GOODBYE 2017 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Holy crispy chicken nuggets, where did 2017 go? It’s almost 2018 and I can’t help to think that I’m getting old. Time is going by so fast and I can’t keep up!! Where did all this time go??? 👀 Today, I’m going to highlight some of the things that happened in 2017. Get to know me and let’s get personal!

First job!

In January, I started my first real job as a front desk receptionist at a doctor’s office. As a newly graduated college human, I got this opportunity from my mom who happened to know the doctor that owned the clinic. He was looking for a part time Mandarin speaking front desk assistant/receptionist. I’m not fluent at all in Mandarin but I saw improvement as months passed by. My job was to translate Mandarin and/or Taiwanese, answer phone calls, take appointments, take vitals, and/or centrifuge blood test tubes. I am so thankful for this opportunity but man, that job was a mess. I don’t think there was a day where I was excited to go to work. I worked part time but it felt so long and it didn’t help that my coworkers weren’t friendly to me. I don’t think I will ever understand why they treated me the way they did. I also dealt with a lot of patients who thought the world revolved around them. It got frustrating but it taught me how to be patient with people and how to get creative with solutions in dealing with different situations. It was challenging at the time, especially when I had to translate it all but I learned a lot about the healthcare system. One of my favorite moments was when I had the opportunity to speak Taiwanese to some of the patients and they would have a shocked expression on their face! Taiwanese isn’t a popular language amongst individuals my age, especially American born citizens. So that was always fun…teehee. 🙂

Despite the challenges, this job made me realize my passion for patient interaction. Even though it was exhausting, I found myself loving the patient interaction more than sitting around doing office work. This lead me to my career choice! This year, I discovered nursing and worked my way up to apply for it. At first, the application process was very confusing but I got through it. My struggles inspired me to blog about my nursing school experience so that I could help future nursing students.  I took Anatomy & Physiology I, and did way better than I expected. I also took the TEAS exam, which I studied really hard for and again, did way better than I expected. Applying for nursing school was a headache but in the end, I’d say it was worth it. 😉

Every end has a new beginning!

In May, I walked across that graduation stage. At first, I didn’t want to because I thought I would be walking across it alone. But at the same time, I worked so hard for my five seconds of fame so I decided to do it. Because I had been gone from college for a semester, I didn’t know who to ask to sit with at graduation. It may not seem like a big deal but I really wanted to graduate with people I knew. I awkwardly messaged one of my friends from my pre-health fraternity and she gladly said yes to sitting with me. Graduation day came and turns out I sat with a lot of my fraternity brothers and sisters and it was a memorable day. (spoiler alert: I didn’t trip!) My brother also drove from Nevada to LA to Merced to attend the ceremony, which made it 10x better. My best friends, who I was supposed to graduate with, drove down from the Bay Area and it was like we never left. I hadn’t seen some of them since May 2016 so it was like a mini reunion! I miss them all the time. I reflected on my college experience here!

Getting into nursing school!

In June, I found out I got into nursing school and it was the best day of 2017. I felt like I had the slimmest chance of getting in because my gpa was wack, my interview was merp, and the only thing that probably could save me was my TEAS exam score. For once, I felt like I had my life together and that everything was gonna be okay. Also, I could finally quit my job! You have no idea how much I wanted to quit that job but I needed a good reason to and nursing school was one of them!

I quit my job at the end of August and I was a bit sad. I struggle with change and even though I hated my job, quitting was difficult. I said goodbye to my boss and coworkers and walked out feeling empty. Two weeks before my family vacation, I fell into some kind of deep sadness. I don’t know why I became like this but I didn’t want to eat and I didn’t want to get out of bed. Sounds dramatic, right? I felt so lost and anxious and there are some emotions I just can’t put into words. I felt alone and felt like I lost my purpose. I spent the last 16 years in school and that was my purpose. Then my purpose after that was to go to work and do my work to my best ability. But during the time between the end of a chapter to a new one, I started to doubt myself. I started to feel extra lonely and insecure about my future. Social media also did not help at all. Seeing other people’s “happiness” made me feel worse about myself. Why can’t I be like them?

Calm before the storm..

At the beginning of September, I went on a two week long cruise with my parents. It was kind of like the “last hoorah” before nursing school. I didn’t have wifi/cellular data for those two weeks and that was probably one of the best things that could happen for me. Instead of getting caught up in what other people were doing, I focused on what was happening in front of me. It was like a social-media-cleanse and it was great. I saw some of the prettiest things Mother Nature could offer in Alaska. You could see it here if you’d like! When I came back from Alaska, I felt refreshed and much much better. I was ready to move on with my life and got excited about starting nursing school. I spent the next two weeks getting ready to move out again for nursing school and I got my braces off!

Bye bye braces!

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I finally got my braces off after 4 years. It took forever because of my difficult tooth. A lot of the new people I’ve met don’t know this but I grew up without one of my front teeth. It wasn’t until sophomore year of college where it wanted to finally come out. It was just late to the party! I got braces again to open up the gap and got surgery to expose the tooth 💸💸💸. My orthodontist attached a chain to the newly exposed tooth and slowly pulled it down. After many visits and adjustments, I now have “perfect” looking teeth! YAY! I’ve never felt insecure about my missing tooth until recent when I realized that the people I know now don’t know my story. So when they see my pictures from a year ago, they just see a girl with a missing tooth. Some people find it funny but this was a very expensive tooth and if it had grown out like it was supposed to, we wouldn’t have this problem. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Tooth!

