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Just a mom/wife/nursing student extraordinaire trying to make it in the big bad city…

My 1-Year Blogiversary!!

Posted by isntshelovlei on July 26, 2010

I just realized that this month is my 1-year Blogiversary!! I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for a whole year now (it seems like just yesterday…). Even bigger than that, is that I can now say that I’ve emerged (though I won’t go so far as to say “unscathed”) from an entire year of nursing school!! So as in true New Year spirit let me reflect upon what I have learned in nursing school this past year…

1. Nursing school is expensive. In addition to my $500/credit tuition, I still have to pay for federal and state background checks, child abuse clearances, drug tests, CPR certification, lab supplies, uniforms, parking at clinical sites (and on campus since I live off-campus), and BOOKS.

2. Are you sleeping?!? There’s no sleeping in nursing school!! (in my Jimmy Dugan/Tom Hanks voice)… At least not any quality sleep, maybe a power nap here and there. There are always some chapters to read, some exam to study for, some project to work on, some meds to look up, or some care plan to write. When I finally do put my foot down and tell myself screw that I’m going to sleep—guess what?—I dream about the stuff I should be studying!!

3. The early bird may not necessarily get the worm, but s/he may get tips and heads up as to what’s on the next test, and other helpful information that you will never know if you’re late to class or don’t bother showing up at all just because the professor doesn’t take roll.

4. Speaking of birds, pharmacology is definitely not a “bird course.” If you believe it’s “just straight memorization,” you’re in for a very rude awakening.

5. I have learned to accept (maybe even embrace) my “analness” or whatever people want to label me. I’m sorry but yes, I still want to get A’s. I’m just not wired with that whole C = RN nonsense.

6. Mnemonics are your friends.  VEAL CHOP anyone?

7. HESI exams are NOT your friend—unless you do really well on them and it gets you some extra points added to your final exam or something.

8. Med math quizzes are not so bad. True, you do have to get an A on them or you’ll fail the class (and the thought of that alone frazzles some), but meds are serious business so you’ve gotta get it right. Shift the decimal point one place the wrong way and you just overdosed your patient…

9. You know how people say “Don’t let the devil steal your joy?” Well in nursing school it’s more like “Don’t let the nurse-at-the-clinical-site steal your joy.” I have learned to navigate around (and sometimes even flat-out ignore) the Nurse Nasty’s at some of the clinical sites who would rather work a day without pay than be assigned a student nurse. Mean people suck and will drain the life out of you if you let them but I have learned to remember that I am not there for them—I am there for my patients.

10. The PCAs, on the other hand, will love you. Since you will be doing their vital signs, accu-cheks, and AM care, that will free them up to read their trash mags over a nice hot plate of home fries and bacon (and who really cares if LiLo is going to jail—again—anyway?).

11. There’s more than one way to skin a cat—or give a Z-track injection, insert a Foley catheter, or just about any other clinical skill. And the way it’s taught in the textbook may or may not differ from the way the clinical instructor will show you that they do it “in the real world.”

And last but not least…

12. Sadly, not everyone will make it to the finish line. Every semester we lose a couple. It’s messed up but we have to keep it moving. Pour out a lil’ coffee for the homies that aren’t here…

2 Responses to “My 1-Year Blogiversary!!”

  1. Jennifer said

    Love this! I definitely agree with all of them (yay for VEAL CHOP)! Happy Blogiversary!

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