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The more things change…

6 June 2009

the more I realize I haven’t.

I have neglected this blog. Although I did write some this year, I never posted.  I *should* say because school was so intense and I felt terribly crunched for time, studying, working, class, clinical… but that’s pretty far from it. It was more that I was only rarely inspired to write, and the few things that got me upset, or riled up, thinking non-stop — well, they often were either 1) quickly resolved through great conversations with new nursing school chums or 2) fundamentally rooted in my own personal conflict and not great blog-fodder. Yeah, things really haven’t changed.

Well, maybe a couple things have. I value sleep *way* more than I did as undergraduate. And I’m getting much better grades.

But in bullet form: Med-Surg was sheer chaos. Pharm, mere memorization. Anatomy gruesome, but great. Psych, a personal triumph. Peds, just boring — Med-Surg Jr.  Made $25 and a fool of myself in Issues in Nursing.  And Maternal-Newborn is proving to be my second calling.

Come July, Community Health will take me back to Boston… and then the nursing gods will give us five, all too short, weeks of respite.

The year has flown by. To think that it’s been almost a year since I left Boston is… impossible.

It’s been hard work, frustrating and tedious at times, often wonderfully rewarding and exceedingly boring in the same two hours. It has been less rigorous than I expected, the teaching far more inconsistent, the classmates more exceptional, the debates more emotional, the experiences… honestly, more mundane.

But I am still very glad to be here.


First up: Med-Surg

28 August 2008

Well, orientation is complete. 82 GEPNs have been talked at for three days, with the presentations alternating between the tedious and the terrifying. Classes begin next week, clinicals disturbingly soon after that.

This first year is kind of oddly organized, with some classes lasting only a few weeks, some lasting a normal semester, some carrying on partway into the spring semester. But we all begin with Biomed (basically a crash phys/pathophys course), Intro to Pharm, and Med-Surg, which has both a clinical and seminar. About half of us (myself included) will also be taking Anatomy over at the med school.

GEPNs have classes two full days (MTh) a week (plus Fri afternoon if you’re in Anatomy) and two days of clinical (TW). We haven’t yet been given our clinical placements for the med-surg rotation, but we were given some idea of what the possibilities are and are aware that we have about zero chance of getting what we might think we want. But there’s a good mix of possibilities, all guaranteed to kick your ass and make you cry. We’ll be in groups of six students to one preceptor, and we’ll have six weeks at one site, and then six at another.

I can already see the fear in some of my fellow students’ faces. And I’m sure my hands will shake the first time I have to insert a foley or place an IV. But I am thankful for the experiences I’ve had that give me a little bit of confidence already, and take a lot of solace in knowing that hospitals are comfortable places for me. I’ve read hundreds of charts. I’ve interviewed scores of patients. I’ve drawn blood and sent labs. I’ve seen very sick people doing the gross things that sick people can’t help but do. I’ve seen death and trauma and anguish and I’ve watched great RNs handle all of these things with the utmost professionalism, grace, and humor.

So I’m ready to get my hands dirty and help them out. Let’s roll.