"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

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Getting the jitters!!

It's getting soooo close to the end of the semester!!  I cannot believe that this Friday is our last OB class (final & HESI on the same day, can you say yuck!) Tomorrow is our last lecture for Med/Surg & then our HESI is on Wed & our final is a week from tomorrow & then we will be DONE!!  Do you realize that once this semester is over that we will have passed the halfway point.  We will be on the downhill slope!! Only 2 more semesters. I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!

Speaking of the last 2 semesters, we got another cool thing going on at our school.  Up until this semester our 5th semester consisted of leadership, community health & something else (which we all heard was major boring).  I mean you go from having hands on clinicals to community health?  Uh no thank you.  So, one of the newer professors came up with a great idea called a Capstone.  So now instead of doing those boring classes with NO clinicals, we will get to CHOOSE what we want to focus on for our final semester.  We'll get two choices.  How totally cool is that???!!!  And what's even better about it is we can choose something we've not had a clinical in, like ER.  Which is really great because we don't get an ER rotation during school.  How awesome is that?! They brought it before the school this semester & it JUST passed.  So thankfully the semester ahead of us will be the 1st ones to do it (meaning hopefully they'll get all the kinks worked out before we get there) and we'll be the 2nd semester to do it.  I am really looking forward to having a clinical that I get to choose. 

So here is what I'm planning this week.  Today study for OB, tomorrow M/S, Tue OB, Wed M/S & Thur O/B then the rest of the weekend M/S & my final on Monday.  I can't believe it's already here!! Woohoo!! 

Also, I am super looking forward to our end of the semester party.  Of course we'll all go to our favorite mexican restaurant for lunch after our final like we always do (I love that we've created our own tradition), but also one of the students is planning a shindig at her house to celebrate.  Can you say white girl wasted fun!! I'm so excited that my hubs is off work that night & we'll get to go & celebrate!! 

Now just to pass all of my HESI's & finals.  Guess I shouldn't put the cart before the horse, but I'm just so excited to be so close to the end!!  May 6th come on!!!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Study sesh...and last day of OB clinical

Last night I had my first real college study sesh.  I met up with some nursing buddies in the library after clinical & we studied for our OB test today until about 11:45.  Well, that's when I left since I live about an hour away, all of them left around 1:00 I believe.  But I am VERY glad that I did it b/c I  hadn't studied for that test one bit & luckily just about everything we went over was on the test & I ended up making a B because of it.  Well that & getting up at 5:30 this morning to finish studying.  Four & a half hours of sleep is no beuno, but it was worth it to see that B.  Right now I am on the veeerge of an A in that class.  Unfortunately the only things we have left are the HESI & the final.  Well & the participation points, I don't really know how to average those in.  Maybe, just maybe I can pull off an A in there, that would be awesome. 

Monday is our last Med/Surg test before the final, so this week will be spent studying like a mad woman because I REALLY want to make an A on this test so I can bring my C up to a B in there.  My hopes of an A are gone, but I can still pull off a B & that's what I'm shooting for.  Of course none of us have heard about our research paper grades, BUT... The rumor is that the teachers are holding the papers to see what our grades are & they're going to use them as boosters for those who need them,  ya know what I mean?  I hope that's true.  Not that I'm not passing, but I know SEVERAL people that aren't & I don't want to go on w/o my peeps!!

Now on to my last day of OB clinical which was yesterday.  My last OB clinical was postpartum and everyone who had gone before me told me over & over how boring it was, how much they didn't like it, blah blah blah.  So I went in with not very high expectations but boy was I wrong.  I absolutely LOVED pp!!  I mean what's not to love?  Your patient is healthy, they're so super happy, I mean seriously this is usually the best thing that has ever happened to them.  I just REALLY enjoyed it.  My patient was precious and a little ornery, which I like.  She was a section patient and let me just say she was NOT trying to get up & walk.  She didn't want any part of that, BUT being the good nursling that I am I coerced her into walking the unit not once, but TWICE!! Go nursling, go nursling, go!  ;)  When I left for the day I told her that I was leaving but that she had only walked twice and that even though I wasn't going to be there that evening she still had to walk.  She promised me that she would.  I should have called & checked up on her.  Ok, I'm kidding, but I just felt so responsible for her, and I think that's what I loved so much about pp.  You have that time to bond with your patient, and teach them, and talk to them, and just get to know them.  That's what I love.  I think that's the part that was missing in L & D for me.  I mean you work so hard with that laboring patient & then they may or may NOT deliver on your shift & then you leave & when you come back they're gone, nothing, nada, you don't even get to see the baby.  It was just kind of unfulfilling for me.  But pp, LOVE!  So far favorite rotation, hands down. 

