A Typical Week in Review

Want to know what my typical week looks like? I figured I’d give you a detailed play-by-play of this past week:

MONDAY

  • Wake up at 0430 with my first alarm and snooze about 2 times before finally rolling out of bed. Go to the gym and workout for about an hour, come home and shower, and leave for school. Arrive on campus around 0730. 
  • Print the entire week’s lectures out in computer lab (usually takes about 45 min to find everything and then print). Study (this week I was reading my assessment chapters) until 1200, with lunch somewhere in between.
  • Pharmacology tutoring from 1200 to 1400. I LOVE pharm tutoring because our tutor is amazing and does a really great job enforcing what we’ve already learned in lecture!
  • Assessment lecture from 1400 to 1630. This Monday I was so tired (and we were talking about something that didn’t capture my interest – the musculoskeletal system) that I was fighting HARD not to fall asleep in class.
  • Concepts tutoring from 1630 to 1830. Concepts tutoring is a great review of stuff previously covered in lecture. I view it as an extra study session.
  • Get home about 1945 and continue my studying for the evening – usually I review the next day’s pharm notes because those are what we’re quizzed over. Study/read/do homework until usually 2200 and then go to bed.

TUESDAY

  • Get to school by at least 0700 to study/read until my first class. 
  • Pharmacology lecture from 0900 to 1200. This week we discussed heart disease/failure and antilipidemic drugs. It was a very sobering lecture!
  • Lunch break.
  • Concepts lecture from 1300-1600. This week we talked about lab diagnostics which was AWESOME!
  • Get home around 0515, eat dinner, and study/read/do homework until 2200 and then go to bed.

WEDNESDAY

  • Wake up at 0430, go to the gym and workout, take a shower, and then come back home and prepare for my assessment lab. This week in lab we were assessing the musculoskeletal system, so I prepared by reviewing the different tests and results for the musculoskeletal system and how to document findings. I covered the pertinent information in my textbook and felt confident that once in lab I would know what I was doing to assess my partner correctly.
  • Read 2 chapters in my assessment textbook (still trying to catch up from spring break!)
  • Leave for school around 1100, arrive around 1145.
  • Get a salad for lunch, go up to the computer lab and print off the documents emailed to us the previous night by our assessment tutor, and go to class at 1230.
  • Assessment lab from 1230 to 1630.
  • Assessment tutoring from 1630-1830. This tutoring session was awesome because not only did we finish on time (we’re usually behind), but we actually finished a little early and were able to ask our tutor (a current J2) about what next semester is going to be like for us! She had some great stories about doing her rotations at the VA hospital. Now I kind of want to be chosen to have clinicals at the Dallas VA hospital next semester!
  • Get home around 1930, eat dinner, and study/read/do homework until bedtime (which is usually later because I don’t have to be up “early” on Thursdays).

THURSDAY

  • Get up around 0700, take a shower, get dressed, and get all of my supplies together for the day. Because I volunteer on Thursday mornings at Children’s, I have to have my business casual clothes in the car for pre-clinical later in the day; I also pack my backpack so I can study up at school in between. I made sure not to forget my lab coat this time!! 
  • Leave the house around 0800, arrive to Children’s at 0900 (morning traffic to Dallas is CRAZY!)
  • Volunteer from 0900 to 1300. I love this time during the week!!! Not only am I reminded as to why I want to be a nurse, but it allows me time away from my schoolwork to hold/play with children, which I desperately need. It’s my own personal therapy.
  • Go to campus (it’s literally on the same block as Children’s) and study/read/do homework from 1300 to 1630. Pack up my backpack, put it in my car, grab my business casual clothes, and change.
  • Leave school at 1645 and drive to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for pre-clinical.
  • Arrive at the hospital at 1700, get patient from charge nurse (took half an hour last night!) and access the patient’s chart for the pertinent info I need to get.
  • Leave the hospital at 1845.
  • Get home around 2000. Receive word from my classmate about my screw-up with the patient I picked out – have a freak out session.
  • Call my clinical instructor and get instructions on what to do in this situation.
  • Realize I don’t have to work on my care plan/pre-clinical paperwork (which I normally would do…probably all night long) so I eat dinner with the hubby, watch some Grey’s Anatomy, and drink a small glass of wine. Score!
  • Go to bed around 2200 to be well rested for clinical.

