J2.15

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  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. 🙂

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! 😉
  • 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!!

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Concepts HESI

Took the HESI yesterday!

It was a weird test. I don’t quite know how to feel about it…many of the questions I was just guessing on because they were discussing NG tubes and IV’s, which as J1s we haven’t learned yet. But apparently, the purpose of a HESI test is not what you know but how well you’re able to reason through the question and answer correctly.

Each question is weighted based on difficulty of the question. So, if you get more “hard” questions right then you get a higher score, even if you missed 15 questions, versus the person who only missed 10 questions yet got more “easy” questions right and ends up with a lower score.

But hey, for my first ever HESI I’d say I did pretty well! I got a score of 1116, which converts to 95%, putting me in the 97th percentile. Whoop! This also means that I’m completely done with my Concepts class and only have two more finals to go!!!

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I used this to study. Love the Reviews and Rationales books!

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Lab values…as it turned out, I didn’t need to know any of this for the test because none of my questions had lab values in them!

Adult Simulation Lab

I’m actually not quite sure why it was called an adult simulation lab, considering there were two peds patients in the ICU as well. And I got one of them!

So, I’ll start from the beginning. I was in a group of ten J1s (including myself), and as soon as everyone showed up a clinical instructor came up to us and gave us our paperwork for the day. It included a health history, a report sheet, and an assessment sheet. On the back was “nurse’s notes” where we record our documentation for the things done during our shift.

We were then taken to the ER “triage” area to meet our patients and take their vitals signs and get their health history. My partner and I had a 4 year old little boy whose mother brought him into the ER due to a persistent fever and a cough. Because there were no young children brought in to act as actors in our simulation, we had to ask all of our questions to the mom and she had to give us all the pertinent information on our patient. It was fun! And then after we were finished with getting the vital signs and health history, we sat and talked to the “mom” – a current S2 about to graduate – about nursing school and her tips and tricks to make it through while we waited on the S1 students to make their rounds on the patients in triage.

The S1 students then came in, and made their rounds between the 5 patients in the ER triage. My partner and I were pretty quiet as each student came in and got their assessment information, unless they specifically asked us for information. Some of the S1s talked to us and got information from us, but most of them pretty much ignored us as they came in, asked a few questions, and then left again. So that kind of sucked…hopefully when I’m an S1 and doing this simulation again, I’ll be kind to the J1s. Of course, they were probably pretty nervous themselves, and they DID have a whole ton more work to do than we did, since they had to see each of the 5 patients and we were only assigned one.

Then we (the J1s) were released from the ER triage to go sit down and write out a quick care plan on our patient. My partner and I chose three nursing diagnoses that we felt were pertinent to our patient: risk for hyperthermia, risk for injury, and fluid volume deficit. We wrote out our rationales for why we chose those diagnoses, wrote out the nursing interventions for those diagnoses, and then wrote out what patient education we needed to give. In this case, we needed to give the patient education to the mom about what treatments were being given and why.

Afterward, we were ushered into the “ICU” for the next part of the simulation (we were taken into the high fidelity lab!) and we got report from the current J1s assigned to our patient. Once in the ICU, our poor little man seemed like he’d deteriorated. His blood pressure was super low, even with IV fluids hanging, and he was suspected as having meningitis, even though the lab results hadn’t come back yet. My partner and I did our full assessment on him, I talked to his mom a bit about what was going on and why were were running certain tests, and then a “doctor” came in and got pretty agitated with the S1s who were in there because they hadn’t given certain meds that needed to be given before a lumbar puncture. Woah!

So I went with an S1 to the Pyxis to get meds for the patient, but then we realized that one of the meds we were giving had no administration route specified. So we had to call the charge nurse to figure that out, and then the doctor came back and was demanding that someone give the meds that had been ordered over an hour ago so she could perform the lumbar puncture.

It was chaotic! At one point we had 9 people in one tiny little room, not including the mom and the patient themselves! But it was a great learning experience – especially to learn how to work with others on the healthcare team and how to be quick and proficient at completing orders. I felt like I didn’t do much though – the S1s had way more that they needed to do and I felt like I was just in the way most of the time. I didn’t even get to complete a dressing change on the boy’s wrist because by the time we realized that it needed to be changed, the “doctor” and her two “med students” had come back and were about to do the lumbar puncture. And then it was time for my partner and I to leave…where the heck had the time gone??

So we left the boy in the capable hands of the FOUR S1s that had ended up in the room somehow (lol!) and my partner and I went to our post-conference downstairs to talk to another instructor about what we liked, what we didn’t like, and if it was a good learning experience for us or not. We completed a questionnaire/survey, and then we were free to go! In all, we were there a little over 3.5 hours, but it went by SOOO fast. Insane! I can’t imagine what it’ll be like in a real ICU with more than 1 patient that I’m having to take care of…makes me excited to be in the ICU in upcoming semesters. 🙂

All in all I really enjoyed the experience, and I wish were had more of them in a semester! And I can’t wait until my S1 semester when I get to do that one over again, only as an S1!

