TRAUMATIZED BY SIM LAB (lol) // LETIFFANYSHOW

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SIM lab is a place where all dreams go to die. Kidding. But I may or may not be traumatized by my SIM lab experience.

Welcome back to my blog! I participated in a SIM lab and I thought I’d write about my experiences and reflect on what I would have done different. Grab a snack because this is going to be a long one…

Background

Simulation lab (SIM lab for short) is an activity we have in nursing school where we’re put in a room that mimics a hospital room with a SIM mannequin that mimics a human. It’s pretty cool cause the mannequin has respirations, has a pulse, and it talks! Well, the professor and the IT master control the mannequin in the control room but it’s amazing how much technology we have these days. So basically, the professor gives us a scenario, picks 2 student nurses to go in the room to do the simulation while the rest of the group sits in a different room and watch them do their thang on a big screen tv. I’ve done this before but this time, it was bad…

For some reason, I had a feeling my professor was going to pick me so I studied up on the topic. We knew it was going to be on Pulmonary Embolism (PE) so I focused on PE the night before when I was studying for my exam and reviewed before the lab. That way, if she picked me, I wouldn’t be completely clueless on the nursing interventions and what to do when your patient is having a difficult time.When she picked me, I was super nervous but I was like, ok I got this, lets do this. I have nothing to lose but some dignity (LOL)…

And… I don’t got it.

You see, the thing about these simulation labs is that you think you know what you’re going to do but the moment you go into the room, its like you forget everything nursing. Not only you have pressure of saving the SIM patient but also in the back of your mind, you have at least 8 pairs of eyes watching you. It’s a lot of pressure! So the moment my patient said, I CAN’T BREATHE and I’M IN PAIN, my mind completely blanked. And as we assessed the patient even further, his HR kept going up and his oxygen saturation kept going down. He was crashing and I blanked even more. The worst part was, the SIM patient said he was in pain and I administered morphine without checking the computer for orders or calling the provider. *facepalm* In the moment, I was thinking, “okay he’s in pain, pain is a priority, I should relieve his pain.” But in reality, WHY DID I DO THAT?! I KNOW BETTER. -.-  I guess on the bright side, I did hand hygiene and wore gloves lol … i guess. *facepalm* why…

I knew the end product was the patient had a Pulmonary Embolism because it said on the schedule but the point of this simulation was to get from point A to the end product. It’s like this large puzzle and you have to somehow put together their symptoms (the puzzle pieces) and then notify the doctor and try to relieve the problem. This is exactly what nurses do in real life! So when I failed, I felt really bad about it and guilty. Like why couldn’t I do it? and WHY DID I GIVE MORPHINE WITHOUT CHECKING FOR ORDERS?! GOODNESS. *more facepalm*

I think the hardest part was hearing all the “you should have, could have” done _____ from my peers. It is a learning experience but honestly, all i wanted to say to them was, “you don’t know what it was like until you’re in there”. I’ve definitely been in the viewing room and in my head I’m shouting like omg you should be doing this why are you doing that? like its a TV show but when you’re in there, it’s completely different. I was low key crying during the whole debrief because 1) I’m emotional 2) I was beating myself up for the dumb things I did in there. I know better and I know I could have done better but it is what it is and on the bright side, it’s a mannequin and he’s fine…I think…

What I would do differently is call the provider as soon as his vital signs started to deteriorate. The sooner I get the doctor’s orders, the sooner I can implement them and help the patient relieve the symptoms and prevent his condition from worsening.

I can literally write a book called “things you shouldn’t do as a nurse” based on my actions in the SIM lab that haha it was horrible. But again, I learned from my lesson and I hope my peers did too lol “this is what you shouldn’t do in a situation like this” 🙂 AND thank goodness they didn’t make me watch myself fail. That would have been even more traumatizing LOL I laugh about it now but man, during and after the simulation lab, I was a mess. sigh…

Anyways, that’s pretty much it for this blog post. If you guys have any stories from nursing school or even as a real nurse, comment them down below and we can laugh or cry about it together!

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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… I’m exhausted.

PSYCHIATRIC-MENTAL HEALTH NURSING+ HOW I STUDIED// LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Welcome back to my blog!

The first part of Block 11, Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing, has ended  and my oh my, where has time gone?

