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Day 21 as Nursing Student


Traffic was somewhat bad today as there were a ton of crazy drivers and people who had no idea where they were going 80% of the time. Scrambled to finish my lab workbook for Assessment lab (still working on it even in lab during our video time). Unfortunately, I missed my retake (around 8ish am as they squeezed me in) for the NG tubing so I know I have to do it tomorrow (Friday) during my original scheduled time. The thing was I had scheduled a month ago that I was to work tomorrow (Friday) so the retake would have conflicted with work, but since it's been a crazy, hectic, exhausting week with logging in so many hours of traffic, driving distance/time, reading, studying, homework, and sleep deprivation, I just went ahead and canceled work for tomorrow. That way, I can retake my NG tubing skill and get that over with.

0905 - Made it to class; watched videos (which I didn't really pay attention to, so I made a note to go watch it sometime soon before exam)
1000 - Break into our clinical groups
1015 - Lecture started; did assessment on partner with heart/neck vessels and peripheral vascular and lymphatic systems; worked on assessment plan
1315 - Lab over; went to car to grab my lunch
1330 - Lunch with friends and classmates in student lounge
1445 - Lunch over; reviewed planner; chatted with friends and classmates
around 1520 - Somehow dozed off on the table...
1545 - Woke up! Felt better.
1555 - Pharmacology tutoring over the endocrine system (drugs!). It was really helpful.
1745 - Tutoring done
1805 - Finally left; went to computer lab
1850 - Left school; homeward-bound

Negative: It was somewhat upsetting that I'd forgotten my shorts. I was in a rush this morning and accidentally took them off (as I was planning to wear them under my scrubs), so I came to lab today without them. The thing is we need to be in our shorts and sports bra or camisole so that way we can practice doing physical assessments on each other... Anyway, these same shorts were to be used today for the gym as well, but since I'd forgotten them, couldn't work out today. It was disappointing to say the least as I wanted to burn away stress (and I also had all of my other gym stuff ready-to-go in my car!!). Grrrrr. Well, maybe next week I can pull together my sanity. I guess it's understandable because this week I've been completely sleep-deprived, overwhelmed, and feeling as if though I'm about to get sick. Here's hoping that I get or find more sleep this weekend...


Day 20.5 as Nursing Student


1830 - Arrived at F-- sisters' townhouse for study group session; brought spring rolls for P's birthday; chatted (most of the group left around 1930); got some studying done for anti-seizure medications
2100 - Homeward-bound


Day 20 as Nursing Student


0536 - Left home
0625 - Arrived at K-- Hospital; busy day taking care of my patient!
1235 - Post-conference
1342 - Left hospital
1415 - Arrived at school; lunch
1505 - Computer lab
1555 - Reviewed pharm exam
1605 - Pharmacology class
1805 - Class over; stayed over to help classmate with nursing care plan
1835 - Sandwich as a snack! It was a really good sandwich too (chicken salad with croissant bread).
1900 - Left school


Day 19 as Nursing Student


0739 - Left home
0837 - Arrived at school; enjoyed the weather outside in the umbrella-ed patio area before going to class
0900 - Concepts class: Lecture was over bowel and urinary elimination and activities of daily living. In other words, these are some of the very basic needs we should keep in mind when taking care of patients (other than food, water, medications, etc.).
1145 - Lunch with friends and classmates; studied for quiz for Assessment class
1345 - Headed over to Assessment class
1400 - Assessment: Yep, a quiz! Then lecture was over heart/neck vessels and the peripheral vascular system and lymphatic system
1619 - Class over; went to computer lab
1645 - Left school
1725 - Arrived at K-- Hospital to obtain patient information for my nursing care plan write-up
2035 - Finally left hospital

Been a long and exhausting day!


Day 18 as Nursing Student


0710 - Left home
0808 - Arrived at school; chatted with friends
0900 - Assessment lab: Watched videos
0955 - Break
1015 - Lecture
1115 - Break: Snacked on Chex Mix (haven't had that in a long time!)
1145 - Lecture; practice
1330 - Lab over; sushi for lunch (It was gross. Next time, no more sushi in those pre-made boxes. Yuck.)
1440 - Computer lab
1540 - Left lab; composed poetry
1610 - Practiced NG tubation skill at the Clinical Competencies Learning Lab
1645 - Left; went to car to get my gym stuff
1700 - Gym!
1705 - Workout!
1850 - Rested
1928 - Left school


Day 17 as Nursing Student

0607 - Left home; traffic was terrible; 2 wrecks; thought I'd never make it on time for clinical
0720 - Arrived at K-- Hospital; last one to arrive but glad that I was there on time. Orientation to the hospital; filled out a whole bunch of paperwork throughout the day; worked on eMar on computer (which took forever); toured the units in a scavenger hunt form; met some of the unit staff; practiced vital signs on machine
1245 - Lunch; post-conference
1323 - Left hospital; homeward-bound to get gas for my car!

