I'm winding up my first semester experience. As a group, we've gone from pairs of blithering idiots frightened of giving a bed bath or even speaking to a real live patient to independent people injecting needles, measuring solutions and inserting this and d/c'ing that. Poop doesn't scare us anymore and one body part is no more intimidating or embarrassing than another. Our stethescopes are no longer a fashion statement and they actually don't feel foreign to us anymore. We've come to appreciate the smell of a fresh GI bleed first thing in the morning.
It's pretty cool when you think about it (Not the GI bleed being cool but.. you know what I mean). We still travel in groups when a new procedure comes up and we ooh ahh and our instructor is still by our side whenever we give meds and do dressings and the like. We started off as 9 and it looks like we will end as a group of 6.
So to those who have gone before me, how will second semester be different? What sticks in your mind as culture shock between the two semesters? Please do tell.