I’m Surviving

Yes, I am exaggerating- but based on my limited experience I am surviving.  This past week I’ve been sleeping about 3-4 hours a day.  I have Adult Health & apparently this is the class that many other people have failed.  I didn’t pass my first quiz, but I did pass my first text as well as my second quiz.

I am feeling rather disappointed in myself due to my barely passing grades.  I’ve been getting grades between 80%-86%.  Now, if you read my previous, post a low C in Nursing school is a 77% or something like that.  So as you can see, I am barely passing.  I have below average grades.  It is definitely stressful especially when considering the fact that I used to be an A & B student.

Those days are over.  However, based on my lack of income I cant afford to quit my job, (technically I can, but I dont want to strain my parents) and I need to start saving up for next year.  I profoundly refuse to get another loan for school.  Its terrible how much in debt I am right now.  When I think about it I just want to roll in to a ball and flow away with the wind.

Anyhow, I find myself writing about my experiences and then I save them as drafts…which sort of defies the purpose of having this blog.

I am in my second semester of Nursing school (JR 2- Med-Surge) and I love it.



The way I see it

Clinical Day

Today was my second day at the hospital and it has already been a quite a trip =) We are working with Long Term Care patients (LTC).  These patients are either passing by and could be staying at the hospital for a couple years, months, weeks possibly days or they are permanent residents.

Each student gets assigned a patient and then the student (me) is suppose to assess them and create a care plan. Personally for me it has been hard talking to my patient due to his pain and his schedule.  However, I truly have enjoyed my experience at the hospital.  Ive seen many things that I never even imagined.  I was surprised to see patient that were 100% reliant on nurses.  I truly find joy when I am helping these residents with their needs.  I have done medications (with an RN & instructor at site),  wound dressings, showers, baths, brushing teeth, shaving and probably more but I cant think of any  more at the moment.

My first day on the floor I felt like I was being thrown into a den of lions.  I had no idea where to begin.  Its funny because you spent all this time practicing with your partner pretending to be the patient and when you’re down with the “nitty gritty” you freeze and freak out internally.  That freaking out phase happened for about 3 minutes and it was only on my first day.

Today I still felt a bit lost but not completely out of the loop.

I can only imagine it gets better