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Who made it through their first week alive??!!

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I just finished my first week of classes and I am freaking out alittle bit... we were assigned to read 12 chapters during the first 3 days of class! I have had no sleep all week long and am looking forward to going to bed and just getting up to go to work all day instead of back to get more assignments. It has been an awesome week though. I love it!!

Becca608

Specializes in med-surg.

Made it through 3 days and am sleepless over the 4th. Classes start in 7 hours and I'm sleepless here instead of in my bed.

I know how crappy smoking is and I've been trying to quit. I spent the summer working on it and discovered other issues that had a higher priority of resolution. I have not abandoned my goal of quitting smoking. It is terrible and I have tried all...gums, patches, filters, medication, cold turkey. Cold turkey is probably the best I am getting to where I need to be to kick this habit successfully for good!!

However, I believe that one or several of my 'helpful' classmates made a point of pointing out the 3 'obvious smokers' in the class after our lunch break on Day 1 to our instructor.

I'm not trying to excuse MY BAD BEHAVIOR, but our instructor who was pleasant on the first day now curls her lip in disgust if she has to respond to the 3 of us in class. I asked a question today and was grateful that looks can't kill. I am trying to kick my bad habits, but change is a process and doesn't take place overnight.

Advice ... Thanks Fellow Nurses!!!!

Oh yeah, that "little" 52-page syllabus that is going to give me nightmares for the next few months?

I'm suprised I didn't dream of paper monsters crowding my bed last night.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

What are the subjects of this 12 chapters you had to read? Maybe some of us can give you some insight as to what is the most important information you need to know from them.

allthingsbright

Specializes in LDRP.

I just finished my first week of classes and I am freaking out alittle bit... we were assigned to read 12 chapters during the first 3 days of class! I have had no sleep all week long and am looking forward to going to bed and just getting up to go to work all day instead of back to get more assignments. It has been an awesome week though. I love it!!

Omg. I am in shock right now. I dont know how I am going to make it through the semester, just that I will.

Good luck all!:uhoh3:

Still alive but tired and over whelmed. I thought that I had everything organized enough until those handouts , etc. kept coming and now I feel like I'm all over the place. I bought a day planner today and I will get it together with all of these reading assignments, computer assessments, and class projects that will be due soon. Other tham that, I had a really exciting week.:uhoh3:

Kim

allthingsbright

Specializes in LDRP.

I just finished my first week of classes and I am freaking out alittle bit... we were assigned to read 12 chapters during the first 3 days of class! I have had no sleep all week long and am looking forward to going to bed and just getting up to go to work all day instead of back to get more assignments. It has been an awesome week though. I love it!!

Omg. I am in shock right now. I dont know how I am going to make it through the semester, just that I will.

Good luck all!:uhoh3:

Well I made it through orientation. Needless to say that I am tired of standing in lines. I gave my breastpump a trial run at orientation. If I have a ten minute break, I can pump 4 oz in 5-7 minutes. Its gross having to do it in the bathroom stall but I am committed to providing my son with breastmilk and keeping my supply up. Like so many others I have a ton of reading and work to do. I am about half way through. I haven't really had more than four hours of sleep but I have a very active 3 year old and a 3 month old baby that require my undivided attention so I don't study when they are awake. I am on call 24-7, its tough being a mom but I enjoy every second of it. I am enjoying the reading (is that weird?). It feels good to do something for "me". I am have also committed to working out for 30 min 3 days/week and increasing my water intake. Good luck to you who is trying to quit smoking. I am not a smoker but I have heard it is tough to kick. I think it is despicable that you are judged for it -especially by the instructor. It scares me how she would treat a patient with any type of addiction. I thought that one of the roles of a nurse was to educate and empower, not to put down and degrade. Shame on her for making you feel shame. You should feel proud of yourself that you 1. acknowledge the problem and 2. are taking steps to correct it. Well sorry if I am rambling. I am somewhat of a motormouth-I am sure that that will get me in trouble at some point in the program. Take it easy to everyone out there and lots of luck to you!

