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My new life is starting now

First Fail

ImageToday was a stressful day for me. I have spent the majority of the day in a bad mood due to failing our first med calc quiz. I was very confident in my medication dosing and FAILED. The test is ten questions and I got one wrong, a very easy one! We have two more chances to pass, but I’m just super bummed that I did not attain passing on the first quiz. I know I shouldn’t be hard on myself, but it’s still disappointing.

 Next Tuesday is our first overall quiz, and I’m excited for that as well. In lab we’ve been going over head to toe assessments. We have a partner who we practice doing the Head to toe, then we switch and they do it on us. I’m slowly getting the groove of things. It’s ALOT of information to get in, retain and use, but I know with repetition and time I will get it. The cranial nerves go along with that and are tricking me right now. I know WHAT I need to do and HOW to do it, just for the practicum and during the course I need to verbalize what I am doing, and that for me will be tricky. I have to say what I am doing, why I’m doing it and what normal/abnormal findings of such would be. I guess the whole multitasking act of DOING and SAYING is what is getting me.

 

 

Three weeks into our nursing program and we have two more days of 8am to 4pm. Next Thursday and Friday  we will be at labs from 8am to 4pm and following that it will only be four hours WAHOO! Starting September our schedule will be Tuesday four hours of lecture, Wednesdays 12 hour clinicals at the SNF, and Thursday four hours of lab. That kind of schedule is much easier for me so I look forward to it.

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Third week into life

Today was my third week of NURSING SCHOOL. I am LOVING every minute of it.We have been going through it pretty fast,I have to be reminded it is a fast track program and we do it well…FAST! On Tuesdays we have lecture and just do power points and lots of talking; alot of unnecessary off topic talking too!! On Thursdays and Fridays we have lab from 8 am to 4pm. I DESPISE driving to downtown Phoenix that early as it seems EVERYONE wants to be downtown by 8am. So far I haven’t really found anyone in my class I really like? Haven’t quite hit it off with anyone yet, I know..CORRECTION WE ALL KNOW I have a hard outer shell. I truly hope to find a couple good girls to get through the next two year with. 

So far its been a breeze. I have known everything, and have had a hard time concentrating. I am making myself get into a strict studying pattern; even with what i think i know. I say I know all of this, but I dont’ want to get blown off course and slapped by reality when i bomb my first quiz.

 

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The only thing I wasn’t quite getting was dosing and medication calculation. As of tonight I am understanding the basis of it, but still having problems with heperin and drips. I will study those all day tomorrow. Our first quiz on med calc is this Friday. We have three tries to get 100% on our quiz, if we don’t get 100 we get dropped from the course. I know I will do GREAT i just have to get it to CLICK! Labs have been going great, we pretty much watch videos of the procedure first, done on REAL people, then go to the sims lab and perform the labs in our groups, and get checked off. So far so GOOD! The last thing we got checked off on was caths. I do caths every day at work so for me it was a breeze. Cath care and sterile field. This my friends is Mr.Smith

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Otherwise all is going well. Our first Nursing Theory quiz is on next Tuesday. That will be over 12 chapters and i am ready to ACE IT! I am a bit bummed. I bought a pharm book brand new for $75 off Amazon, only to find out they wrote the wrong book on the book list, so now im out of most of my money. I can sell it back but for for only $21. That also leaves me having to buy a new book, which is a bit more expensive too. This whole nursing school thing is REALLY draining my pockets, but i KNOW it will be worth it. I can’t express how grateful I am to finally be here, my FIRST BLOCK of nursing school. I love it, am embracing it and will get the very best of out it . 

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First day of Lab

Friday I had my first full day of lab. A whole eight hours of good stuff. The first half of the morning we talked about expectations, did not some math calculations for medications, went over our books and what was expected at clinical. We had a one hour long lunch followed by labs. My only complaint of the day was the amount of breaks and time we did nothing. I hope that was only because it was our first day, but we took the hour lunch and a ton of 10/15 minute breaks. What a FREAKING WASTE. Our lab for the first day consisted of going into the lab at the skills center, and doing CNA skills check off. We were broken off into groups and each had one skill. My group had most mortem care which of course was super easy compared to the others.

I am so nervous about medication calculations. I am horrible at math, and it gives me such anxiety. We have our first med calc quiz in two week. We only have three attempts to pass the med calc test or we can’t continue. I guess this makes sense because we can’t get any med calc wrong on NCLEX, so I suppose it’s getting us ready for that. Today I have been practicing med cal and have been unsuccessful in understanding it. I will struggle with this surely, but I WILL OVERCOME. Monday I will call the college and make an appointment with a nursing tutor to get the hang of it. I will also plan to visit the library at the college and see if there are any books specifically on med calc. I’ve looked on Amazon but I just don’t want to buy anything extra right now. I want to make a study group that meets every week, but no luck so far. Everyone is really quite so far so we shall see how it goes. I am at work right now. Ive read the first chapter and did some review questions.  And have extensively been fighting these dang med calc problems with no success…wish me LUCK.

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Welcome to Nursing School

Welcome to Nursing School

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F*A*C*T*S

Maricopa Community College has at least 500 nursing students in any given semester!

                No wonder there’s a three year waitling huh

The average RNs salary is 78k with California ranking highest at 90k and Idaho lowest at 50k.

                Moneys not everything

74% of nurses report being assaulted at work, by a patient.

Just last week I had a patient attempt to stab me with a shank they had made out of a spoon.

Three out of five nurses work in the hospital

 I LOVE the hospital setting, atmosphere and workplace!

Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in modern history, was only a nurse for three years.

She just went with the FLO

A mere Century ago nurses were not allowed to marry, get pregnant or anything that would interfere with their job.

Ekk I am now divorced and have had two pregnancies.

80% of ED nurses believe the moons phases affect patients.

That is a FACT in my book! Full moon means crazy night at work<<always!

The average nurse walks four miles a day

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Genesis

Checking in after my orientation day ONE. I am so nervous about this, but even more I am filled with complete excitement and desire! The first day was really good; I was able to have all my questions answered except for one that I forgot. We were given our clinical sites for the first semester, which is great! For the day cohert we were given three choices, but for my work schedule it only came down to one choice. I will be doing my clinicals starting September 11th at the Phoenix Mountain Nursing Center in Fountain Hills. It’s about an hour from my house, but then again EVERYTHING is about an hour from Maricopa.  It seems to be pretty strict, but I think that’s a good thing, it will weed out the ones who don’t need to be there. We were given our book list and I am thrilled to announce less than 24 hours after getting my book list I have purchased all the required textbooks for a total of $283, instead of the $622 the bookstore wanted. Four of the books are brand new from Amazon, and the other two are used from Craigslist, that was a giant relief for me.
So I want to share my goals, my short term goals for my career and education. I was able to bypass the 3 year wait to get into the RN program by taking this LPN program through Gateway Community; which is one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. This is a fast track program, so I will graduate with my Practical Nursing Certificate May 2014 (God willing that is). I will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX PN after that. I am hoping to be able to obtain employment as a LPN at Banner, but still keep working as an ED tech at Phoenix Children’s Hospital until I finish and get my RN. My next immediate goal is to apply to jump into block three right away…now the exciting part about this is; the director told us yesterday that EVERY PERSON who applied to get into the third block GOT IN RIGHT AWAY! If this continuse to be my luck when I get there, I will have graduated with my RN in two years, four semesters and just as long as everyone else! This is also a less expensive route , and as I pay for college out of pocket sans financial aid…I need less expensive.  At completion of my RN if I can get employment immediately at either Banner or Phoenix Children’s  I will stay in the Phoenix Area and utilize my employers grant to get my BSN. It will take me a little longer to achieve the ultimate short term goal of a BSN, but I will do it and graduate with NO NO NO NO NO NO DEBT! Meaning….When I graduate all my hard worked time will have PAID OFF. I will God willing have amazing experience coming into a nurse. I will have had all my tech experience, a year’s worth of LPN experience and all the desire in my heart.  Back to business, so my entire passing or failing grade is based off my tests and quizzes. None of my homework, activities, clinicals or time is graded; the ONLY grades will be coming from my exams….AHHH! I can see the good and bad aspect of that. The teachers reasoning for this are she doesn’t want to be liable for our grades and or passing. She wants our passing OR FAILING to be a direct result of our own work. Well done teach…well done. I am also pretty excited we don’t have to wear uniform unless we are on clinicals . We are just to wear something comfortable since we will be in labs mostly and Sims doing procedures and stuff on each other. We can even wear open toed shoes in lab…WAHOO!!! The negative part of our uniforms is well…WHITE pants BOO! The teacher was even sure to add…make sure you don’t wear those cute red or cute black sting thongs because we WILL see and we DONT WANT TO see it. I am not a fan of white pants at all, but I will suck it up. The shirts are disgusting vomit green, with the nursing program on the shirt. We have to special orders those…$27 EACH. We also got surprised with a drug test mandatory within the next 36 hours. I went to get mine done today, I had my credit card and ID in hand…come to find out they ONLY accept cash; EXACT change.My books should be here Saturday as I ordered them with two day shipping.

Starting next week my life is going to be completely crazy, upside down, lonely and I will probably be going insane..but i will LOVE and EMBRACE every second of it. I work Mondays, Tuesdays I have Nursing Lecture for four hours, then 2 hours of another class. Wensdays I will have clinicals from 7A to 7P starting in September, Thursdays is LAB/Sims day, and Friday is 8 hour class/lecture days and I work after. I work every other weekend MANDATORY so every other weekend I will have two day off to spend the entire 48 hours with Cristian…yeah remember in the middle of all of this, I have a perfect 6 year old son I would like to see every so often ❤ . Through all of this craziness I am so thankful to have the support of my family and friends. I am thankful for the Turflers who take care of and love my son while I am out changing the world for us. I am so grateful for my friends who have all offered to help in any way they can. My family back east has been very supportive as well, and I am just soaking in all the kind thoughts .

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I will get through this

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Prelude

Today is August 7th roughly 4:01am. I am currently at work on the post-partum floor at Ironwood and my mind is going a mile a minute. In about 12 hours I will be leaving for my first day of nursing school. Sure it’s more of an orientation, but it’s my first day! Orientation was supposed to be on Monday, but it was moved last minute to today (Wednesday) I just can’t believe this day is here! I’ve been doing a lot of reading on other peoples experiences with Gateways LPN program and I am a bit nervous. I was reading the first test is two weeks in and covers 13 chapters! The second covers 22 chapters, o my goodness gracious! Bring it though; I have worked so hard and have wanted this for so long and it’s finally here! I will study my butt off and work so hard; I know it will pay off. I am nervous, a 76 is passing and a 75.9 is failing. Of course that weeds out the ones who don’t need to be in healthcare. I will update everyone on every exciting, nerve wracking breath taking event that happens from here on out!!! Let’s get this started my friends.

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The basics

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