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Just call me Nurse Rach!

What. is. up?! my blog peoples! Once again, I am a bold-faced liar. I didn’t update my blog a single time this past semester. Some things never change. I’ll spare you of the “please forgive me…blah, blah, blah…crap”.

Ok, listen up! I have a HUGE announcement to make: I GRADUATED FROM NURSING SCHOOL! Yes, you heard that right. I graduated! There you have it friends, graduating from nursing school is not a myth. Your day will eventually come, I promise! Now, let’s recap these last few months:

The semester was rather uneventful and boring. Lots and lots of busy work, 2 exams, and an exit HESI. Blah! I was placed on a trauma/surgical progressive care unit for my preceptorship. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but I think that my preceptor had something to do with that. She was super sweet, but our personalities were just so…different (to put it mildly). I learned a lot of “this is something I most definitely do not want to do and/or be in my personal nursing practice” type stuff. No experience is wasted…at least that is what I told myself going into that mess everyday. I did experience my first “OMG, I just walked in to find my patient…dead. WHAT DO I DO?! CODE, CODE, CODE!!!” That was terrifying to say the least.

Once my preceptorship was over, the rest of the semester was smooth sailing. Just busy work and exams. I killed my exit HESI, so that was awesome. I needed a 67 on my final exam to pass the class. Golden. The final came and went. Many celebratory margaritas were had. Me and best friends were happy. Unbelievably, stress-free, care-free—-happy. It was a wonderful feeling! Then there was pinning. Celebrating our accomplishments with our close friends, loved ones, and beloved professors who all shared in not only our joy and triumph, but pain and sorrow. I could do that day over 1,000 times. And finally…GRADUATION. I had been working toward that single event since I left home 6 years ago. It was the proudest day of my life.

Friends, nursing students, nursing student hopefuls—this is for you— Don’t give up. Whether you ended up at my blog because you’ve hopelessly googled something like “nursing school is too much” or you were searching for insight into the unknown, know this…You are smart, you are strong, and you can meet whatever challenge awaits you. Work for it. Live your dream, not everyone gets that opportunity.

-Rach

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P.S.— I’m going to address life after graduation (*cough, cough* NCLEX, etc.) in a separate post. Don’t worry…who could ever forget that?!

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GRADUATION, SAY WHAA?!

HOLY SHITBALLS, BATMAN.

First of all, I feel like I owe all of my ‘blog friends’ one GIGANTIC apology. I completely disappeared. In fact, for a short while, I’m not even sure I existed in human form. I just wondered around like a wisp and pretended to function. I’m certain every single individual who has attempted/survived nursing school has been in a similar state. Well, guess what peeps?! I CAN SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL! That’s right, bitches. It’s almost over! FOREVER. 

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I might just be a little excited.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin? I haven’t written a post since the end of my very first semester. Wow, how time flies! I have learned so, so much. And I still think that nursing is *totally awesome 90’s kid voice* by far the most awesomest profession, eva! So, let me just give you the down and dirty of everything between then and now. K?

My second semester (Med-surg 2 and Pharm BLAH) was very uneventful really. I just got 2 B’s (which was awesome, because that shat was HARD). I also got married in the middle of that semester. *AWE* Go ahead, it really was sweet. I settled into my teching position pretty quickly and spent the summer working and being married and junk.

My third semester (Peds/OB, Psych, Nursing Research) was also pretty uneventful. Except for psych. Which, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed, but I could never, ever, ever do that full time. EVER. My Psych professor was AH-MAZ-ZA-ZING. We became instant friends, and she continues to be a great asset to me as I grow and mature in the academics of the nursing profession. I’ve also never seen anyone who was so amazing at their job. Homie was seriously designed to be a psych nurse. Anywho, Nursing Research was the most ridiculous class I’ve taken thus far and the teacher was a total bi-yatch. Good news? I made it through. Shout out to my peds prof too! She’s still got my back, even though we discovered and (thankfully) she totally embraced my complete awkwardness toward kids. EWW. I finished that semester with straight A’s. BOSS LEVEL! We also had to take the HESI this semester. I was in the top 5 highest scores. HELLZ YEAH!