One of the hardest things about this block was getting back into study mode. The two blocks before this block were a lot more relaxed so trying to get back into the “grind” mindset was very difficult. I also got really sick during this block, so that didn’t help!

WHY IMMUNE SYSTEM, WHY?!

Having a passion for psychiatric-mental health nursing was a big factor in my ability to focus and learn the material. Mental health has always been something that I felt was important to be aware of so learning the material wasn’t so bad.  It also helped knowing that it was something I might want to go into one day. I guess we’ll find out in clinical rotations!

How I studied: I studied this block using the same methods as before. I downloaded the content outlines from each module and filled them out as I read. That definitely helped me stay focused. I also printed all of the content summaries and highlighted the important parts. Actually, everything was important so I almost highlighted the whole page… *guilty* For the pharmacology portion, the professor posted various games that helped me remember important facts about each drug. Repetition really does work you guys! I also wrote out on a piece of paper the prototypes of the drugs and its classification. One thing I realized that was pretty helpful was to write out all of the side effects. We often see medications with side effects like “CNS depression” or “extrapyramidal symptoms” and then followed by a crap ton of symptoms! So I found it helpful to have a page that listed all of the general side effects and what happens if/when it occurs. It definitely helps to clarify things and makes it easier. Mnemonics were also my best friend for this. For example, I used ADAPT for extrapyramidal symptoms!

Acute Dystonia Akathasia Pseudoparkinsonism Tardive dyskinesia

Pretty cool right? Definitely useful when theres so many side effects and symptoms to remember!

Therapeutic relationship and communication were the main themes of mental health. Sure, there are medications to calm the patient or alleviate the problems but you need to be able to effectively communicate to assess the situation and go from there! A lot of our exam questions were related to how to speak to patients. There were questions that asked which response was most appropriate and you would have to pick a quote. Some of the answers were really obvious like why would I say that to someone? However, I stared at the remaining answer choices like uh.. I don’t know? haha and these questions are very difficult to EBR (evidence base review) because there is no direct quote in the book that tells you the right answer so there is no way to prove that any of the answer choices would be correct.

Evidence Based Review: the fourth stage of our exam process where we are able to “argue” against our professors on each question and use the textbook as proof to either get it nullified or get our answer choice to count.

Speaking of the exam, MY COMPUTER CRASHED/RESTARTED/SHUTDOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EXAM! OOF that was loud. But yes, that did happen. During the exam, I was on number 35 and my computer went to a black screen and then back to the login screen of my computer. My heart literally stopped, like why now? It went to an orange screen where I had to ask my professor for a resume code and I got to go back to where I left off. I almost cried and it definitely threw me off! But eventually, I finished my exam and I felt pretty good.

But boy was I wrong… (and this is why I’m never super confident) Since this exam had 60 questions and my team got the 90% or higher on the team assessment, I was allowed to miss 9 questions. I ended up missing 12 and that was pretty devastating because I actually thought I got this one. I also really did not want to take this exam again. No one does.. So I was depending on EBR to pass. *fingers crossed* All I needed was 3 questions but it looks like they threw out a bunch!  They were really generous and I was very thankful for that! We all passed and I passed with a 95%. <—miracle right there!

It was a little soul crushing knowing that I could have failed because this was something I wanted to do! How embarrassing.. haha but that’s not going to stop me. Maybe clinical rotations will… it really is a great feeling to pass considering how difficult the past week has been. So you know what? You live and you learn! I’m thankful to be here and I’m doing my best to become the best [insert specialty here] nurse I can be.

But that’s pretty much what the first part of block 11 was like!  I vlogged a part of it so check it out aboveeee! The second portion is called Community Health /Public Health nursing and it’s not too bad so far. There’s this group project that leads us into the community health clinical rotation so it’s important we do well. Look out for a future post where I’ll talk more about the project! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and hanging out with me! If you liked this blog post, give it a biggggg thumbs up! And subscribe to my blog for future notifications of when I post! Also check out my youtube channel where I vlog about nursing school!

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… hi! so if you guys were wondering… for some reason, the blocks are numbered out of order and I have no idea why. I went from block 7 to block 11 and next is block 10, I believe. Weird, right?

