"Listen to the mustn'ts child, listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me....Anything can happen child. Anything can be." Shel Silverstein
"She believed she could, so she did." R.S. Grey

“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” Erin Hanson












Monday, February 20, 2012

Quizlet

So have you ever heard of this nifty little site? Basically it's an online set of flashcards that you make yourself. The cool thing about it is that you can share them. Our graduating class made a group so that any of us can go in & make flashcards & then whoever wants to can go & study them for the upcoming tests. It's really neat. For me it helps to type in the information on the cards, it really cements it in my brain.


Also, our graduating class made a FB just for us. It's a closed group so the teachers can't get into it & see what we're posting (of course not that anyone would be stupid enough to post anything heinous about any of them on there, well at least I hope they wouldn't). But it's a really cool thing to have. We can post helpful hints, let people know when we've uploaded some new flashcards, post when the grades are up, remind each other when stuff is due etc. Also, it helps to put some names with the faces we see every day.


So, today we had two tests in two of our easier classes. I did pretty well on the first one, got a 96 and the 2nd one we have to wait until Friday for the grades to be posted. I mean seriously? Why do we need to wait until Friday? We took the test on a bubble sheet for peets sake! Load those suckers into the machine & type out the grades already. But all in all I feel really good about this semester so far (I can't believe we've been in class already for 6 weeks!) I'm still a bit concerned about Assessment Lab, and Patho is always iffy. BUT one good thing happened in Patho. Since there were so many that did bad this past test she asked us what she could do to help & of course everyone said "Narrow down the sea of information" & lo & behold she did better than that. She made two summary guides & basically said whatever is on those study guides is what she's going to make the test questions from. I mean how much more specific can we get, thank you Lord! Butttt, I am a little concerned about next week. We've got 2 tests, a lab, a paper and 4 quizzes all due next week. The quizzes I can knock out no problem (they're online at home, but don't get me wrong that doesn't mean they're a cake walk) but the paper is really what's getting me. It's a very short paper, but it's about 20% of our grade and it has to be written in APA format, which I've never seen a day in my life. Sooo, I guess there's nothing to do but to do it. I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm doing it on the media's portrayal of nurses, and with those wonderful Johnson & Johnson commercials out right now, at least I have a starting point. :) I'll let you know how it all works out.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Whoa where has the time gone!!

Wow, so much for blogging my way through nursing school!!! :) Forgive me? So here's the lowdown.

First of all I can't believe I've been in nursing school now for 6 weeks!! I mean a whole month & a half has gone by & I'm still kicking. Believe it or not we've already lost 3 people in our class in just this short amount of time! It'll be interesting to see how many we have left at the end. One person dropped out. HOW in the world do you do all that pre-req work, jump through all those paperwork hoops and THEN DROP OUT!!! I guess when you're young you have more options, so it's not that big of a deal to change your major & move on. It's only when you're old like me that you have to really stick it out I guess.

Ok so for my classes. Patho is hard. Harder than I expected but I don't think it's harder b/c of the content, I think it's harder b/c we have a new teacher & she is still trying to work out the kinks of how to teach & how to test. On my first test, which I told you I didn't study for, I bombed it. I mean seriously, how could I not, I literally did not even get to the last few chapters. So I made a 67, ok I didn't freak b/c it's what I expected & for those of you who read my blog you KNOW I am obsessive when it comes to getting good grades, but eh, I let it slide. O, so after the first test, I knew how to study & for the 2nd test I STUDIED. It is actually the first time EVER that I actually READ THE BOOK. Now I didn't read every word in all the chapters, but I went through & read all the pertinent things that we had gone over. I felt really good about how I studied & the content, UNTIL I sat down to the test. I can't even tell you how upset I was as I was going through the questions. The teacher had told us not to get bogged down with the specifics of every single thing we were learning & so, we didn't, NONE of us. You could feel a palpable sigh go through the room as we were taking the test, it was so much more detailed than we were all expecting. So by the time the test was over I seriously did NOT want to talk to anyone. I was so upset. EVERYONE was complaining about the test & how bad they thought they did, I basically just sat in the corner & sulked. So, later that day the word went out, the grades had been posted. By this time we were in lab & the lab teacher said "If you guys want to use my computer to check your grades you can" & all the young girls were like "No, I want to wait until I get home in case I cry" lol. Forget that!! My lab partner & I got on immediately to check our grades and GUESS WHAT! I GOT AN 80!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooooohooooo. I've never been so happy to get a low B in all my life lol!! I was so thrilled. Although the teacher doesn't curve, what she does is if there is a question that a lot of people missed, she'll throw it out. I was so excited and relieved. But she sent out this email after the test & said that although there were a few A's & quite a few B's, there were still several people barely keeping their heads afloat & how could she help us. Well we all had a few suggestions for her, mainly helping us narrow down the sea of information (I'm talking 10 chapters, quizzes for each of those chapters, power points, study guide questions) so that we're at least able to focus a little more on what we're actually going to be tested on & she said she would do that. Thank goodness!! I know it can't look good on her if we all do poorly, seeing as she's a new teacher & all. So, now on to test 3. I think I'm a little more prepared now & I am actually getting into the flow of keeping all of my classes up to date. The only thing I'm concerned about in any of my other classes are the few papers I have to do. I seriously need to get on those b/c I have at least 3, maybe 4 due & I know with me I like to write & re-write my papers, so I need to seriously get started on these. But as for the bulk of my other classes, they're pretty easy.

The only other class that I know I need to stay on top of is Assessment. This is the class where at the end you have to do the head to toe assessment in front of the teacher w/in 25 minutes. I'm a little nervous about that one b/c I feel like I need to practice a little more. Any advice on that???

And last but not least I have made a couple of really cool friends. Gregory has become my bestest nursing buddy. We actually met while getting our CPR certification & we've been pretty tight ever since. Then there's Ashlyn who is so young, but super smart and awesome. She lives in the town right next to me so we try to get together every Friday & study, it's great to have someone else live out this way, b/c we live about 50-60 minutes from campus.

So that's it so far. I'm doing good in all of my other classes as far as grades are concerned. So no real worries except for those papers. And now that I'm in the flow of things (it took me a good month) I will definitely try to update my blog more often.

Hope all my other nursing school peeps are doing well!

Talk to you soon!