoes although a size smaller than the white ones I purchased fit much better over the top of my foot and stretched to my foot rather than being stiff and painful like my white pair.

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Courtesy of the Dansko website. I did not take this photo, this is just a representation of the shoes I purchased.

Once I graduated nursing school I decided to buy myself a new pair, so I could start my nursing career with a fresh feeling. When I went to try the shoes on, I tried a pair and told the sales woman they felt a little snug, she told me to try a different pair in the same size as they can vary slightly from pair to pair and boy am I glad that I did! This pair fits perfectly and have stretched to fit the shape of my foot beautifully. They give me the support I need throughout my shift so my back doesn’t hurt and although my feet are sore at the end of my shift, they are not as sore as when I would wear other shoes. All in all for me they are worth the investment, just make sure you get a pair that initially fit correctly.

Sorry for such a long post about shoes, but as a professional that spends up to 12 hours on her feet, shoes are rather important 🙂

~Niki

Jump Start

So on Monday I started a cleanse, to try and jumpstart myself back into healthy eating, and boy let me tell you the first day was killer. I felt hungry a lot, but now that the week has progressed, I am getting used to the new routine and am not feeling like I am starving all the time. I am actually starting to feel like I have some more energy, but its still somewhat of a struggle since I am on night shift, and that throws off the schedule a little bit.

I have been eating the meals they provide and they are very yummy,  I am pleasantly surprised and a little inspired by all of these new recipes to want to cook more. The last one I made was a pasta dish with tomatoes, veggies, and turkey, and a spice that I hardly ever cook with and never honestly thought much of, cumin. This dish was so good i would totally make it again.

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I hope this is able to start me on a schedule that is headed in the right direction, and I will share my thoughts about this cleanse I am trying out.

Until next time

~Niki

New hobby

Hi All! Hopefully I can figure out how to make this work so there isn’t too much doubling up and I put the correct posts in the correct places so please bear with me as I navigate this, and let me know if things are going awry as I may not be aware. 🙂

I have taken up a new hobby, watercolors, and we will see how that pans out, so far not so good. The colors are beautiful! My artistic capabilities are a whole other ball game. I am sure with time and practice they will improve, and I might post a picture of them here and there (such as the one today as a visual aid because I love pictures as I am very visual), but for now I will keep the rest of those lovely paintings to myself. 😉

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I was inspired to start painting because I realized that I needed something to do other than nursing and binge watching Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

~Niki

 

Limit Setting

Something that has been both a struggle for me in my personal and professional life is setting limits with people. I have a very hard time saying no, especially when it is someone who is in pain or is in the hospital. 99% of people are in the hospital because they need to be, not because they want to be, but every once in a while there is a patient that is there because they want to be and are seeking medications or other services they could not otherwise obtain.

Saying no is a skill I am still learning, but setting limits is something that I needed to learn early on in nursing. I remember the first time that I needed to set limits with a patient I failed miserably. Fortunately my instructor was with my so she was able to give me some pointers, but I remember feeling like such a doofus that I was unable to steer the conversation the way I wanted to and that I allowed the patient to walk all over me. I had never had to assert myself before so this was totally new and foreign to me.

Now I am better at setting limits with my patients, but I still have a long way to go before I feel comfortable doing it. I still struggle with it every time I have a patient that is difficult, but I am getting better at it.

How do you guys handle setting limits with difficult patients? Or any patients for that matter? Was this something you struggled with? Let me know in the comments below.

 

~Niki