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 gave 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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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!!

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!!

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  not the first B and it won’t be the last B.

But I’m still bummed about it.

😥

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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J2.7

Well I’ve made it through the seventh week of J2! Which means I’m approximately 43% finished with this semester. Whoop!

I’m going to bullet point this update so that it doesn’t end up being too long:

  • I made an 86 on my first Women’s Health test last week. Not bad, especially considering I studied maybe one full day.
  • I was in the Women’s ER at Parkland this week for OB clinical. It was such an awesome experience. According to the nurses it’s not quite as crazy as Parkland’s main ER, but it did open my eyes up to the possibility of working in the ER and I have to say I can truly see myself enjoying it.
  • In the above-mentioned Women’s ER, I got to start my first IV!! It wasn’t a complete IV start since I hit a valve and the nurse had to re-start the IV in the wrist (the woman was severely dehydrated) – however I did get blood return and was actually able to draw blood from the vein for labs so I still consider it an IV start. It is just really difficult for me to coordinate my hand movements as I put in an IV…I never thought it would be so hard! It definitely requires hand dexterity.
  • I know I haven’t written anything about it yet, but my Adult 1 clinicals are going well. I am taking care of two patients this semester every week, and while it’s a bit more of a challenge as far as time management, I’m still not able to practice within the full scope of a nurse so I find myself with a lot of down time on my hands. I end up talking to my patients quite a bit which is awesome, but I’m really wanting to get some more skills experiences! Next week though I shadow in the OR so I’m pretty excited about that.
  • I am running for the presidential position of my nursing student association at TWU, and because I am running uncontested, I have unofficially gotten the position! It will be official on the 21st; I’m super thrilled about it. 😀
  • The Mayo Clinic Summer III summer externship applications open on the 15th and I will definitely be applying! I’m afraid to get my hopes up for the job but at the same time I’m REALLY REALLY hoping that I’m one of the 100 chosen. I will have to write a couple of really great essays!!
  • I will also be applying for the UTSW summer externship and the VA Residency externship for next summer as well. If you couldn’t tell, I really want a summer nursing externship! I know they are great opportunities to get much more experience and I want to do everything possible to have an edge up before I graduate as a new nurse.
  • I have my second Adult 1 test on Wednesday…so I guess it’s time to start studying. Especially since I work on Monday so there’s one less day that I have. We’re covering Diabetes, Respiratory, and Neuro though so I’m not feeling tooooo worried. Hopefully that doesn’t come back to bite me!

First OB Clinical: L&D!!

So last Tuesday I had my first OB clinical and fortunately my clinical group got to rotate through L&D first (we take turns in L&D, antepartum, postpartum, and high-risk triage/NICU/child-life services, and newborn nursery).

It was beyond amazing. I know I will probably not ever be interested in being a mother-baby nurse in any form, but I am SO incredibly grateful I got the experience that I had on Tuesday and I’m looking forward to what the next 5 clinicals hold!

So we arrived at Parkland at 0545, changed into Parkland scrubs on the L&D floor, and were ready to go by 0630. My clinical instructor asked us who REALLY wanted to see a delivery that morning and myself and 2 other gals raised our hands quickly. Of course I wanted to see a delivery!

My clinical instructor then took me into the patient’s room. I introduced myself, and since the patient was currently resting I logged into the computer and started filling in some of the pertinent info on my clinical paperwork for the day (vital signs, rupture of membranes, uterine contraction information, fetal heart rate information, etc.). Thankfully the information wasn’t difficult to find since I use the same charting system at work.

About an hour later, just as I was finished up with what I could of my paperwork (good timing!), the certified nurse midwife (CNM) comes in and explains to the mother that because she was at 10cm and fully effaced, it was time to start pushing. Eek! The atmosphere of the room completely changed as a few more people came in to help (a medical student, an L&D nurse, and a resident). The resident wasn’t there long…just basically wanted to check on the status of the mom. The CNM really did everything during that delivery – just another awesome role that nurses can play. The medical student and myself held the mom’s legs while she pushed, and the L&D nurse helped her count during contractions and monitored the fetal heart rate and the timing/intensity of the contractions.

The delivery didn’t take long…and soon the baby was born!! I didn’t think the delivery would really effect me since I’ve seen deliveries via video tape before, but it was really a miracle. I mean…to have no baby in front of you, and then, with some hard work on the part of the mom, a baby is brought into the world…WOW. I just can’t explain the feeling. I definitely cried. AND, I GOT TO CUT THE CORD!!