Skin to skin rocks!

Anyhoo, just thought I'd pop in & update, but now it's back to my nose in the ol' bookola.  Well not really the book, really just my notes.  Gotta get an A on that test on Monday!  Say a little prayer for me. 

Hope you all have a FANTABULOUS weekend!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Got the job!!

So the director of the Med/Surg floor said I would hear something by today and well, I waited as long as I could before calling her seeing as I hadn't heard from her.  I said I would wait until 4:00 but by 3:30 I was chomping at the bit so I called her.  She said "I was just filling out your paperwork to offer you the job"!!! Yay me!! 

Now I know it's just a PCT/CNA job, but hey it gets my foot in the door right?  I've talked to several of my friends who are in the semesters ahead of me & they've all said the same thing.  "Get a job NOW".  I have one friend who said she can't even get a PCT job b/c no one will hire her b/c she's too close to graduating.  I never thought of that. Why wouldn't they want to hire you knowing that soon you'd be able to be a nurse there??  I don't know, but I am glad to have the job. 
The director said she thinks the pay is $10 an hour, which is pretty decent.  I was worried they would try to pay me minimum wage or something close to it & that would really have sucked.  So now all I have to do is fill out the hospital paperwork & she has to send off for a background check & as soon as that comes back I will start.  She said sometimes the checks can take up to 2 weeks which puts me RIGHT at finals week, which is awesome b/c it means that I'll be starting right as school is ending so hopefully I can work as much as possible over the summer.  Overtime would be awesome.  I'll just be happy to have some MONEY again.  And yes my husband works but it's different when you have your OWN money, ya know?  I'm excited as this will be my first hospital job.  I've worked in doctor's offices before but this is different & the director is SUPER nice.  She sent me an email saying she is glad I'm going to be part of the team, I thought that was really nice. 
Anyhoo, just thought I'd let you all know :)  Woohoo!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

So happy to have a small break...

Can I just say how happy I was walking out of class today?  It was about 68 degrees, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing slightly & I was officially wearing flip flops for the first time this spring and most of all I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO GET A PATIENT!!!!!!!!  I am soo super happy that I had Med/Surg as my first rotation during the cold part of the semester.  Now instead of being stuck in the hospital for the next two days (like those poor suckers who have Med/Surg now) I am FREEE to take my books to the park tomorrow & study in the gorgeous sunshine.  I can sleep in for the next two days (would have been three but I'm signed up on Thursday to work the health fair at school) and basically enjoy this spring weather.  God is so good.  Sometimes blessings come in the form of something so small as to get the rotation you really want.  Yay!

I'm also loving that we have NO tests this week, unfortunately though that just means that after this week we basically have back to back tests until the semester is over.  Oh well, I will just enjoy this week & study as much as I can.  It's getting close!  And another great thing I learned recently was that this is the LAST semester we have to do written careplans!!!!!!!!!!!  YESSSS!  Can I just say how much I hate writing careplans?  And yes I totally understand the reason for them, but no matter the reason, I am thrilled beyond thrilled that my next 2 semesters involve NO written careplans! As London would say "Yay me!!"

Sunday, April 7, 2013

You're reading my blog??

I'm always stoked when I visit other nursing blogs & see that they're followers of mine!  It's so cool to think that people get something out of this blog about my crazy life in nursing school.  I try to be as honest as I can be about my experiences.  I just noticed that Andrea did a post about her top 5 nursing blogs & mine was one of them, and I just thought that was so sweet!!  I try very hard to follow people back that are following me & I try really hard to reply to everyone's comments.  My intent is just to give an honest opinion about this road that we've chosen & hopefully it won't scare the beejeezus out of new nursling students will inspire those about to embark on this same road.  So, basically I just want to say thanks for following my blog, that is all. :D

Friday, April 5, 2013

Med/Surg grade & interview done :)

Had my interview today for the CNA/PCT position at this really great hospital.  It's the one hospital in the area that I've never heard bad things about.  And yes I know some hospitals get a bad rap.  I felt like the interview went well, but the nurse manager was really nice.  And I don't mean she was nice because she liked me & I think I got the job, I mean I'm pretty sure she's probably like that with everyone.  The good news is though that while we were talking she did talk to me alot about the job as if I were going to be a nurse there, she had to come back around to the CNA position.  So, that made me hopeful that she was looking at me like a future nurse there.  :D  This would be a really great opportunity to get my foot in the door at this hospital.  Of course I don't know that this is where I want to work after I graduate, but hey it can't hurt having a job already lined up can it? 

