Now Available: The Survival Guide for Nursing School

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Hitting in at #1 for New Releases in the Nursing Fundamentals and Skills category, The Survival Guide for Nursing Students is now available in eBook and Kindle Unlimited, very soon available in print. Perfect for anyone currently in a program, or thinking about entering a program. Do you know someone who could use it? Gift it to them!

Cover Reveal: The Survival Guide for Nursing Students

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Well there you have it. This little guide will be published next month, and Susie at Poole Publishing had done it again with this fantastic cover. Check out the blurb below, and maybe consider either 1) Getting if for yourself if you’re in nursing school or 2) gifting it to someone you know and love who is about to enter or is currently in school. Want to stay updated on when it’s published? Sign up for my mailing list so you don’t miss it (and receive a free fantasy novella for your efforts!)

About to start nursing school? Or maybe you already have, and still don’t know why you are so stressed. Take my word for it: I’ve been there. And you’re in luck. This little guide is what every clinical instructor and floor nurse wished you knew.

A quick, easy read for the busiest student, “The Survival Guide to Nursing School” will give you the unique perspective you will need to actually enjoy nursing school. Written by an RN and for students in the first semester to students about to graduate, this little guide packs a big punch. It dispels with myths and offers straightforward suggestions for how to deal with stress, nerves, and perhaps just the encouragement you need to be successful in your nursing journey.

Short Story Tuesday: 22 weeks

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The ground was slippery as I rushed into the building. The rains from the night before had finally abated, so at least my head was dry. The Catholics were praying at the corner of the street, holding their rosaries. At least there weren’t any of those crazy protestors this morning. I had called the clinic to ask if they would be. The women had assured me they only came two days a week, so I chose a day that they wouldn’t be there.

The baby kicked my ribs. I had just started feeling those little movements a few weeks ago. It always made me nauseous. It didn’t help, because my stomach was already in knots. I’d argued with my boyfriend for weeks about this. He wanted the baby. I didn’t. Yet there was something about the decision that seemed…off. If it was true that this procedure was no different than any other minor surgery, like a gallbladder removal, why did I feel the baby inside of me? I didn’t want to know the gender. Yet…why was there a gender? Boy or girl? No one ever asked if your appendix was a boy or a girl. Those had been my boyfriends arguments. And now, they resurfaced as I adjusted my coat in the waiting room.

The room was full already. The baby bumps were obvious, and the mothers kept their eyes down. I took it all in. Their scared faces. Their bored faces. Their faces that scrunched up as they patted their bellies, as if in pain or discomfort. Maybe their babies kicked them, too.

Baby. Babies. Why did I think of it like that? I edged toward the door. Maybe this had been a bad idea. It wasn’t like I was completely incapable of caring for another being. I’d been taking care of my drunk of a mom for years. Yet finally I was doing something for myself…going to school. And then I got impregnated by Cole. Jerk. Didn’t want to use protection. “Just once!” he had said.

I was almost out the door before I even realized it. The baby kicked again.

“Hello.” I jumped and turned to look out the door. A woman stood in the cold, breath visible in the air as she exhaled. “I’m a sidewalk counselor. I’m here to help. Please, don’t kill your baby. Have you thought about adoption instead?”

I hesitated. Yes, I had thought about it. But the process seemed so…daunting.

The baby kicked again. I stepped out towards the woman as she smiled gently at me. “Don’t worry,” she said. “I’ll help you along the way.”

 

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Within the last two weeks, Democrats have blocked legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks. Whatever your thoughts on human life, the United States remains only one of seven countries that have not passed such laws. The other countries are Vietnam, China, North Korea, the Netherlands, Canada (most provinces don’t allow it after 12 weeks), and Singapore. 191 other nations have abortion restrictions for under 20 weeks. This story was inspired by Baby Rowan. Read his story here, if you dare.

Want to make a difference? Volunteer at your local pregnancy center, or stand on the front lines to help scared mothers. Can’t do either? Perhaps donate to a center, or support a full time abolitionist.