Archive for November 29, 2012

Just an Update

We are almost done with our week back from Thanksgiving, then after this we only have 6 DAYS LEFT OF THE SEMESTER! It’s really crazy how quickly the semester is coming to an end. It seems as though we still have so much left to do in those 6 days of class. We had our clinical skills validations today, or I did, half of us will have them tomorrow. I had pretty easy ones: NG tube insertion and setting up a primary IV bag with new tubing. I think I did well, but I did make some mistakes. The good thing is, is that as long as you recognize your mistake and verbalize it you aren’t penalized. Thank goodness. I made a few dumb errors, like for example I popped the seal on the IV bag before I even opened the tubing. Dumb. I think I was just nervous-I never made that mistake when I was practicing. But, I did everything right on my NG tube insertion. I am thankful I had a couple of the easier skills to complete. Some of them are quite lengthy. I also had to calculate the number of drops per minute my IV needed to be set for. We had to do this on our Clinical exam and I totally blanked for the test. I don’t even think I got it right. But today I did! I miraculously remembered how to calculate drops per minute. Now I’m just hoping I picked the right answer on the exam. Didn’t have much room to miss questions on that thing…it was the hardest Clinical exam yet to me. Next week we just have one more stretch of clinical validations. I’m also nervous for this one because it is the bigger chunk of the grade. We will be meeting with our clinical instructors to evaluate a mannequin patient. Better start studying now I guess!

Time Flies When You’re Having…Tests

You know, usually around October 1st the semester begins to fly by, for me anyways. And then, around the middle of that month I start thinking, “where has time gone?!?!” Everything starts to whiz by before I really even have time to notice it was there, and all my tests and quizzes and assignments are all due at once and then it’s over and then…finals roll around and the semester is over. But not this time. This time, my first semester of nursing school seemed to drag on forever. And, I feel like I’m the only person who feels this way: everyone else said it was flying by. Now usually when something drags on and on, it’s because it isn’t enjoyable. But that’s the thing: nursing school IS enjoyable to me, very enjoyable, which is why I found it so strange that the first 2 months (plus 3 days of August) seemed to just stop. I still noticed that everything hit at one time: we went through this phase of having literally ALL of our tests one right after the other. It was terrible, but my classmates and I survived. I think that’s what made it go by so slowly, for me. The worst of it just didn’t seem like it wanted to go away: test after test, week after week, night of little sleep after night of little sleep. But now it’s November, and holy cow, I’m saying “where did time go??!” I can’t believe it’s already almost Thanksgiving. I haven’t even had time to get excited for it yet! I love Thanksgiving, so I’m not happy it has snuck up on me so fast, but I have a week to get prepped. And, my birthday is the day after. I am finally seeing the light at the end of the test tunnel vortex we were trapped in for so many weeks, and I think that’s why time has suddenly sped up. We have a paper due Friday and a test on Monday, but then we are home free (sorta) to go celebrate this wonderful holiday with our families, and then we only have 3 semesters of nursing school left. Eeek!!

A Nice Little Change in the Norm

So today, the nursing school welcomed a group of wonderful trauma experts to conduct a seminar about Trauma Informed Care. I think there was a bit of confusion at first as to what type of “trauma” this meant: some people were thinking gnarly wound trauma, others were expecting traumatic disorders, but this was about practically every type of trauma imaginable (except gnarly wounds). Today these professionals spoke to us about helping patients to properly cope with their trauma. It seems as though many people who work in clinics and other help settings don’t know the proper treatments for their patients. It seems a bit like common sense to me, but I guess, when things get heated quickly common sense isn’t the first to surface.
We heard many different types of presentations today: an overview of dealing with trauma, how to properly treat post traumatic patients, and a very special presentation from a man who suffered horrendous happenings and ineffectively dealt with his trauma for years. I always find the “true life” stories so intriguing. I also thought that this was a really interesting topic and would like to know more. I think all of the topics today are very applicable to nursing, since nursing is such an intimate occupation with people who are hurting in many types of ways. I’m very thankful that we were able to be a part of this seminar today; it was a reminder to me of how blessed I am that I was not exposed to anything so many people are, and have to go through such hurt.
I hope that during our time at nursing school brings more seminars on topics like this. Any additional insight and teaching is a great thing to have as we keep exploring for our passion. I really enjoyed today, I don’t know about anyone else. It just makes me thankful, for lots of things I guess.