 

Building My Nursing Philosophy pt. 1 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Welcome Back to My Blog!

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!

Thank you for stopping by and hanging out with me! If you liked this blog post, give it a biggggg thumbs up! And subscribe to my blog for future notifications of when I post! Also check out my youtube channel where I vlog about nursing school!

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.

 

psst… check out my last post here!

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

RECAP: Adult Health Clinical Rotation// LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Wow! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve been neglecting this website and focusing on my vlog channel. I know i know, all you’re hearing are excuses.

So let me catch you up on what’s been happening! On the last post, I talked about remediating and the pains of it. NEVER AGAIN. And my wish came true! I passed assessment two by only missing 4! It was a miracle! After the exam was over, we were given a week off from school. Technically, that was the week for “block remediation” but if you didn’t have to block remediate, then you could relax. I honestly had no idea we even had a week off or else I would have planned to go somewhere or would have gone home. Oops! After that week, we started clinical rotations! And that is what today’s blog post is about. So.. lets taco about it! I vlogged about it so here’s the first two weeks of vlogs! 👇

This clinical rotation was 3 weeks long. My assigned days were Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and it was 7am-7pm. Time went by so much faster this rotation. It’s probably because we were able to do so much more than just stand there and watch our nurse chart. In this rotation, I was allowed to start IVs, pull IVs, hang IVs, pass out medication, give shots and of course provide all basic patient needs.

I also got to see more things! I got to see a PICC line insertion and that was really cool! The PICC line nurse was so kind and taught us why a PICC line is preferred over an IV for some patients. She also explained to us what she was doing step by step! I also had the opportunity to adventure out into different departments. I got to see the Interventional Radiology department where they do minimally invasive procedures using x-ray imaging. I also got to work in the ER, which was intimidating. It’s really interesting to see the nurses role in different departments. For example, the interventional radiology nurse does mostly paper work and monitors the vitals signs. In the ER, its interesting to see how the nurses prioritize, especially when its hectic and new patients keep rushing in.

I really struggled with IVs. In med surg, there weren’t many opportunities to put in IVs since most patients that were transferred to the floor already had one in. You would be lucky to get one if your nurse happen to have a patient who needed one. I was not one of the lucky ones. It wasn’t until I got to adventure down to the ER where I got IV experience. In the ER, every patient admitted needed one so I got plenty of opportunities. Let. me. tell. you. How they teach you in skills lab is so different from real life. The skin/veins on the fake arm is so much more firm whereas real skin is more soft and I guess…jiggly. OH and I guess the fake arm doesn’t scream either… so… sticking in the needle feels different and of course each patient has different skin texture. I got to attempt an IV on four different patients. It’s funny because they teach you to not tell them it’s your first time doing an IV.

Patient: Is this your first time?

Me: I’ve done it a hundred times (…in lab..) 🙂

I only got 1 out of 4 IVs in successfully. It got a little discouraging every time I failed but my nurse was very supportive and gave me insight on how to be successful. It’s something I wish I could practice more on but I’m afraid to hurt people or break their veins. Since I only had so many opportunities to do an IV, I hope I don’t forget the skill in the future.

On the bright side, I saw myself improve in patient communication. I remember in my first rotation, my professor stuck me in a patient’s room and I literally had no idea what to do so I just stood there. This rotation, I was able to go into a patient’s room and have a proper conversation with them. I still struggle when a patient starts talking about their feelings or cries. You know, they teach you these things in the ATI modules and the book but like in real life, it feels different. Like I look at those readings and it’s like common sense. But when a patient cries, I suddenly don’t know what to do.  I just stood there and held her hand and listened to her talk/cry.  I tried?

So all in all, this was a pretty good rotation. Time went by so much faster and I didn’t feel the dread of going to the hospital. I guess the only thing I really dreaded was driving to the hospital but that’s the reality of having a job…the drive.. My professor made this so much more worthwhile as well. She was so kind and I could tell she wanted us to succeed. If we didn’t know something, she would have us research about it and report to her at the end of the day. At the time, it probably felt a little embarrassing and intimidating but in the long run, I think it’s worth it. I find that researching the topic sticks to my brain longer than someone just telling me. It just goes from one ear to the next haha.

