FAILING MY FIRST NURSING EXAM- an update on life // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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I almost typed vlog there because I’ve been vlogging more than I’ve been posting here. MY BAD!

I’m tired. I’m like beyond tired. I’m brutally exhausted and I’m not sure why. This week I decided not to vlog because I just felt tired. Not tired of vlogging but I just felt mentally exhausted from school that I didn’t feel like talking.

Today, I failed my first nursing school exam and it didn’t feel good.

If this is your first time here, hi my name is Tiffany and it’s nice to meet you! My program requires us to get a 90% or higher on everything. That includes exams, video assessments, projects, discussion posts…everything!

I’ve been doing well and passing things on my first try (even when it’s barely 90%) but today, I didn’t get a 90. I got a 85%. I missed by 2.. 😦 Yikes. Now in the real world, I would be thrilled to get a 85% on any exam but in nursing school land, that is unacceptable.

This exam was on adult health I. It was 60 questions, 90 minutes and a whole lot of “what the heck is happening?” A lot of these questions required critical thinking. It was half knowing the material and the other half was deciding what your priority action would be. For example, if a pt was in pain, what would you do first? That kind of stuff. Of course stressed out Tiffany was thinking of other things and forgot that we should always make sure the pt is comfortable first. 😐 But hey, at least now I know.

This block is/was extra difficult for me because we came straight from pharmacology which was straight up memorization. The pharmacology exam had some critical thinking but most of it was just facts. For this exam, it was a lot of ” what would you do as a nurse?” and when I was reading the question, I wasn’t picturing the situation. I mean in real life, if my patient was in pain, I would of course take care of their pain first and then everything else comes next. But during the exam, all I was thinking was, ok this patient has this disease..must deal with disease. sigh..

It just sucks because I knew the stuff. I just did stupid things or didn’t think about it clearly. And now I’m sitting in a pile of regrets like “I should have read it more clearer…” or “I should have looked at that page again” It’s a really bad feeling. But honestly I’m not sad that I have to remediate because it’s really just a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and excel from there. There is nothing wrong with remediating. It’s just scary because that is your second to last chance to get it right. Your score is your score. There is no team points and barely any evidence based review (EBR) so, I’m going to have to get that 90% all on my own. WHYY MEE.

I keep telling myself and my fellow “remediation colleagues” that it’s okay and shit happens. Because its true. Shit happens. We knew the stuff, things went over our head. I’m trying to take this and make it into a learning experience so I can change up my study methods, learning methods, and study habits. It’s all a learning process.

I have the weekend to keep studying and Monday morning, here we go again. It’s going to be one of the scariest things of my life but best believe, we’ll be just fine. #seeyouatremediation But for now, back to studying and signing off from this blog 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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HELLO 2018 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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I hope you all had a safe and eventful New Years Eve! Cheers to a great year and whatever 2018 brings us! 😍 In my last post, I shared some things that happened in 2017! Today, I’d like to share my new years resolutions with you guys! 👇 newyearsresolutions

  1. Get over the awkwardness and vlog my nursing school experience! When I started nursing school, I wanted to vlog my experience and share it with you all. But once the camera turned on, my mind went blank and after all, my life isn’t that interesting. So I vlogged twice. This year, I’d like to work on getting over that awkwardness and vlog so that you guys can cry with me, sigh with me, and experience nursing school with me!
  2. Should I eat healthier? This seems like a staple new years resolution for everybody. My goal is to incorporate more nutritious foods into my diet. As I get busier with school, I tend to lose track of the food I put into my body and then things get bad. I also stress eat a lot and eat a lot of junk food. 😅
  3. I guess I should work out more… I joined a gym when I moved to Nevada because I had no muscle strength whatsoever and as a nurse, it’s probably an important thing to have. As time went on, I stopped going as often because school happens. This year, I would like to keep a specific schedule of what days I go and what I do on those specific days. This one goes with my eating healthier goal because diet is also a big part of reaching my fitness goal. MACHO TIFFANY IS COMING YO WAY IN 2018!! Just kidding. SOS.
  4. Let’s practice self care. Practicing self care is going to be an important factor in my nursing school career this year. It’s only going to get harder so I need to make sure I’m taking care of myself before I can take care of others. One of the ways I want to practice self care is by making sure I am not overworking myself, I tend to be too hard on myself and stress myself out. Relax Tiffany. Breathe… Take a step back and do something I love like blogging! What suggestions do you have for practicing self care?
  5. Stress less. I tend to stress about things I can’t control and it puts unnecessary stress on me. I want to work on letting go of the unnecessary worries and the things I can’t control. I’ve been working on this in 2017 and so far there’s progress! It’s helping me a lot!

And that’s it for my new years resolutions! It’s doable, right? Seems realistic! Again, I hope you had the happiest of new years and best of luck to whatever it is you’re doing whether it be school, applications, or jobs! If you have any blog post suggestions or questions, please let me know in the comments below! Or if you just wanna say hi, that’s cool too!

Stay inspired and always keep learning ✨ 

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.// 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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