FRIDAY 

  • Get up at 0430 to be ready to leave the house by 0540. 
  • Go to Starbucks on the way to the hospital.
  • Get to the hospital around 0630.
  • Have pre-conference with entire clinical group and instructor until 0715.
  • Arrive on floor, introduce myself to my nurse for the day, and get assigned a patient.
  • Look up/write down pertinent info on patient for my care plan until 0830.
  • Patient care/vital signs/interview/assessment until 1050!!
  • Lunch & post-conference from 1100-1200 (only this Friday because it was Good Friday. Usually post conference starts at 1145-1245)
  • Get home around 1300, write up a blog post, then begin working on care plan (due on Tuesday).
  • Watch the new Grey’s Anatomy online (I missed it this week because I was too busy having a freak out session on Thursday night).
  • Go to bed around 2300.

SATURDAY

  • Up at 0700…
  • Go to the gym, workout, come home and shower.
  • STUDY ALL DAY FOR UPCOMING CONCEPTS TEST.
  • And also, finish my care plan. :-/

SUNDAY

  • Up at 0700.
  • Study for upcoming concepts test, begin writing my professionalism paper (nope, didn’t do that last weekend), and type out a chapter of “abnormals” to study for my upcoming assessment test.
  • BIRTHDAY LUNCH at La Madeleine with my family (including my wonderful mother-in-law who made the 1.5 hour trip to Ft. Worth just for me!)!!! Yes, today is my birthday; I am now 25 and ready for what this next year holds!
  • Continue studying/reading/doing homework until bedtime rolls around tonight – whenever that may be.

 

And then up again tomorrow morning to do it all over again! WHEW! And this week was “fairly” light…no meetings or NSA volunteer work done. Last week I had an SGA meeting, I volunteered on the breakfast team for the Ronald McDonald House, and I went to a Relay for Life meeting (I’m on the TWU NSA team – do you want to donate for my birthday??) and volunteered myself to be on the Relay for Life Southeast Denton Board in charge of the Luminaria for their upcoming event! And in the upcoming weeks….

…I have on my calendar too many things to count. The rest of this semester is going to be exhausting. But I’m ready!

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Screwed on Backwards…

…my head, that is. This week has been CRAZY and I think this “nursing school” schedule is finally catching up to me. Last Thursday before pre-clinical I forgot my lab coat (we have to wear business casual and a lab coat for pre-clinical); I had to leave my volunteer shift at Children’s early in order to be able to go back home (Ft. Worth) and get it before I could go straight back to Dallas again. I was in traffic for TWO HOURS round trip just because I forgot it. NEVER AGAIN.

This past Wednesday, I forgot my stethoscope for assessment lab. I was able to borrow my partner’s for the BP measurement, but then we were able to practice for our final vital signs check-off coming up in a couple of weeks (listening to heart and lung sounds and differentiating normal from abnormal) and I had to use one of the cheap lab stethoscopes. It worked fine, but the quality was so much worse than mine. Fortunately I can differentiate between crackles and wheezes really well already. I was hoping my lab instructor didn’t notice that I’d forgotten my stethoscope, but she did. She didn’t give me much grief about it though, thank goodness.

Then last night (Thursday) I went to pre-clinical and got my patient from the charge nurse, accessed their chart and wrote down all their information, wrote down their room number on the documentation form that we (students) all sign in and out of, and went home. Well, just as I got home and started preparing my pre-clinical paperwork, I get a call from one of my classmates saying that she noticed that I and another classmate had the same patient. Because my other classmate had been to the hospital first, and written down the room number first, I no longer had a patient.

I was furious with myself. I didn’t even CHECK to see what patients my other classmates had on that documentation form before I left – which is the whole purpose for having that piece of paper in the first place!!

