Semester’s End

Well, I’M DONE!!

I have successfully completed my J2 semester. I made it out of my Women’s Health test – even though it was a crazy hard test – with an 88, which gaveย me a solid B in the class. I’ll accept that with glee! So that means that this semester, I made 4 As and 1 B.

I’d like to say that I’ve been relaxing ever since then…

But I really haven’t. I have been going going going since finishing a week ago and I’m afraid I’m going to just keep going in that manner until school starts again. I had no idea running an organization was so time and labor intensive. It’s been good though so far, especially since I feel like I’ve learned SO MUCH in such a short amount of time about nonprofit organizations and everything involved in keeping one smoothly running.

I woke up this morning to an email that let us know that our clinical sections had been uploaded to Blackboard. I’m so excited about where I ended up:

For Child Health Competencies I’m at Children’s Medical Center

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And then for Adult 2 I’m at St. Paul University Hospital, which is one of the UTSW hospitals.

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For Mental Health I’m at a place in Arlington I’ve never heard about before. I’m sure it’ll be a great rotation though!

 

And there you have it; that’s my nursing school news for now. Hopefully here in the next few days when I’m not working or volunteering or trying to wrap my head around this organization, I can relax and enjoy some of the Christmas Cheer going around.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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Close Call

I just barely scraped by. BARELY.

That adult health final was rough. I just can’t even put into words how hard that final was. It made me feel like I hadn’t learned ONE thing all semester. I certainly thought I was prepared…but let me tell you after having received As on all my previous tests, this final felt like a punch in the gut. I LOVE learning about adult health, but this final certainly wasn’t reflective of that.

I took the test and then, even though it was online, I didn’t get my grade right away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ About an hour later, a classmate posted on Facebook that the grades were up so I booked it onto our blackboard site and scrolled down to the bottom.

I made an 80.

I felt my heart drop. I needed an 82 to get an A in the class. It was the same exact scenario from last semester with my Assessment final!!

But then I remembered that I got 2 points for my final grade due to my HESI score. So I texted my instructor to ask her if the grades had our HESI points added to them already or not.

THEY DIDN’T!!!

So I ended up making an 82 and getting an 89.5% overall course grade, which rounds to a 90, which equals an A!

Seriously, scraped by. Barely. But I’m super happy that I made an A and super excited that my Adult Health 1 class is OVER!

Online Final!!

Due to the fact that our roads are still super icy from the ice storm that rolled into north Texas on Thursday night/Friday morning, our campus is closed once again tomorrow morning (Monday) and our Adult 1 final has been converted into a online final!! We will be taking it tomorrow morning at 10am. I’ve been super excited/happy all day. Yes, I still have to study and be prepared, but now I just feel like it’s honestly a load off my shoulders as far as how extensively I need to prepare.

Here’s to praying it goes well! After tomorrow morning I will only have one more final to go before the end of this semester!!

 

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I always know when finals are right around the corner because my stress level is THROUGH THE ROOF. This week has been stressful…there’s been some school drama that I’ve had to deal with (in regards to my transitioning as the 2014 president of the nursing student association) and plus we had two tests this past week that I barely had any time to study for. In fact, the HESI that I took yesterday I had zero time to study for.

So on Wednesday we had our third women’s health exam. I studied for a day – on Tuesday – due to wrapping up other assignments on Monday (but now my aging and groups classes are FINISHED!) and finishing up my research paper over the entire Thanksgiving break. It wasn’t really a hard test, and considering ย I studied for less than 24 hours, I’m proud to say I made an 86. But that almost guarantees me a B in my women’s health class due to the fact that I need a 100 on my final to get an A. HA! Not happening.

So that was Wednesday afternoon, and then I went to work after that test, so I was unable to study for the HESI that we took Thursday morning (yesterday). I managed to do some practice tests/case studies on the Elsevier website at work, but not much. So Thursday morning I literally went in not knowing what to expect and just praying to God I didn’t let my professors down by failing the HESI. It was a bizarre test, in my opinion, but I didn’t do to bad. Not as great as last semester (when I ended up with an 1116)…but I got enough to pass the “recommended” threshold for HESI scores – a 925. With a conversion score, that equals an 88. It was enough to get me two extra points applied toward my adult health final, so I’m pleased. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now I’m sitting at home writing this post with the fireplace going and christmas music on in the background because we had an ice storm in north Texas last night, so therefore TWU (the Denton and Dallas campuses) was closed this morning. Which means that the orientation for the new J1 students that I was supposed to be at was re-scheduled for next week, and this means an extra study day for me! My adult health final is on Monday, my women’s health final is on Wednesday, I have to complete my last research quiz by Wednesday, and then…I’LL BE DONE WITH THIS SEMESTER!!!

  • I’m done with my Groups class completely; finished with an A!
  • I’m completely done with my Aging class; just waiting on our group presentation and my last discussion board post to be graded in order to know what my final grade is. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be an A though.
  • I’m almost done with my Research class; just need to finish the last quiz. I currently have an A in the class, but considering the research paper is worth 50% of the entire class grade and my instructor is a HARD grader, I can easily see that A turning into a B. Maybe even a C. Here’s to crossing my fingers that she loves it!
  • I’m almost done with Women’s Health. One last final! I need a 100 on the final for an A, and a 60 on the final to keep my B. I’m thinking that B is much more doable! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • And I’m also almost done with Adult Health. Again, only the final remains…and I need an 82 on it to keep my A. I will be studying hard! I don’t want a repeat of last semester, when I only needed an 82 on my Assessment final to keep my A, yet made an 80. :-/

So this weekend I’m going into hardcore studying mode! Ready to knock these two finals out and finish the semester. I can’t believe in just under a week I will be a SENIOR!!!

