My thoughts on Nursing School so far:
Oh, I study a lot!
Things I've learned about Nursing School so far:
the grading system is whack!
recording your lectures helps.
colored pens make taking notes more fun.
read and reread questions on the tests.
people of all ages/backgrounds/ethnicities/walks of life are going to nursing school.
buy lots of ink cartridges and paper.
people drop out... we're down to 35 of the 40.
volunteering for things (like performing a skill first) is scary and you will make mistakes, but you'll never make that same mistake again!
cgcc block 1 instructors are wicked awesome.
making time for other things (family, husband, relaxing... napping) is important.
scrubs are comfy.
I'm really loving it so far! I feel like I've been anticipating it so long that I am just soaking everything in (well trying anyway!) and really enjoying it. Most of it actually feels pretty normal and, in an odd way, familiar.
I study a lot, because there is just so much to learn. Not only for the the upcoming exam, but to actually KNOW and understand to be a great nurse... oh and to pass the NCLEX. Its not the type of studying where you cram the night before and memorize terms for a test, but commit it to memory in a way that you can just know it and utilize it moving forward.
So about the grading system being whack... I got an 83% on my first exam annnnd that means I got a C. What's that about? For our exams, the only way to get an A is to miss one- yes only ONE- question! It's slightly disappointing, and somewhat defeating, to only miss a few questions and you are already at a C, but I've been putting in the work and trying hard so I can't be too hard on myself. I've only missed a few questions that I knew, read too fast, and should have gotten right, but I learned quickly to relax and make sure to read and reread the questions and I was able to pull out a B for exams numbers 2 and 3! Woop woop!
I've gotten 100% on my practicum skills so far, and I've done half of them.
We start clinicals in a few weeks and I'm excited and nervous. It will be fun to actually go out and be in the field but I just don't know what to expect until I go. Buuuut I can't wait!
...I need to remember to take some pictures in school so I can have them to remember (and so you all can see, of course!) I guess for now this is just a boring ol' post with no pictures!
Next time. :)