Finals are over, hello Winterbreak!

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I am sorry for the late post but finals have concluded as of 12/20!!!!!!!!! Freedom!!!!!!!

ONE YEAR DOWN, halfway done, one more year to go until graduation!!! I will be starting with psych rotation for the first 8 weeks in my 3rd semester and then maternity the following . Crazies & babies!

Unfortunately, I start school again on 1/16/18 which also happens to be my birthday. Just wonderful right?

Just got back from spending Christmas in Las Vegas, it was my first Christmas away from my family! But my boyfriend and I had a wonderful time. Next is LA from 12/29-1/1! And then we take off for Hawaii 1/5-1/14!

Anyone else have holiday plans? Happy holidays and happy new year!

 

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1 final down, 2 more to go!

Ya girl just passed skills final!! There was a skills checklist with over 10 different skills and we had to flip over a random index card on the table to see which skill we were getting. It ranged from ECG strips, oxygenation, wound care, to  NG tube insertion, foley, ETC. The hardest one I did not want to do were ECG strips, oxygenation, or chest tubes. I knew oxygenation and chest tubes, but I wasn’t too savvy with it. I lucked out when I decided to choose the 2nd to the left index card and got ABDOMINAL WOUND DRESSING CHANGE WET TO MOIST!!!!!! I couldn’t believe it! I had to start from the top with hand hygiene and taking off the wound first then changing to fresh gloves. Measuring with cotton tips, packing with Kerlix and gauze. I was scared and so nervous, but I PASSSED.

Kaplan this Friday, then Pharm Final Monday and med-surg final Weds! THEN FREEDOM. Anticipating the days! Good luck with finals everyone!

December already?

Unbelievable- just finished my last lecture of the semester for Med-Surg!!!!! Exam #4 next week, followed by Kaplan test, then FINAL.

Still have 2 more lectures for pharm. Dreading it. So over it. Ready to finish strong!

Hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgivng with their loved ones. I cannot wait for Christmas!

Trying to finish strong..

Feels like I barely have enough time to update! Exams back to back, another one on Monday! Lately, I have been struggling to find the balance between school and work. Maybe I should not be working full time, things will definitely need to be re-evaluated once this semester is done and over-with!

Med-Surg Exam #3 Coming up…

Wow! I feel like I have been having crazy exams back to back every week for the past 3 weeks. This week has been a wild ride. The instructor finished the GI lecture and I am having another exam next week 😦

I am figuring how to balance my study time while also working almost a full time schedule. I have the notes typed up in word doc already, I am planning to space out the days next week and listen to the recordings and taking additional notes on the printed word docs. Listening to lectures and following along on notes has been my BEST study regimen so far. Setting up your environment is also important–at least for me. I simply CANNOT study at home, I will get lazy and find every excuse not to study. I like to go to the school library–preferably a state university since they have a nicer library setting with silent study floors, and they open late or 24 hours. My junior college’s library sucks and they close daily at 7pm, not ideal for someone who gets off work at 6pm.

Anyways I hope everyone is having a great weekend! HAPPY HOLLOWEEN!

15 Essential things to know before clinicals >IF< you want to be liked. Your move.

Great tips for nursing student newbies like myself on the clinical floor–just thought i’d share with my fellow nursing students!

The Magenta Emergency Nurse

15 Essential things to know before Clinicals, > IF < you want to be liked.
If you are a nursing student, I urge you to tear out this chapter and duct tape these hints to your forehead.  Unless you want to be hated in clinicals.  Your move.  Definitely post it on Instagram if you walk around with these duct taped to your forehead. Below you will find 15 important guidelines that will make you successful in clinicals.  My Student Nurse Helpful Hints (SNHH) are raw, and un-apologetically yours:
Student Nurse Helpful Hint #1
SNHH #1. When a nurse is charting during clinicals she is not silent because shes dying for you to interview her. She is CHARTING. Next time you’re writing your ethics paper that’s due in 20 minutes I want to break through your room and start asking you every question under the sun about why you chose nursing and…

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