It’s Saturday which means I have a little (little!) time to relax and breathe this morning before getting back to it. This past week was busy, but awesome and I’m feeling less stressed and much more thankful that I have the opportunity to be in nursing school and heading towards my BSN. I just needed a little perspective to push me back on the right track!
Monday – I worked and was floated to the medical ICU to sit with a patient on suicide precautions. It was heartbreaking to say the least but while I was sitting with the patient – who was mostly sleeping on and off – it gave me some time to think about why I want to be a nurse, what kind of nurse I want to be, and what kind of patient population I want to work with. It helped clear my mind of the stress and re-focus me on my goals and mission in life, and when I went home I felt ready to tackle this week. And later, I’ll make a post about my thoughts during sitting (but no time now!).
Tuesday – AWESOME! I was at school all day for a skills lab/breastfeeding lecture. The skills labs were in the morning, and we learned how to assess a newborn and a postpartum woman, start IVs, we practiced (again) putting in foley catheters (but this time in a female), and then we learned how to hang IV fluids and piggy backs. We also learned how to calculate IV drip rates and calculations. Too great for words! I guess I am a very very hands on, technical person…and it all just thrilled me. Also, I’ve noticed that J2 seems to be so much more laid back as far as the nursing skills go than my J1 semester. The professors want us to do it correctly, true, but there’s not so much pressure about doing it in the lab since they know we’ll be doing it on the floor and they’ll be there to talk us through it.
And then we had our breastfeeding/latch lecture after lunch, and I’ll just say one thing about it: I had NO IDEA there was such an art to getting a babe to breastfeed and doing it correctly! The end. (Also…it’s really hard to watch videos/talk about babies for 3 hours and then not go home wanting one so badly that you DREAM about having babies. Uh-oh.)
Wednesday – We had Adult 1 lecture in the morning, and Women’s lecture in the afternoon. I studied afterward in the library for a couple of hours before going to work, and in the process of studying I had to watch a video on Aging for my Aging class…and it made me cry. Right there in the library! I am learning as I work and as I progress through nursing school that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE older/elderly adults.
Thursday – But, as much as I love older adults, I love children and babies too!! Always have, always will. I’m just not sure yet if I could be a pediatric nurse. But I do enjoy going to Children’s to volunteer, which I did this Thursday morning (first time in a month because life has been so busy!) and for the first 2 hours I had the privilege of rocking a 22-week-old to sleep and cuddling with them as they slept in my arms. Heaven! There are a lot of cons in my mind towards becoming a pediatric nurse, though, so at this point in time I don’t foresee it in my future. I’ll get into that list at a later date…
Then, after volunteering, I went over to a classmate’s house so we could finish up on an assignment that was due Friday by 1700. We finished rather quickly, joked around for a bit, and then I stopped by Walgreens on my way home to get my Flu shot. Crazy that my doctor’s office didn’t have them in yet! But we’re required to have them by the 13th or else we’re dropped from our clinical classes, and I didn’t want to chance it so I just got it done. I think the pharmacist went to high up on my arm though, because when he stuck me it HURT! And then it was sore for the rest of the evening as I worked on a bunch of practice problems for IV calculations and then read a bit (but not as much as I would’ve liked).
Friday – I finished up with some discussion board posts, and then literally spent the rest of the day doing MORE IV calculations, until the hubby came home and we decided on pizza and a movie for our evening entertainment. I was so tired of sitting at my desk working on math that I didn’t even care that I was throwing the evening away to watch a movie. Which was FANTASTIC, by the way – we watched “Now You See Me” and I loved every second of it. Definitely would watch it again and again, although since it’s a movie about magic once you’ve seen the ending it can never be the same.
And now it’s Saturday morning and I have a ton of work to get done this weekend before I go to work Sunday night. Crossing my fingers that I can get a majority of it done!
I always try to not let my posts get too wordy, and then I look at what I’ve written and realize that I’ve done just that. Oh well…if you read all of it then kudos to you! If not…that’s quite alright. I’ll leave you with some pictures of the past two weeks. 🙂