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Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge March 22nd. Follow Your Dreams — March 23, 2018

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge March 22nd. Follow Your Dreams

I have been away from blogging for a while and have missed taking part in Charli’s Flash Fiction Challenge, over at the Carrot Ranch. Go and check out her website as there are lots of challenges that you can take part in and also a whole load of badges to be won.

This is the image that we were given to use, and the topic is ‘follow your dreams. ‘ These are the rules: Oh, and I have used the ‘poet’ badge in my post. 

March 22, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme “follow your dreams.” Bonus points for throwing a badge into the tale. Go where the prompt leads.

  • Respond by March 27, 2018, by leaving a link, pingback or story in the comments.
  • If you want your story published in the weekly collection, also post it at Carrot Ranch on Facebook in the post newsfeed (this is the second posting of your story).
  • Follow the style of the flash fiction that follows.
  • Leave a short link on FB with your story if you want one included in the title.
  • Rules are here.

The applause carried her right through the week. She recalled the cheeks flushed with pleasure, and eyes although bright with tears in some faces, shone with delight. Tears appeared in her own eyes now, bittersweet. She had followed her dreams and studied hard to become the dedicated nurse she aspired to be. Yet, she ached to fulfil another need. Playing with words had always been a favourite pastime, and the poem she had written to cheer up her cancer patients brought the house down. Laughter certainly is the best medicine!

Letter to Self At the Start of my Nursing Degree — March 12, 2018

Letter to Self At the Start of my Nursing Degree

Just under a year ago I was getting excited preparing myself for embarking on my nursing degree.  This morning I had to go to Uni to discuss the past year with my tutor and get bits and pieces for the first year signed off. She gave me a letter that I had written to myself at the very start of the course. We were all asked to write them to see how our journey progresses, particularly in our first year.

Here is what I wrote, complete with typos!

Well, I am still going, and I have had a lot of support from my friends, especially those in my nursing and blogging community. I am starting to get very excited now about starting year 2 in just over a month. Sadly a few of the younger students have left the course for one reason or another but they have all gone on to do other things that suit them better. I wonder what challenges will be facing us this year?….

#JusJotJan 2018. January 4th Passionate — January 4, 2018

#JusJotJan 2018. January 4th Passionate

We are on day four of Just Jot it January already and I am really enjoying it. I always enjoy the challenge of having to write about a specific subject or use a particular prompt word.It is interesting too what other people make of the same conditions!

Anyway without further ado, here is today’s prompt word.

Your prompt for January 4th, 2018, brought to you by the ever-charming Rosemary, is “Passionate.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Rosemary at her blog, “Rosemary Carlson, Writer” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://rosemarycarlson.com/

‘Passionate’ is the kind of word that can be used in a variety of different ways. It conjures up images of ardent lovers ripping each other’s clothes off barely being able to control their lust. (Well, at least, to me it does).

Or, it makes me think of someone who totally believes in and cares what they are doing. For example, raising money for a good cause, and trying to convince others how worthwhile it is, too.

Perhaps it is a football supporter passionate about the game, cheering on his team wherever they are playing, or similarly, a music fan following their group around from gig to gig, buying all the merchandise, and trying to get an autograph.

My passion is my job, or rather my future job, all being well. Throughout my life, I have had many careers from being a (terrible) waitress to working in an office in different guises, both as a civil servant and in an operations department of a holiday brochure company. I have even been a serving soldier and worked in a kebab shop (my first husband owned it). However, it is nursing that I love the best, despite only working in that career for the past ten years or so.

It feels like I have found my ‘niche’ in life which in some ways is pretty ironic considering a), I am clumsy and b), I used to be very squeamish at the sight of blood. I know my family used to joke (well I hope they were joking) that they would run a mile if they saw me coming at them with a needle to take blood! However, I seem to manage doing it quite well.

There are so many aspects of the job that I enjoy; taking care of people, trying to help them feel better, and knowing how the body works (although that Anatomy & Physiology exam was a killer if you pardon the expression)!  Yes, there are other parts of the job that may not be so glamorous but it is all part of the entire process of looking after someone.

