Talofa Lava!!

My name is Toria, and I was born and raised in Garden Grove, CA. I used to watch the Disneyland fireworks from my bedroom window in the summer. I absolutely love everything Disney! My husband and I were married in the Los Angeles LDS temple 15 years ago. We have three children and a baby Siberian husky. I also enjoy sports, Polynesian dancing/music, movies, traveling, reading, and just in general hanging out with my family. Once upon a time I was athletic, and it was through softball that I had some amazing experiences, met wonderful life long friends, and learned valuable life lessons. In my youth I had a winning career that includes a handful of travelball/club national championships, a couple of CIF State championships, including a National Title (31-1-1 record), and an NCAA title with UCLA softball. I was even fortunate to wear the red, white, and blue uniform for many years.  

Currently I work in a level 2 nicu, and my only regret is that I didn’t start there sooner. I did not have any health care experience before becoming a nurse, so I had my sights set on med/surg in American Fork, because I knew I would get an all around experience. I quickly moved to progressive care & telemetry patients, but I found scheduling worked a little better for my family at Riverton Hospital on the mom/baby unit. I highly recommend that unit and hospital! 

As I continue on this path toward my BSN, I plan to utilize this blog to reflect upon anything I have found interesting, thoughtful, or maybe even confusing in my studies. I will share what has impressed me and why I find it helpful. If I do this, it should help me track my progress throughout the year or maybe bring to light some misunderstandings I may have.