Spring Break

This is an exciting time with spring break a day away and graduation around the corner. Please be safe and enjoy the time off with family and friends. Reflect upon how far you have come and what else you would like to achieve in these next few weeks to months. Look to the road ahead, but don’t forget to savor the now moments as well.

Photography by Gary Sindell, Santa Barbara

Photography by Gary Sindell, Santa Barbara


Newest ATI updates

Hello. I wanted to update you regarding a few items.

First, the ATI comprehensive Med-Surg test was not on your individual profiles for ATI. I have contacted the ATI representative and gotten that sorted out. I do not want to overload you with test-taking, but I will be assigning the comprehensive Med-Surg practice test A for homework the week after the exam.

Second, the ATI proctored comprehensive med-surg exam has been scheduled April 29 130-3 pm in Ojai 1952 and 1372. This will impact our neurology content a bit that day, but I will keep you updated on any schedule changes as we move forward with content. Happy studying!




Hello Hemodynamics…

Hemodynamics seems really complicated with the lines, connections, wires, transducers, and optical cables. However, remember you usually do some level of hemodynamic monitoring on all patients when you evaluate vital signs, urine output, and hydration status.

This month is dedicated to cardiac health and as you can see I have updated our banner and colors to reflect that! As we talk more about cardiovascular disease and assessment, and after this week’s simulation, I am sure you will all remember key elements to ask for new complaints of shortness of breath or chest pain.

Have a great weekend!



As I was reading through all of your first week posts and your initial thoughts about blogging, I have to say I have an overwhelming sense of pride. So let me explain …

I equally love and hate technology.

Technology is challenging, whether it is just getting logged in and started on what you want to achieve, or change a font or background, or figure out how does it seem ‘so easy’ to others, it is still frustrating beyond belief. I get it. I am amazed at your willingness to jump in and stand up to the challenge. I pretty much am anticipating many of you may surpass my skills and be teaching me. We are learning together. Small steps. There is no ‘perfect’ page.

Honesty is not given freely.

You have all been willing to honestly evaluate your thoughts and feelings. Reflect upon your learning. Evaluate yourself in both strengths and weaknesses. You say what you like and don’t like. However, you are willing to still try new things. Honesty and flexibility are wonderful skills for nurses, so this again makes me proud of you all. I know I am pushing you and stretching your limits in some areas (mostly technology!). I have the intent to try to further develop your learning beyond what you thought you could do. Recording is difficult. Blogging can be long and frustrating. I greatly appreciate your openness to try and sharing your thoughts. The end goal: learning.

 There is never enough time

This is my life-long complaint. There is never enough time to lead/guide you to all the information out there. There is never enough time to try out themes, or edit and modify pages or posts. There is never enough time for patient education, collaborative care planning, and hand-holding. There hasn’t been enough time to individually help you through CI Keys, but CI Keys is new this year. Hopefully you are finding the videos helpful and don’t forget to share tips with each other! I am proud and excited that you are some of the first few hundred students signed up! Many times, if you just show up and do the best you can, you will make a difference. Your ‘best’ is significant. Be in the present moment and enjoy every moment you can.



Let me just say ….


I am amazed at what you have done in less than 48 hours! You are an amazing group of students for getting excited, jumping right in, and taking on this new technology challenge. Please “subscribe” from the home page to have announcements automatically send to your email. Have a great weekend!


Day 1 Success



Rainy Bike on Herengracht, Amsterdam By Gary Sindell

Like riding a bike … takes practice but gets easier…


Thank you for your attention and efforts today to go over all the details for the course. I am happy to see some excitement in the development of your new websites!

Let me know if you have questions! Jaimie Hoffman is available via email jaimie.hoffman@csuci.edu or check out her site at http://jaimiehoffman.com for other ways to contact her.