So finally..... another milestone.... first week of nursing school is over. My brain is mush.
God save me. My first week was mass confusion for all students, mostly because of how the courses are laid out in Blackboard. There are reading assignments under EVERY TAB
, in EVERY
assigned book, and skills videos to watch, and reading quizzes, and lab assignments to submit online...... and that's just what we do at home.
Then there are three days of lecture, one eight hour day of lab (until we start clinicals in a couple weeks, then we are going on our regular lab rotation of two day per week, plus one eight hour day of clinical). During our labs this week we were checked off by our instructors on skills...... I am now proficient in washing my hands and tying you up (restraints) if you should be interested in that kind of thing.
I can also clothe myself effectively in paper gowns should it get messy. Bahaha. In addition, we were checked off on maintaining a sterile field, gloves, (you don't realize there is a sterile technique for that when you are watching "Trauma: Life in the ER") So, all in all, I was checked off on a dozen skills which I can't even recall now since my brain, as previously stated, is mush. So, in between reading and assignments this weekend, I think I have earned an ice cold corona with a lime (or two) while chillaxing on the dock.
To everyone who survived the first week, here's to us.
Welcome to your life until the end of the program. I wish I could say that it gets easier, but it doesn't.
We had to do a test out for foley catheter insertion and IV start. I told my girlfriend that I needed to practice at home and she had her choice which one I could practice on her. Her eyes got very wide
. The foleys are not sterile so I couldn't do it even if she was stupid enough to let me and we can't take home the IV supplies. I just wanted to get her reaction.
I start Med-Surg clinicals next Thursday 1pm-10 pm.
Last edit by Guy in Babyland on Aug 30, '13