Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nursing School Update

I've started to lose track of which week of nursing school it is, but it's getting close to the end of first semester now. My final exams will be on December 13th and 14th, and that's not very far away. Most of the tests and assignments are in, and there are only a few more major ones to go. I have two group projects, an interaction analysis, another integration lab... and then the final exams. Craziness.

The good news is that first semester is almost over; the bad news is that I'm getting disorganized now. I seem to have put in my best effort in the beginning, and like losing track of which week I'm in, the readings that I have fallen behind on are catching up to me.

What can I say now about the first semester of nursing school so far? Well, I like it. It's been very stressful, but the stress is good in the sense that the end result is worthwhile. I like the idea of becoming a nurse, and I like how so much of this semester has been focused on learning about how to communicate better and how to take ownership of my feelings when I talk. "When you (behaviour), I feel (emotion), and that (consequence of behaviour)."

It's also exciting to have learned how to change an occupied bed, give a bed bath, and how to take blood pressure. Admittedly, I'm not particularly good at doing these things yet since I need a lot more experience, but these are still skills which I think are pretty useful.

So, I'd say first semester is still a hit so far with me. Some students are thinking about dropping out, but that's not me. I'm still going strong. Of course, this is me talking during a nice, relaxing weekend. Perhaps if you ask me about what I think of nursing school during the week when I'm running on 6 hours or less of sleep, I'll be less inclined to give you a positive answer.

Have a great week!
My Nursing School Diary


maureencracknell said...

My husband finished nursing school two years ago. He is now an ICU RN and it was a lot of work (we still remember) but so worth it! Best wishes to you!

Hope you visit my way!
:)maureen said...

Thanks, Maureen! I'm happy to hear that it was worth it! Good luck to him as an ICU RN.

We are doing our group project on men in nursing and there are definitely a lot of positive reasons for why more men should go into nursing.