IS THIS STILL SOMETHING I WANT TO DO? // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Long time no blog post! I sincerely apologize for that. After Clinicals ended, pharmacology began and it’s been kicking my butt. No joke. All the meds sound the same and I can’t pronounce half of them. Oh boy… Anyways, today I thought I’d write about my first clinical experience. I vlogged it but I wanted to write about some things I didn’t talk about in the vlog!

Clinical rotations are like reality checks. You’ve learned everything there is to know about fundamentals but once you step onto that hospital floor, it’s something else. That is exactly what it was like for me.

This past week, I completed my first round of clinical rotations! This rotation focused on the things we learned in Block 3: Fundamentals of Nursing. My rotation was two weeks long with 3 consecutive 12-hour shifts in each week. So my group’s shifts were Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I’ve never had to work the weekend before so it was a different experience. My Thursday–Saturday turned into my usual Tuesday–Thursday where my Friday was the dreadful day. Weird right? It really messed up my days. But after getting used to it, I stopped noticing.

12 hours…720 minutes..43200 seconds… 12 hours doesn’t sound so bad until you’re working it. The first day of clinicals went by really slow. Every time I looked up at the clock, only a few minutes passed by. It was such a drag. But then the next day, time went by a little faster. And by the final third day, time went by fast BUT all the exhaustion from the past few days accumulated and hit me in one day. Saturdays were my most tiring day.

Overall, I had fun and I loved it. It got me excited to go back to learning and graduate so i can be a Real Nurse. Anyways, I’m going to let my vlogs do the rest of the talking! I hope you enjoy!

 

 

OH but one thing I didn’t talk about was what happened during my evaluation. During evaluation, we sat down individually with our clinical instructor and she went over our performance with us. At one point, my clinical instructor asked me, “is this still something you want to do?” and that put me in a really weird place. As you can tell, I wasn’t doing so well. But it made me ask myself, “is this what I want to do?” In my professor’s opinion, I am a shy person who needs to spread her wings. TRUE. But when she asked me that, I felt lost again. Remember a few posts back, I talked about how I got to nursing?

Let’s review, TLDR; I didn’t know what to do with my life until I fell in love with nursing.

Well basically, I was back in that place. I love studying about nursing. I got through these past three blocks because I had a passion for nursing. But when I got onto the hospital floor, it was like another world to me. Suddenly everything I learned turned into black and white and there I was on the first day of clinicals, standing in a patient’s room not knowing what to say or what to do. I froze. When I was shadowing a nurse, I froze. I didn’t know what to ask, I didn’t know what to say, WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? But as time went on, I got comfortable in the hospital where I was able to talk to patients and help them with whatever they needed. But when she asked me that, there was the only thing rushing through my head.

Is this still something I want to do?

Damn, who knew eight words could mess me up. Not gonna lie, I went to the bathroom afterwards and cried it out and then went back to work. I hope it wasn’t obvious. Then after my shift, I went home and I cried some more. I don’t know if I ever mentioned this but one of my biggest fears is losing interest in my career/wasting time. I felt very meh about the whole situation. But my friends pep talked me back into my senses and the next day, I walked back into that hospital one last time. Still with some self-doubt, I tried my best to give it my all on my last day of clinicals. I think it was one of the best clinical days yet! I had a great nurse who taught me so much and I feel like I opened up a bit.

I have to accept the fact that I will never be as outgoing as some people BUT it does not define what kind of nurse I will be. And it takes practice. I hope by the next clinicals, I’ll be able to “spread my wings” a bit but for now, signing off from this blog post… I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful✨

Oh by the way, the answer to that question: yes, this is still something I want to do. Honestly, my clinical instructor wasn’t always watching me because there’s 8 of us and one of her. Therefore, she wasn’t always around when I was doing stuff. So she missed many opportunities where I interacted with patients and helped them with what they needed. I really enjoyed being around the patients and being able to be there for them. Patient care requires a lot of patience, time, and responsibility. I may not be perfect but who was ever perfect on their first try? Anyways, nowww I’m signing off. Thanks for reading! Ok bye! ❤

 

Peace out.✌

 

 , TIFF

 

Real Nurse (R.N.) in the making.

 

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THE ROAD TO R.N. // Q-TIPS WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Week… idk I lost count. (Dec. 04 – Dec. 15)

Welp. These past 2 weeks have been hectic but it’s finally winter break. This is literally what my calendar looked like:

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It was assignment after assignment along with lab stuff weaved in between endless reading assignments. So while I was worrying about the lab sterile technique video assessment, I was also tryna keep up with the module readings. But honestly module readings were future Tiffany’s problem. Let’s get through the video assessment first and then catch up on the rest. I’m not sure if that was a great idea but I really needed to practice my sterile lab techniques.

