5th Quarter of Nursing School.

Usually, I like being busy. Right now, I have every minute accounted for. There is very little time to think about fly fishing, running, soccer, hiking, or all of the other fun stuff. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am less than 5 months away from finishing this part of nursing school and becoming a registered nurse. Then there are many more big plans after that.

So what have I been doing? Studying. Working. Clinicals. Studying things like the entire respiratory and cardiac systems. Working at the restaurant where I have met some very fun people. And doing my clinical rotation at various hospital that I am not allowed to talk about. But what does a nursing student do? I get asked this question a lot. I do whatever I can in anything that I have been trained in. Sometimes it is an injection. Sometimes it is inserting a foley catheter (don’t Google if you don’t want to know). Sometimes it is talking to patients about their life. In my spare time, I try to read my books about nursing.

Clinicals have been great this quarter. It slowly feels like things are coming together. I am understanding more about why the body does things. How do we recover from something and why are so many tests necessary?

So to my friends I never see, and to everyone who wants to know what I am up to, stay tuned, it will all be over soon.

ECG

Sometimes the experiment is run on the students.

Sim lab.

My awesome clinical group.

 

New nursing things.

I have given my first injection on a real human being. I think that is all that I am allowed to say about that.

I also was hired as a volunteer at Swedish Hospital in the Emergency Department. I was given a free TB test.
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The hallways were empty as there was a parade going on.Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 6.31.08 PMThe view from the 12th floor. Fitting, huh?
Screen shot 2014-02-06 at 6.31.36 PMI hope to never see any of you as a patient at this place!

So my days consist of school, work , clinicals at the VA, a little soccer to stay sane, and watching fly fishing videos online to remind myself why I am doing this. Thanks, Moldy Chum!

November 2nd – My Brother’s Recovery.

It has been one year since my brother nearly died. I feel a bit like most people in my family have nearly died. Today’s thankful post is for the fact that my brother is alive. One year ago.The big sign that says, “NO BONE FLAP ON RIGHT SIDE” is true. They removed part of his skull for more than half a year. And yet, he is still alive. Rumor has it that is “normal”
again. For that I am thankful. The good old days.This is Max before his accident.

“Thank you” doesn’t express the feelings for everyone that has helped out my family in the last year. People opening their homes to let us stay with them and be close to the hospital, organizations that run on volunteers to help with paper work, accommodations, and moral support, doctors, nurses, and the whole medical team that took time to explain as much as we could understand. Thank you all.

November 1st – Nursing School.

Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday. People celebrate it for many reasons. Being thankful is probably one of the better reasons. I don’t give thanks to a spiritual being. My thanks come from all of my real world experiences. I would like to try and focus on one memory or experience every day this month and highlight them here. I (and most people reading this) have many things to be thankful about. Life can almost always be worse. The healthcare world is a fierce reality of death and dying. Especially when you are at the bottom of the barrel like a nursing student seems to be sometimes.

So thankful post number 1 is the fact that I am in nursing school. Many things have lead to the current path that I am on. I am thankful for my previous degree in NREM from UH.

Here is my Friday night:

Friday night fun.

Friday night fun.

Here is what I am looking forward to:Drinking.

One month in.

The first month has been rough. Maybe it is the content (tedious). Maybe it is the hours (many). Maybe it is the social life (none). The first thing that we are tested on is the necessary and not fun things. Laws, critical thinking, and the nursing process are all filed away somewhere in the back of my small brain. After the first four weeks, we were finally allowed to learn how to put on (and take off) our PPE (personal protective equipment). My life is filled with abbreviations and mnemonics.Nursing learning occurring.Speaking of mnemonics, we are starting our clinicals at the VA. For those of you playing along at home, that means I pay the school, they find a teaching hospital for us so we can follow a real nurse and learn about what they do. Before we get that far, we also get to do a small kine urine analysis.pee pee

The beginning of nursing school.

