Thanksgiving Break

Well I’m on Thanksgiving break until December 4th (whoop!) however it’s not going to be much of a break. I’m trying to work on my major research project – a research article critique that is worth 50% of my grade – and it’s kicking my butt. There are 50 points that we have to touch on in this critique and so far I’ve only touched on 3. I think I may working on this awhile.

Also, the Wednesday we get back from break we have our 3rd Women’s exam (ew) and the next morning (Thursday) we have our J2 HESI. And then study study study because the week after that is finals!

At least my aging group project is done! And aside from all those tests I just have one more research quiz to complete, and one more aging discussion board to do (those two will be easy-peasy).

Can’t believe I’m almost a 50% RN! 😉

Happy Thanksgiving Break, everyone!! Enjoy the day and give a prayer of thanks for your friends and family who are supporting you through your adventures in life (I know I am!).

It's hard to concentrate when all I want to do is snuggle with the pups and watch a good movie!!

It’s hard to concentrate when all I want to do is snuggle with the pups and watch a good movie!!

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J2.9

I’m getting very un-creative with my post titles. But yay for the fact that I’m done with my 9th week! I now have only 6 more weeks of actual coursework left. Crazy.

This week I actually get quite a few days off in a row where  don’t have to be anywhere school related!! Yesterday (Thursday) I ended up getting all my homework done for the weekend, and then completed ALL quizzes for another one of my online classes (groups). Now I’m done with all the quizzes for aging and for groups. I would’ve done all my research quizzes also, but we aren’t allowed to complete those early.

Today I’m going to try and finish all the case studies and pre-clinical paperwork for the remaining two women’s health clinicals…and maybe, for once, I’ll be able to completely enjoy my Saturday tomorrow without ANY schoolwork to do. That’ll be heavenly.

This past Wednesday the Senior 1 faculty came into our women’s health class to give us a “preview” of our Senior 1 schedule. And next Wednesday they’ll come in and give us the paperwork to fill our our clinical preferences for next semester. Which is all cool and exciting, it is, but what I’m really stunned by is the fact that I’M GOING TO BE A SENIOR NEXT SEMESTER. Whaaa??? I mean, I knew it was coming, but to actually get paperwork with the header “Senior 1” on it is just SO UNREAL.

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Resume & Applications

Well I finally put together my resume this weekend (and finished my group project, too!). Not fun. But hey, I have it now which means no more excuses for not applying to things I want – like an externship this summer that I passed on because I didn’t have a resume!

Today…finishing my care plan and applying to PCA/PCT jobs for the summer. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Don’t Have Enough TIME!!

April is going to be CRAZY and I do not know right now how I am going to accomplish everything…at least, to the degree that I want to. And, I really should be completing preclinical/studying right now but I’m procrastinating big time. 😦

Just to highlight everything happening this month:

  • 3rd assessment and pharmacology tests (next week!)
  • Final vital signs check off (also next week!)
  • Professionalism paper (still haven’t written it – oops; and it’s due next week)
  • Group presentation or Conference presentation
  • Head-to-Toe assessment check off
  • Adult Simulation Lab for Concepts
  • Concepts HESI

This is all on top of the regular lecture, tutoring, pre-clinical, and clinical schedules and all the paperwork/studying that goes with them. My group presentation – if I’m not picked for the conference presentation – is in a week and a half and in that time I have to take 2 tests, pass a check off, write a paper, and find time to research health care reform and how it affects the nursing profession (my group presentation topic) and put together my powerpoint on it.

Oh my…I’ll be so thankful when April is over. Because the first week of May is finals, and then I will be DONE with my first semester of nursing school!

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!

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.

Yay!!

I’m almost done! I’m almost done! I’m almost done!!! 6 quizzes and 6 tests (4 of those finals) are the only grades standing between summer and me. Heck yes! The past 3 exams I’ve taken have each ended up with a grade of 100, and that makes me soooo happy. I literally have a high (97-99%) average in each one of my classes, and even if I royally screwed up now, which I won’t, I should still end up with A’s in each class.

Thoughts

I am having such a hard time studying for my microbiology quiz on Tuesday. All I can think about is the fact that in less than 4 weeks I will be completely done with this semester, and preparing to schedule my TEAS-V entrance exam for nursing school. All I can think about is what I still need to do to make sure I’m prepared and ready to apply, to make sure I’m going to have the best shot at being accepted. And then my thoughts get ahead of me and I start thinking about everything I’ll have to do once I am accepted, and thinking that I should start trying to get that out of the way now so I have less to worry about then. Because when I’m accepted it’ll be November, with the start of nursing school two months away, and I just want to make sure that I’m not scrambling to get everything in order.

Acceptance to TWU’s nursing school is contingent on 3 things: GPA, Entrance Exam Scores, and “First-Attempt” grades for A&P I, A&P II, Microbiology, and Statistics. At the end of this semester, providing nothing seriously interrupts this good mojo I have going on with schoolwork and grades right now, I will have a 4.0 GPA and all four of my first attempt grades will be A’s. That means that I will have absolutely no fault in 2 out of the 3 categories that they look at when trying to decide whom to accept or deny. All I have to be concerned with then is studying hard for my TEAS-V and ace-ing it! And when that’s accomplished, how can they deny this girl?

 I’ll just feel so grateful once this semester is over and my grades are sealed. I’ll feel especially more satisfied once I’ve taken my TEAS-V and applied, and can get on with my life without continuously thinking about what I have to do beforehand!