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A Quick Word on Med-Surg 1

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I think it’s a lot more about making good guesses than studying everything.

After the last month of doing hardly anything, going back to the old structure of learning proved to be difficult. My head is so not into it right now, and I find that I have to push myself to study. Our first test was on Musculoskeletal and Immune systems. I flew through the MS stuff, but I started to lose focus with the immune system. It was just so many numbers to remember and drugs and which tests to watch for… I finally said screw it. I walked into that test knowing the answers to less than half of them, and guessing on all the rest.

Woohoo! Passed!

The second exam, which covered Cardiovascular and GI, was more of the same- forcing myself to study only to give up the weekend before the test. Answered what I definitely knew… guessed on all the rest.

Woohoo! Pass #2!

This does not mean I will the very same for exam three. I got out of clinical extra early today, so perhaps it would be a good idea to knock out the first half of the info for the test. Everyone else in my clinical group seems to do that- keep their notes under the patient’s chart and study study study.


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October 6, 2009 at 13:16

My Diagnosis

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Stress related to insanity of ABSN program as evidenced by crying, muttering to nobody in particular, and a general “gloom and doom” disposition.

Not exactly NANDA appropriate, but that is how I’ve been the last few weeks.

Compared to my other classes, these last few weeks have been a breeze. Classes later in the day, no clinicals, no real studying, weekends free. As easy going as it was, this week alone has truly started to freak me out.

Me. The one who gave the presentation on how we shouldn’t stress or we’ll end up burning out. I did well on the presentation, by the way. For throwing something together rather quickly, I think it was one of the more enjoyable presentations given.

The paper, same thing- very quickly thrown together… but I have no idea how I did on it.

The exam. Oh, that exam. Yes, I’ve written on here how I thought I failed a test. But this time I am pretty darn sure that I did bad on it. And I’m not the only one… everyone I talked to when I left that classroom felt the same exact way. That test was completely out of the blue, and I hope they curve that sucker.

This was for our Nursing Concepts class. The professors teaching it were nice and all… but they didn’t teach Sure, they kinda covered the first eight chapters, but it wasn’t teaching. We discussed for the most part. The chapters after that were done by everyone in the class, and that was it. There was no input after each presentation by the professor to supplement what was presented. It was just present… any questions? Next chapter.

There was no guidance whatsoever… and I hope they aren’t shocked to see that we didn’t do as great as they thought we should.

Moving on… nothing I can do about that class now.

I have my Health Assessment Practicum tomorrow. I’m a litle concerned about it because I have to do a head-to-toe assessment and make sure I hit all the necessary tests. Not to mention what I’m doing as I’m doing it and to explain why each part of the assessment is important. My partner and I have been working on it, but we never able to completely go through a full assessment. Right now I’m going through Youtube videos to help me how I should plan it out.

Deep breath.

I can’t wait until Med-Surg now.

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September 16, 2009 at 16:17

Apparently B and I are BFF

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Passing is what’s important, yeah yeah… but that elusive A. You would think this far in I would have figured out my preferred study method.

Nope. Haven’t got one. I can study and do well, I can study and do poorly. Same with not studying. So does that mean I already know this stuff? Or am I just good at taking multiple guess tests?

Really, this doesn’t bother me. I’m passing. Just right now I have some free time and the retake which I thought I aced, I didn’t. One wrong… again.

Just started Nursing Concepts, which so far seems interesting. Mostly discussion, which I like, but we’re being graded more heavily for participating… which can be difficult in my group. So hard to get a chance to speak when the same two or three people always need to comment. There’s a written assignment and we have to give a presentation to the class. And lucky me… I’m one of the first people going. Luckily I got a good topic, should have it done by the end of the week.

Off to do some non-school related things. See… it’s possible to have a life in an accelerated program!

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September 1, 2009 at 18:17


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Here is the run down of how Pediatrics went:

Thought for sure that I failed the first exam. Surprisingly, I passed.

I had a sinking feeling that I failed the second exam. Once again, I passed. And pretty decently, I might add.

Third exam I actually studied. Really studied. It was my mission to do well. One of the highest scores in the class.

Final, which was the day after the third exam, I didn’t bother studying and didn’t give a rats ass if I failed. Pass.

Someone please explain to me the logic in teaching a class in two weeks? Oh, that’s right… I’m in an accelerated program, so there’s no such thing as logic! How silly of me to think something in these 12 months would actually make sense.

But I passed Maternity and Pediatrics. On to the fall semester!

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August 24, 2009 at 17:22


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99% on the re-take!

The only one I got wrong? Something really easy, actually.

t.i.d = three times a day

What did I write down? Twice a day. Which is b.i.d.

Silly, ST.

Sitting in the library right now with some classmates. Copying the required readings for our Nursing 2 final… which is Friday. Plenty of time to prepare, and get ready for the next class.

Yaaaay…. passed! Time to run.

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July 14, 2009 at 10:05

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“Just Breathe…”

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Three classes down already. So crazy.

Before I can even think about my next class (Maternity-Pediatrics) I need to pass the medical calculations test.

I already failed one. This is my last chance. I don’t know what to do now. I’ve done practice questions. And some more. And some more. For the most part I get it, but then I get the string of stupid mistakes and of course the insecurities set in and my mind starts reeling and thinking about a plan B. I’ve been on the brink of tears a handful of times, and indulged in vices I keep swearing to give up.

Please… whoever is out there… help me get through this.

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July 13, 2009 at 22:23

A Slight Spring In My Step

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Okay, now that I got that out of my system… let’s continue.

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July 7, 2009 at 20:05

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