S.N.I.T. – Student Nurse In Training

  And I’ve just started! Lol.

But yes, I could feel my left eye spasm off and on throughout last week as I manuevered my way through our second week.  THERE IS A TON OF READING and MEMORIZING to do.  Notecards are destined to be my new best friends! Notecards for key terms, notecards for drug categories and their effects – both good and bad. Notecards for blood pressure rates, etc.

Pharmacology class is three hours long covering at least 2 to 3 chapters that were assigned reading the week before.  Luckily, our instructor doesn’t require us to know both the generic and the brand name of the drug – that information will be on the test – but we do need to recognize the name to know the type of drug it is.  Hence the notecards.  She recommended preparing 4 notecards for each drug classification that covers brand and generic name, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and contraindication. The lectures are basic in information because we’re encouraged to participate and ask questions.  I’m not sure what I’m doing yet enough to ask questions!

We also participated in skills lab for the second week.  Last week we learned how to take vital signs.  This included trying to take blood pressures via the manual cuff. It was hard trying to find the brachial pulse – those of my classmates like me, that don’t have any experience working in the medical field were fumbling around the elbow air in search of the elusive pulse. then trying to listen for the systolic and diastolic sounds through the stethoscrope.  Yeah, not so easy that afternoon. My instructor even asked me if I had ever had my hearing checked.  I informed her my hearing was fine! In fact, it had been check before I started school as part of the entrance requirements. What was wrong is that the room was nosy with all 10 of use (not counting the instructor) talking all around me. Once I got home and took my pressure I was able to hear the sounds – **happy dance**.  And there are programs online that are blood pressure simulators to help you hear the sounds and determine where they start and where they stop.  I need time and practice to develop an air for the sounds just like when I was dispatching for police – it takes a bit to get use to listening to the police radio and being able to make sense of the chatter.  They called it a dispatcher ear.

Yesterday we also covered bathing a patient in bed – both male and female -aa well as changing an occupied bed.  Because there are several of us and limited beds and maniquins to practice on we had to work in groups. I was paired with two students who are currently techs in a hospital. I am purposely trying to team up with at least one of them each time – also considering the others have moved into cliques – but I think they are a good source of knowledge at this point as am happy to ask them to teach me. I watched the two of them make an occupied bed with ease. Hopefully, I’ll be able to muddle through it if I have to do it anytime soon.

So next up is our first time in clinicals. We meet for orientation and then have our first full clinical session the following day.  My group is assigned to a rehabilitation center – while some of the other groups are going to the VA or a nursing home.  We’ll see how it goes working with real patients.




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