Wednesday, April 6, 2011

March is over? WTH?

March just flew on by didn’t it? I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted anything on here. I’m pretty sure this is the perfect time to bust out the bullets.

  • Spring Break came and went with me leaving the couch a maximum of three times. I cracked open a total of “0” books and watched possibly hundreds of trashy shows on TV. It was fantastic.

  • I walked away from my first two nursing classes with A’s but did pretty bad on the final exams. 80 in one, 88 in another. While these are decent grades, they aren’t up to my standards and I was kicking myself for a while about them. I studied for those things like I have never studied before. The kicker is that it was 50% comprehension, and 50% application. I still didn’t make a decent grade and am scared about the next exams which I have heard are so much harder.

  • We are now into the fun stuff in my skills class. Starting IV’s, and drawing blood. I never knew I would get so excited seeing that bright red flash when sticking a sharp object into a vein but man, that gives me a rush. (And HOLY CRAP! That 16g needle is evil!)

  • A few of my classmates and I have grouped together quite nicely. I know NS isn’t about making friends but I am sure thankful for the ones I have made so far. They know what no one else around me can understand. That NS is an all consuming beast. That dreaming about NG tubes and enemas isn’t that abnormal, and that sometimes you just need to have a margarita (or two) and forget about school.

  • Along with learning how to start IV’s, change a dressing, administer meds, I have also learned that NS is exactly like high school with all the childish drama attached. I hated high school. I really hope I can keep my low profile and get through it just like I did when I was a teenager.

  • I have started running again and I feel great about it (other than my calves cramping like a SOB after I run). My NS buddies and I go to the gym after class most days, blow off steam, and completely kick each other’s asses into shape. I love it.

That pretty much sums up the last month. Just over one more month to go and first semester is over and I will be moving on to real people, in a real hospital setting. (YIKES!)


  1. Woo hoo for you; I'm glad you enjoyed your spring break!

    I'm thrilled and excited for you all at the same time when it comes to what you're learning.
    So far I've had clinical in the long term setting and most recently the cardiology floor, but we've not touched needles or veins yet. Interesting isn't it??

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  3. ^^ That's some deep shit, right there.

    Things I like about this post: being lazy, margaritas, running, making friends, dealing with REAL people in a REAL hospital!

    Things that scare me about nursing school based on this post: Studying your arse off and getting B's, dreaming about enemas, sticking needles in people (only because the past couple weeks I've had this horrible fear that OMG I"M GONNA KILL SOMEONE when I become a nurse), high school drama (good things biatches know better than to bring me into it), and did I mention dreaming about enemas?

  4. Marianne, trust me you'll have to not only get use to B's but learn to love them (coming from an A student in the past)!!