Lab check off day was not as bad as I thought. We had to go into lab at an assigned time and demonstrate a lab technique. This time, we were instructed to collect an urine sample and take out the catheter from the mannequin. I got an easy professor so I only had to talk my way through it and fake it. And that was pretty much it! Technically we had to talk about the documentation for the procedure but he signed it off and I was good for that.

The next day was dooms day pt. 2! It was video assessment day! I briefly explained in one of my past blog posts but basically we had to pick out a lab sterile technique out of a hat (foley catheter insertion or wound care). I felt iffy about both techniques but I went in with the mindset of “do whatever you think is right and don’t over think” because whenever I overthink, I usually end up being wrong. I think the trickiest part about these sterile techniques isn’t the actual procedure but more of trying to not cross the “sterile field”. During the video, if you cross the sterile field, meaning if you contaminate, you automatically fail. No pressure, right? And with 4 open labs and 1.5 hours each, I did not feel prepared. But I tried to practice outside of lab. Instead of reading for the modules, I spent many nights practicing on my imaginary patients. I stood at the island counter in the kitchen since it was the only place in the house where I can stand and do the procedure like in a hospital setting and I did the whole thing from beginning to end…over and over again. My older brother jokes that I run a hospital for ghosts in his house. Maybe this is why my brother’s dog keeps barking at the wall. My hospital is popular!! Dooms day pt. 2 came and ruh roh…

We were assigned into groups of 3 and I decided to go last. At this point, I was like, “I’m ready, let’s do this.”

Narrator: She was not ready…

I got wound care and that required way more hand hygiene practices than catheter insertion because every time you took off your gloves, you had to perform hand hygiene. For some reason, I kept forgetting. Luckily, if you notice you forgot something/did something wrong, you can say “call light, reset the moment” but nervously anxious Tiffany kept saying, “reset the call light” umm…what? As if things were already going downhill, my cameraman forgot to get the q-tips and I didn’t notice before the camera turned on.

Backstory: for our wound care kits, there’s supposed to be Q-tips for the procedure but for some reason, it’s not in the kit so during the video, we ask our camera man for the q-tip and verbalize, “these are usually in the wound care kit but in this case, they’re not. These are sterile and I am now putting it in my sterile field.” …or something like that.

Ok back to story time. So she forgot the Q-tips and I didn’t realize she didn’t have them so when I said that, there were no Q-tips in sight. I froze. Literally if you see the video, I have this dead look on my face cause I NEED THOSE Q TIPS. So my camera man was looking for the q-tips behind her and I was thinking, oh my goodness i’m going to fail because of these stupid q-tips. #seeyouatremediation By the way, the Q-tips were located at the front of the classroom and I was in the back of the classroom. So I ended up raising my hand and saying “call light!” and the professor came and gave me the two Q-tips I needed and I continued with the video. Deep breaths Tiffany. Deep breaths. Everything will be fine, just continue. I got through the video and I was just glad it was over.

After, I had to write a documentation note about the procedure and then self-grade my video. While watching my video, I was half cracking up and half silently crying because of the Q-tips and the fact that I kept forgetting hand hygiene. Darn Q-tips. I went home feeling meh but I tried haha the worst thing that could happen is remediation. It took a while for us to get our video grades back but somehow I got a perfect score. I was shocked but I’ll take it! Thanks professor! But I lowkey wish I saw the professor’s face when he/she saw my dead ass face during the Q-tip incident. I thought it was pretty funny.

The last thing keeping me from winter break was assessment 2. Winter break was so close yet so far… But 👏 let 👏 me 👏 tell 👏 you. I had no motivation to study for this exam. I was behind on readings and my brain was on winter break mode but thank goodness for that study guide. This time, the study guide was 31 pages. YEP. you read that right, 31 long pages. Mother nature hates me. I’m not sure if the study guide was helpful but it was a nice guide to what readings I should do. I ended up looking at the study guide, reading the book for topics I needed more clarifications on and slightly taking notes on the margins of the study guide.

Dooms day pt. 3 came and I felt unprepared again. But this time, I didn’t feel like I was gonna have a break down during the exam. Somehow, I was calm. During the team assessment, I started counting how many I got wrong and I lost count. The whole exam was a blurrrr and I couldn’t remember what I put. I guess if I have to remediate then…thank goodness for that second chance. But luckily, everybody passed! Passing is 90% and above and I got a 98.33%. It’s a miracle! but YAY! FREEDOM!!!

Now that I’m on break, it feels weird. For the past few days, I’ve woken up freaking out thinking I have to do nursing school stuff but nope, my days consist of eating and watching netflix/hulu. Oh and lots and lots of sleep. I might have to be an overachiever and review for clinicals and block four, pharmacology. I heard pharmacology is gonna be hell so I wanna prepare myself for that. I’m not sure how I’m going to start studying for it but I’ll probably just gonna read that drug handbook they gave us at orientation and make flashcards or something. …just watch, none of that is gonna happen cause netflix/hulu and eating are priority.

