Quote from sa2bdoctor
can you please share what the program is like thus far. your typical class week for example.
btw: i was the nerdy guy on your far right when you came to the meet and greet. my diablo ii character is up to 55 level now!!
top ten things to happen to me @ rcon
10. comforted a pt wife who was told her husband was going to die in a couple weeks. i was honored to be in such a position.
9. talked to a paranoid schizophrenic who thought they were demon possessed. (and had the 2nd degree murder conviction to back him up)
8. learned how to cath a double amputated transgendered mannequin. (you'll see)
7. haven't missed my old life once.
6. was told by a patient to kiss her a$$)
5. got a kiss on the hand by the above patient and told i was wonderful just three hours prior. ( the joys of dementia)
4. saw an open heart surgery (cabgx4) less than 3 feet away ( i was at the head).
3. met my instructors. with few exceptions (maybe only one), they are really good and want you to succeed. not unusual to get an email from them on a sunday night with guidance on the upcoming test and best wishes. ao's tend to overstudy. it's funny how often they have to talk us down.
2. came to understand and love the kidney.
1. met my class. i have a very cool class. everyone is smart, motivated. a lot of really cool people. i laugh about something every day.
worst things to happen to me.
1. had to study nursing theory. (why are there no male nurse theorist?)
2. "you've got potentialapalooza" (i'll explain later)
3. having to sit in the yawnatorium. (seats make my butt hurt)
4. came to grips that i am no longer the "smartest guy in the class" everyone is smart and motivated.
5. comforted a woman who was told that her husband was going to die in two weeks (makes both list)
6. losing sleep at night. so much depends on every test (or at least we make our selves think so). i've just gotten back to a regular sleeping pattern.
7. not working. not only do i miss the money, i miss just working. (going to fix that next semester)
8. watching a video that details the 498 step bed bath method (as if...)
9. gained 15 pounds (going to fix that problem soon too)
10. going through the motions. it's a very good program. do what you are told and you will get through it just fine. (246 days until pinning!) but the days drag on. do this, go here, study that, write up this. it's not a lot and nothing unreasonable. just motions. lecture-study-test (repeat ad nauseum)
i hardly ever study during the week unless i just want to (m-th). i study heavily friday, saturday and sunday. clinical paper work does take a fair amount of time on monday nights. the paper work that i do adds to my learning though so i think it's ok. for example, we studied diabetes (again) on last monday, and wouldn't you know it my pt the next day had been admitted to the er with uncontrolled diabetes (blood glucose ~600). kind of keeps the lecture real when you see it face to face.
tips for success.
1. do the work, there are no short cuts, and why would you want to take them anyways.
2. know your physiology. many of the questions are common sense if you have a basic understanding of physiology
3. get a lap top.
4. sit near someone who has a power strip
5. #1 tip. just focus on what is infront of you. right now it is probably pre requequisites. focus on that. when it's patho, focus on that.
hope that helps,