I’m changing my major.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve decided to change my major to veterinary technology.  During clinicals over a year ago, my grandfather passed away and after that, every patient I took care of looked liked him and I just couldn’t take it.  I think I would make a great nurse but it would be a struggle every single day and I don’t want that.  I want to enjoy what I’m doing and not be constantly reminded of the loss of a person who had so much influence on my life.  If anyone has any questions about getting into a nursing program or Chattanooga State particularly, I will be more than happy to answer any questions, but I won’t be posting any more on this blog.  Look for my new blog, Sarah’s Life as a Veterinary Technician.

Summer Break!

I just wanted to give an update to all who follow my blog.  I’ve had to take another medical withdrawal due to some physical and mental issues I’m dealing with right now.  My doctors feel it’s best right now for me to have as little stress in my life as possible.  I plan to rejoin nursing school next spring.  I am, however, going to take some classes this fall that will count toward my BSN.  I will keep everyone posted on how things are going seeing as I’ll have a lot more time on my hands without being in nursing.  I am determined to make it through school and graduate and pass the NCLEX.  It’s just going to take me longer than my friends to get it done, but that doesn’t matter.  No rule says that you have to finish nursing school in a set amount of time, right?  RIGHT!!!

Spring Break

Hello everyone!  It’s been a long time since I posted anything and since I’m on Spring Break now and have a little time off from studying I thought I’d fill everyone in on how things have been going with me.  Last semester went pretty well.  I got an ‘A’ as my final grade but it didn’t come easily.  With the combination of the difficulty of the classes and life itself, I almost didn’t make it.  Christmas break was a welcome break just as this Spring Break is.  This semester has been just as hard if not harder than last semester.  We’ve taken two exams so far this semester.  I’ve made a ‘B’ on both of them which suits me just fine.  We’re doing clinicals on the Med/Surg floor of a local hospital.  I’ve taken care of some great people that want to help me learn just as much or more than the nurses on the floor.  After Spring Break, I have 7 more weeks to go until the end of the semester and then I’ll have summer break in which I plan to take some classes that will go for my BSN.  I’m currently taking an Intro to Humanities class that will also go for my BSN.  I’ve also volunteered to help with the pinning ceremony for the second year students coming up in May.  I was voted for as a class representitive with a good friend of mine.  Well, I’ll try to stay in touch a lot more than I have been so that you can share with me the trials and blessings of becoming a nurse.

I Can’t Wait For School To Start!

I begin my first year of nursing school (again) this fall.  Next Wednesday is our second orientation and then the next Monday, August 29th will be our first day.  I have a couple of friends that are going to be in the program with me also.  One of them graduated with me from Lookout Valley High School and the other friend works at the pharmacy that I use.  They are both great friends and since I was in the program last year and know kind of what to expect, they’ve had lots of questions for me.  I don’t mind answering them at all.  It makes me feel good to help others.  I guess that’s part of the reason I want to be a nurse.  I have already started reading the assignments for the first week of class.  I know from experience that there is a lot of reading and that if you don’t get a headstart with it, you’ll be behind before you even start.  The instructors come to class with the assumption that everyone has read the material for that particular class.  I’m very excited about this year.  I think one of the main reasons for that is because I feel so much better than I did last fall.  I was so sick and that ultimately led to my having to withdraw.  Now that I’m feeling better, I’m ready to get in there and get this done.  I’m 29 years old and single with no children.  I want a career that can give me the happiness that I so desperately crave.  I know that being a nurse can do that for me.  Again, I can’t wait for school to start!!!!!

I Passed My Drug Calculation Test!

I passed my drug calculation test with a 100%.  I wasn’t really worried about it because I knew what to expect.  There was a problem that almost kicked my butt.  It was a pediatric dosage calculation about ___mg/kg/day.  You had to figure out the mg in a day and then the mg per dose and then change mg to mL all after figuring out how many kg the child weighed.  It was a four part problem, but I took  my time and it paid off.  I won’t have to worry about another drug calculation test until the spring semester.  Horray!!!

The Drug Calculation Test is Tomorrow!

I’m trying to get a little bit ahead by taking the drug calculation test that they offer during the summer.  There are four chances to take the test during the summer and three during the fall semester.  Once you pass it with at least a 90%, you don’t have to take it again.  That is, until the next semester where the problems progressively get more difficult.  I don’t want even one more test to have to worry about during the semester so I’m going to try to get it over with this summer.  I was unable to take the test at the previous three times it was offered, so if I don’t pass it tomorrow, I’ll have to take it during the semester.  Last fall when I took it, I passed with a 100%.  It’s a ten question test and you have to get at least a 90% to pass.  The nursing program director who proctors the test, make a funny statement about the 90% being a passing grade.  She said, “There are ten patients and you are only allowed to kill one patient and still pass, but we’d prefer you didn’t kill anyone.”  The tests are graded while we’re there so I’ll know before I leave whether I passed or not.  Don’t worry readers, if there are any out there, I’ll let you know the results tomorrow.

I Finally Turned In My Clinical Folder

For first year students at Chattanooga State in the nursing program, you have a folder that must be turned in by a certain date that contains all of your vaccination records and physical documents, N95 fit test results and background check results, drug screen results as well as anything else needed before you can start doing your clinicals.  I remember this folder giving me grief last fall when I started school but not near as much as the grief it gave me this year.  I have had more trouble getting documentation signed by a physician for my physical documents that I thought I was going to pull my hair out.  I can now say that the dreaded clinical folder is completed and turned in as of July 26, three days before its due date.  I know I cut it really close but it wasn’t my fault.  As previous blog posts have explained I had a harder time this year with my physical, but I’m proud to say it’s over and done with.

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