I will be driving back to LA on Monday or Tuesday to avoid tourist traffic but for now, this girl is signing off. Tiffany out✌

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and sighing with me. It’s been a long but fast two weeks but I’m glad it’s break. Do you have any questions? Let me know! I hope you have a happy happy holiday☃️🎄and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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THE ROAD TO R.N.// LOUD SIGHS AND SILENT CRIES// LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Today’s post is a collection of thoughts I had for the two days leading up to my exam. Put on yo seatbelts kids, we’re going on a bumpy ride…

Thursday, November 30

LOUD SIGH. Silent cry. I’m stressed out and at the verge of giving up. The first assessment for block 3 is tomorrow and I feel so unprepared. There is so much information to know that I don’t even know what I actually know anymore. It’s so overwhelming… Yesterday the professors had a review webinar but I had low hopes for that. It was so useless tbh …like why give me life stories when we can be reviewing material for the exam? Everything the professors said contradicted each other. They’ll say “focus on the normals” but module 4 (fluid/electrolyte imbalances) was mainly abnormals. There is nothing normal about electrolyte imbalances.

For this first half of the block, the professor gave us outlines and summaries for each module. They also gave us a “study guide” but none of the information added up. Like one of the outlines says something but the summary says something else. And the study guide? Oh don’t even get me started on the study guide.. It is horrifying. It is 19 pages of information that is supposed to stick to my brain by tomorrow. Suddenly, I’m at a Starbucks flipping through three sets of notes because none of it adds up. Like why? I’ve been going through the outlines and I’m thinking, ok, I did my best and did what I could..but what if my best wasn’t good enough? Is that sad? Probably. But I’m going to bed and hoping for the best tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Friday, December 1

Today was dooms day part 1 and damn, I don’t even know how I felt. I guess I was nervous/scared/i don’t care anymore/whateverhappenshappens/see you at remediation.. But I walked in there this morning and I just sat there joking around with my friends trying to not think about the exam I was about to fail. So the exam begins and I look at the first question. From there, I knew it wasn’t gonna be a good one. As I was going through the 60 questions, I felt like I could have tried harder these past few weeks. It came to the point where maybe if I reread a little more, I would know the definite answer rather than guessing. I literally almost broke down during the exam. It’s funny because yesterday, I was surprised I haven’t broken down yet… WELP, there it is. I almost started crying because I was so overwhelmed by the things I didn’t know and the things I could have known if I read the textbook more efficiently. For some reason, my mind always holds on to the “shoulda couldas.” Towards the end of the exam, I just sat there clicking through the questions and well, it was time to let go. So, I submitted and I did what I could.

When it came to the team assessment, we got a 90% or higher as a team so that meant that we got 3 points added to our individual exam score. But while we were going through the exam, I lost count of how many questions I thought I got wrong. At that point, I kept saying “welp, I’ll see you at remediation”. *nervous laugh*

During the evidence based review, we were able to argue the questions and try to either get points or nullify it. I think I got about 2 points back which was relieving! Still, I wasn’t sure if I passed or not. That anxiety killed me but I tried to stay as positive as possible (aka not think about it). Again, whatever happens happens..

And drumroll pls…EVERYBODY PASSED!! WHOOOO! WHICH MEANS I PASSED!!! All the weight on my shoulders fell to the ground as we let out all the anxiety we’ve been holding in for the past 6 hours. And as I’m writing this, I checked my score and I got a 98%! Like WHAT?! ME? 98%? If you told me a few years ago that I would be getting 90% or higher on exams, I wouldn’t believe you. Before I started this program, I started to doubt myself because I wasn’t sure if I could get a 90% or higher on exams. I mean looking at my history…there weren’t many 90s or higher.

And I know that this is only block 3 and it’s going to get harder but it feels so relieving to know that this is possible. Even though nursing school is so stressful and tiring, I realized that I found my purpose and I’m passionate about it. Who knew?

And that wraps up part 1 of block 3. This was only the first exam and we have another one in about two weeks. I hope I can use my regrets from this half to improve my study habits for the next half. I also hope that the professor is consistent with how they test us but..let’s be real here. Are they ever consistent? Send help and more oreos. Thanks!

As always, thank you for stopping by and possibly sighing with me! Do you have any questions? Let me know! I hope you have a beautiful day. and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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THE ROAD TO R.N. // THANKSGIVING AND CATHETERS// LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Happy black Friday shopping! I hope you all stuffed yo faces with foodz and emptied out your wallets at black Friday sales! I definitely did. This year, I didn’t go home for Thanksgiving but I am super thankful to have friends who allow me to join their family for Thanksgiving! (shout out to the Lee family <3)

Today is all about foley catheters. Yep, that thing that helps a patient void (urinate).

So, lets taco bout it.