So I finally had my nursing school breakdown last night, bawling when I realized my mistake. I was just so certain that I would get an “unsatisfactory” because I hadn’t paid attention enough to realize that I got my pre-clinical information on a patient that one of my other classmates already had. It was too late at that point to go back to the hospital and pick out another patient, which now also meant that I wouldn’t have any care plan work completed this morning before clinical.

I called my clinical instructor last night and told her what happened, barely keeping from crying on the phone with her – I was that upset. But thankfully I have the greatest and most laid-back clinical instructor ever! She told me it was ok, I would just have to get a patient in the morning and instead of “front loading” my clinical paperwork (getting some of it done before clinical), I would have to “back load” it and do it ALL after clinical today. Fine with me!

And lastly, TODAY, after getting a new patient from my nurse and getting report, I realized that I left my ID in the car! I can only access Methodist’s system with my code, of which I have on the back of my ID and have not yet memorized. So I had to run back out to my car and get my ID, which wasted about 20 minutes of my morning because the employee parking lot is FOREVER away from the hospital entrance.

That has been my week so far…hopefully that’s all the screwing up I’m going to do for awhile because it’s exhausting and I’m tired of feeling like my brain just isn’t there anymore!!

Abstract Done!

My classmate and I met early this morning at Starbucks to complete the abstract for a presentation idea we have for the upcoming CON conference in late April. I’m really excited about it and hope it gets chosen out of probably 15-20 other abstracts submitted…but we’ll see.

You see, only 5 abstracts are chosen to present at the conference, and if we’re chosen we’ll receive a plethora of prizes for our hard work and ingenuity:

  • We won’t have to answer 5 questions on our final assessment exam and 5 questions on our final concept exam, 
  • We’ll get to put on our resume that we presented at a college conference,
  • We’ll get to go out to eat with all of our professors (and they’ll pay for it!),
  • And I think we even get a year’s membership to NCLEX 4,000!

I’m crossing my fingers that our idea is interesting enough to be chosen! I would love to have that accomplishment under my belt…

On My List

My list of things to (hopefully) completely accomplish this weekend:

  • Finish my care plan and submit it. 
  • Write my professionalism paper.
  • Get together with classmate and write abstract for conference; submit it.
  • Read 2 chapters in my assessment textbook.
  • Complete the research for musculoskeletal assessment lab on Wednesday.
  • Study for upcoming Concepts exam (if I have time!)

It’s going to be a VERY busy weekend.

First Clinical Experience!!

Yesterday (Friday) was my very first clinical!! To recount the experience, however, I have to start from Thursday afternoon when my entire clinical group met to complete our pre-clinical.

Pre-clinical basically involves going to the hospital to “pick” out a patient (the charge nurse assigns one to you) and accessing their chart to get some required information on them. We have to be able to complete part of the patient’s care plan before going to clinicals the next day so knowing their information ahead of time is essential. After our clinical instructor led us through some directions she released us into the hospital to go to our respective floors and we were then…on our own. Gulp!

One of my classmates was in charge of getting 5 patients from the charge nurse, and once we each had our room numbers we were free to get on the computer and access their charts.

It took me forever to get on the computer!! The first computer I picked out just wouldn’t work with my username and password, and so after about 10 minutes of trying every different password I had been given for different systems (the computer, the workstation on wheels, and the omnicell), I approached the charge nurse and asked for her help. She came over to me and then told me that the computer I was on just hadn’t been working in awhile. Oops! So I changed computers and was finally able to get on and access my patient’s chart.

I had to find my patient’s admitting diagnosis, the history of their present illness, their past medical history, any current or past surgical history, the meds they were on while in the hospital, their lab values, and any diagnostic tests run on them while in the hospital and the results of those tests. It took me about 2 hours in total to navigate the computerized chart, find the information I needed, write it all down, and then read the attending physician’s progress notes to get any additional information that may help me while dealing with my patient. It was a lot! And let me tell you, it is TRUE when you hear that physician’s handwriting SUCKS! I couldn’t really read the progress notes because they seriously looked like hieroglyphics…which is why most hospitals are going with completely computerized charting. My hospital, however, is in the midst of making that transition so while everything else was on the computer chart, the progress notes were unfortunately still handwritten.

