Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring 2011 2nd Semester Do Over Week Six

Captain's Log Stardate 201102.25
It is time for midterms and everyone is feeling the pressure.  I've had some many things due this week, my head is spinning.  Sometimes I think the professors at the Academy are just out to get us and drive us crazy.  I am glad I don't have to drive over to the hospital three days this month and I am off floor next week.  Things are going to be challenging the week of my ECG final and also my first exam in EBP but I am not to worried.  I do have a little anxiety about the upcoming exam on Monday.  This will be the second time I am taking it and I am not looking to fail it again.  Of course I am sick again but not as bad as last year.

Crewman Andrew was first to start coughing and Cadet Denyce and the Commander have followed.  Of course the Commander shared it with me and I have been working overtime to keep it minimal.  I feel pretty good but the throat and sniffles are getting pretty old. 

My workouts have become non-existant again!  Once my Tuesday evening class is successfully completed I look forward to having my life back and having time to relax and exercise.

The Commander's transition seems to be going well.  Had to deal with some very "strange" antics from his former partners [some people just do not have any good sense] but that has all come to an end.  I have just a few more things to complete before April 15th and I am officially done.  Glad I took care of paying myself last year.  Prayfully the money that was spoken for will not be touched by those who aren't supposed to touch it and all will fall into place.  So glad I can start completely concentrating on my school work and possible a health care position real soon.

I am not going to think too far ahead, once I have successfully passed this course then I will think about summer school.  If I am eligible I'll be able to catch up to my cohorts otherwise it will be a December Graduation in 2012. 

Clinicals is going well and I am glad that I'm working with nurses that like us and are willing to teach us.  My patients have been unique to say the least...I'm so glad I don't want to work with men on a regular basis but it has definitely been a learning experience.

Time to get back to the books.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring 2011 2nd Semester Do Over Week Five

Stardate 201102.19
Today is the Commander's 48th birthday.  We had a nice time at a little burger joint, Fuddrucker's, and he enjoyed his birthday brownie a la mode.  I will have to make sure I spend some time on the holodeck working off my chicken sandwich.

The week went pretty good.  Lost my keys in one of my bags...yes the stress is building, but was glad I didn't really lose them.  I feel like I am understanding my classes but it also seem fleeting.  Like its there but can mysterious vanish.  My goal was to review every day...those plans were dashed as I began to work on my Care Plan that is due on Sunday and my Case Study that I must present on Tuesday.  It didn't help that my group didn't get my the information I needed for our Thursday presentation until 3 days prior.  Nothing like flying by the seat of your pants.  This is why I hate group projects.  I know sometimes you have to work with people you would prefer not to but in this case when a grade is on the line and the individuals still do not seem to care you want to hurt someone.  Thankfully I was creative enough to make it work and the teacher was pleased.

My workouts are so uneventful.  I'm not putting on any weight but my mind is so consumed with upcoming exams I am not taking any additional weight off either.  I am eating healthier and by taking my lunch each week to the VA hospital I am saving money.  Gas is so expensive right now I don't have any extra to waste.

The crew is growing like weeds.  Ensign Andrew needs more uniforms in size 5!  What are we going to do when he does turn 5!!
Cadet Denyce's sense of style is going through a change as well.  She wanted to give away or throw away perfectly good clothes and could not offer a reason why.  We are trying to take it in stride.

Clinicals was much calmer this week.  Picked a patient with a heart condition so I could get some extra study time in.  Glad I only have to shuttle over there once with my craft next week.  IVs should be interesting  and then we start the off floor rotations.  I am ready, as well as ready to take two patients....of course I've handled three but I'm not putting that out there just yet.

Okay PADDs are calling my name and I better get to it.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spring 2011 2nd Semester Do Over Week Four

Stardate 201102.12

I know what exhaustion feels like and I am not looking forward to it, but I must hang in there until March 8th.  I have so much to do I feel like I don't know where to start.  Why do teachers feel the need to give busy work?  If they would just teach the class a lot of the stress and pressure we undergo would be alleviated. 

N300- survived another lecture.  Had office hours with him to make sure I'm organizing my thinking in the right way.  I still didn't feel settled about what he wants.  I don't understand the vibe I get from him......I guess we're just not going to have that kind of relationship.  I am loving, for the most part, the nursing staff at the VA.  They are so helpful and supportive.  I will strive to always do my best.  Picked my patient and was able to get home and start getting organized for Tues and Weds.

Unfortunately my patient left the building!  I had to pick a entirely new patient.  This was not how I wanted to start my week out with my professor.  The nurses made one suggestion and then changed it entirely.  My patient was off the floor most of  Tuesday but it allowed me the chance to help my classmates out on the floor.  I do love the TAs we have on Tues and Weds.  Having Kelsey and Sheridan last week and Lindsay this week have been awesome.  If anything I am getting out of this back tracking, its being around all these 5th semester students and gleaning as much as possible as I can from them.

