My, what a difference a year makes! I went from crying in a bathroom stall surrounded by other people’s toiletries last Easter season to currently collaborating with fellow nurses about our new duties, work, and aspirations. I went from working as the sole day shift RN to working/ having that support of a group of nurses.

 This past year has been one for transformation from depression to joy from defeat to triumph. You see, I started out optimistic about this new aspect of public health nursing but eventually it became overwhelming for me being the only RN and feeling like I was responsible for actions or lack thereof when I was not on duty. It’s never a good sign when you dream at night about work; I prefer to spend my REM on more happy thoughts. But despite all the signs I continued to stay for multiple reasons..ie responsibilities and eventually stayed one day too long.

 Don’t get me wrong it was not all horrible; It was actually quite wonderful; I had great co-workers/ dynamics, supportive and understanding supervisors and provider who serves as a mentor and provided me comprehensive training in a condensed amount of time. I was able to honestly tell them how I was feeling and they allowed me time away from work to figure things out- truly a blessing- and I still recommend employment there to this day because of this and how they treat their staff- with excellence. Yet,I could not enjoy the experience in those swirling moments of pressure and stress. 

This experience fortified my love of Public Health Nursing in aspects such as creatively utilizing shrinking resources, holding educational groups, and talking with people. It reaffirmed in this specialty flexibility, creativity, and prioritizing is paramount. It also strengthened my resolve to trust my nursing instincts…the first time. It showed me that I like working with and being around nurses on a regular basis; to collaborate, create, share, and support.

I was able to understand the meaning and feel the weight of burnout and its ugly symptoms. But now the reminder of last year serves as a reminder of how to take care of myself, my family, friends, and clients. It serves as a reminder to not take everything or myself so seriously and that at the end of the day it is all in God’s hands.

So this Easter season I am honoring His resurrection and spending the next few days meditating and thanking God for all of his goodness and what he has brought me through. How do you celebrate the season? Can you relate to this experience?

When we return from this blogging break we will kickoff April with how to resurrect your nursing career with some alternative Nursing ideas!  Boy did I need this advice back then! We have some awesome guest bloggers and writers lined up! Starting with Tina Lanciault RN.



About US

New Beginnings is for us. Yes you and me! The Lord 's mercies renew every morning.(lamentations 3:22-23) .This blog is for nurses in any phase of this adventure from first time students to tenured professors and everybody in between. New Beginnings is for friends, family, and acquaintances of nursing...for those who want the inside scope on medicine all delivered through a spiritual lens:) God Bless. Everyone is welcomed in.

Hello My name is Raqui, one of my good friends gave me this nickname and it kind of stuck/I love it! New Beginnings is as much for me as it is for you. You see we each have an opportunity for new beginnings in our nursing adventure daily sometimes even hourly! I have been on this journey for a short amount of time but as I am sure you would agree nursing grows you up from the moment you commit to the adventure. I am here to encourage you ,cheer you on, and help you see in those dark days that joy is just on the horizon. You may be thinking how is? That's because I have a peace that surpasses all understanding in Jesus. Without Him I would not be writing you today. This blog is also for you, as a resource, a guide, a sounding board, and anything else you need. I aim to be transparent in my nursing experiences good or bad and what each one has taught me. If you want to connect me in a more intimate setting please feel free to email me at raquiwardrn@gmail.com.
Questions that may come to your mind is how to suction an ICU patient  for the first time  or educating a young girl about reproduction.  It was in these moments my nursing career was strengthened and/or  the  nursing passion God gave me shined through to provide her and others vital education.
The bottom line is I'm an open book...why? because I wish someone had been that for me. Yes there were moments of nurses opening up but no one I felt I could bare my soul, insecurities, joys, and triumphs to ...except my best friend Jesus. You can also email me if you want to learn more about Him as well.
With my transparency comes responsibility as an upholder of the nursing pledge /oath I took three years ago my experiences are written in such a way to protect all parties involved especially clients, coworkers, and well society. So if you think this is about you it's not.
I fully support HIPPA and go through great lengths to protect it. Thank you for reading this and I hope you take the time to look around and enjoy. If you love the blog share it with anyone who will benefit. Also if you love the blog you'll love my forth coming book What They Didn't Teach You or I in Nursing School: Lessons Learned Outside The Classroom.


This month has been  roller coaster of emotions for myself and others. From celebrations to home goings to crying , laughing and everything in between...but the major reoccurring theme is the fragility of life . As a nurse I'm trained to help people in those fragile moments but as a wife,sister,daughter,employee, friend I'm not. I am just thankful that I'm taking the time to listen. This Thursday I am going to take time to catch up with an old close friend and just enjoy the moments. I encourage you to do the same and remember to take care of yourself. A couple of weeks ago I was really stressed out about new responsibilities at work and this past weekend I spent some time with family in the Florida sunshine and it made a difference come Monday morning. Even God rested after seven days. So give yourself a break and reflect on what matters most to you in life. For me it's faith, family, and friends. Amen :)



I'M Live:)

Hello everyone, Today I am very excited. Why you may ask? Because Tina Lanciault over at Exploring Alternative Nursing Careers gave me the opportunity of a lifetime; guest posting with the blog entitled Today You Are a Nurse!You can imagine how excited I was when yesterday night I received the email that my first guest post was live!!!!!! Can't thank her enough :) With new year excitement weaning I figured this post about what makes you a nurse could serve as some inspiration to you as well as me. Don't give up! Your clients are depending on you. Hope you enjoy it! While you're there check out Tina's amazing resources and posts about alternative nursing careers...I know it helped me!Also look out for a new series  on New Beginnings called Take Care!