Anyways, that was pretty much what my adult health clinical rotation was like! I vlogged about it here and there and went more into depth about what happened each day so check them out above! For the next two blocks, it’s all didatic (online) so a lot of my colleagues are going home. But for me, I’m just going to stay here because I can’t study at home. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this recap of my clinical rotation!

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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psst…So you know how in my last post I said I loved the resident? I found this video of a real doctor watching the resident and it’s the funniest thing ever. I wanted to share it with you here!

 


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IT’S ALL GOING TO BE OKAY..remediation at its finest // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

hello friends 12

Welcome back to my blog!

Before I begin, I’d like to thank everyone who sent me positive vibes and encouraged me through this process. It made me really happy and your support definitely got me through this! Thank you so much! You guys are the best! ❤

So, remediation. Let’s talk about it.

For those who are new to my blog, hello! my name is Tiffany and I’m so glad you’re here! My program requires us to get a 90% or higher on everything which includes exams, assignments, projects, etc! If we do not get a 90% or higher on our exams, we go into remediation. It’s kind of a second chance for us to get that 90% of higher except during remediation, you don’t get team points. We have to get that 90%+ on our own and through evidence based review. Scary right? If you don’t pass remediation, then you go into block remediation. If you don’t pass that, then you get held back to the following cohort. It’s a lot of pressure! *hyperventilates*

So last night, I couldn’t sleep. I just felt like I didn’t study enough and I felt very anxious about it all. During the weekend, I tried to brush up on the terms and information I wasn’t confident on and wished for the best. It was also REALLY windy outside, which made it even harder to sleep. Sigh..

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Morning came and I was so tired. I had no energy to do anything but I had to do what I had to do! I dragged my sleepy butt to school extra early so I could review a little bit more before the exam (and chow down my Mcdonalds lol). Remediation took place in a really small room next to the lecture hall we take exams in. It was stuffy, warm, and I’m pretty sure I was inhaling everyone else’s CO2. HELP. There was 10 of us who remediated and that room definitely was not made for 10 nervous people. yikes..

The exam started and oh my goodness I was like, wtf is this? I definitely planned to use the whole 90 minutes even if I finished early. I didn’t want to do bad later and regret not using the given time. Question after question, I felt half good and half bad. Towards the end of the exam, I started having a panic attack. I’m not sure if it was my fear of “failing” again or the fact that the room had 10 people in it and I was suffocating. But I made it through the exam and I just let the timer run til the end.

Next came the evidence based review. There were a couple students who were borderline “failing” so we definitely had to EBR as many questions as possible.

Evidence based review is where we try to argue against questions that we feel could be worded better or have another answer and we find evidence to prove it. This could be from textbooks, the ATI books, or the module summaries the prof gave us.

I actually passed without the EBR and it was a relief! I missed 4 out of 60 which might be the best score I’ve ever gotten without team points. But it made me think about how I probably could have done this the first time if I knew how to study for assessment 1. We all agreed that the remediation exam was harder than the official exam. For a lot of the questions, I stared at it like ..um..am I supposed to know this? For example, diabetic neuropathy. I didn’t even read that section but luckily, I was able to use critical thinking and think my way through it. GAH that assessment is DONEZO.

For some reason, I always get a headache after being at school for too long. I’m not sure if it’s the air or just the environment but damn, I always need to have my backpack ibuprofen with me. What? You have your backpack chapstick and I have my backpack ibuprofen! 🙂

hehe welp, I will resume to vlogging tomorrow once I’m well rested. We start cardio and it sounds difficult. I also have my video assessment on Thursday for medication administration, which if you’ve seen my vlogs, I’m pretty nervous but okay about it. Wish me luck! But for now, I’m off to bed. 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…I just cried my eyes out watching Me Before You! That movie always gets me 😦

I never want to remediate again. Pls no. YIKES.


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

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Welcome back to my blog!

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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psst…Let’s get to know each other! Today’s question is… Netflix or Hulu? This is a hard one for me but I’d have to say Hulu. I don’t have real TV anymore so to keep up with my favorite shows, I watch them on Hulu!

bonus question: what’s your favorite tv show on right now?  Mine would be The Resident on FOX. Even though it’s a show about doctors, I love that the nurse has a vital position in the show and she’s pretty badass. Love her!!


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

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Welcome back to my blog 

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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