Also…now it’s Saturday. You know what that means?? I only have one more pharm quiz, my HESI next week, and then FINALS the week after that and I’ll be DONE DONE DONE!!!

 

It’s Over

Yesterday was our last day at Methodist for our clinicals! 😦 It’s amazing how fast that time flew by. Wasn’t I just writing about my first clinical experience? And now it’s over for the semester.

Our clinical experience yesterday was a little bit different than previous weeks. For this clinical, we didn’t go up to the hospital the evening before and pick out our patient because we didn’t have any pre-clinical paperwork (and no post-clinical paperwork, either, for that matter). Instead, we arrived yesterday morning with a different plan and different paperwork.

What we were to do was go up to our unit, approach a nurse, and have her assign us a patient and give report on them. Then we needed to look up their chart and get pertinent info on them to fill out our new paperwork (which would be used for SBAR report later), and then we were supposed to take care of our patient as a nurse while simultaneously searching the unit for injections to give.

It was hard getting all that done in only the 4 hours we had on the unit! (We left the unit at 1100 in order to get lunch and go to post-conference early.) And it’s also very weird going in without having any prior knowledge on your patient – just as a nurse does for every shift. I’m glad we got to experience that though.

Aside from getting all the pertinent info on my patient and taking care of them, I also hunted down one patient’s insulin injection (using the flexpen) and then a pneumococcal vaccination for a yet another patient. I was SUPER excited about the pneumovax because it was an intramuscular shot and would be my very first one!

Well my first IM injection didn’t go so well for me. 😦 I educated the patient on the vaccine and why it was needed, prepped their arm with rubbing alcohol, got myself ready, positioned the needle, prepared them with a countdown, and stuck them in the deltoid.

It was horrible.

Giving an injection into muscle is a very different tactile feeling from giving an injection into fat. I’m sure the more of these shots I give it won’t matter to me any more, but this one sucked because I wasn’t prepared for the difference in resistance. The patient winced and moved away, the needle pulled out of their arm, and I was left standing there knowing that I had to do it all over again.

So I had to clean the needle off with an alcohol swab, calmly tell them that I had to try again, and then give it another go. This time it worked and I was able to inject the vaccination, but I felt so bad for them.

Hopefully next time goes so much smoother.

After our shift for the day, we went to post-conference and then we learned how to use SBAR to give report to the “oncoming nurse” for our patient (in other words, we gave report to each other). It was awesome! And also incredibly challenging. You have to have so much information on your patient and be able and ready to report it in a manner that helps the oncoming nurse out and provides for continuity of care for that patient. I can see why many new nurse graduates have a hard time with this part of the job. It took us forever, too…we were there until 1330 giving report when usually we leave the hospital by 1245!

SBAR – Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation. It is a reporting tool used by nurses and doctors in order to concisely and accurately give report to one another on patients. First we give the patient’s situation: their name, age, if they are on any isolation precautions, and their code status. Then we give the patient’s background: why they were admitted to the hospital and what treatments are being done for their diagnosis. Then we give our assessment of the patient: what their vital signs were, any findings in our physical assessment that shifted (either to good or bad) during our shift, what meds were given during our shift, what their plan of care is, and this list could go on and on. Finally, we give our recommendations for the patient: do we think any meds need to be changed? Could the patient’s plan of care be updated? Etc…

It was a great last clinical and I’m already so eager to start next semester’s adult health 1 and woman’s clinicals!!

Post-conference - giving our SBAR reports to one another!

Post-conference – giving our SBAR reports to one another!

One More Thing Crossed Off The List!

Yesterday was our group presentation/speech competency exam, and I’m happy to say that everyone presenting yesterday passed with a grade of 95% or higher!!

Unfortunately, when I was rehearsing on Monday night, I realized that my speech was WAY too long (we only had 5 minutes each to speak, otherwise we were penalized) so I had to cut a lot of it out. I think that detracted from my speech too much so I’m not quite sure that my message was all that great…but thankfully my presentation of the information went well, which I daresay was more important than the content anyway.

Super happy to be done, however! Yesterday several of my clinical group went out afterward to celebrate with margaritas…and then when I got home I further rewarded myself by doing absolutely NOTHING school related. 🙂

Here we are ALL smiles after finishing our presentation!

Here we are ALL smiles after finishing our presentation!

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!

Tired

I’m sitting here attempting to study the abnormals for assessment and all I can think about is bed. I want to sleep. I want to sleep for a whole day and then get up and then go back to bed and sleep some more.

Missed my first question on a pharm quiz this morning…

…but I made up for it with a 96 on my third concepts test this afternoon.

So tired.

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!

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. 🙂

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!