After the delivery I watched the pediatric nurse practitioner and the newborn nurse do the initial assessments of the baby, I watched the CNM massage the mother’s uterus and fundus to help deliver the placenta & help the uterus firm up, I played with the placenta, watched the CNM and medical student stitch the mother’s episiotomy up, and watched the mother and father’s interaction with their newborn. It was an AWESOME morning.

After we had all helped clean the mother and baby up and get the new little family settled, I left the room to finish my paperwork on the delivery. At that point, my clinical instructor found me and asked if I wanted to watch a cesarean section…YES!!!

She led me to a different L&D floor and to my new patient’s room. Again, much the same way as that morning, I walked in, introduced myself, and started my clinical paperwork on that patient. There was a lot more down time between when I met the patient and when her C-section was scheduled; because the patient wasn’t English speaking and seemed to only want to rest, as soon as I did what I could with my paperwork I left her alone and went to lunch with a few of my classmates.

About an hour or so after my lunch break, and after peppering my patient’s nurse with tons of questions (she was awesome!), we went back into the OR to deliver the baby via C-section.

Before I go on, I do have to say that I loved that the L&D nurse that was taking care of this patient was able to go into the OR with her and automatically become the circulating nurse in the OR. And, since I’ve never been in an OR it was fantastic to be able to witness exactly what a circulating nurse and a scrub nurse’s roles are. I don’t think I could ever become a scrub nurse…but I did have to sit there and consider how awesome it would be to have a job as a circulating nurse in an OR! (More options for me to consider.)

After all the prep was done on the patient and in the operating room itself, the circulating nurse called the surgeons in and everything began. The c-section began with a calm, smooth cut…but soon I was amazed at just how rough this particular surgery is. It is NOT like how it is seen in the TV shows where the surgeons make one deep cut and then pull the baby out…instead it is more like hundreds of cuts through adipose tissue, connective tissue, muscle, fascia, and finally through the uterus, all the while the surgeons are pulling, squeezing, and practically manhandling the tissues in the abdomen in order to manipulate the tissue to move the way they want it to so they can get to where they want to go. And then, after all that cutting and cauterizing, one of the surgeons reached their hands elbow deep in lengthwise through the abdomen to reach the baby and slide it out. WOAH!

And again, after the baby was born I watched the pediatric nurse practitioner and newborn nurse do the assessments and give penicillin G, clean the baby up, and then hold the baby in front of mom’s face so she could connect for a few minutes while the surgeons began the process of putting her back together.

All in all I was in the operating room for about 2 hours before my instructor came and found me (around 1530) so we could all go to post-conference and get out of clinical a bit early. But I had SUCH a great time and was thoroughly enjoying watching the surgeons sew the mother back up and observing the OR routine and rhythm that I was disappointed when it was time to go. But hopefully next L&D clinical I will get another chance to observe a c-section – and let me tell you I will thoroughly enjoy it!

One thing that I truly realized while in clinical on Tuesday…L&D nursing is completely different from med-surg nursing. For one thing you aren’t taking care of sick patients, per se (for the most part, anyway), and so it just has a very different tone and atmosphere to it. That, in my opinion, was pretty cool. Secondly, L&D nurses have to be able to be flexible and  thrive on spontaneity…there really is no set schedule on when a baby will decide it wants to be born! So assessments must be made and meds must be given on a time schedule completely dependent on what’s going on with mom and baby at the time.

I am so thrilled about what I was able to witness and experience in clinical on Tuesday and cannot wait until my next L&D clinical!!!

My Week in a Nutshell

As per my usual…today’s Saturday so I’m updating. I don’t mean to only post once a week, but this week has been absolutely hectic and even though I wanted to post on Tuesday evening about my OB clinical, I was just too tired and instead sat in front of the TV for the evening. 😉 Not a good idea, mind you, but awesome nonetheless.

My week in a quick nutshell:

Saturday & Sunday: spent the time completing my first research assignment, which took almost all day on Saturday; two quizzes; a discussion board post with 2 replies to other posts; and my OB pre-clinical paperwork (which took FOREVER!).

Monday: worked a 12 hour shift, then came home and ate a quick dinner, made sure I was ready for my first OB clinical the next day, and went to bed (around 2145).

Tuesday: got up at 0345 for my first OB clinical at Parkland!! AND IT WAS AWESOME! (Details to come in my next post.) We were there until 1700, and then began the long trek home with all of us carpoolers. I didn’t get home until 1830. And as I said before, I didn’t do anything that night besides watch some mindless TV and veg.

Wednesday: got up late for class because I really wanted the extra sleep – even if it meant getting to school later than usual, not having a place to park, and having to rush to print the day’s lecture powerpoints. Was at school from 0800-1800, and then went to work from 1900-2300. Came home and collapsed in bed.

