J1 Books

Last week I picked up my textbooks for the first semester, and also ordered a bunch of “recommended” books to use as well. Put together, all my books create a really large stack! I don’t even know where I’m going to put all of these!

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I also picked up a couple more patches for my scrubs because I didn’t pick up enough at orientation, and ordered a badge reel that’s SUPER cute and I can’t wait to use!

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Winter Break!!

I’m very happy to say that my Fall 2012 semester is OVER. Thankfully, I came away with all A’s this semester, which means I’m officially beginning nursing school with a 4.0! Hopefully I can maintain a high GPA throughout nursing school as well; I am under no illusions though that I’ll come away from this journey without any B’s or C’s.

As of today it’s been a complete week without classes…and in one week all I’ve done is picked up my nursing school books, ordered some supplemental books, completed my second volunteer shift at Children’s Medical Center, gotten a hair cut, and have basically completed 5 loads of laundry while reading. Can you say laziness, anyone? 😉

This Semester is Wrapping Up…

I’m almost done!!! I’ve completed 3 out of 5 finals, and know for a fact that I got A’s in at least two of those classes with an above 100% average (women’s studies and computer science). I’m not sure about my composition class yet because 50% of my grade I made in the last week and I haven’t been graded on it yet.

I have my philosophy and pathophysiology finals left…and I’m currently procrastinating on studying for them. 😉 I need a 64% on my philosophy final to keep my A, and only a 37% on my pathophysiology final to keep my A (thank you extra credit!). Obviously, that doesn’t help with my motivation for studying!

Pathophysiology was a great class this semester. I would definitely say it’s not too difficult of a class. It’s a LOT like anatomy and physiology, in my opinion – and because I had great anatomy and physiology professors, I feel like this material was a lot easier for me to grasp than it could’ve been if I didn’t have a great foundation in A&P. Basically pathophysiology discusses the normal physiology of the body, and then compares that with pathologic (diseased) physiology. As long as you have a good understanding on the normal structures and functions of the human body, then learning the diseased structures and functions is only taking it one small step further!

Although the class isn’t necessarily hard, it is time consuming…there’s a lot of studying and memorization happening in order to pull off those great grades on the tests! I’m so so so thankful I was able to take the class before my first nursing school semester. And although this semester has been hectic and somewhat chaotic because of all the assignments and busy work thrown my way, I’m thankful because in a way it has prepared me for the chaos that I’m sure nursing school is going to bring.

But while I’m super excited to start nursing school…I’m more excited about the fact that WINTER BREAK is right around the corner!!! YAY! I definitely need the break before starting on this next chapter of my life! 🙂

Studying hard for finals...or hardly studying? ;)

Finals: studying hard, or hardly studying? 😉 

 

J1 Schedule and Clinical Placement

At TWU, the four semesters in nursing school have names that coincide with your status as a student. Because these four semesters are the last two years of a bachelor’s degree, theoretically the students should be new juniors when they begin nursing school. Thus, the first semester is named “J1” – meaning Junior 1. Second semester, “J2”, third semester, “S1” (for Senior), and fourth semester, “S2”.

I received my J1 schedule and clinical placement at orientation!

So, here’s my Spring 2013 semester schedule:

Mondays:

  • Nursing Assessment Lecture: 2pm-4:30pm

Tuesdays: 

  • Pharmacology Lecture: 9am-12pm
  • Concepts & Clinical Competencies Lecture: 1pm-4pm

Wednesdays: 

  • Nursing Assessment Lab: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Fridays: 

  • Concepts & Clinical Competencies Lab: 8am-2pm 

For the first 6 weeks of the semester, our Concepts Lab is going to take place on campus, so we can learn skills before entering the hospital. After the first 6 weeks, the Concepts Lab becomes CLINICALS! And we’re then going to be in the hospital all day practicing our newly learned skills. 🙂

My clinical site is going to be Methodist Dallas Medical Center. It is actually my third choice for placement, but I am ok with that…I know everything happens for a reason, and there is a reason that this site was the one assigned to me. I can’t wait to get started!!

Nursing School Orientation!

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So this past Friday, December 7th, was TWU’s orientation to nursing school! It was an exhilarating, terrifying, exhausting, fun, amazing, and humbling experience.

The orientation was scheduled to begin at 8am and last until 2pm, however, we could get there early (about 7:30) to sign in and receive our “welcome” packets. So what do I do? I’m so excited and nervous that I left the house at 6am, thinking that with the traffic traveling to downtown Dallas it would take me a little over an hour to get there.

Whelp. It only took me 35 minutes. I got there at 6:35am! Haha.

I sat in my car drinking the Starbucks that I had picked up on the way over, until about 6:45. I was so excited at that point that I just couldn’t stand it any longer, so I decided that I would sit in the lobby of the building until it was time to sign in. When I got into the building, they were just barely starting to set up! I’m sure they didn’t expect any students so early – but I wasn’t the only one. Almost immediately, other students started to trickle in and we all waited in the lobby together.

Soon, classmates from my pathophysiology class started showing up, so we all got together and passed the time by blabbing. 😉 Around 7:15 we were able to sign in and pick up our packets, and then we sat in the auditorium until 8am as other students showed up and signed in.

From that point on, the orientation was very organized and structured, and ran smoothly to make sure everyone got everything done that needed to be done. The schedule ended up as follows:

8am-10am: Opening Session

  • Welcoming remarks and introduction to the College of Nursing
  • Information about financial aid and payment
  • Introduction to Student Life and student organizations on campus
  • Introduction to professors

10:30-11am: Group Advising Sessions

  • We broke into small groups by color (there were 12 groups, each one ended up being our clinical group for the semester)
  • Met with faculty/clinical instructors for advising and to check for valid ID
  • Depart in small groups by color with student leader for breakout sessions

11am-1pm: Breakout Sessions 

  • Lunch
  • Registration and Financial Aid
  • Immunization Verification
  • IDs and Locks for  the lockers (The locks weren’t available, so I have to pick one up within the first week of classes)
  • Student Organizations – such as the Nursing Student’s Association (NSA) and Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Student Services – such as commuter services, DPS, Health Services, Counseling, etc.
  • Bookstore

1-1:30pm: Check-out 

  • Lab kit distribution (they ended up being on backorder, so we get them the first week of classes as well)
  • Sign-out

 

I was so excited to meet my clinical group for the semester. Including me, there are 8 girls and one guy in my group; I really like them so far. 😉 I feel like we are going to have a great semester together. One of the girls even lives in my neighborhood, just down the road!

I also bought stuff – A LOT of stuff:

  • I bought two t-shirts and one hoodie
  • I bought a badge reel (I’m going to use it for my volunteer badge though, not nursing school badge)
  • I bought 4 TWU patches that go on our scrubs and lab coat
  • I bought a scrub jacket (we can wear in labs)
  • I bought a monogrammed fleece
  • I bought two name tags
  • And I bought ALL of my books!

I had the option of buying a “book package” from Major’s Bookstore that contained all the books we needed for our first semester, and I did so. We need so many books and online components/codes that I didn’t want to have to hunt them all down separately – and I buy books new anyway because I mark them all up – so I bit the bullet and bought the package. $800 dollars worth of books! Unfortunately I have to wait for the bookstore to call me to pick them up later, as they weren’t available yet. Can’t wait to get them though, and start going through them!

After orientation, a group of about 15 of us went to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate and de-stress from the morning. We had a great time together!! It was a perfect way to end an awesome morning. 🙂

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One of the t-shirts I got from orientation. Lub-dub are the sounds that the heart makes, and TWU is often called t-dub…it’s so clever!