Wow. Overwhelmed, distracted, nervous, excited, broke, these are all how I feel on a day to day basis.Day one we were told that there is so much material to learn (and teach) that we won’t be able to cover it all. We are constantly behind. The first couple of weeks are tough because we are learning theories and legalities. Then they dropped the bomb on us, we won’t be sticking people with needles. No IVs, no blood draws, nothing on real people! Apparently, wherever you work after school will teach you their way of doing these things. The best thing I got was a 45 page pamphlet on how not to stress during nursing school. It was pretty stressful.

Luckily, we got to go to the State Fair and see animals that remind me of Bob Marley.

Screen shot 2013-10-03 at 10.40.01 AMSo I keep telling myself, ‘Every little thing is gonna be alright’.

Accepted to nursing school!

The next couple of years of my life will look like this:

1’st Quarter Cr
MATH&107** MATH IN SOCIETY 5
Primarily for liberal arts majors. Designed to enhance mathematics literacy. Instructors choose college-level topics centered around a theme such as Environmental Math, History of Math, or General Topics in Math. Fulfills QSR requirement for A.A. degree. Minimum 2.0 required to meet Intermediate Algebra proficiency and QSR.
NUR 101 NURSING I: FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 5
Intro to core nursing concepts, organized around the individual as a biopsychosocial being, constantly interacting with and adapting to a changing environment. Covers principles of critical thinking, the nursing process, the role of the nurse, cultural views of health and principles of growth and development with emphasis on the aging process. Addresses images and impressions of nursing, current trends in health care delivery and legal and ethical issues in nursing. Coreq: NUR 111, 122 and MATH& 107.
NUR 111 NURSING PRACTICE I 3
Apply nursing concepts from NUR 101. Assess four adaptive modes in the clinical setting: physiologic-physical, self-concept-group identity, role function and interdependence. Covers basic assessment and, care planning. Apply principled application of nursing skills in practice lab and clinical setting. Coreq: NUR 101, 122 & MATH& 107.
NUR 122 PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING I 2
First of 2 psychosocial nursing courses. Focuses on communication pertinent to the care of clients in various health care settings throughout the lifespan. Practice therapeutic and professional communication techniques. Assess adaptation in self-concept, role function and independence of clients who are coping with acute and chronic illness. Learn group process. Coreqs: NUR 101, 111 and MATH& 107.
2’nd Quarter Cr
NTR 150 ** HUMAN NUTRITION 5
Intro to the science of nutrition and its role in normal growth and functioning across thelifespan, with an emphasis on personal health and wellness. Topics include analysis of personal diet habits, the role of exercise, and public health issues such as obesity, the role of nutrition in prevention of chronic diseases, nutrition during pregnancy and lactation eating disorders, and food safety.
NUR 102 NURSING II: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING 3
First of 4 medical-surgical theory courses. Develop a comprehensive understanding of homeostasis and the adaptation of clients to the complex processes of the physiologic mode. Emphasis on alterations in fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, endocrine functions, compromise in wound healing and peripheral vascular circulation.
NUR 112 NURSING PRACTICE II 3
Builds on NUR 111. Apply concepts relevant to adaptation in the basic physiological and psychosocial modes, client response and administration of medications. Assess the four adaptive modes. Gain experience in complete assessment, care planning and principled application of nursing skills in practice lab and clinical setting.
NUR 123 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSING 4
Intro to basic concepts of drug therapy, roles and responsibilities of nurses, and applying critical thinking and the nursing process for safe medication administration. Includes terminology, resources and regulations related to drug therapy and principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Major classifications of drugs include autonomic nervous system agents; parenteral fluids; electrolytes; vitamins and minerals; endocrine, neurologic, respiratory and selected cardiovascular agents; anesthetic, immune system and gastrointestinal agents. Coreqs: NUR 102, 112 & NTR 150.
3’rd Quarter Cr
NUR 103 NURSING III: MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING 4
Second of 4 medical-surgical theory courses. Develop a comprehensive understanding of homeostasis and adaptation with emphasis on alterations in neurologic, musculoskeletal, chronic respiratory and chronic cardiovascular systems. Covers key concepts of adaptation to the complex processes of movement and cognition, oxygenation and circulation.
NUR 113 NURSING PRACTICE III 4