A foley catheter is a flexible tube that is inserted through the urethra to the bladder to drain urine. Everything about the foley catheter insertion is sterile. STERILE TECHNIQUES ARE IMPORTANT which is scary because once you cross that sterile field, you’re out. Yikes. The general foley catheter insertion isn’t as complicated as the prepping part. It just looks painful af for the patient and now I’m starting to understand what the professors mean by the patients “losing control”. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for them. And you know, if i have to do this at clinicals, I don’t know how I’m going to compose myself because in the back of my head, I know it’s going to be uncomfortable for the patient and GAH. I gotta keep myself from apologizing every 5 seconds…

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Foley catheter (male or female) and wound care are going to be part of the video assessment. So on video assessment day, we have to pick a piece of paper out of a hat and we can either get foley catheter or wound care. But if we get foley catheter, we won’t know if we get female or male until we uncover the sheets. Yep, we’re gonna have to think fast! The (sorta) great thing about this video assessment is that if you realize you messed up, you can say “reset” or something like that, and reset the moment. So let’s just say I’m doing the sterile techniques and I accidentally reach over the sterile field and “contaminate”. If I notice, I’m allowed to say “Call light. Reset the moment.” and start over. I hope I never have to say that because I don’t want to start all over. I just want to go from beginning to end just like that and be done with it.

Unlike the health assessment, it’s really difficult to practice outside of lab for these techniques. For health assessment, I can literally practice on anyone and anything with taking vitals and listening to heart/lung/abdomen sounds. For these insertion techniques however, it’s probably best to practice on mannequins. Therefore, we have 4 open labs to practice our techniques.

Open labs are specific days where we have the opportunity to practice the techniques we want. We don’t have to stay the whole time but I think it’s important to take advantage of the time and practice practice practice.

On Wednesday (11.22.2017), my whole cohort (~56 people) gathered at one of the lecture halls and it was literally like Walmart black Friday voodoo. We all crowded the sign up sheets to get the best times and days for open lab. I personally didn’t mind what time I got but I wanted to get open lab with one of my friends so at least we’d have each other. With only 4 days to perfectly master this, I have to have a game plan on how I’m going to tackle this shiz. I think I’m going to do one technique per day (there’s three: female/male foley catheter and wound care) and then on the last day, do a whole review. HA welp, here goes nothing! Wish me luck!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my mini rant about catheters.. If you wanna know anything and everything about nursing school, let me know and I’ll get back to you on that. I hope you have a beautiful day. and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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THE ROAD TO R.N.// WEEKS 3-5 // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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Weeks 3-5 (Oct. 24 – Nov. 10)

I’m on a new level of exhaustion like I never thought I’d be this tired. But block 2 ended today (Friday, November 10) and I’m happy to say, I passed this block! This block is called Health Assessment and we learned how to assess a normal adult. “Normal” is the key word because we only focused on the normal range values. We learned a lot of new techniques like taking vitals (temp, manual blood pressure, O2 saturation), feeling for pulses, listening to heart/lung/abdomen sounds and more! It felt nice to be learning “real nursing” things. For today’s post, I thought I’d highlight some of the things that happened this block.

Something new about this block was lab! I had lab every morning from 8 AM til 11 AM where we learned those new techniques I mentioned above. The first day of lab, we learned how to do vitals and one of the new techniques I learned was taking blood pressure manually. That was one of the most stressful things for me because I couldn’t get it right. I couldn’t hear the “sounds” you were supposed to hear and I was afraid that I couldn’t get it right. Luckily, google has some snazzy online simulations that you can practice with. I played around with the simulations and the next day, I walked into lab feeling more confident knowing what I was supposed to hear. The professors were also really helpful and encouraging! They reassured us that we’d improve over time and they were right. I never thought I’d be able to take blood pressure manually. It’s a great feeling, ya feel?

We also had to do presentations in lab. We were assigned partners/topics and each day a different group would present the assigned technique. My partner and I were assigned cardiac assessment, respiratory assessment, and peripheral vascular system assessment. We were required to make a handout and present how to do the assessment on a normal adult to our classmates. Our presentation included inspecting (looking), palpating (touching) and auscultating (listening) to each of the systems. We also borrowed one of our classmates and placed stickers on him to demonstrate where to put the stethoscope. It was terrifying! Public speaking and I are not on a speaking terms at the moment. Just imagine learning something two days prior and then trying to teach it to a bunch of students who are just as lost as you.. OOF. that was nerve wrecking.

I also experienced my first Simulation lab. It was on the last week of block 2 and I feel like it was a big “wrap up” of everything we’ve learned in lab. I think the most fun part about simulation lab was how realistic it felt. While I was in the room with the mannequin, I was so nervous but once I started talking, I got less nervous. Hopefully one day, there won’t be 52 pairs of eyes watching me do the procedure…maybe just 6 pairs of eyes but anyways, it was a great experience. It wasn’t graded so that was relieving. I just walked into the room, did what I thought was right, and walked out. I still don’t know if I did it right but let’s just hope so. One thing I learned is, if you’re wearing scrubs and you say things in a confident tone, people will believe you. LOL it’s true. ALSO, those simulation mannequins are so high tech these days. He had a pulse, a blood pressure, you could see him breathing, AND he was blinking. Not going to lie, it was a bit creepy but I got through it and it was one of the highlights of this block.

