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Week 10

Nursing school continues, my grade is hovering around a B and all is well. We’ve switched instructors and have a different instructor with us, a combination of two actually.  We’ve gone over electrolytes, nutrition, pain, perioperative, holism, and im sure im forgetting other stuff. In lecture with this new instructor its been different. Our old instructor lectured the entire four hours with lots of information, this new instructor is fast, and we are generally done in less then two hours . We’ve been to simulation three times now. Each time our class has been split into groups. My group the first week did busy week online, the second week we had our first simulation with the dummies. It was okay, i learned its okay to be assertive and directive in nursing school with yoru fellow classmates. I knew what to do, and softly voiced it, but didn’t make sure it was implamented…so our patient died. We were told we needed to do what i had said…..just not followed through with it. It was so exciting though. That experiance just reiderates how much i want to be an emergency room nurse. The scenerio was you get a patient post op, and he suddenly crashed. We weren’t’ given a good report so we knew nothing. Most were complaining about getting a good report and it was someone elses fault ( op nurse) when in reality as a nurse it doesn’t matter if you have a report or not ,thats the fun part of emergency medicine. You have patients come in and you know absolutely NOTHING. Overall it was a great expierence and i wish we did it ever week!  The third week just two days ago we were back to non simulation dummies, and did foleys, NG, and wound care on the dummies.

Clinicals is going smoothly, We have five more weeks of clinical for the first block. I am steadily getting my skills sheet checked off, on nursing skills that we are doing at the clinical site. We’ve given meds, done wound care, and lots of other basic stuff. For me the only thing that has been new is giving meds, and even that has lost its excitement. I am very blessed and lucky that at my job I do everything we are learning, such as wound care, and foleys and such. The nursing home…or “skilled nursing facility” is just so heart breaking,. People say they can’t work with kids as I do, well i say i can’t work with elders whose family has abandoned them and they ( the patient) is well aware of this. Kids are so resiliant and keep such a good additude. 

Week 11 is coming up and we have an exam on Tuesday, Clinical on Wensd in which our second case study is due ( btw case studies SUCK) and Thursday which i believe is our last day of simulation lab.  Week 12 starts online hybrid days in which we won’t be meeting at the school but doing homework and case studies online through canvas.

We are over half way done with our first block,, and we even have our second block schedule in our hands already. Pending passing of first block, the second block will pretty much be the same schedule, tuesday and thursday..alternating lab and lecture. We will then do 8 weeks of clinicals for med/surg. Followed by two weeks of Peds, and two/three week of OB.  Overall the program has been fair, the instructors are nice and do their job to help us learn. I read alot of horror stories regarding this program and crappy teachers and just how horrile the program was. So far I feel i’ve’ earned my grade, the teachers have been fair and even beyond fair. They give students more then designated time for taking exams, and grade exams fairely. With the exams for example if everyone misses a question, they will give it to us all….due to lack of understanding. They also give you the opportunity to review your exam after taking it, and “explain” your answer.  I am learning alot in this class, and will enjoy every second of it. Its stressful due to knowing any little thing can fail you…and your grades are only based on exams …but if you work hard you will do great! There are people in my class with high A’s, ,and then many who are “failing”. You will earn whatever grade you want. I am happy cruising by my low B. I’ve learned it doesn’t matter here, as long as you pass,  retain and take it with you on the floor you’ve done great. Noone cares what your grade was in nursing school…its how you perform!!!  

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Week 8

I’ve been incredibly busy and unfortunately  haven’t been able to update weekly . I sit here now at my thursday day of week ten waiting for my turn to go tour and do my first simulation lab rotation. Last week (9) was a busy one. Last Tuesday we had an exam on pain, sleep and touching on nutrition. Last Wens day was my third week of clinical and last Thursday we had our lab final. So far all of our labs have been practicums for pass or fail, the final was different. The final was combined into two parts a multiple choice part and a medication math/dosing part. I was very pleased with my grades last week and got well above average on both. 

In clinical I just finished my fourth day yesterday ( week 10). The last two weeks we’ve really gotten to do alot, we have gotten to do lot of medication passes, insulin, and wound changes. I even got to give flu shots. We turned in our first official case study yesterday and will get the grades back on those next week. Im not too confident in my grade on that, but i am also not concerned or worried because it was our first official real life patient case study and there’s 10 more weeks to learn and grow in that area. 

As i stated earlier today is our first day in simulation lab at the college. What I’ve gotten from it is a bunch of computerized dummies that talk , respond , code and act as obnoxious as the precious patients we will encounter in real life! They are taking us back in groups to see the sim lab and do a quick run through on SOMETHING? I look forward to this new step in NURSING SCHOOL. 

Alot of our class is failing and is having to do the student remidal THING? Pretty much what i gather its a course of action to help you get passing again, such as tutoring and meeting with student advisers. With that said I really have to talk about a major ANNOYING part of nursing school. I dont know if its just my school,my class my classmates or if this is all over. Everyone COMPLAINS , they complain about the work load, about the exams, the time consuming aspect of it, they complain about the schedule, having to do more or less, any change, they flipping complain about EVERYTHING. Here is my deal on it…its NURSING school, its the FAST TRACK LPN, you are expected to perform at a FAST TRACK level stfu and do it .This is a small sacrifice we must take to get to where we want to be. The work load will be heavy, it will be difficult but its WORTH IT. I hear classmates complaining about their exam grades but yet saying they don’t have time to do the READING? Really you don’t read your textbook and wonder why your NOT PASSING? Its nursing school you will loose sleep and your mind, but its a short term loss in which the gain is a long term successful life and happy career. You are going to be a nurse you have to be condifent in your work and self, hold your self ACCOUNTABLE. For example the lab final was set for an HOUR. At the end of the hour my teacher gave extra time…and STILL had to argue and take a paper away from a student who wasn’t done. There are certain expectations and as adults you have to accommodate  to those. They complain about last week having tests , exams and case studies…guess what ITS NURSING SCHOOL. ITS COMPETITIVE  If you can’t keep up with the work load maybe you aren’t made to be a nurse.  To get advanced placement into third block of the RN program they take those based on HESI scores and NCLEX scores, if you want to get into third block and get your RN you have to bust your butt and succeed in this field you want to be in.  My personal study methods include reading the chapter thoroughly, writing vocab, doing NCLEX and writing NCLEX questions out ( the ones i missed) . I also will google other NCLEX questions from previous books…and guess what I am SATISFIED with my grade. I have EARNED my grade.  With that all said I just want to repeat its hard, I work two jobs, and dual enrolled in two school, have my little boy to raise and life to live, its hard managing it all . I complain i moan and groan but i suck it up and succeed. I do this because i want to, and nothing will stop me from becoming the successful emergency room nurse I want to be! 

Next week we have an exam on pharmacology, peri-operative care, lab/diagnostic findings,fluids/electrolytes and few other assorted topics. Onward!!!

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