My fourth semester (Med-surg 3, Public Health, Leadership) is the semester I just completed in the Spring. HOT DAMN. Seriously, guys…I’ve never worked my ass off as much as I did this semester. And the worst part? I had a C in Med-surg right up until the very end, but thankfully I was able to get it up to a B! I have never been so stressed out in my life. The professor (who also happened to be my clinical instructor, awesome. *sarcasm*) was, well…I’m pretty sure she was Satan himself. GRRR, just writing this get my BP up. You know what? Let’s just leave this topic alone. I can’t be nice. Public health was a total joke, but leadership? BAHAHAHA. Waste of brain power right there. Again, jumping through the hoops.

Over the summer, I had the chance to play nurse, basically. I was chosen out of hundreds of applicants for one of 45 spots in a summer internship program at the hospital that I tech in. It was by far the most amazing experience in my student nurse career. If you have the opportunity for an intern/externship of any kind, DO NOT PASS IT UP! I learned so much more in one summer than I have in every clinical combined in nursing school. It was insane in the membrane, friends. I loved it!

ANDDDDD HERE WE ARE.

You are now all caught up! In just 11 short days I will attend my very last first day of undergrad, EVER! I GRADUATE IN DEC! *laser beams, disco ball, confetti* After 6 years, folks…it is FINALLY going to happen. I’m still in shock, really. And, if you’ve made it this far in this post, you’re awesome. Because this is ridiculous. I’m going to try my hardest to update much, much more regularly.

-Rach

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Wait, What?!

HOLY CRAP.

Here we are…it’s FALL BREAK. That means my very first semester of nursing school is almost complete. I only have 8 weeks of classes left and then finals week. 8 WEEKS. I’m still amazed that everything seems to be flying by so, so fast!

Let’s catch up, shall we? I just finished my 6th clinical day yesterday and, I must say, it is most definitely my favorite day of the week! So much so, that I still haven’t gotten a full night’s rest on a Tuesday since the semester began! I have dc’d a Foley, attempted an IV (She was a really, REALLY hard stick! Everyone had taken a shot to no avail!), hung several maintenance fluids, pushed Toradol, hung a couple piggybacks (ampicillin and vanc), given lots of po meds, administered a sub q injection, helped anchor some Foley’s, and written a boat load of paperwork. EVERY SINGLE SECOND has been FANTASTIC. I’m just as in love with nursing school as I thought I would be! 😀 I hope that everyone else is having just as much fun! The lecture (Med-Surg) that goes along with clinical is rather informative and enjoyable. The first test went well, I got an A! As for Patho and Health Assessment…not so enjoyable. I can’t say they are horrible, and they are informative, but I’m a hands-on learner. It’s just what I would prefer. My first Patho/Health Assessment exams went well also, I walked away with 2 more A’s. Barely. 😛 Oh, and the math test went well, too! I got an A on it as well.

I spend so much time studying, and that definitely isn’t going to change. However, I have slacked off a bit this week just to give myself a break. After Fall break, I have a paper due and 1 exam a week for the next 3 weeks. So, I felt like to avoid burn-out, I just needed to chill with the studying. What kind of days are you guys putting in? I’m sure they are just a crazy!

Sorry for such a short post, after such a long time away, but I FINALLY have home internet access again so the posting will pick back up! (Note to self: don’t ever wait until after classes have started to activate your internet service in a college town. 3 and 1/2 weeks is far too long to be disconnected from the inter web! LOL) Thanks for those of you who are hanging in with me! I’m off to the rink for some far overdue ice time! 😀 😀

-Rach

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Slow Your Roll, Nursing School!

Oh. My. WOW.

This week has been unbelievably insane. I don’t know how any single human being who works any kind of job or has children/a family to care for makes it through nursing school alive. I haven’t even had time to breathe! THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST WEEK!

So, you might be able to tell, I’m a little stressed out. Ok, more like A LOT stressed out! I have my first exam next week and it’s a dosage calculation exam. We have to pass it with a grade of 80% or higher. If we fail to do so, we cannot pass meds in the clinical setting until we achieve that 80%. If you aren’t successful after 3 tries, you’re out.

Now, I’m not horrible at the math, but I’m not completely comfortable with it either. We just learned IV drip rates on Wednesday. Last semester’s dosage calculation test contained no IV stuff. I made a 100% on that one! I’d love to have a repeat this time around, because that would give my grade a nice boost for the semester. I guess I’ll be spending my weekend working out 23489074579 med math problems! 😛

I also have TONS of reading. I already expected that, so no shock there. I just need to suck it up, and get into the habit of doing it. I really dislike reading. 😐 Anywho, everything else went really well this week! So far, I’m having a blast! I hope all of you are, too!

