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On Tuesday (July 31st), I took the first assessment of Adult Health 2 and it was stressful! Adult health 2 or block 10 has a reputation of being the hardest class in the program. To be honest, I was kinda like meh when people told me that because they also said block 4 (pharmacology) was hard but we got through that and block 5 (adult health 1) which was also difficult but we got through that. Nursing school is hard, okay? but we’re going to get through it just fine.
This first half had so much information that my mind was blown. At one point, I felt like I had all this information but I didn’t know what to do with it. I think the most difficult thing about adult health 2 was how much material there was to learn in two weeks. There were so many disease processes, signs and symptoms, and nursing interventions to remember. But early on, I noticed in adult health 1 that if I understood the pathophysiology of the disease process, then I would be able to understand why the signs and symptoms were happening. That made it so much easier to remember the signs and symptoms.
I had trouble understanding the diseases and procedures because I couldn’t picture it. I’m a visual learner so just by reading the book or listening to the professors made no sense. To help me get past that, I found diagrams of the organ we were learning about and printed them out. And then when I was learning about certain diseases, I used the diagrams to follow along and pinpoint what part of the organ was being affected.
To visualize procedures, I searched it up on youtube. There is a gazillion different videos of procedures on YouTube and it’s amazing. I watched one about a patient with chronic atrial fibrillation getting elective synchronized cardioversion. They did such a great job explaining the purpose of everything and that helped me remember the interventions for patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.
For this block, the professors did frequent webinars to reinforce our learning and answer any questions we had. I really liked that because it helped me focus on the more important things rather than wandering off into information I didn’t need to focus on. One thing that’s difficult about nursing school is what to focus on. I’m always torn on “I should focus on this because I need to pass the exam so I can graduate” and “But shouldn’t I know this for the NCLEX and to be a good nurse?”. But I only have so much time to know everything since this is an accelerated program so I tend to do the first one.
The actual exam wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I mean it was difficult but it wasn’t SUPER HARD LIKE THE WORLD IS GOING TO END. The hardest thing about these exams is that you don’t know how in depth or detailed they’re going to ask you. So you have all this information crammed into your brain but what are you going to do with it? One mistake I made was glossing over musculoskeletal. I was lucky and picked the right answers for some of the questions but there’s always that anticipation of whether I got it right or not. Luckily the ones I did get wrong were nullified after EBR so I got super lucky with that!
But in the end, all was well. I passed with a 93.33% (with EBR) which is a miracle because I thought I was going to remediate. And I really really didn’t want to remediate. Remediating is NOT a bad thing but I didn’t want to go through all that stress again! NOO THANK YOU. So I’m really thankful that they nullified many questions and they happened to be the questions I needed.
Now I have two days before I have to go back into “grind” mode but it’s nice to have a day to breathe and relax. I’m going ziplining at the Fremont Experience in a few hours and I’m super nervous about that. I’m scared of heights so I dont know why I agreed to do this LOL but it sounded like a good idea last night when I was 70% asleep. Oh well, you only live once……………help. (edit: it was actually a lot of fun!! 10/10 would recommend!)
Anyways, that’s pretty much it for this blog post. It’s been a stressful two weeks but I always have to remind myself of the bigger picture and if I want to be the best nurse I can be, then this is all worth it. 🙂
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