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Life Update

*Original post released on 6/24/2020

Hey everyone! I figured we were about due for a life update on here. This past month, I recently just hit my one year mark as a licensed RN and intensive care unit nurse. And what a first year it has been! My ICU is a general unit, meaning I can take on pretty much any type of patient (cardiac, renal, GI, neuro, COVID, etc.). It’s been quite the learning experience. With the high rate of turnover since my hire date, we’ve lost a lot of the more experienced nurses on my night shift team. I still can’t believe sometimes that I am now one of the more experienced nurses on the unit and people come to me with questions. It feels like only yesterday was pre-COVID and I had just graduated. Right now, I’m in the process of finishing up my residency program, pursuing my critical care registered nurse (CCRN) certification, and starting to take on renal transplant patients.

As far as my little family goes, at this point in time, we just have myself, my husband, and our rescue pets in the house. We were fostering a Great Dane, but as soon as the COVID pandemic worsened, we were unable to get her to her family the way we had planned via cargo shipping (they live in Michigan). Since we cannot leave the state (more than 100 miles) without having to self quarantine for 14 days, driving to meet them is not an option either. For the foreseeable future, not so little Dobby is staying with us for a bit longer. Luckily, both my husband and I have been able to continue working since we have careers in the healthcare field. We had saved up enough money to begin fertility treatments in hopes of starting a family; however, the clinic we use refuses to do any sort of IUI procedure for nurses like me due to our level of exposure. So that dream has been put on hold yet again.

For now, we will continue working, saving, improving our home, and offering love to our pets. My husband will likely take an extension on his current active duty orders to continue working full time until my contract is up next June. In the meantime, I’ll be having a lot of heart-to-hearts with myself about whether I want to go back to graduate school to pursue a higher degree in nursing or start a family and then pursue school when the little one starts their own schooling. I can see pros and cons to both options, and my husband is incredibly supportive regardless of what I choose to do.

In the meantime, I’ll be taking my CCRN exam as soon as I can get it scheduled. I’ll continue expanding the resources we offer in the shop for nursing students and new grads. Hopefully once I’m a certified ICU nurse, I’ll begin making some study guides geared toward each section of that exam. Eventually, if I do return to school, the shop will be placed on a “digital” status; but, that is definitely a year or more away at the minimum. Over these past nine months, we’ve been incredibly lucky to have built such a strong source of support that uplifts and fosters growth within the pre-nursing, nursing student, and new grad nurse communities. This community we’ve built from the ground up has taken off like I never believed it could! As always, feel free to let us know what your needs are and we’ll do the best to continue meeting them. I am a one woman show with the help and support of my husband, so please be patient with me as I continue to do my best to take care of y’all.


Andra Alyse

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