November 5th – Ireland.

Having spent a few years in Ireland, I experienced some things that changed me forever. My family there is fantastic. Although, any family is great in small doses. The number of cousins making more cousins is astounding. Every time I am on Facebook, there is a new addition to the family.Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.03.48 AM

The west coast of Ireland is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.04.22 AM My grandmother and I in Dalkey. I believe she told me to erase this picture immediately and never show it to anyone. She is a stylish, warm, loving woman that I cannot thank enough for everything that she does for me everyt time I see her.Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.03.36 AM This is a typical scene when I was in Ireland. My grandparents kitchen full of family and a table full of food and drinks. You always had to be eating or drinking at their house.Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.04.11 AM The first time I visited the cliffs of Moher was with Sutton Park School. I try to return to the cliffs as often as possible.Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.05.06 AMThe way of life that my family instilled in me is full of love and compassion for others. My grandfather had a love for hunting, fishing, and sports and he encouraged me in every step of my life. Thank you to all of my family across the pond. I am excited to see everyone’s lives on Facebook and feel like I am still a part of it.

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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

 

Anatomy and Physiology 2.

As another quarter comes to a close, I have been thinking about all of the things that we have allegedly learned in Anatomy and Physiology 2. Our teacher is the best teacher I have had at North Seattle Community College. Here, she inflates lungs.

We looked at lungs.

Lungs from class.

Lungs from class.

We also did basic ECGs.

Plugged in.

Plugged in.

A heart.

I didn't give mine away.

I didn’t give mine away.

I even used a spirometer.

Breathe in and out.

Breathe in and out.

Boats, blood, and brains.

Only one week of school left. The most exciting things that have happened are a small amount of fishing, donating blood, and dissecting a sheep’s brain.

This is Black Lake at the Hancock Forest area. I call it my country club. Even on these rare occasion when I don’t have any fish pictures because I didn’t bring any to the boat, it is still a good day. The weather was amazing, we saw an elk mother and baby. The baby must have been born in the last couple of days aas it could barely walk. We watched a bald eagle fishing along with us.

I donated blood the last time that I could. I am still squeamish about watching a needle pierce my skin. I know that I need to get over it if I am going to be a nurse. Maybe it is a self preservation thing. Next time I am forcing myself to watch. No more turning away!

This is Erik, my Anatomy and Physiology partner. We were looking at the fun parts of the brain. Being a community college, we had to use the brain of a sheep. Although with all of the uproar about a naked guy eating a man’s face, there was plenty of  good zombie jokes.