I think I have decided to quit looking for a job. And those who are pressuring me, *COUGH* mom and dad, can just suck it. I honestly don’t think I could do it. I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything finished now, let alone work a job! I also realized this week, that there is absolutely no way I could have continued to commute the 1 hour and 15 minutes that I have in previous semesters. It’s just such a waste of time that I could be using in other ways. (Like…sleeping, eating, bathing, studying, reading, and did I mention sleeping?!) Thank God that everything has work out in the way that it has! Now, if the 1st could just get here so that I could move! (And turn 22! :D) This first week of driving has worn. me. out!

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic week! Please, please let me know how things went for you guys! I’m sorry I didn’t post sooner, but as you can see, all hell as broken loose! Enjoy your weekend! I’ve got some fun things going on for a change! 😀 One last hoorah with my fiancé (that I REALLY don’t have time for!) before I give up my social life completely!

-Rach

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Meltdown Mode.

I’d started to head in to meltdown mode. My financial aid is all screwed up and of course not in a way as to be beneficial for me. The money I was counting on to pay my rent isn’t coming. I thought I had run out of options, but then I thought about a private student loan. CRISIS AVERTED! I was pre-approved by my loaning institution for the amount that I need. Now, I just have to wait for the school to ‘certify’ the loan. Well, that news lead to me freaking out that they would find some reason to deny my loan. In the midst of my panic, I emailed financial aid and explained my situation. The reply I received brought with it some relief. Apparently, they only certify alternative loans once a week and then it will take a couple of weeks to get the money from my loaning institution. The email was so nonchalant. It sounds like it’s no big deal and that I will be approved with no questions. Fingers crossed that’s exactly what that means. BTW- Does anyone else have this much trouble with FinAid? I swear, if it’s not one thing with them, it’s another!

I actually started working on my reading assignments yesterday. WOW. I have forgotten how hard it is to get back into the swing of sitting down and reading for a couple of hours everyday. Slowly but surely, I’m getting into gear. It’s so hard to not just forget about school during my last 2 weeks of freedom! By the way, let’s see where the official countdown is *Flips to Dashboard*: 1 week and 4 days. Hopefully, during this 1 week and 4 days, I can start organizing for the move, finish up the reading, get my shoes in, pick up my uniform, and actually start the moving process. ARG. When I write it all out, it looks more overwhelming than when I just think about it. 😐

I hope that everyone has had/is having a great Hump Day! Only 2 days until the weekend!

-Rach

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Seriously Slacking.

I know, I know, I know! I made a promise that my regular posting schedule would resume. I didn’t lie, I swear! I just didn’t plan for the unexpected! I’ve had some hardcore, disturbing family drama going on and I’ve been distracted. I don’t want to bore you my family skeletons, besides, who wants to listen to someone else’s problems? On to good stuff!

As I last posted, I was approved for my apartment! Just wanted to let you all know it is 100% official now! I put down the deposit last Thursday! Hopefully, they will call me by the end of the week to let me know it’s ready for move-in! I don’t mean to rehash old blog topics, but I’m just super excited about this! 😛

In the midst of my excitement, I’ve been doing some major apartment shopping. As bad as I hate to admit this, I love to spend money! In my defense, who doesn’t?! Here are my latest purchases…

I don’t exactly know why, but I was dying to have this for my bathroom!

I have also been dying to get a new desk for about 2 years now. This is what I settled on. Target Special! 😉

I’ll let you know if I have any recommendations for these items after I’ve actually been able to use them for a while. Fingers crossed that they all fit in my little crayon box of an apartment! 😀 My almost mother-in-law is also giving me the cutest little kitchen table! Ok…shew, enough about that!

While I was out and about apartment shopping, I stopped by The Walking Company and ordered a pair of Dansko Professional shoes for clinicals. Anyone else ever heard of them? I hate having sore, achy feet. These are supposed to prevent that once your arches become accustomed to the super support that they provide.

In my opinion, they are by no means ‘attractive’ (at least not in plain white leather, BLAH). Everyone I know who owns a pair swears by them. I hope I’m not disappointed! My wallet took a major hit for these to be a flop. I also see quite a few of them running around the hospital, so that has to be a good sign.  I’ll try and review these too once I get to test them out. 😉 Hopefully, they will arrive by the end of the week! My uniforms also came in today, but I haven’t decided when/if I’m going to make the drive to pick them up. (A friend of mine offered to get them for me. Maybe I’ll just let him do that!)