Builds on NUR 112. Emphasizes integrating nursing theory, clinical data, skills in providing nursing care and developing priorities. Assess the four adaptive modes, gain experience in individualized assessment and care planning and apply nursing skills in practice lab and clinical setting.
NUR 185 GERONTOLOGY FOR NURSES 2
Study adaptations of normal aging, differentiating these adaptations from disease and learn the implications for nursing care. Covers psychosocial, legal and ethical issues common in gerontological nursing practice.
PSYC&200** LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY 5
Survey of human physical, psychological, and social development from conception through death. Emphasis on major developmental theories, research and research methods of studying life-span development.
4’th Quarter Cr
NUR 201 NURSING IVA: PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING II 2
Second of 2 psychosocial nursing courses. Builds on NUR 122 (or NUR 106). Focuses on caring for clients with mental illness using a system with cognator and regulator subsystems to maintain adaptation in the four adaptive modes. Covers psychosocial assessment and therapeutic interventions in psychiatric disorders at three levels: integrated, compensatory and compromised.
NUR 206 NURSING IVB: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING 3
Third of 4 medical-surgical courses. Builds on NUR 101, 102 & 103. Develop a comprehensive understanding of homeostasis and the adaptation of clients to the complex processes of the physiologic mode. Emphasizes alterations in select integumentary and immune or protective responses and surgical therapies.
NUR 211 NURSING PRACTICE IVA 3
In a psychiatric setting focus on adaptation in the basic physiological and psychosocial modes and client response. Integrates nursing theory, clinical data and skills in nursing care and developing priorities. Assess the four adaptive modes in clinical setting, gain experience in individualized assessment and care planning and apply therapeutic skills in practice lab and clinical setting.
NUR 216 NURSING PRACTICE IVB 3
Focuses on concepts relevant to adaptation in the basic physiological and psychosocial modes and client response. Emphasizes comprehensive care and the relationships of the various components of client data and health care interventions. Assess the four adaptive modes, gain experience in individualized assessment and care planning and apply nursing skills in practice lab and clinical setting.
5’th Quarter Cr
NUR 207 NURSING V: MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING 4
Fourth of 4 medical surgical courses. Builds on NUR 101, 102, 103 & 206. Develop a comprehensive understanding of homeostasis and the adaptation of clients to the complex processes of the physiologic mode. Emphasizes acute respiratory, acute cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal alterations.
NUR 217 NURSING PRACTICE V 5
Study adaptation in the basic physiological and psychosocial modes and client response. Emphasizes analysis of client data and health care interventions, initiating nursing assessments and interventions, health promotions and education and developing leadership skills. Assess the four adaptive modes, gain experience in individualized assessment and care planning and apply nursing skills in a variety of clinical settings.
NUR 220 HEALTH PROMOTIONS AND MANAGING CARE 2
Intro to theoretical foundations of health promotion, education and wellness maintenance across the lifespan and to the leadership role in Nursing. Emphasizes planning health promotions and managing care in a variety of settings. Addresses leadership in nursing: traits, styles, problem-solving, change, team communication, conflict management, delegation, time management and the implications of health care trends. Linked to final medical-surgical rotation.
6’th Quarter Cr
NUR 208 NURSING VI: DEVELOPING FAMILY NURSING 6
Develop a comprehensive understanding of homeostasis and the adaptation of maternal, newborn and pediatric clients to the complex processes of the physiologic mode. Emphasizes learning and promoting normal family development and understanding adaptive and maladaptive physiologic and psychosocial responses to childbearing, childrearing and illness in childhood.
NUR 218 NURSING PRACTICE VI 3
Emphasis on adaptation in the developing family. Apply concepts from NUR 208 relevant to adaptation in the basic physiological and psychosocial modes and client response. Assess the four adaptive modes in the clinical setting. Obtain experience in individualized assessment, care planning, and principled application of nursing skills in a variety of clinical settings. Coreqs: NUR 208, 230.
NUR 230 TRANSITION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING ROLE 2
Covers the transition from the role of student to Registered Nurse. Focuses on the role of the RN in health care, the community and organizations. Emphasizes professional and legal obligations, obtaining and maintaining licensure, professional organizations, continuing education and job searching. Includes preparation for the NCLEX/RN exam.
Total Credits = 108