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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.