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Just A Little Paranoid

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I was at the library earlier and I logged onto WordPress while I was doing some work. I ended up abruptly leaving the library and headed back to the science building.

I think I left that window open.


Anonymity comprimised? Probably not, but… doh.

Grades have been posted for the first Nursing 2 exam. Passed, but I should have done better. Oh well. I’ll study it better next time.


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June 29, 2009 at 17:33

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It took two long days, but I have finally finished my pharmacology paper.

Starting the paper, finding more articles for my paper, realizing that my articles would not help in the least, searching for articles again, helping classmates out on their articles, taking a zillion breaks, listening to loads of MJ, plenty of “hey, can you go over what I have here and see if it sounds right?”, DD runs, trips outside to scream out my frustrations, cursing PP under my breath, etc. etc.

Is it the best? Meh… it’ll do. I’m actually a little concerned that I wrote too much. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

I hope PP doesn’t hold it against me.

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June 29, 2009 at 00:24

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They’ve Got My Number…

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The pharmacology grades have been posted. Not online, as usual… thanks to some “computer glitch.” The grades were instead posted on the board outside of the Nursing Office.

Majority of the class passed, and thankfully I was one of them. A handful didn’t, and it sucks.

Why? Because of how the grades are weighed. Each exam is worth 30% of your final grade, and the drug paper is worth 10%. I completely forgot about this, but was reminded by a few classmates. Now people are going into numbers mode and it is of course leading to major freakouts. Me? I’m doing my best not to get to that point. There is still the paper, and the final. There is a whole week to study for that final and own it. I have the rest of this week to write the paper and own it.

Gotta think positive. It’s the only way to make it.

The second round of clinicals began today, and I love it. My clinical instructor is awesome and is the perfect example of what teaching should be. My group is working on a medical surgical unit and on the first day we split up into groups and used some of the skills we learned in Nursing 1.

My partner and I were given a patient who was recently admitted to the hospital. Our goal with our patient was to do a head to toe assessment and give a bed bath.

Easier said than done. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 24, 2009 at 20:00

NCLEX Practice Question of the Week

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Here is the weekly question posted on the NCSBN Learning Extension:

Prior to administration of Alteplase (TPA) to a client admitted with a diagnosis of cerebral vascular accient (CVA), which serum lab value should a nurse check?

  1. Arterial blood gasses and complete blood count
  2. Potassium and magnesium
  3. Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine
  4. Prothrombin time and partial Prothrombin time

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June 23, 2009 at 23:00

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Where To Begin?

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pharm study

I just don’t know.

Today was the second pharmacology exam. Fifty questions, with some extra credit thrown in for good measure.

I really don’t know what to say.

Last week, PP told the class what chapters would be covered on the test. This section covered sixteen chapters, but the emphasis would be on four of them, along with the prototype drugs. The reasoning behind this was that the drugs covered in the those four chapters are frequently seen in the clinical setting. The remaining chapters we just had to know general concepts.

Sounds good, right?

The class for the most part studied and studied those four chapters. Learned the prototype drugs forwards and backwards. As for the general concepts, those chapters were just passing glances… maybe a once over on the notes.

Then came that exam. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 23, 2009 at 20:10

Quick Hello

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Just wanted to write something during the class break. Currently watching videos for my Nursing 2 class and then going to the lab to learn the skills we need to be certified in this week.

Second pharmacology exam is this afternoon and everyone is FREAKED OUT. PP was kind enough to let us know what the majority of the test would be on, and I studied just that. The other 7-8 chapters? Educated guessing, my friend.

I might do some more studying during the lunch break, but I doubt it. I know what I know… and I should just go with it.

UPDATE (10:07) – What is up with all these breaks? Talk talk talk talk talk…. okay, let’s take a five minute break. How about a fifteen minute break so I can run to DD and get a coffee? Can’t believe it’s just past 10… I have been here for over two hours and it doesn’t feel like it (although it did feel like a lifetime when we had to watch those videos).

Definitely liking this class.

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June 23, 2009 at 09:06

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“But First… Let’s Look at the Numbers”

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(love love love Kai Ryssdal)

Number of finals taken: 1

Number of nursing classes completed: 1 (YES!!)

Cups of coffee consumed: 1

Number of meals consumed: 0 (soon to be 1)

Number of times I listened to The Clarks new album: 3

Time spent in the library: 6 hours 17 minutes

Time spent studying in the library: ~5 minutes

Number of turtles seen crossing the street: 2

Non-productiveness never felt so good. Today was the final for my Intro Nursing 1 class. I have been studying for days for this test, to the point where I hit information overload. I got back last night from the library on the verge of tears because I was afraid I was going to screw up. SO had to once again reassure me that I was ready for this test.

Oh, how did I do? Well… Read the rest of this entry »

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June 18, 2009 at 19:26