My allergies are acting up today. It's always been extremely mild to nonexistent since I was a kid. Now for the past couple of days, I've been so groggy, drowsy, and sniffling. At several times, I couldn't even breathe. I'll blame it on the change of weather. Thank goodness for Benadryl.


Day 16 as Nursing Student


pre-0715 - Left home
0800 - Arrived at school; last minute studying with friends for Concepts exam
0900 - Concepts: Exam!
1030 - Break
1045 - Concepts: Lecture over communication
1200 - Lunch at the TNSA meeting catered by Escalante's; Hurst Review for NCLEX
1330 - Cramming with friends for Assessment quiz
1400 - Assessment: Quiz! Ick, think I did horribly, but at least I know I won't be failing the class (yet!). Lecture over thorax/lungs and breast/regional lymphatics.
1600 - Classes over for the day; went to computer lab to print off notes, check email, etc.
1700 - Left school


Day 15 as Nursing Student

0732 - Left home. Traffic was somewhat bad today because of a stalled vehicle in the middle lane on the highway. Second time this month already! Geez.
0832 - Arrived at school; went to locker; studied and waited for my turn for Assessment lab
1035 - Assessment lab: Check-off skill evaluation on vital signs. PASSED!
1055 - Check-off done! Had lunch at the student lounge; went to computer lab to check for class notes and announcements; checked email
1235 - Went to gym. It felt great going after so long!
1245 - Work out: 38 minutes of stretching and yoga; 22 minutes of running hills on the treadmill
1345 - Left gym; went to locker
1410 - Left school


Day 14.5 as Nursing Student

0924 - Left home
1100 - Arrived at school; went to nursing lab
1105 - Practiced vital signs and NG/enteral feeding tubing on patient/mannequin simulation; helped classmates with some of the processes in wound care, medication administration, and NG/feeding tubing; learned a lot from some of them too. I just feel like there is no consistency among faculty with what we're supposed to know and practice on. Plan to read the skills textbook.
1400 - Left nursing lab; went to Student Life to ask about a way I can join in with TWU group for the Komen race this Saturday. I think it's too late to switch groups or transfer since I registered for the race months ago. At any rate, I plan to find the TWU group this Saturday. Also asked about my uniform since it was missing from my package I picked up before school started. Guess I have to contact the TNSA folks to see.
1420 - Left school


Day 14 as Nursing Student

Pulled an almost-all-nighter. Slept a few hours; slept on my pharmacology textbook and notes...

9:21 am - Left home. Glad I could sleep in just a couple of more hours.
10:00 am - Arrived at school; went to locker
10:30 am - Went to nursing lab. Hyperventilating, pacing, trying not to scream. Everyone was trying to get me to breathe and calm down. Seriously, it's been one heck of a week's worth of exams and evaluations! I've never been so anxious like this in my entire life!
10:40 am - Concepts lab: Skill check-off evaluation for medication administration. PASSED!
11:00 am - I was confused as to which station I was supposed to go to next since everyone was going to their own stations out of order; also the faculty just grabbed anyone who was waiting. A little mix-up... Anyway, skill check-off evaluation for wound care. PASSED!
11:30 am - Skill check-off evaluation for NG tubing/enteral feeding tube. Have to redo this some time later. I was doing so well until I blanked out for the last half of the process as well as the questions asked. I was disappointed in myself, but I'm glad to know that there is a second try. Did I mention I was freaking out throughout all of this?
12:00 pm - Done with check-offs. Stayed over a bit to practice and solidify my skills in the NG/tube feeding with one of the lab assistants and my other classmates.
12:30 pm - Lunch; studied pharmacology with classmates and friends; checked my exam grade for Assessment (passed with a B! Thought I made a much higher grade...).
4:00 pm - Pharmacology: Exam! Don't think I did so well on this exam...
5:45 pm - Lecture over drugs and their reactions in the autonomic nervous system
6:40 pm - Class over! Chatted with friends; returned phone calls; enjoyed the sunset
7:25 pm - Homeward-bound; got gas for car