"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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MedSurg - Ortho Floor....

Ok can we say TOTAL snooze fest???  Today was our first official day on the MedSurg floor, but unfortunately since the professor figured we might be overwhelmed with over 15 pages of clinical paperwork due in one night, we weren't really able to do much (meaning no passing of meds).  We were basically put into the PCT roles.  So, pretty much it felt like last semester's clinical all over again, a bunch of elderly people, except for these ones have total hip replacements instead of just being old.   And let me tell you I can say with almost 100% assurance that working on the Ortho wing of the MedSurg floor is NOT where I see my future nursing self.  I mean maybe it was just my perception, but I saw the nurses basically in the same role as they were in the nursing home.  Going from patint room to patient room passing meds.  BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I hate that we don't get an ER rotation, I REALLY think that I would like that much more, except that as a new nurse I just don't see how you could be that good at critical thinking to work there.  Of course I still have 2 more semesters, so maybe my critical thinking skills will improve. 

Another thing I've learned from this semester is that nursing school is HARD!!!!!!!  Especially at my age.  I am SO exhausted.  5:00 am comes so early & man am I tired.  Especially when we aren't told ahead of time that the 1000 pages of clinical paperwork DOESN'T have to be 100% finished BEFORE clinical.  That we'll actually have time in clinical to finish said paperwork.  Um, that would have been nice to know before I stayed up until 1:00 am last night finishing all those papers that DIDN'T have to be finished!! 

And lastly after today's clinicals it was so funny to hear so many of my nursing school buddies question if this was the right career path for them.  I mean I totally understand, but dang after all this money & time & sacrifice that me, my husband & my children have gone through, by golly I'm going to finish this degree, even if I never set foot in a hospital.  Of course that won't happen, I'm not crazy ;)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Holy Hungry Batman!!!!!!!!

Don't have much time for a long post since I have TONS of MedSurg paperwork to do, BUT I must mention this.  Today was my first day of clinical (techinically it was only half clinical & half orientation) but I still had to wake up at 5:00 am & get out the door.  That was all fine & dandy except for the fact that I didn't really take into account that I wouldn't get to eat for another SEVEN & A HALF hours!!!!!!!!!  Can we say STARVED by the time lunch rolled around?????  I mean whoa, I was seriously ready to gnaw off my own leg!!  And let me just say my beloved Noosa (best yogurt in the world) did NOT hold me over!!  Tomorrow my pockets will be filled with beef jerky & cheese in a sandwich bag, because my diet cannot afford another day like today!!  Whew! 

Ok back to regularly scheduled programming.  :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Two more days...

Two more days until my 3rd semester starts.  I can hardly believe that the next time I start school in January will be the semester that I GRADUATE!! 

So, I may have mentioned that I had to take an orientation "class" for the hospital that I'm going to have clinicals in this semester, and it was fine, except for one thing.  I do NOT feel prepared to work in a hospital.  I know I won't technically be working there, I mean my teacher will be with me, but jeez louise, when I was going over the EMR I was thinking, goodness gracious, when will I learn all this stuff???  It seemed like so much information that I don't think I know at all.  Pretty scary. 

For this first week of class we have skills lab where we're learning about IV infusion therapy & stuff like that.  That's all fine and dandy EXCEPT for the fact that they want us to wear "business casual" clothing to school.  I mean seriously??  Why in the world do we have to dress up to go to freaking school??!!  So annoying.  I mean the best thing about being a nurse is getting to wear scrubs and NOT having to dress up.  I need to go shopping soon though b/c I don't really have any flat shoes that I can wear. I'm thinking something like these

In black & brown.  Just a little flat that I can throw on with my "business casual" outfits.  Ugh!
Anyhoo, I got my FOUR hour orientation done for the hospital, took my test & made the required 84% on the first try, thank goodness!!  Then we had to look over some notes for the OTHER hospital & actually take notes on the ppt to turn in for credit.  That was pretty ok, it was only like 47 slides & it was all stuff I already knew, so that was no biggie. 
Now I just have to get my school supplies & books, but I'm waiting on my student loan to come in for that.  Oh the life of a broke student!  I can't wait until this semester is over with so that I can acutally get a job & make some money!!! Even if it is just a little, that's better than NONE!! 
Ok well I guess should jump off here & try to go to sleep a little early (even if it is already 12:30 am).  I told my hubby I was going to be sorry when school rolls around.  No more staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning & then sleeping until noon!!  Tomorrow night I'm going to have to force myself to go to bed by 10:00!!
Hope everyone is having a great week!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Got my badge!!

So excited to get my badge today for the hospital where I'll be doing my clinicals this semester.  It makes me feel so official! I can't wait to get started.  I have a FOUR freaking hour orientation that I guess I should start.  Plus I'm supposed to read one chapter before class AND go over a 40 pg power point & take notes on it.  I mean seriously, four hours people?? Your hospital is NOT that interesting I'm sure.....  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Got my assignment...

So we got the email today letting us know whether we'd have medsurg or OB first this upcoming semester & I am happy to say that I have medsurg first.  Medsurg is the hardest part (well I say hardest, but maybe I only mean more time consuming) of the semester in which they've divided up into 2 clinicals.  Since I am more fearful of medsurg I wanted to have that first, hoping that the things I will be doing will actually be what we're learning as well & that will help me.  I pray that that's the case.  Also, some of the people who had this last semseter say having medsurg first is helpful b/c then you have OB at the end (which is less days) and therefore it's easier to study for finals.  I hope so.  I am sooo nervous about this semester.  I know that this is it, I have got to step up my game this semester, no slacking like last semester.  It's so hard to believe that by the time spring break gets here that I'll be HALFWAY done with nursing school!!!!!  I mean seriously, I can't even fathom it.  Of course then we have the dreaded summer, where hopefully we won't lose everything we've just learned this semester.  Have I mentioned the fact that I hate that we don't go through summer? 

Anyhoo, I talked to another nursing student who works at my hospital here in town & she was telling me that since I'm done with my 2nd semester of nursing school that I don't have to have my CNA certificate now, but that I can still get a job as a pct at the hospital.  Not exactly sure what pct stands for, but I'm assuming it's like a CNA?  That's good, b/c I am thinking that once I'm done with medsurg that I'm going to go ahead & start looking for a job.  She also said that b/c one of the nurses at that hospital used to teach at my school that they're really good at working around school schedules.  Soo, once again, God is looking out for me & I am hoping that by the time I'm ready that there will be an opening for me at either that hospital or the one in the town over.  I have to work this summer, otherwise I will feel like a rusty nail come 4th semester. 

Ok, enough blabbing.  Is everyone else ready to return to school?  I can't say that I'm totally ready, but I'm getting there!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!