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Week 1 (Oct. 9 – Oct.13)
Holy crispy chicken nuggets! I started nursing school and it has literally taken over my life. It’s been about 4 days of school but somehow, it feels like I’ve been in school for a month.
A little background about my program: it is an accelerated BSN that allows you to get your Bachelor in Nursing degree in 16 months. The program is mostly online but the labs and clinicals in person. The exams are also on campus. The school’s curriculum is in blocks meaning we focus on one subject at a time, take an assessment, pass, then move on. The first block is called “introduction to the profession”.
I spend about 12 hours a day studying/yelling at computer/stuffing information into my brain. I take breaks in between but the studying adds up to about 12-ish hours. Is it crazy? Is it insane? I’m not sure but I really want to do well and make sure I get a good grasp of the information. Cause the scary part is… if I don’t know it, it could kill someone. :|..no pressure..
Online sounds intimidating but I honestly love this method of learning (so far). Even though I don’t get to see my classmates everyday, I find it more convenient for my schedule. ..not like I have anything else to do…but it’s nice to be able to work at your own schedule. You just have to make sure to follow the course calendar provided by the professor. I’ve been about 1-2 days ahead of schedule because I started the assignments as soon as the block opened, which was Friday, Oct. 6. Even though classes actually started Oct. 9th, I wanted to get ahead because I tend to fall behind. I also love that I don’t have to physically leave the house. Campus is about 15 minutes from my house (which isn’t completely terrible) but for some of my classmates, it takes them about 1 hr to get to campus. So it definitely saves time for a lot of us…more time to study… and sleep!
The first block is more about the history and how to be an outstanding nurse. I’m not much of a history person but I thought the history of nursing was really interesting. It’s really inspiring to see women from different backgrounds stand their ground for the better of society. We also learned about the image of nursing, which I never noticed until I read about it. Nurses don’t get much credit for the work they do, do they? It kind of made me sad…but as a future nurse, I want to take part in changing that. And right now, we’re learning the art of nursing and TBH moral of the story, don’t be a butt to your patient. Something as simple as communication can affect the outcome of your patient’s progress. I never thought about that.. but it’s definitely something to look out for when I encounter patients in the future. 🙂
Other things I had to do this week were UNIFORMS! We have to purchase our uniforms from a specific shop that provides the uniforms for our school. We got to try on some samples at orientation but I was really indecisive on the sizes because they kind of fit weird. I also have to purchase a few set of grey and maroon scrubs for lab. I’ve been really conflicted about the lab scrubs. Half of me wants to get cheap scrubs because who knows if I’ll be able to wear grey/maroon scrubs in my future job and the other half of me wants to splurge because what if I need to wear grey/maroon scrubs in the future and the cheap ones broke? Then I would have to spend more money to buy more…you know? First world problems..I can’t decide but I need to purchase them soon because I think I might need em for the next block (which is the week after next).
It took a while to get used to the program and change my habits. Ah change. My least favorite thing. It definitely takes a lot of self-discipline and time management to keep up with the curriculum. But once you get used to the rhythm, you’ll be just fine. After my exam next Friday, we move onto Health Assessment and I’m sure that is way more challenging than this. Yikes…wish me luck!
Anyways, that’s an update on my life. Thank you so much for stopping by and if you’ve reached this far into my rant/blog post, I really appreciate it. The road to R.N. is going to be a long ride but I think it’ll be worth it. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting a blog every week but we’ll see what I can do. I also want to post a few other nursing posts so stay tuned for that!
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Shine bright, peace out.✌
❤ , TIFF
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