The scariest part about this block was the video assessment. A video assessment is basically a person filming you while you perform the techniques outlined in the rubric provided. For this block, we were required to do an assessment on a healthy adult. My mentor emailed us her script for the video assessment so I definitely used that to my advantage but changed things up to my liking. We practiced almost everyday and I attended every open lab to practice practice practice. I also practiced in the car out loud and talked to myself like a crazy person. But it definitely paid off because on assessment day, I wasn’t really nervous. I was mostly nervous before the camera turned on but once the camera turned on and I started talking, all the nervousness went away and I knew what I was doing. I kind of just shut the camera out and focused on the patient in front of me. We had to watch our video and grade it ourselves. And let me tell you, I WAS SO ANNOYED WITH MY DERPY SELF. AND MY VOICE LIKE OHMERGERD TIFFANY YOU’RE SO ANNOYING. haha But in the end, I accidentally left out two things but it’s okay, I still passed the video assessment! 🙂

AND finally… the big final written assessment. Our assessment was at 7:30 in the morning and it was pretty stressful. Block 2 was a lot of information. It included a lot of techniques but it also outlined some diseases and abnormalities. Now, the exam focused on “normals” but there is A LOT of normals in this block. So what exactly are we supposed to know? The professors put on a lot of webinars/live reviews but a lot of them touched on the basics like vital signs and the nursing process. So, what do we focus on? I mean in reality, we have to know everything to be an outstanding nurse but for this exam’s sake…and our ability to stay in this program, we all really wanted to know what we were going to be tested on. OOF, the night before the exam was a very stressful one. Exam morning came and it was pretty much a “here goes nothing”.

60 questions..90 minutes.. lets do this.

I’ve never been so unsure of anything in my life. I was so focused on the exam that I couldn’t even recall half the questions after the exam. So we did the whole exam process my school does and at the end, the professor announced that we all passed the exam. We literally all stared at her with a confused face. I personally thought she was kidding. But nope, she wasn’t. We really did all pass so… BYE FELICIA!

But overall, I really enjoyed this block. It was definitely more hardcore than block 1 and I am overly exhausted to the point where I take deep-sleep naps and wake up not knowing what day it is or where I am. (Tiffany is oriented x0). I feel like every time I finish and pass a block, it’s like jumping over a hurdle. Hopefully, all the way to graduation and passing the NCLEX.

Now that I’m looking back, this block was doable and I’m still here..now proceeding into block 3: fundamentals of nursing. This should be a good one. It’s funny cause every time the professor sends out a new calendar, I print it out and stare at it cause everything is so freaking confusing. But once the course gets going, it starts making sense. And then the panic starts happening….

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my block 2 reflection and learned a little bit about what my nursing program is like. A little reminder that this nursing program is accelerated so it’s sped up like crazy but as you can see, if this dysfunctional girl (me) can handle it, you can too. It’s only going to get harder from here but I think if we take it one step at a time, everything will be okay.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please like, comment, and follow this blog if you’d like to be notified every time I post! More nursing school posts to come and even some beauty stuffs!

I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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STORY TIME: HOW I GOT INTO NURSING SCHOOL // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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OOF it’s been a crazy two weeks! Nursing school is getting harder and harder and I don’t even want to think about what’s coming up next. But now that I’m reaching the end of “block 2” of my program, I thought I’d talk about how I got into nursing school. You know, before i forget the details and stuff… so let’s get started!

Once I decided that nursing was the right career for me, I started looking into nursing schools. I didn’t even know where to start so I googled “nursing programs” and a bunch of results came out and I was just overwhelmed. A colleague of mine advised me to go out of state for nursing school. (If ya’ll didn’t know, I’m from California). She said that the programs in California are super impacted and she was right. The wait lists were like 2 years long! No thanks, I want to get to nursing school ASAP! So I started thinking of places I would love to go and I thought of Nevada. It’s right next to California and not too far from Los Angeles. Like 5 hours?

Type click search and BAM.

I found a school that I wasn’t even sure was legit. I mean sometimes I come across websites/schools that aren’t really a real school. But I decided to do a little bit more research and I discovered that it was indeed a real school and they had an accelerated BSN program.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: aka second degree nursing program is for those who have completed a undergraduate degree and the required prereqs before enrolling.

I looked around the website to see if it was a program for me and eventually decided to put in my information for “more info”. About a few days later, I got a phone call and lowkey I let it ring. It was an admissions advisor from the school and she ended up leaving me an email telling me that I could call her and if anything, she would try again in a few days. I was nervous and didn’t know what to say. Heck, I didn’t even know if that was the school I wanted to attend. The next time she called, I picked up and I felt so nervous. But the admissions advisor was so easy to talk to! She asked me some questions and got some background about me. She told me everything I wanted to know and answered every question I had about the program. Even though all the information she told me was on the website, it was nice to be informed with information catered to my situation.