She said she has 2 positions open & she was interviewing 4 people, so those are pretty good odds right?  Also, since I don't need benefits she said I could be prn.  That would be really cool as well. She said I would just let her know the days I was available & then she would call or text me what she had open & I could pick my shifts that way.  That sounds WONDERFUL.  I really hope that I get this job. She also said that it's VERY busy.  Each floor can hold (I think she said) up to 36 patients and there is one CNA per floor.  BUT, she said you're not just at the beck & call of all the nurses.  She said you come in & the charge nurse tells you who needs bed baths that day, who needs to be fed & she is the one that directs you, not the nurses.  So that way you're not running around like a chicken with your head cut off.  That sounds doable.  Of course I've never done it before, but if that's the way they've been running it then I guess it works.  I'm excited about the prospect.  She said she will know by next Friday b/c not only is she hiring CNA's, she's also hiring new nurses as well.  Dang I wish I was interviewing for that position!!  Oh well, soon enough.

As for my Med/Surg grade.....well it turned out to be the lowest grade I've made this semester.  I got an 81 on my first test, an 80 on my second & on this one I just BAAAARELY squeaked by with a 75.  Actually a 74.6 to be exact.  Whew, that was close.  So far my average in that class is a 79 & I need an 82 for the class in order to pull off a B.  I would love an A, but I just don't see that happening, and I'm ok with that.  Also I just got back my last OB test & I got a 94!! Woohoo!! I can still see an A in that class for sure.  Thankfully clinical is almost over.  I only have one more clinical to do & then I'm DONE with clinical for this semester!!! Weeeeeeeeeee, sooo happy about that!!!

So, here's the countdown of what I have left:  2 tests, 2 HESI's, 2 finals, one portfolio due, and one clinical left.  Woohoo, getting close!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh yeah, & I'm still waiting on the stinking grades for our research paper & our OB group project.  Sheesh....

Is everyone else as excited about the end of the semester as I am?? :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I have an interview!!

Guess who has an interview on Friday at 2:00 pm!! Yep, me!!


It's at a hospital in our next town over (about 15 minutes away) for a CNA position.  I'm sort of confused by the whole CNA/PCT thing.  I am hoping that these are the same positions, but even if they're not I'll just be glad to get my foot in the door.  This way I can apply for other positions as they come open AND I'll hopefully have a place to work when I graduate with my RN :)  I'm so super excited!! 

And guess who else is STILL waiting on their Med/Surg grade?? Errr, yes, me :{  Did I mention how much I hate to wait?  And the worst part is that it's a freaking scantron test.  I mean yes there were extra questions but come on, how long could it take??  I heard through the grapevine that one of the teachers added some new questions to the test & they were evaluating to see if these were the questions that caught everyone up (they said the average was pretty low) & if so they were going to consider throwing these questions out.  Welllll I kind of hope they don't b/c they said if they ended up throwing out some questions on this test then they would have to make them up on the final.  Uh, no thanks! 

So, here I sit at my computer playing Candy Crush and TOTALLY procrastinating from doing my newborn care plan while I hit refresh on D2L to see if the grades have been posted.  **Sigh** On top of the fact that I also should be working on redoing my care plan from last week's clinical.  The teacher TOTALLY murdered it.  She said it was a GREAT Med/Surg careplan, just not so rocking of an OB care plan.  So I'm having to do that over as well.  I think I'll wait & do that tomorrow night though, because what else do you feel like after you've done a 12 hour shift?  Coming home & doing a careplan right?   I know, I'm crazy. 

The weekend is getting close! :)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Waiting for grades STINKS!!!!!!!

Today was our 3rd (out of 4) Med/Surg test & now we wait.  I mean seriously?  If the school is trying to go paperless why are we still taking tests where we have to bubble in the answers???  Almost every other class is on the computer where you get to see your score immediately, but not Med/Surg, nooo.  So now we wait.  And on top of that, we're already waiting for our OB group project grade AND our research paper.  I mean jeez people, we're a bunch of Type A control freaks (well most of us), we NEED to know our grades!! 

On a brighter note, guess who doesn't have class/clinical for the next 2 days!! Yep, me.  And next week is even better!! Next week I have NO clinical so I'll only have class Monday & Friday, woohoo! 

Getting so close to the end, I can see it!!  :)