Thursday: woke up and rolled out of bed around 0600 in order to be at a friend/classmate’s house by 0700 – so we could carpool together to THR Denton and give flu shots in their employee health fair!! It was SUCH GREAT EXPERIENCE!! I probably gave upwards of 30-35 IM shots that morning. I even gave a shot to a PCT there who happened to be in nursing school as well…and she told me that she was a senior at UTA and STILL HAD NOT GIVEN AN IM SHOT! Woah. Then my classmate and I stayed afterward to pick out our patient for the next morning’s Adult 1 clinical. Came home afterward and did all my pre-clinical paperwork (took about 3 hours), and then watched the 2-hour season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. So glad it’s back on!!! (And afterward went to bed, of course. Too tired to do anything else that night!)

Friday: Got up around 0400 for Adult 1 clinical. Clinical was great; albeit a bit slow, attended post-conference, and headed home. Arrived home around 1600, realized I was locked out of my house, and sat on my front porch for an hour waiting for the hubby to get home. And then around 1900 met up with 7 other classmates so we could all go out to dinner and freak ourselves out at a haunted house. It was my first haunted house ever and I had a blast!! 😀 Unfortunately we were out until 0100 in the morning and by the time I got home it was a little past 0200.

This morning: The hubby woke me up around 0800 so we could go get breakfast together since we’ve not seen each other hardly at all this week and he has to work today. I am so sleep deprived that I was barely able to pull myself together and keep my eyes open during breakfast. We stopped at Starbucks on the way home and I got myself more coffee – a cinnamon dulce latte (my fav) – and I proceeded to try not to fall asleep again once we got back home as he was getting ready for work. And I’m pretty sure I did dose off there for a couple of minutes…but then finished my coffee and I’m feeling MUCH MORE AWAKE NOW.

Unfortunately, last week since my life turned into a whirlwind of pre- and post-clinical paperwork, clinicals, work, and classes, I did not do any studying or reading for anything. And I have my first OB test next week on Wednesday! So, here’s what I have to do today:

  • Complete my Research quiz
  • Complete my Aging quiz
  • Finish all the Parkland modules
  • STUDY FOR MY WOMEN’S TEST

I have to work tomorrow, and I have school for half of the day on Monday, so that really only leaves the rest of today and all of Tuesday to hopefully cram as much OB in my head as I can for the test. I’m crossing my fingers that I can pull it off.

And to everybody reading this, my one piece of advice is….

LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME NOW. AND DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!

Wish me luck on this test! 🙂

 

It’s Saturday

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. 🙂

This was taken during week 1, when we were all learning in our Women's class how to provide support to laboring moms through giving back massages! So of course we all had to practice. ;)

This was taken during week 1, when we were all learning in our Women’s class how to provide support to laboring moms through giving back massages! So of course we all had to practice. 😉

Learning about ABGs (arterial blood gases) during week 1. Loved it!!!

Learning about ABGs (arterial blood gases) during week 1. Loved it!!!

We received our J2 skills bags during week 1. It's a pile of loot - I should have organized the equipment though before our skills day on Tuesday because I was literally dumping the bag on the floor to find some of the stuff we needed to start IVs!

We received our J2 skills bags during week 1. It’s a pile of loot – I should have organized the equipment though before our skills day on Tuesday because I was literally dumping the bag on the floor to find some of the stuff we needed to start IVs!

I threatened to use this on the hubby (he didn't realize I didn't have the angio catheter in order to ACTUALLY start the IV) and he freaked out.

I threatened to use this on the hubby (he didn’t realize I didn’t have the angio catheter in order to ACTUALLY start the IV) and he freaked out.
Driving home after one of my class days during week 1. I looked good for the first week - you probably won't catch me looking like this again. No time!!

Driving home after one of my class days during week 1. I looked good for the first week – you probably won’t catch me looking like this again. No time!!

 

Driving home from work on Monday, stuck in a traffic jam - on LABOR DAY! I was pretty upset. It took me 1.5 hours to get home. Oh well...the perks of working where you want to work.

Driving home from work on Monday, stuck in a traffic jam – on LABOR DAY! I was pretty upset. It took me 1.5 hours to get home. Oh well…the perks of working where you want to work.

Setting up for my IV start during skills lab. :))

Setting up for my IV start during skills lab. :))

My first IV start!! It doesn't matter that it was on a mannequin arm. ;)

My first IV start!! It doesn’t matter that it was on a mannequin arm. 😉

Learning to set up and hang IV solutions and piggy backs. I love all this stuff!!

Learning to set up and hang IV solutions and piggy backs. I love all this stuff!!