By the time I got home, it was already 1930. I ate quickly and then got to work on finishing the part of my care plan that I had to have finished by morning. Because I had to write out the pathophysiology of the patient’s admitting diagnosis and relate the pathophysiology to the symptoms the patient was having, using that pathophysiology to find 5 nursing diagnoses and their rationales to apply to the patient – as well as look up EVERY SINGLE MED they were on and describe the adverse side effects, and implications of those effects that I had to be watching for during the clinical – finishing my care plan took me until 0230!! (And I’m sure there was a better way of wording that sentence so that it wasn’t so long and convoluted; however my head is tired and not quite working right now.)

What my desk looked like when I started my care plan...

What my desk looked like when I started my care plan…

...What my desk looked like by the time I finished and went to bed.

…What my desk looked like by the time I finished and went to bed.

 

 

And then I had to get up at 0430 in order to get ready to leave the house by 0545 so I could be at the hospital by 0630 – so I only got 2 whole hours of sleep the night before. Needless to say I was moving extremely slow Friday morning and coffee was my best friend.

We were all at the hospital by 0630 and because it was dark outside the hospital was still lit up – and gorgeous!

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

So we went up to our floors – 5 in our group on floor 10 (med-surg/gynecology) and 5 in our group on floor 6 (med-surge/telemetry) – and began our day! Mine started off really hesitantly because I just seemed to freeze once I was on the floor. Man I wish that would stop happening. I went into my patient’s room and introduced myself and we had a great conversation about coffee…and then I told them I would be back. I still had no idea who their nurse was and I needed to introduce myself! About about 10-15 minutes of rabbit trails I finally found the nurse and introduced myself to them, hoping with crossed fingers that my nurse wouldn’t be one of those who “eat their young.” They weren’t – in fact they almost seemed to welcome to fact that they’d have a student – and I let them know which patient I would be helping out with and also the fact that I was available to do vital signs on all of their patients for the day. They seemed to appreciate that fact and went on about their business.

And I was left to do my business…except I had no idea what that was. What was I supposed to do now? For some reason I completely forgot that I was supposed to do everything on my care plan for the day and I just kind of faltered outside my patient’s room for a couple of minutes completely unsure of what to do next.

I finally texted my clinical instructor to come find me, and once she was with me she gently reminded me that I had a full assessment to do on my patient, plus I needed to look in the patient’s chart for which meds were due and at what time they were due. Then I needed to do an interview and a complete history on my patient (if I had time) and help out with any tasks that came up such as bathing, linen changes, etc.

Ok! I had a game plan now and I set about to accomplish it. I looked up the patient’s chart and there were a few things that had been added/changed since the previous night so I wrote that down, made a list of the meds that I needed to give my patient, and then went back into my patient’s room and did my full assessment on them. They were the best first patient a student nurse could ever ask for! I was very blessed and lucky because they were so awesome, sweet and patient, and let me do anything and ask anything. After the assessment I was fortunate to have physical therapy come in immediately after and work with my patient. That gave me the opportunity to assess their musculoskeletal/physical abilities and strength; also while they were out of bed I took that opportunity to change the linens and make their bed.

By that time it was around 9am (yes all of that took FOREVER! I’m slow) and my instructor came to find me so she could help/observe me give meds. She walked me through getting all my supplies for a sub-Q injection, working the omnicell to get all my meds, doing the first and second medication administration checks, and pulling up the medication for the injection (Heparin). After that we went into the patient’s room, did the third administration check of comparing the meds to the MAR, scanned the patient’s armband, and I put all of their meds into a cup for them because they stated they could swallow them all at once. I informed the patient of what meds they were about to take and why, and then they certainly did swallow them all at once!

Then I prepared them for the heparin injection, took a deep breath…

…and gave my first ever injection!!!

It wasn’t weird, but yet at the same time it was. I mean, I was purposely stabbing a sharp object into another human being’s skin! How can that not be weird?