She had me send in my unofficial transcript to give me an overview of what I needed to do in order to be eligible to apply. She went through my transcript and told me what prereqs I had left. Turns out, I only needed Anatomy but I needed to get an A to have an eligible GPA. Talk about the pressure… She sent me a list of online anatomy courses I could take. Online courses were essential for me because I was working at the time and online classes are way more flexible. I picked one and rolled with it. (Spoiler alert: I got an A (98.7%) I was so excited!)

The next thing on my list was the The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. It’s an exam used by many schools as an admissions test. I had no idea it existed until my advisor told me to take it. My advisor recommended buying a practice book so I got one from Amazon. Thank goodness for Amazon prime. As soon as it got here, I went ham on that Kaplan book.  I started from the first page and ended with the very last page. (click here for my TEAS tips). I walked into the exam half asleep and 4 hours later, I made it out alive. TBH I forgot how painful it was to sit still for 4 hours in a room with 30 other tired people. Damn.. how did I do it in high school?

Well that was done and the anatomy course was done… what’s next?

The application cycle finally opened up and my advisor sent me the link with a detailed set of instructions. I forgot how draining school applications were. Even with the set of instructions, I was so confused and lost. Eventually all went well and I finally got my application done. One of the applications was through the universal application called NursingCas and the other was a supplemental application through the school. Hit that SUBMIT button and fingers crossed. Wait, no.. I still had to submit my TEAS scores and order official transcripts. That was so confusing as well. I think I was out of the school application system for too long. I don’t know, something about this application was so confusing. Through many nights of loud sighing and silent crying, I finally sent in my TEAS scores and transcripts.

Now it was the waiting game, which was accompanied with many sleepless nights. I think it was about a week later that I received an email saying that I got an interview! LIKE WHAT?! ME? AN INTERVIEW? Now it was loud yelling that gave my mom an heart attack cause I swear she thought I was dying. Sorry mom… But yes! I got an interview and that was probably one of the best days ever along with my other …best day evers… it was a very good day..okay?

I went ham on research on possible nursing school interview questions. I took notes and wrote answers to the most common interview questions. I was not going to let this opportunity go to waste.

Then comes the exciting but dreadful interview. OHH that was one heck of an interview but I’ll save the details for another blog post. This one’s getting a bit long. Thank you so much if you’re still with me. But damn, those questions they asked were wayyy different from the questions I prepared for. When I got out of my interview, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to see that school ever again. I blew it, I messed up. Sad life. Loud sigh…

Don’t you hate it when you leave an interview and you start replaying the questions and then you think of ways you could have answered? I do. And I couldn’t sleep for days because of it. But eventually I had to tell myself that whatever happens, happens and it’s not the end of the world. I was going to find out in about two weeks and if I didn’t get in, I could just try again. There’s always a way!

Two weeks go by and I’m driving to the post office and suddenly I get a text from my friend (who I went to the interview with). “OMG DID YOU CHECK YOUR EMAIL?” I’m sitting there like, holy crap. HOLY CRAP. So I rush home within speed limit because I drive like a responsible grandma. I ran through the door, grabbed my computer and started yelling nervously. My dads looking at me like, I can’t believe I raised this kid. LOL But eventually I said, ADMISSIONS LETTERS ARE OUT. I opened my email and there it was, the school’s decision email. It said, “Congratulations, You have been accepted to blahblahblah” OMG. ME? REALLY? I’m freaking going to nursing school!

And yep, that’s how I got into nursing school. Or I guess the the admissions process. My main point is, if you have the opportunity to talk to an admissions advisor, I highly recommend it, They are there to help you and guide you through the admissions process. It was especially helpful because I had no idea what I was doing. The admission advisors literally hold your hand until the first day of classes and I am so thankful for her. Even after being admitted and committing to the school, she still calls me to check up on my progress. I finally met her at the interviews and it was nerve wrecking. She finally met the weirdo she’s been contacting through email and phone. HEH.

Story time over, here are my TIPS with applying for nursing school!

  • Research lots and lots of schools! Even though I only applied to one (which now I think about was kind of risky and dumb) I still looked at many programs. There are actually a lot of roads that lead to an R.N. There’s got to be one that fits your needs!
  • Be patient! It takes a lot of patience when researching nursing schools. I was really overwhelmed at time and it got to a point where if I saw another nursing school requirements page, I’d go crazy. One step at a time!
  • Make a table of requirements! Researching schools and their requirements can get really repetitive and tiring. Many schools require different requirements so I recommend making an excel sheet or something to organize the requirements. If I remember correctly, some schools required microbiology lab!
  • Talk to an admissions counselor! If a counselor is available, you should talk to one! Requirements get really confusing at times, especially when the requirement sounds like the class you took but you’re not sure if it is the one they want. Ya feel? As I mentioned before, I sent my counselor my unofficial transcript and she told me what I had left for requirements. Super helpful! Or else, I would have been wasting time trying to take classes I already fulfilled.
  • Standardized test! Check with the school you want to apply to see what kind of standardized tests they want. Some require the TEAS, and some require other exams like the HESI. So check with the school to make sure you’re taking the right exam.

