Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One Crazy Week!

Let's back track...

My first clinical was interesting. We didn't get a patient yet, but we did take a tour of the unit (I'm in a basic Med-Surg unit) and learn how to use the computers, yadda yadda yadda... And let me just say, white pants at 530 am is NOT a good look for me.

This week though, we get patients! Woohoo!!

We finished moving today (thank Jebus!) and I absolutely crashed! I almost never take naps, but I passed out for 2 hours on the couch as soon as we got home. The cats are almost totally adjusted to the new place, the little one is still a bit freaked out, but only because this was his very first move... the fat one has moved several times, and she's used to it. They have so much more room to run and hide and the little one is encountering stairs for the first time!

Tomorrow is my last exam in foundations of clinicals until my final in May, and no more lecture for that class either!

I'm really dreading doing our first assessment/care plan this week! We are starting to do them now and the last one is the one that will be graded, so I understand why we are practicing, but still... a 15 page report after our very first patient?! We haven't even learned anything about lab reports and you want us to post the pts results, what that lab tests for and what the pts levels could signify?! Not to mention that that we need to list all the meds and what each is for even though we don't take pharm until next semester... ugh.

I never realized how much of nursing school is self study... silly me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Warp speed Mr. Sulu...

As the semester is starting to come to an end (finals in 6 weeks!), things are really picking up the pace! I have a test every week, at least once a week, from here on out. I am passing all my classes (although one is just barely...oops!), and I'm not terribly worried about finals. I'm sad to say that a couple girls have already failed at least one and possible two classes and are going to be behind by a semester, and that really stinks. They are wonderful girls, with a lot a smarts, but test taking just does not seem to be their forte...

I start my clinicals on Thursday at Ugly O'clock a.m. and I am super excited!

We went to our new apartment today to sign the lease, and we start moving tomorrow! I'm glad we've got a week to move, I do not have the time or the energy to move all in one day!

But I did get some bad news today, a good friend of ours' 4 y/o son has been diagnosed with cancer. I'm not sure what type yet. He had a lump on his nose and they biopsied it and it came back cancerous. It has metastasized to several locations and they are still figuring out the best course of treatment. It just breaks my heart... So please keep them in your thoughts.

Ok, I'm gonna get back to packing, watching The Prez speak, and going over patho notes... I love multitasking...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Worried...

So while I am doing fine in my actual nursing courses, I'm not doing well in Patho... In fact, I'm getting a D. I took another test today in patho and now I am very very worried. I need to pass this class! I don't understand why this is so hard for me! I had little to no problems in A&P, and only minor issues in Micro, but in patho, I'm lost. This test was a confusing one; diseases of the endocrine system and blood disorders, but still... I felt that I knew absolutely nothing when I looked at the test.

Now I'm heading in to take another test, one I feel a bit more confident on... sort of...

I cannot seem to keep information straight lately. There is so much and I'm doing the best that I know how, but in some cases it just is not working for me.

If you have any studying tips or ideas for me, please help!

The worst case scenario: I retake patho over the summer or in the fall. Which isn't a big deal, really.

I'm just ready to go home, crawl under the blankets and hide out until tomorrow.

Monday, March 9, 2009

NEAT!!!

We're finally getting to parts of the physical exam/assessment that I have never done before: bowel sounds! I thought it was going to be just "okay... another sound..." but I am absolutely fascinated with it! We listened to each other's bowel sounds, and then we used the SimMan to hear other sounds that most likely we don't have. And FYI, the bowel sound of diarrhea sounds exactly as diarrhea feels.

I've never palpated an abdomen before and it was slightly odd... As a woman, I try not to poke around at my female friends' stomachs, squishing around any wobbly bits. It just seems rude...

We percussed to measure liver sizes (mine is about 6.5 cm). I am really amazed at how much sound is actually produced by rapping one fingertip onto another finger! I'm getting pretty good at discerning the different tonal qualities and deciphering what organ I'm over.

But I learned a good lesson today; keep your nails short!!! I started percussing and my nail was slicing into my other finger! I wound up using the hammer because my nail was too long! oops!

The scratch test on the stomach to find the liver was just brutal because my partner and I are both insanely ticklish! We gave up after a while.

One more lesson I learned today: cats do not like having their ribs percussed. In fact, they bite when you try to do it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Time to gat back to reality...

Well, it's my last day of spring break. I'm actually happy to get back to school! I've felt so out of sorts this whole week. I have been so on edge for 2 months straight that I've forgotten how to relax! I know I needed this break though...

I start clinicals is 18 days! Yipee!!

I've got a rather busy two weeks ahead of me; a final exam, 3 more tests, homework, math workshops (on Saturdays, boo!) and my brother coming into town! I just hope I can find time to do everything I want without stretching myself too thin!

Well, I'm going to get back to enjoying my morning cup of coffee and listening to the first thunderstorm of the year!