S.N.I.T. – Student Nurse In Training

{January 25, 2016}   The Start

This is officially my second week in school, but last week was really orientation week, so we haven’t started lectures or skills labs and clinicals actually don’t start until next week.

What I learned last week – there is A LOT of reading assigned in all the classes! We’re talking 2-3 chapters per week per class. It really is going to take making a plan, scheduling my life activities and trying to stay focus.  Easier said then done. Lol.  But they do try to help you by emailing out the sylllabus and assignment schedules in advance along with the power point presentations for the lectures in advance.  And they encourage students to record the lectures as well.

I purchased an app called Notability for my IPAD which I think is awesome! Not only does it record lectures, but it uploads the power point and you open it when the lecture starts and the program ties the power point to the recording. This lets you go back when you’re reviewing the power point and you can click on a word and the recording takes you to where that word was mentioned in the lecture.  You also have the ability to make notes both written and typed on your documents.  You can also take pictures as well.  Hopefully, this will help me when I go to review the material.

Today is the first day of my Pharmacology and Drug Calculation classes. This includes a math review as well as a large amount of vocabulary words.  In reading the book I was happy to find that the material does make some sense to me – I’m also trying the trick of explaining the material outloud to myself in my words, not the books to see if I understand it.  Now we’ll see if I can sit through four hours of lecture and understand what the instructor is talking about!

I’ve spent some time organizing my materials and setting up a system so that I can have what I need to review before each exam.  One of the tricks a 2nd semester student suggested is to take the objectives listed at the start of the chapter and answer those questions when you’re done reading and after the lecture to see if you have learned the material highlighted because a lot of the test material comes from the objectives.  Our syllabuses contain objectives as well for each area of lecture given that should be reviewed as well. I’m making flashcards for the vocabulary that I’m going to section off by exam. Target sells this compact plastic index card holders that will work perfect for this.

Another thing that I’m glad I purchased was the book bundle that includes an electronic version of the book as well as the hard copy. I know there are some people that have no problem using only a digital copy of a textbook and I’ve tried that, but I like having the physical copy of the book too. This bundle package is really good – it downloaded all the books I purchased and not only can you highlight, but you can create notes from your highlights, add extra notations to the highlighted passage and import thoses notes into a word document.  It will even cite for you which will come in handy when I start to do clincials. (I’m told). The program even reads outloud to you! I found this handy when my attention started to wander. I put on headphones and followed along as it read to me. It’s not the best reader in some parts because it will be reading a sentence and come to an illustration like a box and start reading the box and then finish the sentence after because of the layout of the book.

I’m excited to get started with the actual classes though I am nervous about clincials. I have no idea what to really expect when it comes to thoses sessions. But we will be have skills labs this week to help us get ready, plus we will be learning how to do nursing plans in the upcoming week and a half which is a mystery to me right now.

{January 18, 2016}   Worse Time Best Time

So, here it is just a couple of days before the start of school.  It’s been a crazy time just getting to this point.  I attended “Student Nursing Boot Camp”. This is a day long seminar that is put on by the student nursing club at Pima College. The presenters are mainly current nursing students who give incoming students their view and opinions on school, including tips for studying and preparing for tests and  the clinical porition.  It’s also a chance to scare the heck out of the new students!  We were told these next two years would be both the worse time of our life and the best time of our life. You can expect to cry and be stressed out, but at the same time you will enjoy both what you are learning and you will make good friends with your fellow students. They are the only ones that can understand what you are going through and may be the ones to give you the most support to get through it. It’s also a matter of finding a balamce between school and your personal life – so that you can have a personal life.

We got to take a tour of the skills lab and look at the computer runned “patients” (dolls) that we will be practicing on. They were cool with eyes that blink and they are able to talk and make sounds like groaning and coughing. The college has the lab are made up to look like hospital units incluing the equipment that is currently used in most hospitals.

Scheduling, I am learning, is a strong key to success.  You need to get good at scheduling and planning your upcoming week. This includes scheduling exercise and down time and even a task like making dinner.

In the last couple of days I’ve received my syllabuses for drug calculations, intro to Pharmacology and the Nursing lectures and skills labs along with the reading assignments schedules and testing dates.  OH man, tale about being overwhelmed – there is A LOT of reading for the lectures and the pharmocology class. One of the second semester students has gotten into a routine of reading 20 pages a day. 5 days a week to keep up with her reading. That sounds like a doable goal to set.

So my first week starts Tuesday – but this first week is really nothing but orientation sessions. I don’t even start drug calculations and pharmocolgy until next Monday.which is good because I don’t have my books yet!  Hopefully my financial aid increase comes through this week so that I can get what I need. This is just another thing that adds stress.


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