And that is pretty much it! This was a long post but thank you so so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment and hit the follow button to be notified when I post! Do you have any questions? Let me know down below and I’ll try to answer them to my best ability!

Today’s question is.. What is your dream job? Leave a comment below cause I’m curious! My dream job is a singer-songwriter, an interior designer, or a personal shopper. OR even better, a singer-songwriting interior designing shopper.

I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

Peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

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NURSING SCHOOL: THE TEAS EXAM // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam is an exam that was created by ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) to assess whether an applicant is academically ready for health science programs like nursing. It consists of four parts: reading, mathematics, science and english and language usage.

Back story/fun fact/side track story: I had no idea this exam even existed. It wasn’t until I was talking to my admissions advisor that I realized that this test existed and I had to take it pronto. Not only that, there was a certain score I needed to qualify. WOWZERS the pressure was on. She recommended me to buy a test book and set a test date as a goal. I set my test date approximately a month and a half so I had 6 weeks to prepare. Then I ordered the first book with 4.5 stars on Amazon and went HAM as soon as it arrived. Thank you, Amazon prime!

When test day came along, I was so anxious, I didn’t get much sleep the night before, which is kind of bad because I was about to enter a 4 hour exam. Man, I forgot how terrible standardized testing was. How did I get through it before college? During the reading section (the first section), I was so tired and out of it that I read the passages at least 3 times each. The rest is a blurrrrr.. Somehow my test scores came back and they were pretty great. Better than I could ever imagine like who is this girl? It goes to show, if you put quality work into something, you will see a greater outcome.

Here are my tips on how to do well on the TEAS exam:

Buy a test prep book and use that to prepare for the TEAS exam. DO NOT TAKE THE EXAM WITHOUT STUDYING. If you do well, great. If you don’t, well that was a waste of $96… I got the TEAS Strategies, Practice & Review with 2 Practice Tests: Online + Book by Kaplan Test Prep (here). This test prep book wasn’t too bad. It was pretty thorough with explanations. You can register your book and there are more practice questions and exams on the site. I personally thought the review portion was great but the practice questions were way harder than reality. I guess that’s how they prep you for the worst, right? However, there are so many options out there to choose from. Pick one, study hard, and you’ll be on your way!

People also recommend the ATI TEAS exam prep book. I mean why not study the exam using a book written by the people who wrote the exam? Yeah…I wish I thought about that too! It’s $45 but the best way to review is to study off a book written by the test makers. You can also get prep book here!

Practice tests: ATItesting also offers practice tests you can purchase on their website. There are two versions and they are $46 each but if you purchase the package, its $82. Yep, it is definitely pricey but it prepares you with what to expect on the exam. The practice exams mimic the exam with the timing and difficulty plus it gives you your score and tells you what you can improve on. I definitely saw my score improve between practice exam attempts. If those practice tests are not in your budget, there’s a lot of free practice exam questions online. I definitely used those a lot before I dived into the ones I paid for. I will link some below!👇

Free Practice questions:

REEELAXXX: Relax the night before the actual exam. You’ve studied hard for the exam, now it’s time to relax. Do something fun but make sure to sleep reasonably the night before. And avoid looking at practice exams the night before. Let’s face it, if you haven’t studied enough by the night before the exam, then whatever you try to cram the night before isn’t really gonna help. Surrender your test materials!

The morning of the exam: Alright, you’ve studied, you’re ready, you just want to get it over with. I completely understand. But don’t forget to eat a balanced breakfast to get that brain workin. I also recommend bringing a snack for break time because if you get hungry, ya’ll gonna be hearing some whale mating noises. That’s too embarrassing and can distract you from your focus, which should be the exam. So pack a snack and a bottle of water cause hydration is also very important.

One last thing: Arrive to the exam site a bit early to find parking and the exam room. Take a deep breath, you’ll do fine. Now go rock that test! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤ Good luck!

Any questions? Let me know down below and I will try my best to answer them! I ain’t no pro tho. Let’s be real, I found out about the exam 4 months before my app was due. But this is what I did and here I am, in nursing school… 🙂

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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THE ROAD TO R.N. // WEEK 2 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Week 2 (Oct. 16 – Oct. 20)

What a week it’s been. Today has been an extremely tiring day because I took my first nursing school exam today (Friday, 10/20)! And I have to say, it wasn’t so bad. Maybe because it was a practice exam and it wasn’t graded but hey, if all the exams were that straight forward, that would be great…but lets be real.

