Friday, May 21, 2010

Two weeks into my six week Nursing Psych class and there isn't a whole lot to report. My hospital clinical time doesn't begin until June, and I have only 3 hospital clinical days, so there hasn't been anything to report about there. My first exam was today, so until now, there just hasn't been much to talk about.

I had thought that I studied pretty well for this test, so I was a little taken aback to see that I got an 82. An 82 is considered a C (83-91 is a B, 92-100 is an A). While this is still a decent grade, I am nervous because the second test is supposed to be more difficult than the first, and in order to get a B in the class I will need to get an 83 and 84 on the next two exams or some combination of
167 points within the next 2 exams. The good news is that I need a minimum of 68 on the next two exams to pass, which I think I could pull off.

Clinical begins June 3rd and my next exam is June 7th. So look for more updates then. Only a little over 4 more weeks until summer break. Can't wait!!

Friday, May 7, 2010


Today I sent out my scholarship package to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Health Resources and Services Administration's Nursing Scholarship Program. According to their website, the program is competitive and there are usually a lot of applicants:
The NSP for the 2010-2011 school year is expected to be very competitive. The Program anticipates more applicants for scholarship awards than there are funds available. It is expected that 500 awards will be made for the 2010 – 2011 school year.

In FY 2009, NSP received 425 eligible applications and made 189 initial awards and 15 continuation awards.
In FY 2008, NSP received 340 eligible applications and made 169 initial awards and 5 continuation awards.

If selected, I would find out by July 31. If not, I should hear something concrete by September 30. I suppose that is in case those who are selected either turn down the scholarship or do not provide their additional documentation in time.

Today I also completed my online application for the Tylenol Scholarship Program. If selected, I should hear something by July 15th.

It looks like the month of July will be a test to my patience, well at least the last 2 weeks of July anyway.

And so the waiting game begins.

Monday, May 3, 2010

now officially over! It was fun while it lasted, but it is over none-the-less.

Today was the final. I studied hard and at times I probably hardly studied. I made some big mistakes during my second test that ended up costing me my B for the class. But I am proud to say that I got an 86 on my final, which is a B and is very good, especially since the grades I've been hearing coming back have been a 90, an 88, another 86, an 85, an 84, an 82, an 80 and a 78. So overall I did very well. And while I didn't actually get a B, I can know that I have "B" knowledge in my brain. I just have to remember how to use it sometimes.

I have a week off and then psych begins. It's summer term now, which means the class is a little shorter; only 6 weeks. But then....oh my.....after this next 6 weeks I will begin my long awaited 2 month long summer break. TWO MONTHS OFF! Only 7 weeks and counting.........
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