Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tomorrow will be my very first nursing lecture, as well as my nursing math class. As of right now, I don't have much to say since I really need to be reading instead. I think I still have over 100 pages I need to read before off I go. I'll post a blog over the weekend and let you know how my lecture and nursing math class went.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

To say I am utterly overwhelmed at the moment would be an understatement. I have SO much reading to do, its not funny. So I am freaking out.....just a little. What did I get myself into?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot to report on about my first day. The first 45 minutes of my 3 hour lecture was roll call. She had us line up and each come up to her to check us off her list. I'm not sure why she chose to do it this way, rather than call our names and have us say, "Here." I think its possible she wanted to have us correctly tell her the pronounciation of our names. After that we just had some basic program orientation and a rep from the books we use in the program came by to talk about the E-books that a lot of students purchased. Today and tomorrow are going to continue with Clinical and Departmental Orientations, and Friday begins the nitty gritty. My first exam is 2 weeks from Friday. The nursing class I am taking is called Nursing Process 1, and in 8 weeks its over, and I begin Nursing Process 2. Over the next 16 weeks I will have a total of 6 Nursing Process exams, and 4 Pharmacology exams.

Both professors seem very nice so far. My pharmacology professor is HILARIOUS! He is a Doctor of Pharmacy, and works with a local hospital here as their Pharmacy Residency Director. He will be incorporating real life nursing stories about meds into his lectures, which is neat.

So that's the scoop so far. I do have to be at school at 7:30 this morning, and I woke up at 4:30am in order to get some reading done since I am really bad at it at night. Can you believe I went to bed BEFORE 10pm? Craziness.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Today's the big day. Finally, after all this time, its here. I begin a journey I set out on so long ago, yet never even reached the starting point for. Today is that starting point. I am a range of emotions, to say the least. The two main emotions: Excitement and Nervousness, mostly just Nervousness.

I start with Nursing Process 1 Lecture from 9a-12p. However, it is an orientation, so we won't be getting to any lecturing until our next class, which is Friday. I also have Pharmacology from 5-7p. I plan on staying at school to start reading and studying as I have my first test in a little over 2 and a half weeks and I have close to 700 pages of reading, not to mention time needed to go over information, read lecture notes, work on nursing modules, and studying. Plus I have pharmacology class on top of it and a Nursing Math class, too.

I'll try to post soon about my day.

Until then...........

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Unfortunately, I will be unable to find out the grades for my lecture and lab finals, but today semester grades were posted online on the school's website. I was disappointed to see I had received a B in both my lecture and lab classes, but it's better than a C I suppose. I'm particularly bummed because I feel if I had the professor I had in the beginning AND ended up with a B, it would have been ok, but with this professor, I had no idea what I was doing and had no direction. He was the most unhelpful professor I've had, aside from the chemistry teacher I had several years ago, and especially so when saying he would not send us our grades for the finals, explaining that there was no way he could possibly email 120 students. Sigh. I guess its all water under the bridge now. My GPA was 3.64 before this semester. With A's it would have been 3.68, however, with my B's it is 3.55. I guess that's still pretty good. I'm just worried about keeping it as high as I can because I've heard so many people say with nursing school, the GPA's drop a lot because A students become C students, and if I happen to go to school past my Bachelor's degree, schools will require a 3.0 or higher.

Overall, I think Microbiology is a difficult class, but I didn't find the material ridiculously hard. I found the class very interesting, and I wish I could sit through the last 6 weeks in another semester with my old professor, not for a grade, but so I could really learn the material better. The last 6 weeks had a lot more interesting information and I feel like its all a blur.

So that's the conclusion of the Pre-nursing student story. I'm off to organize my reading for my very first nursing exam, which is on September 11, and then actually start reading it. The test will cover, NO LIE, 638 pages of information.

There really won't be much to say until August 24th after my very first class day. It will be a long one- I have class from 9am-12pm, then I have pharmacology class from 5pm-7pm and I will pretty much stay at school until my pharm class is over. I will blog about my first day sometime around the 24th. Tune in again soon!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tuesday is my last Microbiology class for lecture and lab. I have a crazy final in each class. My lab final consists of a written exam on the last 16 experiments we've done in class, plus a practical portion looking at microscope slides and having to name what I see and the stage its in, plus there will be previous experiment results that I need to identify. My lecture exam will consist of the last 7 chapters that we've covered since the new professor joined us. I'm am especially worried about this one since I need to get an 87 on the test in order to keep my A, and the last test I took, which was the first one with the new guy, I got an 82! My first B in the class ever. Sigh. So I will be studying like crazy for the next couple of days.
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