My exam was at 7:30AM this morning so that required me to wake up at 6 am to get ready, eat, take the dogs out to poo/pee/feed them and drive to campus. Since it was our first exam, my professor walked us through the whole exam process and explained to us what we were gonna expect.

So here’s the break down: we take the exam four times. Yep, you read that right, 4 TIMES. First, you take it individually, then you take it together with your cohort group, then you go over the answers with your cohort group with the rationales, and finally, you go over it again with your cohort group BUT this time, you can “challenge” the question if you feel the answer was wrong and you were right. Now, today’s exam was 20 questions… imagine what it’ll be like when the exams are 60+ questions. I am not looking forward to that day.

Side note: these exams are taken on the computer through a software called “examplify”. Staring at a computer and trying to click through each individual question takes a lot of patience.

Four times is a lot but I think it’s really helpful. Most of the time, when you take an exam and you get things wrong, you don’t really go back and review what you got wrong. Well, I don’t know about you but I never did that (guilty). So this process kind of forces you to go over what you got wrong and see why you got it wrong. Learn from your mistakes and don’t do it again on the license exam. haha yeah, i’m gonna be that person who gets it wrong again on the NCLEX anyways. 🤦‍♀️

Hmm oh this week, I also filmed my first VLOG! Yep, I finally turned on the camera and talked to it. It was really awkward at first and it still is but I was pretty caffeinated and hyper. So thats my solution, espresso fixes everything! In the vlog, I show you my new scrubs and go on a mini rant about how I can’t keep my plant alive. (update: my plant is doing better now…) So check out my video below! 👇

I get about 3 days off so I’m excited for that mini break. Block 2 starts on Tuesday and it’s health assessment! We’re finally getting into the real nursing stuff and I’m really excited. I finally get to use this snazzy stethoscope of mine and learn how to do health assessments! We also start labs next week. I’m half nervous because I don’t wanna mess up and half excited because I’m finally going to get some hands-on practice. This should be interesting…

Anyways, that is pretty much my week of shenanigans. I didn’t really do much except learn/study/sleep and “study” for this exam. But I thought it was blog worthy because I took an exam lol and I wanted to tell you guys what my exams are like here.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by. It still feels like I’ve been in school for 2 months already but really, it’s only been 2 weeks. *yawn*… Please like, comment and hit that follow button to be notified when I post. I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful!

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

 , TIFF

 

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THE ROAD TO R.N. // WEEK 1 // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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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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WHY I CHOSE NURSING AS A CAREER // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Today’s post is more of a personal one. I guess it’s more of a pre-nursing school reflection. It’ll be fun to look back and reminisce why I chose nursing as a career. So let’s back it up a bit..back to December 2016. That was the date I graduated from college with a bachelor degree in Human Biology. It seemed like everyone around me knew what they wanted to do and were on their way to get there but for me, I was completely lost.

I actually graduated college wanting to go into Public Health. It seemed like the job I wanted to do because ultimately, I wanted to make a difference in the world. But to be completely honest, what I saw of public health was based on two courses in college and after being rejected from an volunteer position from LA County , I realized that maybe public health wasn’t what I thought it was. So, it was back to the drawing board. Back to the healthcare setting that I knew and loved.

After being rejected from the public health volunteer position, I felt really down and confused. I think I was at the mall with my mom when I almost bursted into tears because I felt like a failure. I couldn’t figure out what to do with my life. I knew it had to be something that I’d want to do for the rest of my life because my worst fear is wasting time and money. My mom, being a nurse for over 40 years, was like, “What about nursing?” then she started telling me about all this nursing information and all the different paths you could take with nursing.

I was sold.

I realized that I really loved patient interaction. During my job at the clinic, I got to have a lot of patient interaction. Instead of being in a cubicle, I wanted to be up on my feet and to be able to work with patients to make a positive impact on their lives. Of course, there’s always going to be those unhappy, mean, and rude patients but the nice and appreciative ones always override them.

There is such versatility in the nursing world. There are different work environments a nurse can work in such as, hospitals, nursing homes, adult health care centers, and schools. Nurses are also constantly learning new things throughout their career as new advances and treatments are discovered, which has always been a passion of mine. Being able to educate people on how to improve their quality of life will be a staple of mine and leaving an positive impact on others.

All in all, I hope picked the right path and nursing is something I fell in love with. Program starts at the beginning of October and I’m scared af. But from all the good things I’ve heard, I hope it’ll be a rewarding experience.

Now that I’m walking on my own path, I want to end this blog post with this: Don’t worry too much if your original plans don’t work out. It may seem like the end of the world at that time but look around you. You’ll be inspired with all the things in the world and soon you’ll be on your way. It’s a good feeling, trust me.

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this long ass rant of mine. Stay inspired and keep learning. Stay tuned for more nursing school rants and vlogs! I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

Real Nurse (R.N) in the making.

 

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