Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time Marches On

I intended to update the blog religiously during my holiday break, and by religiously I mean at least three times a week. Everyday seemed to slip by in the blink of an eye and now the end of the year is near.
"Where did it go" you ask.
"I haven't a clue."
I took my last test for the semester on Dec. 14th. Noah had his tonsils and adenoids removed on the 16th which resulted in what I like to refer to as "The Great Puke Fest of 2010" lasting over five days. Oh and I forgot to mention we got a new puppy, Zeus, on the 17th.
Really though I bring this chaos on myself. I should have flat out vetoed the whole puppy decision. I truly believe that my husband has some sort of magical power over me, you know like the Walt Disney type. He asks sweetly, bats those beautiful dark eyelashes, and I turn into mush. It is sickening really. And now while he is at work I am stuck cleaning up puppy puddles, feeding this thing 3-4 times a day, and of course taking him outside a zillion times a day.....rain, sleet, or shine.
I really should be spending my time working on the Mental Health Learning Activity that was assigned for us to do over the break, the 6 hours of Community Service, or the Mental Heath Teaching Plan. But then again, I have 10 more days until I have to be at school.
Isn't it "Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow" ;) ha ha
Oh and on a positive note, I ended the semester with straight A's!
P.S. Today's photo is brought to you because I need to be reminded that my kids love this puppy so as frustrating as he can be...........He is staying. ;)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another one bites the dust......

Finished my last test this morning (dosage calculations) and I am happy to report that I made a 100%. We are required to make a 90% or above, if not we have to enroll in an additional math class the following semester. So if you think about it I just saved my family some money.

After hours upon hours of studying, I ended up getting A's on all of my finals. My hard work definitely paid off this semester as it looks like I will either have all "A's" or A's and one "B". No matter which way it ends up I am a very thankful girl. This semester was exponentially harder than last semester and I struggled in Theory and made a HORRIBLE grade on the first test (fluid and electrolytes). I spent the remainder of the semester trying to make a comeback.

Another semester bites the dust and I am that much closer to graduation. Only two more semesters left. I can't believe it! Thank you so much for your continued support and daily encouragement.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Finals have begun

Part of me is so thankful the semester is coming to a close because it was a tough one and the other part of me seems to be turning my head back and forth because I am not sure how it zoomed by so quickly.

I had my last clinical day on Monday and turned in my 30 page Care Plan/Health History. As soon as I handed that over to my instructor I felt a huge weight being lifted. I had 2 different Clinical instructors (both for 5wks each), went to two different hospitals, and worked on 3 different floors this semester and I must say that both settings had a lot to offer. While I didn't enjoy having to figure out the in's and out's of two totally different hospitals it did show me that hospital settings can be very different. One with a plethora of alcohol preps and one with a scant supply ;)

On Tuesday we had our first final which was in Role I. I made it out with an excellent grade of 96%. But to be fair the test was mostly over Communication/Ethics/Legal. The black and white type of questions come pretty easy for me, that is how my brain works. It is the actual Nursing Scenario questions that tend to trip me up. In those questions there are typically 2 or more "right" answers and you have to pick the "best" one.

Thursday ushered in the last exam of Nursing Theory I and while I didn't make a "bad" grade I really hoped I would have done a little better given that I put in loads of extra study time for this exam. All in all I should have a solid B on the exam but if they throw out 3 or more questions I should have an A ;) so my fingers are crossed. I know there are several others who are hoping that some of those questions get thrown out as well.

Only two more finals and then the dreaded Dosage Calculations test.

I am dreading that math test most of all, mainly because I hate being told I have to make a 90% on a test. That is a lot of pressure. I understand that being able to calculate proper dosages can mean the difference between life and death in some instances, this type of pressure sends my test anxiety through the roof.

Wish me luck ;)