I made it thru the first week. Thank god. I was able to make it to bed by 11:30p.m. With pre-class quizzes, reading assignments. Health Hx write ups and Assessment of Body system etc etc. I am about to prepare for my first assessment exam on Thursday. Opps did I forget to mention the medical terminology exams TWO of them and 2 Drug Calc exams and a critical thinking test OMG.. and foundations and assessment labs. I cannot imagine what will happen when they add PHAR in a couple weeks and adult health :( :)

Yes I made it through! I am trying to keep my eyes open at the moment but the first week of baptism by fire is over. Just like everyone else here we have a ton of reading, med. terms quiz on Tuesday (about 240 terms, and 110 abbreviations need to learn), Vital signs are next week so I am off to see if I can properly do a BP. Having trouble with palpating the brachial artery. I have found mine but it is hard to find in other people. I guess that's why I'm in school!

You are very right mike1973

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience.

vital signs are next week so i am off to see if i can properly do a bp. having trouble with palpating the brachial artery. i have found mine but it is hard to find in other people.

mike. . .to make the brachial artery easier to palpate have the person hyperextend their elbow joint or place a rolled up towel directly under the elbow which will cause the arm to fall into a hyperextended position. this will allow the brachial artery to assume a position close to the bony structures. you will only feel the pulse when you "trap" it between your fingers and the patient's bone. keep in mind that it is sometimes more toward the medial side of the person's arm.

there is a virtual blood pressure cuff you can practice listening to the bp sounds on and how they change. it is at http://medicine.osu.edu/exam/ - scroll down the web page and click on the link for taking a blood pressure to bring up the virtual blood pressure cuff. you can recycle the cuff to retake bp after bp.

I've still got one more day to go before I officially survive the first week. We've been assigned 24 chapters to read and do the workbook for, on top of several written assignments. Plus, five tests and our first check-off next week...

And you know what? I love it!! LOL I think my whole class thinks I'm insane. I'm just about the only person in there that isn't complaining about the workload. I'm just trying to take it all in stride, pacing myself, and it's working out wonderfully. I feel so incredibly blessed to have a seat in that class, working toward something I've wanted to do for so long.

RNDreamer

Specializes in acute care.

Congrats you guys! I'll be going through all of this next year, hopefully. Good luck and take care!

I just had my first day of orientation. We will have 10 chapters to read over the weekend and I am glad that I will be home alone. :uhoh3:

Okay I got home today and was able to take a little bit of a nap and boy did I need it. This week was exhausting. I have so many chapters to read and its so overwhelming I feel like I don't even know were to begin. I have a my first test this coming Monday so I know I have to study for that, I also have to preview reading and videos for skills in lab for Monday and Tuesday, and I have like fifteen chapters to read for pharm.

Not to mention how sore I am from carrying all my books. I bought a rolling backpack but its been raining this week and I didtnt really want to drag my back through the water and mud so I have been using a regular backpack. All week Ive just been thinking that I was tense and that was causing the muscle aches but then it hit me today when I tried lifting my bag and I could feel my poor muscles. So I decided I didnt care from now on what the weather is like, Im not going to injure my back for books. Speaking of books I keep going to class and they hand out more books and cds and other learning material. I bought a new book shelf for text books and its practically full!!!

Anyways sorry for the rant but thanks for letting me talk!! Not that anyone has a choice. Ha:lol2:

Oh yeah, that "little" 52-page syllabus that is going to give me nightmares for the next few months?

I'm suprised I didn't dream of paper monsters crowding my bed last night.

Our syllabus is 300 pages! It's insane, it takes up a 3in binder by itself, so i pulled it apart and seperated what is essential to bring to class.

I feel so incredibly blessed to have a seat in that class, working toward something I've wanted to do for so long.

Fabulous! :) I feel the same way. :)

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