I then helped clean up my patient’s room, get them comfortable in bed (they were in a chair since having walked with PT), and made sure they had everything they needed. I watched the PCT draw blood for some laboratory tests, and by that time it was time to start rounding on my nurse’s other patients in order to take vital signs. I started with my patient first, of course, and then got everyone else. And by the time I was done taking vital signs and documenting them on everyone, it was time for lunch and post-conference with my clinical group!

My clinical day started off slow, but it got much better and by the end I didn’t want it to end! I finally felt like I was getting into a good groove. But WOW. The amount of work that nurses have to do and the knowledge that they must always know in relation to their patients is astounding. I only had one patient and I certainly wasn’t able to get everything done with them that I had wanted to do for the day (like giving a shower); I can’t imagine what my nurse was going through trying to care for and give meds to 5 patients!

We were all still smiling by the end of the day though so that’s good. I can’t wait until next week…hopefully I’ll be way more prepared and know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, and maybe I’ll even have some time to shadow my nurse and watch them care for their patients and do procedures with them that I’m not able to do yet!

Still smiling!

Still smiling!

 

 

Here We Go Again

The second half of my first semester of nursing school proceeds tomorrow. I can’t say that I’m disappointed with the thought of going to school again tomorrow…but man, this past week was a very, very appreciated break from classes/studying/exams/nursing school in general. I told myself I’d get SO much done over this past week with regards to school, but…nope. I had a great time hanging out with family/friends, reading (for fun!), sleeping (a ton) and catching up on a bunch of errands that I haven’t had time to do for the past 2 months. I even got a gym membership – which means, of course, that on top of everything I’m going to be doing for school over the next 8 weeks I also need to find time to workout (but it’s worth it; time to be a healthy & fit role model!).

The next 8 weeks are going to be probably about 3 times more intense than the first half of the semester because this second half is when we start hospital clinicals (and all of the paperwork – aka care plans – that go along with them). On top of clinicals, the next 8 weeks also includes putting together papers and presentations, and two very important check offs for assessment that I am NOT looking forward to.

But hey, the first 8 weeks of nursing school went by much faster than I thought they would; I know I can survive the next 8 weeks!

I’m working on putting together a post of my study skills/habits – hopefully I’ll be able to post it soon! 😀

Firefly Run 5K

I just signed Steven and I up for our first ever 5K!! I’m super excited about it; it’s the Firefly Run 5K in Plano, and it takes place at night with a bunch of LED lights illuminating the path.

What does this have to do with nursing, you ask?

Well, first of all, I believe that nurses should be role models of well-being and a healthy lifestyle – and while I need TONS of help with this area of my life, I am starting with baby steps and this is just the motivation I need in order to make exercise a normal routine in my everyday life. I probably won’t even be able to run the entire 5K, but there’s nothing wrong with walking it either. 😉

Secondly, the run benefits Children’s Medical Center in Dallas! Of course I absolutely love this hospital and all the work that the doctors/nurses/techs/etc. do for children, and I’m so happy to be supporting them in yet another way. 🙂

I’m PUMPED! Of course it’s less than 2 weeks away so I’m going to need to get on the treadmill NOW…but I can’t wait to complete it and then hopefully move on to many more 5Ks!

Wahoo!!!

I made it! I made it through 8 weeks of a completely different learning experience,  unlike any I’ve ever encountered before, and now I’m on the other side. It’s SPRING BREAK!!

I figured I’d give a recounting of my check off, and also highlight why it is so important that you check the MAR (Medication Administration Record) 3 times before you give medication to a patient. Doing that last check against the MAR saved me during my check off yesterday!

A week ago Friday my clinical group was given a piece of paper with 10 different time slots on it, starting at 0800. We had to sign our names in a time slot of our choosing, in order to pick when we would begin our check off. I tried to get the first slot, but I ended up with the second  slot – at 0835 – which I was super happy about considering I was one of the last to sign the piece of paper. I’m one who would rather just get it done and over with and not wait for the dreaded moment; I was also told by my mentor that I should sign up for the earliest spot possible so that I don’t have to wait around and hear about my other classmates’ experiences before doing it myself. Pretty good advice if you ask me!

