Saturday, November 27, 2010

Exam 2, not as well as Exam 1. While I am happy that I passed, I was disappointed with my grade at first. I felt like the amount of hours I put into studying did not reflect in my grade at all. I got a 78 which is about a middle C. C is 73-82, so I was right smack dab in the middle. Not that low, middle or high C matter......a C is a C is a C no matter what.

I have 2.5 weeks left and then 3 weeks off. I cannot wait. I need that break after this class, let me tell you.

Everyone I talk to is in agreement, this is by far the most difficult course to date. The teacher makes things more difficult then they have to be, and it would probably be a decent course if there was a good teacher teaching it. But it is what it is and unfortunately, for some, it seems they will be repeating this course. I need a 57 on the final to pass, so I am fairly confident I will be moving on, but I am not going to take that for granted. I am going to study like the 87 I need to get a B will be what I need to pass, just so that I don't wind up getting a 56 somehow, which in this class is highly possible. I am, however, planning on moving on to Cardio in January. I am looking forward to that course. The heart has always fascinated me. I did spend 3 years working for 2 different cardiology doctor's offices. In A&P, it was really peaked my interest because I had learned more about it. I'm excited.

Clinical has been going well so far. Nothing super exciting, yet. We are allowed to start IV's this semester, however, there have not been any to start. This past week I had my ICU day, which was pretty interesting. My nurse's patients weren't that complicated and one even got discharged to a medical floor about halfway through my time there. I did get to do some things that I normally do with my instructor alone, so that was pretty exciting, and I almost got to start an IV but my nurse was unsure she was going to even do it herself because the patient was a hard stick. But I like the ICU, so that's up there in my interests. Three hospital days left and this clinical is over.

So that's all I have to say for now. Super busy. Exam in 2 weeks and 2 days. Lots of reading and studying to do until then.

Stay tuned........

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Busy. Have had 2 clinical days so far. But I am just sooooooo busy with my lecture class it is crazy. I hope to blog more about it soon. I have a test on Monday that is composed of a ridiculous amount of information that I am not sure how it is humanly possible to even remember all this stuff, so I am pretty stressed out at the moment.

Until then.......

Monday, November 8, 2010

I passed. Whew. Actually, I even got a B. An 84 to be exact. I came out of the test feeling fairly confident, but once other students started coming out and voicing how hard and ridiculous they thought the test was, my confidence slowly started diminishing. Then two of the students who have consistently earned the highest grades in all the classes came out and said they weren't even sure they passed, I really started to worry. Person after person talked about how hard it was. Maybe I didn't do as well as I thought I did after all.

And then came the wait.

Usually my classes are in the morning, 9-12. On a test day, we'd be out by 11:30 and grades would be up by 12:30-1. This class is 1-4, and the teacher said the grades would be posted between 5-8pm. So we waited. And waited. And waited. And finally at 7:30pm there they were.

I didn't know right away. At first I got a phone call from a friend asking me how I did. I told her I didn't even know they were up and as I was checking my grade I asked her how she did.

She failed.

I felt so bad. I mean what do you say to someone when they tell you they got a 66 and you are looking at your 84? And she is a smart person, too. It's just sad to see these things happen to people, where they have to withdraw or they fail a class and have to retrack. It happens to so many, and could easily happen to me. I'm not out of the woods yet. I still have 2 more exams to go, but it always makes things much easier when you start off strong.

For now, I can breathe. Just a little bit.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I registered for my last semester of nursing school! At times, I can't even believe how fast this has flown by. It's been a crazy and amazing journey so far and it's certainly not over yet. But it's getting there........
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