Saturday, February 28, 2009

Much Needed Rest...

I am officially on spring break, and I need it! These last 8 weeks have been kicking my ass but I'm still alive!

In regards to the paper that I complained about; I got a 98.5% on it! I was a little miffed that she took a point off for "using the minimum amount of citations," but I'm sure that no teacher likes to give out 100%, especially on a paper. Nevertheless, that puts me at a 98% for the class, 97.7% actually, heading into the final!

This week, I will be starting to pack, catching up and maybe getting ahead in some of my readings, getting a massage and a hair cut, and in general, laying around. Unless the weather gets better, then I'll be outside playing!

We learned about ostomy and wound care this week, and how to do head exams (I'm still not sure how to see a problem inside someone's nose with all that nose hair), and we're getting ready to start clinicals in 3 weeks! I'm pretty bummed that our first clinical is just an orientation, but our instructor told us she also has a scavenger hunt for her students on the floor to make it a little more fun! I just hope we don't piss off any nurses!

Any advice on clinicals would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

You can take the child out of the arts, but... yadda yadda yadda...

I had to write my first research paper for nursing this week, and you know what? I HATE APA!!! Seriously, I am much more of an artistic style writer, who likes to embellish and use big words that I learned playing Scrabble. I like an evolving thesis, I like taking risks and using rhetoric. I do not like writing a 4 page paper that is nothing but paraphrasing and direct quoting. It's even worse when they give us the sources to use and tell us we cannot use other sources.

I get that they are trying to teach us how to use APA, but are they trying to OD on badly written, student research papers? (which by the way, I'm not sure you can call it research if you gave us the topic, articles and did the research for us!)

But I digress... I did the paper, quite well actually, and in APA format, while gently weeping about how much I miss MLA...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Not much to do with nursing....

I take voice lessons during the week to help me relieve the stress and today was an excellent one! We picked out a new song for me to work on and it's one of my favorites!! "Blackbird" by the Beatles!!

I am so excited, and so happy I give myself this little break during the week to relax!

Ok, I'm off to enjoy hanging out with some friends for once!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Results Are In!

The first round of nursing exams are over with, and I passed them all! Yay!! I am really happy!

But now I have to go and finish writing a paper... joy.

Toodles!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bad week, but it's almost over...

This week has been one of the most stressful that I have had in a LOOOONG time. I had a massive exam yesterday and had a midterm today.

Yesterday's exam went better than I anticipated, and I got a 90% on it. I am bummed that I didn't get higher considering I spent 4 days studying for it, but I know I made a couple stupid mistakes (marking C on the scantron instead of B). For the most part, I am really happy with that grade.

Today's midterm, however is another story all together. I spent so much time studying for yesterday's test that when I tried to study last night and this morning, my brain began leaking out of every open orifice in my body. My brain actively shut down. During my lab today, my teacher was asking me questions and before I could even process the simple questions she asked me, she looked at me and said "you're brain dead today, aren't you?" Keep in mind, she was not being mean. She could see the look on all of us and actually let us out early so we could have more than a 10 minute break to run across campus to the midterm.

I tried to go over the material before the exam, but it was pointless. I am not confident about this test and that worries me. If I do worse than a 54%, then there is no way that I can pass this class. Which means, that I won't pass the semester and I'll have to redo the whole semester in the fall. Our program states that if you do not get an average of 77% on just your tests, no other work matters, you do not pass the class, and you can't advance to the next set of classes without passing all of this set. And this class only has the midterm and final.

While I know that that's not the end of the world, it still is very disappointing. I'm not exactly in a good place today. But I'm trudging on and finished the paper that is due tomorrow, and now I can try to relax.

Please pray for me. I really need it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Ha!

So true... {shakes head}

Sunday, February 8, 2009

This Made Me Smile

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

This looks like my cat, Pepper. Evil stare and all!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Let the crazy begin!!

This week was rather uneventful except for labs.

We used the Sim Man and Sim Baby to hear various heartbeats, learning how to block out breath sounds, counting infant heart rates (damn! those are fast!!), and really getting a good understanding on how the human heart actually works.

I really have the utmost respect for anyone who works intimately with the heart or anything to do with the heart. It is one of the most confusing parts of the body! My instructor is awesome and stayed after lab and went over the heart sounds one on one with me. I am still slightly fuzzy about the S1/S2 thing... but I'm working on it.

I also got to put in an NG tube! Ok, it wasn't in a person, it was in the mannequin, but it was interesting! It was really hard to get the NG tube through the nares and into the back of the throat, but I'm assuming that it's not that difficult in a real person!

Next up? Urinary catheters. Eek!!

These next upcoming weeks are going to be a handful, especially this week. I've got 1 exam, 1 midterm, a paper due, skills tests, and a portfolio due on top of the usual weekly homework.

Ugh.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

(insert angry face here)

Why oh why do you hate me? I need you. You keep changing everything when I don't want it to change! Then you don't change it when I need you to! I'm not sure how much longer I can deal with this. I am beginning to resent you and I don't need that in my life right now.

I am through with you, Power Point. You are an infuriating application and make my work 10 times more annoying than it already is.

A pox on thee!

No wait! If you have a pox, then my PC will in turn have the herpes virus... That would not be good...

Oh yeah, nevermind... I have a Mac.

Screw you PowerPoint!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Just when I thought I was over one OCD...

Last semester, because of microbiology, I became so paranoid about cleanliness that I cleaned everything in my house with bleach on a weekly (and some items daily) basis! I finally calmed down about that to have a new OCD flare up today in the middle of class!

We were discussing the cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems. We talked about various problems and what causes them and the risk factors, etc... I started getting concerned when we talked about circulation in general. My feet are always cold, and I asked my teacher to explain the difference between someone with naturally cold feet, and the cold feel of someone who has a blockage in their, say, femoral artery. This was the exchange that ensued:
me - "my feet are always cold, how is that different?"
her - "well, if someone's feet are cold from a blockage, they will be cold year round unlike yours which, I'm sure, warm up in the summer."
me - "um, nope."
her - "really? I mean in July, your feet are cold to the touch?" (insert touch of sarcasm)
me - "actually, yeah they are... I wear socks year round and am always buried under a blanket."
her - "well, I'm talking about when you are outside in the summer, not inside in central air."
me - "me too."
her - "well, you may have a blockage in one of your arteries or have Renaud's Phenomenon."
me - "um, ok...." (shrinks into chair and has minor panic attack)

Later, I was convinced that I had a DVT and it was going to break off and become a pulmonary embolism. (insert 2nd panic attack here)

At one point I almost had myself convinced that I had CHF.

After lecture we had lab, to practice feeling pulses, hearing heart sounds, lung sounds, checking for edema, etc... I was petrified!!! I was sure they were not going to be able to get a pedal pulse on me and that would confirm my fear that I was dying!

Suffice it to say... I have a full and bounding pedal pulse, I have normal calf cramps not a DVT and since there was no sign stating otherwise, I do not have CHF. I am healthy as a horse! At least in my body... the mind is another story all together...