I hope that everyone is having a great week and again, I’m sorry for the lack of posting! I have big plans to study and read this week, so prayers for motivation would be greatly appreciated! I would be glad to return the favor!

-Rach

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The Mad Dash!

I’m in a predicament. School starts in 2 weeks and 6 days and I have no place to live. I currently live about an 1 hour and 15 minutes (give or take a few) from the University. Last semester I drove that twice a week. It SUCKED. All I could think about was what I could have been doing with the time that I spent driving. (Those thoughts usually involved using that extra time to sleep. LOL) Now that I have my financial situation straightened out, I finally have a budget. I spent the day look for an apartment. BLAH. I didn’t have a whole lot of luck. I do have two promising leads, and actually put in an application at one. *Fingers Crossed* I REALLY need something to workout! Do any of you all live on campus? Or in an apartment? Just curious…

Like I said, the countdown is at 2 weeks and 6 days. WOOHOO! Not much time left! (…That reminds me…I really need to get started on that reading! :|) I’m starting to grow sad that Summer is coming to an end. I’m really going to miss all of the time that I’ve gotten to spend with my fiancé. I know it’s going to be rough trying to get back on to a school schedule.

I’d also like to apologize about my lack of posting. I spent the weekend dealing with family drama and chillin’ on a ‘mini-vacay’ with the boy. It’s really no excuse. I know. 😦 But rest assured, regular posting will resume!

I hope everyone got a great start to the week!

-Rach

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Reading, Reading, and More Reading.

The wait is over. All but one of my books came in the mail today. (Thank you, Chegg!) HOLY CRAP. They are HUGE. Man, this semester already feels like it’s going to be rough. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited, but I’m starting to feel a little uneasy. 😐

Here is an updated picture of my massive book mound:

Bye, bye social life!

I also got a really nice gift from Chegg. They sent me a really cool set of CDs that provide visual reference for an entire full body assessment. SWEET! I’m a visual leaner, so that was a very nice and welcomed surprise!

On another note, it’s Hump Day! I hope everyone is having a good week! I’m going to dive into a little bit of this reading. I really need to get back into the swing of this school business. LOL

-Rach

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SLOW, Nursing Books at Play!

I added the new page, School Schedule, to the blog thanks to some inspiration from Gertie. I’m not a creative individual by any stretch of the imagination, so I do a lot of studying and research to spark ideas for the blog. I really enjoy all of the comments I’ve been getting. They definitely help get the creative juices flowing!

3 weeks and 5 days left in the countdown and things are slowing down, for now anyway. I have everything ordered, paid for, picked up, and sorted out for the upcoming semester. I think. HAHA Now, I’m just waiting around for my books to show up in the mail so that I can get started on all that wonderful reading I need to do. I ended up spending about $357 dollars on books. That’s about $150 more than I originally thought. Stupid Patho book.

Here are the books I have so far:

I have 4 more on the way! All of this for 3 classes. Just 3.

I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m starving, so I’m going to make like a baby and get out of the mother! 😀

-Rach

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It’s Official!

(Wow. Check out those uniforms!)

At least I feel like it’s officially, official! LOL It’s been a very productive day today in the world of preparing for nursing school. The uniforms are ordered and paid for, I’ll be ordering my books after this post, and I picked up my spiffy new name tag! After a day full of discussion about nursing school, reality has finally hit me. I’m going to nursing school! This is really happening! I’m just…elated! I’m so ready for the semester to get here already!

Plans were successful as far as hanging out with my friends goes. I’m so glad that my two closest friends in the program are the people that they are! It’s so refreshing to have friends who actually focus on their studies, carry on intelligent conversations, and over all have fun attitudes about life. It’s nice to know that you’ve got someone by your side who actually cares. 🙂 After sizing and ordering our uniforms today, we went out to eat. Good times were had by all, and I was sad to leave. At least there isn’t much time left until we are reunited full-time!

At this point in the countdown, which is 4 weeks exactly, my excitement outweighs my fear. That’s great, but there is still plenty of time for that to change! How are your countdowns going? Are you all feeling pretty confident? I hope no one is stressing too much already! I’m going to try to really enjoy this week and weekend, but next week I’m going to seriously try hard to hit the books and start refreshing that ol’ memory of mine ! 😀

I hope everyone has kicked this week off right!

 

-Rach

 

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