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Nursing, Betches.

That’s right, guys. The sass is back in action. It’s 0330 on my night off—> real talk coming atcha.

So, a lot of shit has happened since my last post. Let’s catch up.

I took a new job! SAYYY WHAA?! No typo here. You are reading the blog of a new medicine ICU RN. Suck it, nurse recruitment. I still made it. (If you’re lost by that reference, I’m pretty sure I told you all about being forced into my current position. See that post here.) I start my new job in 2 weeks, right after I return from vacay. That was also not a typo. I finally got some vacation time! Here I come 2 patient load…all day, erryday. Oh, except for when they’re singled.

*Fist bumps self*

photo credit: someecard, google.com

 

Even though I’m obviously very excited about my new position…my heart is breaking to leave my nursey family. I was able to convince one of my work wives to come with me. So, that’s awesome. But…the closer it gets, the more anxious I get. What if these new people hate me? What if they think I’m dumb? What if I really do turn out to be the stereotypical nurse that my unit produces — according to the rest of the hospital, that is?! FREAKING OUT. Also, it kinda sucks to start allll over again. That means, working all the holidays, more weekend shifts, etc. Let’s stop talking about it. I took this job to get my sanity back. At least, that’s what I thought.

My “new nurse blues” have calmed down a bit. I still sleep a lot. Just a part of night shift, I guess. And, I  don’t find myself getting as angry with the residents. Bless their little hearts. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that come July, my frustration will return. Let’s all just hope that doesn’t happen. For my husband’s sake.

Let’s see, what else is new? Oh, yasss…I’m currently awaiting my acceptance (or denial?) letter for an acute care DNP program. I’m going to go with acceptance. Positivity is the key to life, right? Or some other kind of “Confucius say” shit. Whatevs. I’m supposed to find out sometime this week. Next week by the latest. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I seriously think I’m losing it. (Hello, Rach? Remember nursing school? You cried every.single.day. of second semester. Do you want a repeat? Did you really love having no free time for friends, family, and fun? Then go ahead. Go back to school, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya. Dammit, Taylor! Always there with your catchy lyrics.) Sorry, I had a moment there.

Internet, I hope life is treating you well. To the nursing students who follow my blog…hang in there! The semester is almost over! To those getting ready to graduate, stay strong. You can do it! Let me know what’s up by leaving a comment. I love to hear from you guys!

-Rach

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Top 3 Tips on Surviving Nursing School

If any of you have done any kind of research on how to survive nursing school, you know that there is more information than one human being can possibly process! Luckily for you, I’ve decided to make your life easier. Here are the top 3 tips that I believe (and use myself) will help you survive nursing school.

3. Go to class, be on time, and pay attention! 

– This one is a BIGGY! I went from a whole semester of disorganization, mid-level grades, and sheer panic to a whole semester of being a top-notch organizer, straight A student, and a goody two-shoes who ALWAYS knew what was going on! Don’t let the temptation of sleeping in overcome you. Wake up that extra 15 minutes early so that you know you’ll be on time. Then, when you are in class, put your cell phone away, don’t goof off with your buddies, and sit in the front row. Facebook can wait, you and your buddies can chat after class, and sitting in the front row diminishes your opportunity for distraction.  Your grades will thank you, I can almost guarantee it!

2. Keep up with your reading and study in a distraction-free environment! 


– As someone who would rather be hanged by her toe nails than read a book, this one is a challenge for me. However, I found that when I did read I retained the additional information I heard in lecture better. I was more familiar with the material and could focus on actually understanding the content. And no, I didn’t read every line of every page, every time. I did a lot of ‘skimming.’ Go over the bolded terms, and major points. Every little bit counts!

I also whole-heartedly believe that you need a 100% distraction-free environment when you study! Yes, that means, no music, no t.v., no computer, and no cell phone! Quit whining! When your brain can focus on that task at hand, you might be surprised how much you actually learn! Notice that ‘learn’ is stressed here…I’m talking about actual learning, not memorizing! In nursing, it’s all about critical thinking. You have to gain the knowledge and apply what you know to the many different situations you encounter. Learning is your friend. 🙂

1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP!

– Did I say that loud enough for you?! Let me say it again just to make sure. GET ENOUGH SLEEP! I know how tempting it is to put off studying until the night before. But please, just save yourself the heart ache! It is a known fact that the brain processes and stores information while you sleep. If you don’t give your brain enough time to do its job, how is it supposed to perform at its best level? Study a little bit of information everyday. Go over your notes after class. This gives your brain enough time to build up those ever-so-important connections and commit the information to your learning vault. I will admit, I do like to study for hours and hours. It just makes me feel more confidant in my abilities. I don’t really know why. When I write it out here it seems pretty silly, actually. LOL But my fiancé (who has a B.S. in Psychology) taught me one of the most important study techniques I have ever learned. It’s called, “Chunking.” Has anyone else heard of this? When you sit down to study for long periods of time, using the chunking technique will greatly improve your retention. I was amazed! Say you plan on studying 3 hours. After the first hour, take a 15-20 minute break. During this break do whatever you want to do, but don’t think about the material you are studying. Enjoy the break. Get on Facebook, make a phone call, play a game, whatever. Just do something to relax and rejuvenate your motivation. When the break is up, resume your studies. Continue this cycle until your 3 hours are finished. However, resorting back to the main topic of this point, don’t use this technique to pull an all-nighter and expect it to work! You have got to GET ENOUGH SLEEP!

There you have it! My top 3 tips on surviving nursing school! I hope that you all find them useful! If you decide to use any of them, I would love to know how well they worked for you!  Also, feel free to share any tips that you may have, too!

-Rach

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