"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, December 31, 2012

Enjoying my break...

Still have a several more weeks before I start school & I'm always surprised by how quickly I decompress after school's out.  Of course this semester was pretty relaxed in the first place so I guess that's why it was easy.  I have done nothing since the break.  Well, that's not true, I did get together with 2 of my other nursing buddies & their significant others for dinner one night, that was nice.  It was interesting because I really like the two girls, they are very sweet.  But after we left the restaurant I asked my hubby what he thought about them & he said "They aren't someone I would see you hanging out with."  It was an interesting observation, b/c he was probably correct.  Those two particular girls are very smart, sweet & on the shy side & I am about as far from that as you can get (well not the smart part ;).  But, like I said, I really like them alot & we had a great dinner. I like getting to know my classmates on a more personal basis. 

My kids are out of school until the 8th, so for now I'm enjoying hanging out with them, but I know once they go back & the hubs goes back to work, that I'll be ready to go back too.  Until then I'm just hanging out & enjoying my fam, b/c I know that next semester is going to be wild!!

Hope everyone has a safe & happy New Year!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In memory of Sandy Hook

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Rachel D'Avino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Mary Sherlach, 56
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Victoria Soto, 27
Daniel Barden, 7
Josephine Gay, 7
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
James Mattioli, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1 year down....

1 1/2 more to go....

So, 2nd semester is IN THE BOOKS!  Here's the damage. 

Pharm - A, Research - A, Intro to Nursing Practice - B. 

All in all, I have to say, pretty good for someone that hardly ever went to class.  Seriously, although I love my program I will have to admit that some of these teachers need to invest in a class on "how to teach".  For our Pharm midterm & final, the professor gave us a list of questions that were in the data bank (277 for the midterm & 355 for the final) & said "Here's the questions, happy studying."  I promise you, I learned more from researching those questions than I learned in the whole class.  Since when did teaching become posting a ppt & then reading it in class??  How are you actually TEACHING me anything?  No need to go to class, I mean dang I can read a ppt for myself....BUT, it's done & over with now & I am finally on to 3rd semester!!! Well, not tomorrow or anything, we go back on January 21 I believe.  (Of course that's if we're still here with the world ending on 12/21/12 that is). 

Looking back on 2nd semester I am trying to think of some things I have learned.  Maybe a bit of information that I gleaned that I can pass along.  Ok here goes:

1. Pharm - There is NO WAY that you can learn all of the medications in that book.  BUT what you can learn is what certain types of drugs do.  What does a beta blocker do?  A calcium channel blocker?  An ACE inhibitor?  These are definitely things you should learn in Pharm.  And, if like me, your teacher doesn't teach you those things, then definitely make sure you look them up on your own. 

2. Research - Supposedly this is a necessary evil in nursing school but for me it was a slow, dull torture.  Kind of like a cut that's healing, it just throbs but doesn't really sting anymore.  It was painful in that boring, who gives a crap kind of way.  I suppose maybe I learned something?  I learned the difference between a qualitative and a quantitative article. My real thought is that this should be an online class.  I shouldn't have to drive an hour to hear about this stuff, and usually I didn't.

3. Fundamentals - Hmmm, fundamentals.  I don't really know what to say about this class.  It was ok? I learned how to put in a catheter and actually got to do one on a poor guy in the long term facility where I was. I mean I guess to me Fundamentals was a lot of common sense with a little bit of medicine mixed in.  It was pretty easy, I can't really say that I studied much in that class.  I liked the clinical part much better than the lecture part.  Everyone ahead of us says that we just don't realize how much we're actually learning until we get to next semester & then we have to put it all together, so we'll see. 

I have to say also that I am really liking my class mates.  Of course there are a few that I still haven't really ever talked to, but for the majority I really like them all pretty well.  We started a tradition where after each semester ends we go to this Mexican restaurant close to school to celebrate.  We had a great time & I'm really glad that I went.  I am totally looking forward to next semester, getting to have a REAL clinical in a REAL hospital and getting to know more of my classmates even better. 

For now though, I am going to try & relax and enjoy my Christmas break. 

I hope everyone else is having a great Christmas holiday as well!!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Two more finals to go...

Monday is Pharm & Tuesday is Fundamentals and then semester 2 of nursing school is IN THE BOOKS!!  Soo excited that it's almost over.  I finally got my grade in research & after all of the little "projects" that she had us do I was able to pull off an A!!! My final grade came up to an 89.8, which gets rounded up to an A, whew, so excited!!

As of right now I have a 92 in Pharm and a 79.8 in Fundamentals.  So, I am hoping to keep my A in Pharm & I think it's pretty safe to say that I'm only going to pull off a B in Fundamentals, but hey that's better than a C (but yet not an A)!!  It's really my fault, I totally slacked in that class this semester. Ok, I'll be honest, I slacked in all my classes this semeter.  Well, not so much slacked, as didn't attend.  Our pharm teacher & our Fundamentals teacher put everything on PPT slides & then they would have us meet & they would just read over/go over the PPT's.  I'm sorry, but I don't need anyone to read the PPT to me, I can do that myself.  Therefore, I felt like if there was no teaching going on, then I didn't need to go to class, & I didn't.  I think in all total I only went to maybe 4 research classses and about half of my Pharm & Fundamentals class.  I mean seriously, if all of your info is on PPT's & all you're going to do is read the PPT to us, then just go ahead & make this an online class & put us out of our misery.  Especially those of us who have to drive an hour to class. 

We took our HESI last week (each semester we have one class where we have to take a HESI, which is indicative of how well you'll do on the NCLEX) and I have to say I was very pleased with my 86, which came out to a 1033 HESI score.  Seeing as you only need an 850 to pass and that 900 is "recommended", I am feeling pretty good about my score.  It's the exact same score as I made last semester on the HESI as well.  Last semester it covered Assessment & this semester it covered Fundamentals.  I have to admit though I am NOT looking forward to next semester's HESI, it's a Pharm one, boo!!!  Thank goodness our teacher gave us this great little book to study
I think it looks pretty darn helpful & you better believe I am going to be putting that sucker to use next semester (and probably the semester after that, and the semester after that, you get the picture)!!  

So, I guess I am going to hit the hay now & then get up bright & early tomorrow to hit it hard & heavy all day long so as to be ready for Pharm first thing Monday morning! Pray for recollection and I hope that everyone else is doing great on their finals!!

Blessings everyone,