I thought that being a Registered Nurse was going to be unattainable for me, due to one reason or another, and that I would have to stay as an Associate Practitioner (Nursing) for the rest of my career. However, there was a small window of opportunity to take the degree and thanks to my boss, I was put forward for it.

All I have to do now, of course, is to pass my degree! Hopefully, my determination and passion will get me through.

On The Long Road to Becoming a Nurse — November 15, 2017

On The Long Road to Becoming a Nurse

I wrote this post not long after I had started at University on the road to becoming a nurse. It is a very long journey but I have covered a lot of ground already. You can see how I am getting on now by clicking here.

 

I’m two months into my studies

And have found it pretty full-on

My head is spinning with info

And I wonder where the time’s gone!

The poor dummies have taken a battering

Where we have pummelled their chest

They’ve been prodded, pricked and manhandled

To help us perform at our best

I’ve become addicted to YouTube

To help me out with my studies

I am re-acquainted with referencing

‘Cite Them Right’ and I are best buddies!

I thought I had a good knowledge

From experience, I had before

But this is delving much deeper

And I need to learn so much more

I knew it was not going to be easy

And despite sometimes getting a bit terse

I am so happy to be studying

To become a Registered Nurse!

 

Episode 58: Judge Me for Who I Am, Not What I do!!! — November 27, 2014

Episode 58: Judge Me for Who I Am, Not What I do!!!

Isn’t it strange how very often a person is judged on the job that they do, or profession they choose. It even categorizes what ‘class’ you belong to.Very often, even now,when participating in any sort of consumer study or market research, the question is always asked as to, either the occupation of the ‘head of house’ (at least it is not assumed now that will automatically be a male) or the income of the main breadwinner, in order to determine which socio-economic group or class to slot people into.

People can be so snobby and superior if they don’t consider your job to be worthwhile or, if it required little or no qualifications, they assume that perhaps you must be a cretin and therefore unworthy of their attention. Mr Grump used to clean toilets a couple of years ago before his current job as a driver. (I may have mentioned before, but he is a trained and qualified chef, but after many years of stress and shift work, decided he wanted to do something different). I am an Associate Nurse  (not a Registered Nurse, I studied for 2 years not 3 as they do).

Anyway, the reason I mention it , is when we have met people and told them what we did for a living, we could see the disdain, and desire in them for a quick getaway to move on to someone else more interesting. (After all, we can’t be very clever if one of us cleans toilets and the other isn’t even a proper nurse)! Next time we got asked what we did for a living, we rather truthfully, but bluntly replied, “clean up other people’s shit”! If you are going to get a reaction, make it a good one!

I feel sorry for the stay-at-home-mums as well. Regardless of their skills, experience, knowledge and training, they have somehow, turned into an empty-headed, muzzy brained, frazzled mum, who does nothing all day but play with their kids and watch trash TV! Oh wouldn’t that be lovely if only it were true! What a bloody insult to be written off, as a non-entity who has nothing to talk about other than how well little Johnny is doing with his potty training, or how to treat cracked nipples when breastfeeding!

By the same token, people very often respect others with nice,trustworthy. middle class jobs, like doctors for example. (Ever heard of Dr Harold Shipman, one of Britain’s, if not the world’s, most prolific serial killers?) Oh yes, lovely man to have at a party. Just don’t introduce him to your wealthy elderly  aunty, or you might find that she meets an untimely demise under his expert ministrations! (Yes I know he killed himself now,but you get the point)!

So many swindlers, con men and fraudsters have supposedly ‘good’ jobs or are in respectable professions, just as there have been some awful abusive, spiteful and cruel people in ‘caring’ roles.Look at the dishonest Politicians,and their fake expenses claims,not to mention the philandering that goes on(and ends up in the Sunday Tabloids), What about the fat cat bosses and their huge pay rises? It is not  necessarily a safe assumption to base a person’s character on the nature of their work.

What do you think? Are you happy being judged on what you do, as opposed to who you are?

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