"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, January 20, 2014

Dosage Calculation - Big shout out!!

OMG!!!!!!!!! Can I just stop for a minute to give a HUGE shout out to Nickasarbata for this AMAZING tutorial on dimensional analysis!!!!!!!! (He has a youtube channel where he talks about nursing school also) Because of this video I have now MASTERED dosage calculation.  And thankfully I found it JUST IN TIME to take my test this past Friday.  This video is about an hour long but seriously I only needed to watch about 30 minutes of it & I GOT IT!!  Can you tell I'm excited?  Well, if you've been following my blog from the beginning then you KNOW how much I ABHOR Math.  It's the complete bane of my existence!  BUT this person made this great little video and completely saved my buttumpkus!!!!!!  I'm so happy.  So, if you're having problems with dosage calc, then for SURE watch this video. 

That is all :D

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Going to the ER baby!!!

Sooo, I got my confirmation for my capstone clinical and surprise of all surprises I got BOTH of my first choices!!  We were allowed to pick 3 areas we were interested in working in and 2 hospitals that we would like to work at and I got BOTH of my picks!!  My choices were ER, ICU, and OB in that order, and my hospitals were the one that is in my town, which is literally 5 minutes from my house and the one right in the town over.  Since we don't get an ER rotation I was REALLY wanting to do that. So, let's just say that I am SUPER PSYCHED for this last clinical!! 
Also, like last semester, I got first rotation for my clinical.  What this means is that I am going to hit the ground RUNNING, and I will be CRAZY for that first month, but thankfully it will give me a bit of breathing room at the end to study for finals (I hope) & get preprared for graduation. GRADUATION!! Did ya hear me!! I graduate in exactly 119 days!!!!!!!  I mean it seriously brings a tear to my eye just to think about it.  And not in a "Oh I'm going to miss this" kind of way, but in a "Thank God I ACTUALLY made it through alive" kind of way!  Seriously people, nursing school is NO joke. 
School starts the 16th with orientation & then on the 17th we have skills day and the DREADED math test.  I mean seriously people.  WHY are you torturing us with doseage calculation, don't you know the pharmacy is going to give us the instructions?  They're going to tell us what to set the machine too.  Oh well, I guess it's good to know in case I go on a mission trip & ever need that info...
Can you believe that in 2 weeks I my countdown to graduation will be UNDER 100 DAYS!!  I swear I thought it would never get here, but it has and I am SO thankful!! 
Anyway, just thought I'd give a small update.  Hope everyone else is doing great.  Getting ready for the whirlwind to begin!!!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sorry I left ya hangin'!!

Guess whose LAST SEMESTER OF NURSING SCHOOL is about to start??  Yep, ME!! I am SOOO HAPPY that I can say I am FINALLY in my LAST semester of nursing school.

This semester consists of Leadership, Psych, Community and my clinical Capstone (in which we get to pick our designated area of clinical & hope that we get it). We start back on Jan. 16th & I am just SO ready to get this over with!

But what about last semester.  Well, it pretty much went how I though it would go.  I got my B in Peds & a stinkin' C in Critical Care.  I hate that I got a C but I'll be honest, I'm just happy that I passed that class.  Last semester was seriously the hardest semester since I've started nursing school.  I think there were several factors leading up to my C, including the fact that I started working last semester.  For those people ahead of us that told us "Oh yeah you can definitely work and do just fine this semester" I say WHATEV!!!  Yes I was able to work, but no I DIDN'T do just fine.  Of course, not that I'm blaming them for my bad grade, but just that I went into it thinking it was going to be a bit easier than it actually turned out to be.  Oh well, I PASSED and that's ALL that matters at this point.  Unfortunately the C brought my GPA down.  For my overall GPA (which includes grades from 100 years ago) I have a 2.8 or a 2.9 I can't remember, but for my last 60 hours I have a GPA of 3.1.  The graduate schools that I'm looking at say that I need at least a 3.2 for at least my last 60 hours in order to NOT have to take the GRE, soo that means that I really have to do well this semester.  I do NOT want to take the GRE.  Not only is it a test that I don't want to take, but I also don't want to shell out the 200 something dollars to take it.  So, I need to do really well this semester to boost my GPA (for at least the last 60 hours) back up to a 3.2. 

This semester seems like it's going to be REALLY busy.  I know that these next 4 months will fly by and that pleases me JUST fine. I'm so ready to just be DONE with nursing school & get on to the business of nursing.  Of course making more money DEFINITELY doesn't hurt either.  I've decided to take a semester off before going into graduate school.  I will graduate with my BSN in May & then I'm going to apply for the next Spring semester of graduate school.  By doing this that will at least give me 5 months of working/training/orienting before I start back to school.  I decided this for 2 reasons.  One because my son is also graduating in May (from high school) and he will be starting college in the fall.  I don't want to have to deal with all of his freshman stuff, my orientation at work AND me starting graduate school all at the same time.  That's just too much.  So, I'm going to take that time to get him oriented and let me semi settle in at work before I start back to school.  I'm thinking that's a good plan. 

I hope everyone who is in school has had a wonderful Christmas break, I know I did.  As a matter of fact here are some pics from my break:
Me & my sis

This was last night at girl's night (I'm the one in the grey)
My beautiful daughter & handsome son

Well, I hope you all are rested up after this Christmas break, I know I am.  I am ready to get this over and done with!! And of course I'll try to keep you posted along the way.

Love ya!