My Story

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Welcome! My name is Amber Statham, and I’m a registered nurse at a local hospital in  Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) from Texas Woman’s University in December of 2014, and I have worked on a Cardiac Stepdown Unit since February of 2015.

I have been interested in the medical/health sciences field since I was a young girl – and in fact my parents swore I would become a doctor – but I truly didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life until about 5 years ago. When I started college I had the intention of becoming a pharmacist (I LOVE chemistry and biology), but realized soon after that I wanted to be more hands on with patients and involved in their comfort and care. I love the idea that nursing combines not only the medicinal side of healing someone, but also the mental/emotional & spiritual aspect of their healing as well.  Nursing seemed like the perfect fit for me, combining the science of medicine and the art of serving and comforting.

After I took a 2 month CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) course in the summer of 2011, my decision to go into nursing was even more solidified. I loved working with the older people in the nursing home, talking to them, keeping them company, and taking care of them.

So after taking and completing the grueling prerequisites for nursing school, I started (in January 2013) and by the good grace of God FINISHED nursing school and passed the NCLEX to become an RN!

I have future endeavors to go back to school for my DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) – I’d like to specialize in becoming a AG-ACNP (Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner). However that’s a few years off as I am about to embark on re-defining my role as an ICU nurse and get some good experience at the bedside of critically ill patients before going back to school.

Thanks for visiting my little blog and following my adventures as a registered nurse!

20 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Your story sounds so much like mine. I also had a 4.0 until I hit nursing school ;). Unfortunately I have 2 kids & I just can’t sacrifice the kind of time it takes to keep a 4.0 in nursing school. You sound like you’ve got a great plan, I can’t wait to follow your journey 🙂

    • Aww thank you Candi! I’m so thankful I started nursing school with a 4.0 because I’m under no illusions that I’ll be able to keep it…especially as I’m beginning to understand just how crazy busy nursing school is! Kudos to you for accomplishing this with 2 kids!!

  2. Don’t worry about trying to find your “niche” just yet. I started out swearing I was going to be a pediatric nurse practitioner (I was a CNA on the pediatric ward) and was not excited about any rotation with chronic disease. Then I thought, L&D! So, I had a VERY short-lived tenure as a tech on the L&D unit before I realized that was the last thing I wanted to do. Then, I realized that I was a little ADD and really just wanted to see EVERYONE, so I wound up in the ER/ICU. Turns out, I love chronic disease. Diabetes fascinates me. And I leave the kiddos to the Children’s ER.

    • I’m so thankful you’ve shared this with me! Honestly I thought I wanted to be a pediatric nurse as well…and maybe I still do. But honestly I’m finding in my clinicals that I LOVE adults and older people – something I never thought I’d say! 😉 When I was younger I really wanted to do L&D but now I’m not so sure because it just doesn’t capture my interest the way I thought it would. Of course I haven’t done those rotations yet, but even listening to some of the J2s talk about how passionate they are for L&D doesn’t make me as excited to take the class as I thought I would be. I really want to get a job as a CNA on a floor though…would love to start from the bottom up as you have!

  3. Hello Amber,
    I wanted to ask you how you did your charts for pharmacology? And what study techniques you used to help you memorize the drugs and everything it entails? I start my junior year 1st semester this august in New Mexico. I would really appreciate any advice you can give me.
    Thank you, for putting up a blog that helps nursing students. I hope you have a wonderful summer!!

    -Andrea C.

    • Hi Andrea!

      Well we constructed our charts based only on the drugs that our instructor wanted us to know for class. We didn’t add any drugs in there that we didn’t have to know for the tests because then it’d be WAY too much information to try and learn/study. So our charts were divided up into drug name (both brand name and generic), class (was it an ace-inhibitor? Anti-emetic? Etc.), indication/action for the drug, side effects, and nursing implications.

      Once I created the chart from the notes that we got in class, I studied ONLY from the charts. I didn’t study from the notes anymore because they weren’t in a style that I liked/could study from. I would memorize the charts and then re-write them to make sure that I could remember them for test day.

      I know it sounds simple but that’s really how I studied for pharm. I didn’t create flashcards (I usually don’t) because that’s generally not how I study, but I know that some of my classmates did and it really worked for them. You have to know what works for you and then stick with it – that’s how you’ll get the best results. And STUDY STUDY STUDY! Don’t put it off for the last minute because there’s too much to learn and memorize and you’ll only stress yourself out…which makes it even harder to learn. 🙂

  4. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for TWU Nursing t-shirts =). I’ve been accepted to TWU Houston SON for the Spring 15′ term and actually just went to orientation last week. Everything sounds so exciting even though they greeted us with “You’re expected to have no personal life whatsoever for the next 2 years!” =) I will start reading your blog, Amber. Thank you for taking the time to write and share with us your experiences. Good luck!!!

    • Congrats to getting into nursing school!!! What an awesome accomplishment! And it’s somewhat true that you don’t have a personal life for 2 years, however if you can manage your time well (easier said than done!) then you can definitely make time for yourself, family, and friends. 🙂 Good luck to you as well!! You can do it!!

  5. Amber! I start at TWU in January! Your blog has been a God-sent website! Good luck with your future endeavors. You are going to be an awesome nurse!

    • Congrats on getting in!!! TWU is not easy to get into – very competitive. 🙂 You will do great, just remember when the going gets tough that this is what you WANT to do, and that will make it a bit easier. The two years will fly by SO fast, I can attest to that! Good luck to you as well girl!!

  6. Hi Amber, I just found your blog a couple days ago and have since then read every single word! I see so many similarities between us, so it’s encouraging to hear of your struggles and successes. I hope I can do as well! Best of luck to you! I’m starting at TWU Dallas in January, and already getting nervous.

    • Good luck on getting in to TWU and I hope your first few days of the semester have started off well!! It’s such an exciting journey. 🙂 Don’t be nervous…just stay extremely organized and you will do just fine. And attend all of the tutoring sessions if you can, they are extremely helpful!!

  7. Hello,
    First off, CONGRATS on completing this journey through Nursing School. I just found your blog via a Pinterest post with some HESI notes. Your blog captured my attention so I have now been reading it for the last hour instead of studying. 😁 Oopsie.
    I wanted to find out if you would possibly be willing to email me the notes for the HESI; the image of them on Pinterest only shows a tiny little piece of them. It looked like you had written down some good pneumonics to help you remember some of the lab values and such. I know you are super busy, so if you can not, I completely understand. Good luck with this next month and all of the fun and exciting stuff it has in store for you with pinning and graduation!!! Job well done! Merry Christmas!

    Regards,
    Windy te Velde
    Windy.tevelde@yahoo.com

    • Thank you so much for your sweet note! I’m so sorry I didn’t get to your comment earlier…unfortunately I didn’t save those HESI notes as I gave them to my protege for her use. 😦 I wish you luck in your upcoming semesters!!

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