I really felt like a stepchild once I got to ECG class.  I like to sit in the front and the place I sat in last week was occupied.  How quickly they forget about you.  I won't be sitting in the back though, it was a challenge to hear anything that was going on and I want to hear and really learn.  I am not taking my second chance for granted.  I was glad that I did some reading and I will make sure to practice since we don't have class next week.

Wednesday was a bit better.  My professor was adamant that I give an injection to my patient.   My patient did have to endure a bone biopsy, which my professor didn't quite understand why, she kept questioning me and I began to feel like I didn't understand something I thought I did.  Once she looked at my patient's record she then began to get a better understanding and realized she was drawing incorrect conclusions about my patient, possibly mixing in him up with another patient with similarities on the floor.  We didn't get out of post conference until 3:40!  I didn't get home until 4:15 which is always a constant concern on Tuesdays because I do not want to be late for  ECG class.  This too shall pass!!
My clinical group is so strange sometimes!  One of the students got upset and felt like the LVN was going overboard on her.  In my opinion the student just doesn't "Listen."  They are so quick to say, "Yea I know, or I got it," but they don't really listen.  Don't tell me you know, do it.  They do too much talking, I think I might only eat lunch with them once a week.  I can't stand self-profilers.  You are already in nursing school, time to stop tooting your horn and just learn.  I'm glad the group project is over....though I did mess up on the instructions a little, the professor did not hold it against us.  I don't want to work with individuals that prefer to sleep in instead of getting the job done and then when we do get together is at 3:30 in the afternoon on a Friday.  People who don't have lives or any since of true responsibility.  I have a ship and crew to run and things that could have been done earlier should have been.  Once I do my case study I look forward to not having to deal with others crazy schedules.  Except when it comes to my EBP class.  They are all meeting together after their Peds class....I wonder if any of them will remember to email me?  Of course I am supposed to be doing the presentation......this is going to be an interesting week.

Did horrible with exercise this week.  I at right and got my water in but exercise was a fiasco.  That time of the month left me more tires especially after the lack of sleep since Sunday.  I was glad to not have to meet with my group on  Thursday.  Many wanted to study for the Sat final and I was glad to save gas and hassle of trying to park and just stay home and study.

I was able to get 14 episodes of the Pirates of Dark Water recorded to DVD, no thanks to the Commander ruining a disc the day before by his touching and moving things from the way I had them.  I was furious and I had to just walk away from the project entirely.  I'll start moving more and more during spring break but it was great to get 8 hours freed up until then.

Almost all done with my bookkeeping job and will be able to just focus on my studies for a while.  I know the right externship and job are out there for me and I pray I'll be ready for them when the time comes.

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Spring 2011 2nd Semester Do Over Week Three

Stardate 20112.5

Time flies when you're having fun.  Am I having fun?  So much to do and I feel like I'm am always trying to catch up.  Began reading for my ECG class.  The information is not hard but there is a lot of information that must be learned.  Survived the Huge Class but I am so advanced for some of the stuff that we are doing.  Now if I can just convey that advancement on my exams!!  My clinical professor was the lecturer on Breast Cancer.  Not too much changed from her lecture last semester.

Me and my carpool buddy left at 5:45 am and we got to the hospital about 6:10 am.  No more being late for us.  I like being able to access the computers before anyone else arrives.  My patient this week had a Dx of Failure to Thrive.  It will be interesting to see what is all entailed in this diagnosis.  He has an ileostomy too so I'll be learning some new techniques on care and management.  I actually had a good two days with my patient.  Once I got him showered and refreshed, he was like a new person.  I believe once he starts eating and taking care of himself, his malnutrition should be behind him.

Last Thursday I had went and talked to Dr Robinson, I had seen Prof. Lischke that day too, and they both really made me feel so much better.  I know not passing was mostly my fault but it really gnaws at you when no one seems to feel for you or even understand what you are going through.  I'm getting better about dealing with my class mates but its a challenge.  I am a private person most of the time and this seems to be hanging out the window.  I must make sure to send Dr. Robinson a thank you note.  She made me feel like we were good friends sitting around having tea and catching up.  She is someone I would enjoy learning from on a regular basis.

Survived the EBP class, it was interesting to see the other groups presentations.  My clinical professor was the guest lecturer again.  It would be cool to go to NIH and be a part of a research group, but I don't think I can afford it.  It was kinda neat seeing my clinical professor 4 days in a row.  I think I am going to like her.

Trying to get my DVD recorder to work the way I want it to.  I'm running out of room on the DVR.  I've got the discs, now to find the time.

Our new church, Celebrate Church, will start on Sunday at 10:30 am.  It will be weird to sleep in on Sundays.  I'll try to get some studying in before church.  We will miss Pastor Jim and Frieda, but I know there is another plan for them where they will be blessed.  I know will be praying over the spiritual growth of my children and family.

Looking forward to my mom coming down in two weeks.  Steve needs a little break and it will be nice to spend time alone with him.

Did good with my exercises this, my weight is not going up.  The long Mon to Weds stretch though only leave me motivated to sleep.

All in all it was a great week and I look forward to more of the same.
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