Goodbye California, hello Nevada!

Ahh it was time to move out again. I moved at the end of September and this time, the change didn’t hit me as hard. I was moving in with my older brother so I at least had a familiar face. I also now have two lovable dogs that follow me around the house. Their smiles are great stress relievers! It was still difficult to say goodbye to my parents as they headed back to LA but having my brother around made it easier. My parents love that we live together because now they can come visit both kids at once. You’re welcome, parentals!

I love living with my brother because I have a sense of independence but when I need help, he is there for me. Super duper thankful! ❤ But he won’t let me leave after I graduate so I guess I’m not leaving any time soon… oh 🐳!

I started nursing school at the beginning of October and it was a weird transition to go from traditional schooling to online/hybrid schooling. But after some adjustments, I got used to it and here I am 3 blocks later. I’ve written about some of my experiences in past blog posts! These are some of my favorite ones (here, here and here)! Time goes by fast, doesn’t it? I met some pretty awesome people and made several memories already. These people make nursing school less sad. Some of my favorite pictures are up there!☝

In December, I officially became a Nevada resident. I surrendered my California license plates and received new Nevada ones. It was a hard goodbye to my license plates but as always, every ending has a new beginning. Merp I’m gonna have a hard time looking for my car for the next two months. I’m going to be a Nevada resident for a while but who knows what the future will hold for me? But for now, that’s the plan!

Goodbye 2017!

I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good one! Here’s to all this learning and hopefully I don’t die in school. *fingers crossed* Also, I start clinical rotations very soon and I have a feeling that this is what we’re going to look like:

 Accurate or nah? HA!

Look out for my “first day of clinical” post to read about my first 12 hour shift! It’s happening soon!!!

Thank you for stopping by and reflecting on 2017 with me! Stay inspired and always keep learning ✨  Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow my blog if you’d like to be notified whenever I post! I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

 

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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FIRST BALAYAGE EXPERIENCE // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Guess who finally got her hair professionally dyed? Dis potato! I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for years now but I’ve always chickened out. But recently, I felt like I needed a change soooooo YOLO! Plus my friend wanted to dye her hair too so we went together! Friends who dye their hair together, stay together? 🤷

And this is how it came out!

I walked in thinking I was going to go lighter, like my whole head. I showed the hair stylist pictures I pinned from Pinterest! [insert shameless plug here] I wanted to eventually go lighter but I knew that with my dark dark dark brown hair, it wasn’t gonna get lighter than the brunette colors below. 👇

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We discussed whether I wanted to dye my whole head or just have balayage. We decided to go with the balayage because it would look more natural as it grew out. If only hair could stay one length, am i right? Imagine that…Yeah, that would be weird.

The hair stylist began by examining my hair. At first she told me the bleach may not work the way we wanted because there was red in my hair. I was shook. UH I don’t remember dying my hair red. I’ve dyed my hair before but it was more of an ombre … a failed ombre but I thought I already cut off.. so I was a bit sad. She told me that she’d try some bleach on a strand first to make sure the hair will do what we wanted it to do.

🤞fingers crossed!🤞

15 minutes later…the strand of hair bleached the way we wanted and the transformation began! It took so long. It was one of those times I wish I had shorter hair! It came to the point where I couldn’t sit still and being an awkward potato, I didn’t know what to talk about with the girl doing my hair. I ended up just sitting there draining my phone battery and reading magazines.

This may be weird but getting my hair done reminded me a lot of the nursing process. The stylist begins by introducing herself, and then explains the procedure and while she’s doing the procedure, she explains what she’s doing. She even said, “if you have any questions during the process, let me know!”They even have that supplies tray that reminds me of the ones in hospitals. HA okay, sorry…I’m weird.

Anyways, 3.5ish long hours later, it was finally done. It’s not as light as I had hoped it would be but I didn’t expect much since my hair was dark af. I was slightly worried about having a balayage because it looks pretty when it’s curled but when it’s straight, it could look weird. It took a while to get used to but I’m in love with it. New hair, who dis?

Below is the information for the salon I went to! My friend and I found it on yelp while frantically finding a place to get our hair dyed. We didn’t plan ahead so we were calling around looking for a place that had time for us. Oops! But we lucked out! 👇

Dare to Dye Salon Boutique

9710 W Tropicana Ave #115, Las Vegas, NV 89147

(702) 597-0390

Only 1.5 weeks until winter break but for now, it’s dooms week and a half. I have a lot of stuff to do but 21 more days til Christmas and then New Years!! Isn’t that crazy? Where has this year gone?

As always, thank you for stopping by! 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.// LOUD SIGHS AND SILENT CRIES// LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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I forgot Zac Efron could sing and now I’m like mind blown lol his voice though…

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

psst… check out my last post about catheters here!

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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.

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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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