Building My Nursing Philosophy pt. 1 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Today marks the end-ish of Block 6: Nursing Theories, Practice, and Issues. I turned in my philosophy paper last week and it was such a struggle. I literally forgot how to write a paper. All those writing classes I took in college has gone to the “nice to know” region of my brain and recently moved to the brain grave.

This class is all online and the assignments consist of discussions, one philosophy paper, and one group presentation about a philosopher. The discussion posts were always a hassle because in the past blocks, they were mostly done with group members. That meant we had to coordinate with each other and it took a lot of time. But for this block, they were all individual responses.  However, one requirement is to respond to two of your colleagues post but those weren’t time consuming. You pretty much compliment on their post, say whether you agree/disagree or add your input!

For the presentation, we had to choose a philosopher. Good thing my group member was on top of it because I was completely out of the loop. We chose Jean Watson and we just followed the rubric/guideline. If you guys were wondering how 8 people worked on a presentation, we used google presentation! It’s great because we can work from our comfort and watch it being put together.

The only downside is if you convert the google presentation to an actual ppt, the fonts may not transfer and the images may be distorted so definitely double check before uploading!

I may or may not have slacked a little and ended up having to come up with a clinical scenario. And let. me. tell. you… that was..wow. hella difficult! I hope it was acceptable because I had the worst time trying to come up with one. Fingers crossed? :<

This block as a whole was pretty relaxing. Maybe…a little too relaxing but I’m not complaining. Since it was mostly discussions and that paper, I decided to do all of my discussions ahead of time so I could focus on my paper. The paper was so difficult for me to start/write that I began to write it like a blog post! I guess these blog posts are paying off because that def made it easier. I like to tell people my paper was a blog post without the bad grammar and the lols 🙂 I ended up doing well so that was definitely a big relief! I really don’t like papers…

Next is Nursing Research and I don’t really know what to expect. Perhaps…nursing..,research? Who knows! haha anyways, that’s what block 6 was like! I didn’t really vlog about it because there was nothing to vlog. I literally just sat there and stared at my computer for 15 mins per day and that’s it. I did vlog my first cycling class experience and getting my ears pierced so I’ll leave that right here!

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Signing off from this blog post… I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful. Thanks for reading!

 

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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

 

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psst…Oh and what’s my nursing philosophy? Find out in the next blog post! 🙂

THAT MEDICATION DOES WHAT?! + HOW I STUDIED FOR PHARMACOLOGY// LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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It’s one of those days where I’m having a writers block and I don’t remember how to start a blog post. And then I refer back to my old blog posts and… I’m still stuck. So hi, how are you doing? I hope you are all doing super well. Last week, I successfully made it through pharmacology without remediating and it was the best feeling ever. It was a lot of loud sighing and silent crying but hey, I’m done with that now! I vlogged during the week of the exam 🙂 Check it out below! 👇

Today, I thought I’d talk about how I studied for pharmacology. I was going to make a video about it but I can’t seem to get pass the insecurities and formalities of a sit down video so I thought I’d at least write about. 🙂 But before we get into the fun stuff, let me break down what pharmacology was like for me!

Since I am in an accelerated program, pharmacology is only 2 weeks. Wait what? 2 weeks? Yep, you read that right. Don’t worry, I thought the designer of this program was crazy too. I had about 8/10 days to learn/study/memorize a lot of drugs. It was a struggle. I think I studied about 18 hours a day… now if you told high school Tiffany that I’d be doing that, she’d laugh in your face. It was non-stop learning, reviewing, and memorizing.ati.png

There were no actual textbooks for this block. Most of the learning materials were on ATI. It’s an online tutorial website that my school uses as supplemental instruction. It’s also the company that makes the TEAs exam. Each day, we were assigned certain modules to watch and that’s what we used to learn our drug information. The professors provided drug charts from the ATIs and I mainly used those to study for the exam.

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At first, I went through every assigned section of the ATIs but that took up 4+ hours of my day. I personally felt like I was wasting time so instead, I decided to focus on the drug charts. I used the ATIs to look at the “expected drug action” and took some notes. Since I have really bad memory, the best way for me to memorize drugs is by understanding how they work.