To end this post on a happy note: I did find out this week that I’m going to be the new Concepts/Fundamentals Peer Tutor for the next two semesters! WHOOP!!

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!!

I May Have Found My Specialty…

Whelp….I think I found where I want to be when I grow up.

The ER!

I loved the fast pace and the different assortment of people, ages, diagnoses, medications. I loved the idea of not knowing who you were going to see next. I loved the quick turn around. I loved that the doctors were all on the unit and anytime you needed anything you could just turn around and ask them for it. I loved the almost constant opportunity to start IVs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There were a few cons, however (as I’m sure there will be no matter where I work): the patient interaction in the ER is MUCH more limited than I’m used to. In fact the nurse sometimes wouldn’t even see the patient until she was discharging them (the turn around really WAS fast…). And I couldn’t help but feel that really the nurse was just there to dispense medication and then discharge the patient. Maybe I just wasn’t there long enough but I didn’t see much critical thinking or assessment skills happening. Or maybe it was just the certain ER I was in.

I’m sure in a bigger hospital, and especially one that is trauma level ranked, there is ย plenty more for the nurses to do and I’m sure it’s nothing like what I experienced. However, I still had a wonderful experience and THOROUGHLY enjoyed being in the emergency department. Hopefully I get more rotations in an ED in the future so I can compare and gain more insight on being an ER nurse!

Moving on…yesterday I had my third Adult Health 1 test and came out almost completely unscathed with a whopping 94!! It’s the highest grade I’ve made this semester (sadly). I’m extremely thrilled. Hopefully my upcoming HESI test and finals all produce similar results.

I can’t believe I’m on the tail end of week 12! I literally have only three more weeks of classes, two more clinical days, one aging group project, one research paper, one HESI, one more women’s health test, and three finals standing between me and a very short winter break. Seems like forever away but then again it seems like such a short time given in order to get everything done before I’m finished with this semester. So close!

OB Test #2

Well, I made an 88 on my 2nd women’s health test yesterday…and I pretty sure that means I will be getting a B in the class overall. I just don’t think I can pull off two A’s in the final two tests that are high enough to give me an overall A.

Oh well…it’s ย not the first B and it won’t be the last B.

But I’m still bummed about it.

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Women’s Health Lab Simulation

We had our OB lab simulation on Thursday, and while I walked into it feeling not so thrilled about the fact that I was giving up my Thursday morning volunteer shift at Children’s in order to attend a mandatory clinical lab simulation, I walked out of it happy and glad to have had the opportunity.

The simulation had three stations. The first station was probably my favorite…we were taken into a “clinic” and given the woman’s chart, told to look it over & come up with an SBAR report, and then call the hospital with our report so the hospital could admit “Annie Havnbaby.” I think I liked this one the best because the collaboration of coming up with an appropriate SBAR report really made me critically think about how to put an SBAR report together, since I haven’t ever had the need to and probably won’t until I’m a new grad nurse.

We were probably at this station for about 25 minutes and then we moved on to being “labor and delivery” nurses in the hospital for our next station. We entered Annie Havnbaby’s room and supported her through her contractions. She had pitocin running so we were carefully monitoring her contractions and the FHTs (fetal heart tones). At one point during a contraction her FHTs dropped due to a late decel so we had to intervene in order to get the baby the oxygen it needed – we put mother on her side, stopped the pitocin, opened up a fluid bolus, put an oxygen mask on her at 10L/min and then called the doctor with the information that she’d had a late decel and we’d stopped the pitocin. At that point the doctor came in, examined Annie and found her to be 100% effaced and 10cm dilated, and we were told then that our simulation for that station was over.

We were given feedback about our performance and told that we did really well. The only two things that we could’ve done better was recognize the decel earlier – we were about a minute behind in recognizing it – and checking Annie after she told us that she was feeling a lot more pressure, because apparently she’d gone from a 4cm to a 10cm in that short amount of time and in the real world if we wouldn’t have checked she possibly could have had the baby right there in the bed without us even realizing it.

So then we moved on to our next station – the newborn station! There were 3 babies set up in this station. One was for us to practice giving our Vitamin K shots, one was to practice measuring and weighing the baby, and one was for us to practice getting the 1min and 5min APGAR scores on a baby. This station was fun and not too complicated. I feel like we were in there for about 10 minutes before being told we were done and feeling out a form for feedback for the instructors.

It was a fun simulation!! I really enjoy simulations because unlike in clinicals where if something were to really happen you’d step back and allow the nurses room to do their jobs, you’re actually acting as a nurse and YOU’RE the one who has to make all of the decisions and do the job that you’re training to do. They’re definitely helpful in preparing you to critically think and act like a nurse.

Onward and upward! Looking forward to the next lab simulation that comes my way – unfortunately I don’t think that’s until next semester.

The Face Of…

I have the day off from women’s OB clinical today (we only go every other week) so I figured I could get ahead today and complete ALL of my paperwork for the next two clinicals. So far I have only thought this and haven’t begun any of it…procrastination at its finest.

I also have to complete a research quiz that opened yesterday,

Find an article for my third research assignment to send to my instructors for approval,

Begin working on my aging group project,

And study for my 2nd women’s health test next week and 3rd adult 1 test the week after.

AND this week I have my women’s health lab simulation (which is bound to be quite fun and exciting, I’m sure). But along with it comes all the paperwork to be completed prior to and during the simulation.

So far my day off isn’t looking quite so enjoyable anymore. But hey, at least I got to sleep in (until 10!! WHAT??).

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