So yesterday I got to school around 0700, prepared to sit around and go over the 4 case studies one more time to review the steps and put myself in the mindset for the check off. In reality, however, I got to school, went into the classroom, and then talked with my classmates for an hour until my first classmate was called up to go do her check off. But I’m thankful it turned out that way, because while I was reviewing the steps of the different check offs with my classmates – in between chit-chatting about all sorts of other topics – it was in a much more laid back and relaxing manner and I felt the tension drain out of my body. We all knew we were ready, whether we were nervous about it or not.

At 0835, right on the dot, my clinical instructor came to the classroom and called me. Instantly I felt my nerves go on high-alert and my heart started racing. We walked into the high-fidelity lab area (I can’t wait until I’m a J2 and actually have labs in that area!) and my clinical instructor pointed to a bowl with folded up pieces of paper in it and told me to pick a number.

I was just praying and hoping I got the insulin administration/sterile dry dressing change case study when I pulled out that piece of paper…

And I did!! I felt my heart calm just a tad and I was instructed to go “shopping” for my supplies and then meet my instructor in the patient room.

My supplies consisted of an insulin syringe, the insulin itself (both Regular and NPH), alcohol swabs, sterile gloves, 2 packages of 4X4s, bacitracin ointment, and tape. I took myself and the supplies into the patient room, washed my hands, and then…just stood there.

I was frozen! I knew I was supposed to get the morning blood glucose from my instructor but I just could not remember what to do next. And this wasn’t even a hard skill! I think it was just the fact that my instructor was just sitting there watching me, with a timer going (we only got 30 minutes), not saying anything, that messed me up. But I finally took a deep breath and just let my hands take over, knowing that I knew the information and just needed to get over myself.

I got the blood glucose from my instructor, compared it to the sliding scale in order to know how much regular insulin to give, calculated the total amount of regular and NPH insulin to draw up, drew everything up correctly without any air bubbles, explained the procedure to the patient, checked the patient’s wristband against the MAR, double-checked the medication on the MAR…

…and realized that I read the sliding scale wrong and was only giving 2 units of regular insulin when I was supposed to be giving 4.

“Oh crap!”

I actually said this out loud, and then cringed, looking at my instructor to see her smiling a bit. I apologized for my language (I wasn’t sure that word is one that offends her or not, but either way it’s not professional) and I told her about my mistake. She nodded her head and then told me it’s a good thing that I’d checked the MAR again the way I was supposed to and caught my mistake! I told her I’d go ahead and draw up more insulin in a new syringe, with the correct amount, but she told me that that wasn’t necessary since the check off was about seeing if I could complete a skill correctly and she’d already seen me draw up the insulins correctly – even though it wasn’t the correct amount.

So I went ahead and injected the insulin into a nerf football (we can’t inject the dummies), pulled the syringe out, activated the safety feature, and then threw it away into the sharps container. After washing my hands,making the patient comfortable again and cleaning up my area, I then prepared myself to perform the sterile dry dressing change.

I completed the sterile dry dressing change without any problems whatsoever, and thankfully didn’t contaminate my sterile field when I had it set up! Once I was done with that, I again washed my hands, cleaned up, and made the patient comfortable. My instructor gave me a few pointers to look out for in the instance that I HAD given an insulin injection with too little insulin (the patient would be hyperglycemic by lunchtime), reminded me to always perform those checks against the MAR, and then told me a did a great job and I needed to finish up by documenting.

My documentation was sloppy, in my opinion. Not because I didn’t get all the information down that I needed to, but because my handwriting was shaky and all over the place, and on the MAR I wrote all over it and it wasn’t organized very neatly. But, I finished my documentation, gave it to my instructor, she told me I passed, and I was FREE!!

It is amazing how fast the time flew through that check off. I know I used every available minute due to just being nervous and slow, but thankfully I didn’t run over and I passed. Again, I’m SO glad I checked the MAR again before administering the medication…and I’m so thankful that that wasn’t a REAL situation in which I gave an insulin injection with the wrong amount of insulin!!

