It is hard to believe that there is only 6 weeks left in this semester. Which means that our first year of nursing school will be completed. It has been an amazing experience full of emotions. I never dreamed I would learn so much in such a short time! I have completed clinical rotations at Emory and Northside. I am currently at CHOA and it is a wonderful hospital and my instructor is great chong qi zhang peng.
I had a great spring break, however, getting back in the swing of things is a little hard. Luckily, there are no exams scheduled this week or, spring break would not have been so relaxing. You honestly never get a real break from nursing school until you graduate from the program…. Wait…. Then you have the stress of your nursing career, however, it will be well worth it.
This week I began my pediatric rotation and really enjoyed it. The day mainly consisted of orientation of the hospital and the protocols of what you as a nursing student can and cannot do. Having been around healthy children most of my life, it was difficult seeing these sick children and I hope they all recover. I remember sitting in the cafeteria and seeing a family bring in their child who had cancer. The sadness just broke my heart. However, pediatric oncology patients have a higher survival rate than most cancers. The patient that I took care of for the day was full of life (6 months old) but unfortunately was ordered palliative care. Knowing that she is going to die so young is a sad realization. Nevertheless, nursing involves both life and death. You have to embrace each moment and make every moment worth it. It also makes you appreciate your health and the health of your loved ones.
Florence Nightingale, an amazing woman and also a nurse, once said:
“Nursing is an art;
and if it is to be made an art,
it requires as exclusive a devotion,
as hard a preparation,
as any painter’s or sculptor’s work;
for what is the having to do with
dead canvas or cold marble,
compared with having to do with the
living body – the temple of God’s spirit?
It is one of the Fine Arts;
I had almost said
the finest of the Fine Arts.”