Rough Day

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This picture explains it all!

I worked my first day at my new job. I worked med pass. I didn’t know where anything was, I don’t know the patients real well. I don’t know the schedules real well either.

It was a disaster to say the least.

A patient got mad at me. The wife yelled at me. None of it was my fault, but it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with it. The patient has recently gotten a terminal diagnosis and they are having a hard time dealing with it.

Overall, I am thankful for my health and my family’s health. I won’t let a bad day get me down, but I am glad it’s over and I am still excited about being there full time!

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Entering Final Semester!!

So, I have made it to the final semester in my nursing program! I passed all my classes, and best of all, I made the deans list again! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Actually best of all is that the last semester is only 10 weeks long πŸ™‚

I went back and read the post I did after my first semester and I talked a little about loosing students. This semester was a lot harder for everyone. I know I had to work a lot harder. This semester we lost 7 people! It has been a very sad and stressful week. It’s crazy but this next semester is supposed to be a lot better. The teachers say it is just practicing everything we have learned the last 9 months.

Bad news: I failed the math test (I get two more chances). I made a 92% and we had to make a 95% to pass there is 25 questions and I miss two of them. What that means is that I had to do a remediation class, I have to take the test over, and I got a 2 point deduction off my clinical grade for next semester, and I cannot pass meds until I pass. If I fail it a second time, it is the same conditions as above. If I fail the 3rd time, I fail out of the program. I know what I did, and it was a stupid rounding mistake(there are different rounding rules in dosage calculations due to using syringes). I did the math right all the way up to the rounding. It was so frustrating because while I was working the problems, I was doubting the answer. It just didn’t seem right to round ML to a whole number and thats what I thought it was asking. I am almost positive that I will not need the 3rd chance. Anyhow, I was pretty devastated when I got the results back but I am ok now. It’s not that big of a consequence just yet and I am positive I will pass it the next time with a 100%.

Because so many of us failed the math test this time around and we cannot pass meds my clinical instructor had to redo the clinical schedule to put those who passed on med-surg. So, I start clinicals on Monday and have no clue where I am going! A big mantra in my nursing program is “be flexible”.

Other news besides nursing, tomorrow I am going to a shooting range what rents out guns so that you can try before you buy. I am finally going to get a gun since I have had my CHL for a while now πŸ™‚ I am having trouble making up my mind between a revolver or a semi-automatic. I just don’t know what to do! I have never shot a revolver but I just think they are so cool. I will tomorrow though and I guess I will make up my mind then.

Oh, yesterday I taught Bentley how to play dead! I point my finger like a gun and say bang and he will roll on his side like he is dead! It is so cute. And the cats are getting more used to him, they will get closer. Shelby smacked him on the nose yesterday. I didn’t find a scratch on him but he was backing her up into a corner and I wasn’t watching them but I heard a yelp and turned around to see Bentley running away. He doesn’t want to hurt the cats he is just bigger and more rowdy and it scares them.

Since this has become probably the longest post I have ever written I will end it and throw in a picture πŸ™‚

Shelby

This week!

This week, I had my med-surg rotation. It was better than I thought. I had been hearing from other students that it was boring and a lot like the nursing home, but it wasn’t so much to me. I passed by med pass check off Β in the lab back in early May but I had to wait until my med-surg rotation to get checked off on med pass in a clinical setting. So, I gave my first injection! I was soooo nervous! I usually get really nervous during check offs anyway because of the whole test anxiety thing. Plus they film us (to make sure they didn’t miss anything), so it’s just so awkward talking and trying to give meds to a dummy. They are just hard for me. Anyhow, I usually shake a little during check offs and I was so worried that I would shake while trying to give an injection to a person but I didn’t! It was awesome πŸ™‚ . Getting the meds ready was a little nerve racking because our clinical instructor grills us on, what its class is, what its action is, why the patient is getting it, if there is any reason it should be held (like heart rate too low or blood glucose too low). So we pretty much have to hit the floor running. We get there at 6:15 but wasn’t getting our patients until about 7am, as soon as we got our patients we printed the MAR, looked up the diagnosis, their morning labs, and had to look up the medications they were receiving in our med books. The first day my patient only had 9am meds so I had plenty of time, but the second day my patient had 7:30 insulin so I had to work pretty quick. But it was fun. Anyhow, I didn’t think med-surg was too bad. I only had one patient each day, so I did have extra time but I spent it making med cards.

We also had our mid term clinical evaluations this week. I am excited to say that all is well where I am concerned. She said that I need to work on my confidence because she can tell I second guess myself a lot when I shouldn’t. She said that I have got this and do very well while in clinicals. It is hard to have confidence when you are always being graded and scored. I have learned SO much more than I could have ever imagined in the last 6 months but I have so much more to learn.

Wound care check offs click for source

Yesterday was a very stressful day for my class 😦 . We had sterile wound care check offs. The main thing was keeping it sterile. I think we all went into it unsure about everything. I was near the end of the list and we were watching about every other person leave crying. So by the time it was my turn to check off I was totally freaked out. I passed, thank God! I contaminated my gloves twice (the first time I put on one sterile glove and then touched the other with my ungloved hand, the second time I dropped my sterile gloved hand below the table) but I caught both times so I didn’t fail (if you didn’t catch it you failed). We were allowed two contaminations so if I would have done it once more I would have failed. Also, you failed automatically if you contaminated the wound. I felt so clumsy and I had to dry pack a wound. It is so hard to get a dry 4X4 into a wound without touching the edges of the skin… I passed thats all that matters. The way our check offs are done, you either pass or fail. You get two chances but if you fail the first, the highest you can make is a 50%. If you fail your second chance, you get a zero. Everyone in our class has become so close each other, and it is hard to see your classmates fail at something.

I am so excited to be selling Scentsy soon! More information to come πŸ™‚