I don’t have any big plans for this week of spring break, other than to catch up on some assessment reading, write my resume (I want to get a job as a tech this summer!), write a short 2-pg paper for concepts class, get my hair done, and hang out with family and friends! Hopefully by the time school starts up again I’ll feel relaxed and rested, and ready to give my ALL for the next 8 weeks of J1 semester. 🙂

Alllllllmost Spring Break!!

It’s hard to sit here and realize that I am nearly halfway done with my first nursing school semester. While on one hand it has been a long 8 weeks full of new experiences and new ways of being taught, stretched, and tormented ;), on the other hand these past 8 weeks have gone by so fast that I feel like my head is literally spinning from the pace of it all.

This week in particular has been rough – especially this past weekend. I had my 2nd assessment test on Monday and my 2nd pharm test on Tuesday, and I think from Friday to Tuesday night I slept just enough to make sure I wasn’t a zombie and that was about it. I was so dead on my feet after the test on Tuesday that I honestly can’t even remember what we talked about in my pharm or concepts classes afterwards. (But at least I was there – half my class went home after the pharm test!).

The assessment test covered mental status assessment, nutrition, head & neck, heart & neck vessels, the peripheral vascular system, the lymphatic system, and the neurological system. It was a TON for one test and unfortunately for me I did NOT study the way I should’ve. Honestly, I don’t understand why I wait until the weekend before a test to study because it doesn’t pay off. I ended up with an 86 (my first nursing school B!) on that test….

…And I ended up with an 86 on my pharm test as well. My pharm test covered psych drugs (for anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression), endocrine drugs (for diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, growth hormone insufficiencies, antidiuretic hormone insufficiencies, glucocorticoids, and drugs to increase bone density and stop osteoporosis), blood drugs (antiplatelet, anticoagulation, and thrombolytics), and IV therapy.

I’m upset with myself about those B’s. I know I could’ve started studying earlier and studied better; it’s not the fact that those grades are B’s that upsets me as much as it’s the fact that I know I didn’t do my best job. If I’d done the best I could and still made B’s, then I would not be frustrated right now about it. I am ok with making B’s and even C’s if I know I worked my behind off for those grades!

It’s certainly great motivation to step up my game! I don’t want any more B’s because I didn’t study the way I should have.

And now, the only thing standing between me and spring break is my concepts check off tomorrow morning!! I have today off, which means I will be practicing ALL day and running through the steps over and over in my head, so that no matter which skill I pull out of the hat tomorrow I will be prepared and will ROCK my check off! 🙂 I am certainly anxious about it right now, but I’ve practiced in lab a couple of times and it’s now just a matter of making sure I don’t forget any of the steps or any of the supplies I need while performing the skill.

Ahh! We shall see!

It’s March!

I can’t believe it. How did March sneak up so fast?? Not that I’m complaining…I’m done with my 7th week of nursing school, about to begin my 8th, and ALMOST TO SPRING BREAK!

I’m tired. Super tired. Next week I have my second assessment and pharmacology tests and my concepts skills lab check off. :-/ I feel like all I ever do is study and stress about upcoming exams – which seem to be at this point almost on top of each other since an exam occurs every two weeks.

But I’m learning a LOT and truly loving it, and the only thing I would trade nursing school for would be to actually BE a nurse right now. 😉 I can’t WAIT until we begin our clinicals on the actual hospital floor!

On another note, yesterday when I was at Children’s, as I sat with a patient, a nursing student from a different school walked in and began her assessment on the patient. I didn’t realize she was a nursing student at first because she was so calm, so confident, and so collected with her assignment that I thought she was either a med student or a resident. And then I realized that her lab jacket said nursing student and it blew me away! She acted as if she owned that room and I loved it. I asked her what semester she was in and she told me she was a J2. REALLY?! I certainly hope I’m that good as a J2! She was a pro!!

I’m super excited about what my future holds – but for the meantime I am certainly ready for spring break. This girl needs it!