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At orientation, we were given the Nurse’s drug handbook. It’s basically a dictionary for drugs and it includes pretty much everything in the drug chart plus more. I used the handbook as an extra source to double check my information before memorizing them.

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To help me understand and remember the drug uses, I purchased Mosby’s Pharmacology Memory NoteCards: Visual, Mnemonic, and Memory Aids for Nurses, 4e (here) from amazon prime for about $18. I thought it was really helpful because I am a visual learner so looking at the quirky pictures and mnemonics helped me understand the drug uses. BUT I do think it’s better to primarily use the information that the professor provides because a lot of these extra sources give you way more information than you actually need to know at the moment. …I started panicking a little. Oops, self inflicted pain.

 

TIFF TIP: focus on the information that your professor wants you to focus on. Use the extra resources as a guide but ya know, don’t rely on it.

The best thing about this block was that our professors had a review for each module. There was a review session almost everyday and it helped me a lot. There’s a lot of information to learn and sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing. So the reviews kind of guided me and gave me an idea of what the professor wants us to focus on. I wish all professors did that. Below is an example of notes I took for respiratory drugs.

Screen Shot 2018-02-02 at 12.15.12 PM.pngUsing the information on the drug chart, I made flashcards to drill the information into my brain. I only included the drug name (Brand + generic name), drug classification, drug therapeutic use, and side effects. I assumed that was what the professors wanted to us to focus on. I mean my brain can only handle so much information, right? A lot of the side effects and related nursing interventions were similar so I learned the main ones and were able to apply them without writing them onto my tiny notecard.

TIFF TIP: Minimize the writing on your notecards because a lot of words is just overwhelming and then your brain will be like OHMERGERD WHAT IS HAPPENING?! True story. Happened way too many times.

A lot of these drugs have several side effects so one thing that helped me remember them was putting them into alphabetical order. I also highlighted the crap out of my drug charts and notecards to make the words pop. I used a different color for different purposes. For example, yellow was drug classification, pink was therapeutic use, and mint green was side effects. The colors on the notecards matched the drug chart so it was easier to identify.

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Now, it’s time to memorize them! Ugh the most dreaded part…am i right? I memorize things by writing them over and over again. I have a big white board from Costco for about $20 and I bought the costco pack of dry erase markers. I split up the notecards into small sections. Having too many notecards will become too overwhelming so try to split it up. Baby steps! I go through each notecard and I write EVERYTHING down. I keep repeating the same notecard until I get it right without help. Then I cycled through the small batch of cards until I get it right. This process takes forever but I say it’s worth it.

And that is how I studied for pharmacology! It’s a lot stuff to remember so do not procrastinate. Also, I recommend reviewing what you’ve memorized everyday. I had to do that a lot because again, short term memory… #struggle but if this sad goldfish can do it, you definitely can too!

If you guys saw my vlog (linked above..and here..) you guys would know how I started to freak out before the exam. The exam was 80 questions and we had 2 hours to complete it. This was our first 80 question exam. During the exam, oh boy… First of all, I didn’t know I could sit still for that long. Second of all, I really had to pee during the exam but people kept going so I held it the whole 1.5 hours I had left. #firstworldproblems I’m not going to lie, the exam was like a scary movie and I was the one who wasn’t going to make it out alive. I guessed on so many of them and I lost count of how many I got wrong during Evidence Based Review (EBR). I expected to see myself at remediation but somehow I saved my own butt from remediating.  It was a miracle! ✨ YAY PHARMACOLOGY IS OVER!

The weird part is that my friends and I have been talking about pharmacology since block 1 and here we are, after pharmacology making our way through block 5. Time goes by so fast! We have to remember the information we learned in pharmacology for block 5: adult health. Everything is built off each other and eventually, it will all make sense. I can’t wait until the day where I can go, OHHHH I SEE WHAT THEY MEANT  without having a 2007 Britney Spears moment. But for now, signing off from this blog post.. I hope you learned something or got inspiration for how to study! 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. // 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!

As always, 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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