Published Feb 18, 2014
It's morning. You have to get up for clinical in 3.5 hours. Your brain won't. stop. talking. Every week, same story. My weekly internal monologue goes something like this:
"Listen, hear that? tat tat tat. That's my pulse beating on my pillow and vibrating my tympanic membrane. Wait, did that skip a beat?! OMG, I'm dying! Shut up, you're not dying. Good grief. So are you telling me that a diabetic is hyperglycemic and sometimes hypoglycemic, but a hypoglycemic is not necessarily diabetic? Whaaaatttt??? Clear before cloudy. Hot and dry, sugar high. Cold and clammy, need some candy. Those leads to hook up my patient to the monitor are trying to kill me. Brown in the middle, clouds over grass, smoke over fire, white on right. That's white on rice. No, white on right. No rice. Let's talk about acidosis and alkalosis. No, let's don't. Ok, so alkalosis is when the pH is high, acidosis is when the pH is low. Now let's talk about metabolic versus respiratory acidosis and alkalosis. No, let's don't. You're right, let's don't. Calcium up, phosphorus down......" All. Night. Long.
You need more coffee
Ohh to be in the mind of a nursing student...a scary place!!! I found this happening to myself! I upped my vitamin B and felt better and had a clearer head! Hang in there!!!!
This is HILARIOUS and SO TRUE!!!!! I'd like a million times if I could. I'm totally stealing this!
cayenne06, MSN, CNM
lol! I remember those days!
Sounds like my first year! Don't worry -- you will eventually get so exhausted that you will indeed sleep again, and those thoughts will simply become your dreams. Hang in there!
All that wealth of knowledge keeping you up all night, your new nocturnal mantra? Wanna know when it's gonna disappear?
The minute you sit down to take the exam.
(Been there, done that, have the brain crickets to prove it)
Oh. My. Gosh. This is the story of my life every Sunday and Monday night. I have clinical on monad and Tuesday mornings. Lol!!! I have no trouble sleeping any other night, so that's a plus. I can handle 2 sleepless nights a week, but no more :)
All that wealth of knowledge keeping you up all night' date=' your new nocturnal mantra? Wanna know when it's gonna disappear? The minute you sit down to take the exam. (Been there, done that, have the brain crickets to prove it)[/quote']Haha you're so right! I swear as soon as I open the exam packet there are crickets up there! Lol!!!!
Haha you're so right! I swear as soon as I open the exam packet there are crickets up there! Lol!!!!
This is me every night before an exam. "Ovarian cancer presents as abdominal distension and vague GI symptoms.", "Testicular cancer-related swellings are generally painless.", "A testicular torsion is a clinical emergency because it can lead to ischemia.", "Circumcised men have almost no chance of developing penile cancer.", "Syphilis is usually treated with Penicillin G.", "A PSA of 10ng or higher is indicative of prostate cancer.", "Women who are 35 or older and smoke should not take oral contraceptives.", and on.. and on... and on.. It's torturous.
LoriRNCM, ADN, ASN, RN
I'm sorry for your agony but I'm glad to see I'm not alone! LOL
Don't let stress worry you too much. There's always got to be something you can do to ease that aching head. Anyway, good luck.
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