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Week SIX

Seems like just the other day I was googling nursing schools in Arizona ( 5 years later) Seems like just the other day I was printing off my nursing application to Maricopa Community College (2 years ago). Seems like just the other day I was turning in my finished application and interviewing with the nursing adviser ( one year ago). I swear it was just the other day I got my acceptance letter ( 7 months ago). But it deff was just the other day when I was an hour early to Gateway Community college  nursing orientation night ( 2 months ago). And now I am six weeks deep into nursing school, this week we have so much to do! I have a case study due, a lab presentation due , an exam on pain, lifespan, and culture, and a lab final .This week is also our third week of clincals.   Next week  we start in SIMS lab. Of course I am struggling, but i am surviving. Nursing school is hard, but its worth it. 

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Stressed to the max

I want to stress I am loving nursing school, this program and cannot believe I am finally where i want to nursing school. With that said….I am completely loosing my mind, I am overloaded with assignments that need to be done by X time, the need to study and the desire to read ahead! Its completely  stressful and crazy. My schedule is insane, Tuesday we have lecture, Wens-day I have twelve hours of clinical now and we have to be at clinical sight at 0530. Thursday is our lab day at the college. On top of my nursing I am taking three other classes so I am full time at two of the community colleges . The load is crazy heavy but I know its worth it, and I will keep treading. I have a case study due, paper on the Eden environment  a medication practicum due next week, and a laboratory presentation ( on liver biopsy) ****BLAH***…due next week as well. With that said, I still have the “maintenance” of nursing school to work on such as reading chapters, studying, vocab and doing NCLEX questions.  Aside from the nursing stuff I have two essays due in one class, and the other two classes have their own individual assignments due for the week..  I know I am completely crazy doing other classes on top of nursing, but i shall keep going, and striving for the best.

Last Wens day we had our first clinical day. We do ours at Phoenix Mountain Nursing Center in Phoenix. Its a hundred some bed, shared living facility. They have different wings such as dementia, rehab,independent living, and skilled nursing. Our first day we just kind of watched everything, helped the CNAS and patients if the need arises  For example I wheeled a few people down to the cafeteria, I helped change a patients brief, made a bed and watched/talked to the LPN on my wing. I really like this place because they use the Eden environmental, which means they have dogs, cats, fish and such running around the facility. You ALL know I found the cat and spent alot of time with “SMOKEY”.As a nursing student I didn’t do anything , I watched the nurse give meds, and explored in that sense. We have to get checked off by our instructor to pass meds  but there’s a big BUT to that. So the SNF has one RN and the rest LPNS, well we as students need an RN to oversee us directly pass meds, so unless our instructor is with us, we won’t be able to pass meds to the residents because there’s only one RN and 10 of us students. I feel that will be a disadvantage to us, but the instructor told us it wont we shall see. I just don’t see what the point of us being there is, if its run by LPNS and we need RNS to check us off . We all got to pick a patient and do a case study on them, I finished my case study and really enjoyed going through the chart and putting that together.I foresee the only things we will be able to do there are injections, wound care, insulin corrections and then all the other CNA stuff. Nonetheless I will enjoy it embrace it as a wonderful learning experience.In the lab in class we’ve been practicing our medication administration  mostly injections, and alot of insulin prep stuff .Learning how to calculate how much insulin to give, drawing it up and administering it into our dummies. We also did some tube placement with our dummies.

I am very bummed and stressing out because i haven’t done very good on my exams except for the first one. I dont know what i am doing wrong as I understand the stuff, and know answers but then i get them wrong on the exam. Its pretty universal though my entire class is struggling right now with exams. The average is a 76. MIND YOU a 76 is needed to pass the class. The teacher reassures us that we will get better and not to stress. I just know i study for hours and hours daily, and yet my test scores reflect someone who isn’t putting any effort into her classes. The teacher tells us its because we are new to the NCLEX style questions, which is what the test are set up as such. Let me just state THE NCLEX SCARES THE BAGEEZLE OUT OF ME. I will just have to study more, keep practicing my NCLEX questions and hang on for this crazy amazing, well earned ride I am on called NURSING SCHOOL.

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Last week in review

Last week in review

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So much has been going on the last week or so since I posted. Last week alone ( our fourth week in) we had three tests!!! Tuesday we had our first nursing theory exam. It was 40 questions long, and was off of twelve chapters. I was very confident going in, and did GREAT! 98% on my first test…HECK YEAH! Thursday we had our first practicum , on the head to toe assessment and cranial nerves. I was a bit thrown off on this one because i thought it was on Friday instead. We also had to wear uniform on Thursday which was a nice change to be “official”. I did great on that as well, and didn’t get any penalties on that. I was super nervous, but it came out the way I had planned, even if my mind was going a mile a minute. On Friday I had the med calc quiz that I had to redo. I had to redo it because i missed one the week before . I got a hundred on it this time ❤ . For the med calc test you have to get them all right, so its pass or fail. You get three chances and if after the third try you dont succeed you get dropped from the course. I am now able to pass meds at my clinicals with my instructor of course:) . Tommorrow ( Tuesday) we have our next exam on Pharmacology . I haven't really studied for it as much as I should have, but shall do fine.
I have yet to meet my clinical instructor, I guess she's been on vacation. Our instructor has been the same lady from the start, but in October we get another instructor. We've met alot of the other instructors already, as some of them come in to help on lab days, to check us off from our skills and such. We've also had a chance to meet others through various times they've come in to meet us. I am very excited to start clinicals September 11th, which is not very far away at all.My clinical site is on Wensdays at Phoenix Mountain nursing center. We were able to choose our clinical sites from three choices, but for me it had to be that one, due to scheduling. Its unfortunate that my schedule was like that because the other two choices were much much closer to Maricopa. But I will survive, heck whats another drive going to do for me. I purchased my first stethescope this week as well. I bought it online on Amazon and it came the very next day! I got a baby blue littmann and so far its helpful i can hear everything i need to. It got good reviews on amazon so I am counting on that.
In lab we have been doing the head to toe assessments and practicing that. We also started medication safety and getting the feel for the med cart and such. I like how we are moving pretty quick, but just hope i retain everything i need to.
I have to go to the book store sometime this week before thursday and buy my tote with all the lab supplies we will need. The tote is part of the required supplies needed and cost 100$. It is a navy blue tote like bag filled with tons of student nursing supplies such as IV bag, IV supplies, fake meds, needles/syringes and such as to play around with in lab. Tommorow I will be busy studying before my test. Wish me luck!!!!!

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