Hey everyone! I’m so sorry that I have not posted in a while, I’ve been having computer issues again (I need a battery replacement), so please be patient with me. I decided to document how I am feeling after four weeks in nursing school. Before we get started, if you would like to see exactly how much nursing school costs, you can read my blog post on that here.
Well, it is Week Four. I cannot believe how much I have learned and can do within this time-span, it is a little scary when you think about it…I have adjusted to first semester fairly well, I did have one slight moment of feeling overwhelmed before orientation, but that has been it! Anyways, let’s get started with the juicy details. Last week we had our first Health Assessment exam. Our instructor told us not to believe that exam and that everything will only increase in difficulty. Our older students in the nursing program have told us that Health Assessment will be our most difficult class. I believe Pharmacology is too…
Speaking of Pharmacology, we did have our first exam Monday (09.17). The exam included: NSAIDs, Acetaminophen, Adrenocortical drugs, Thyroid drugs, Diabetic drugs and some basic med calc. I did not do as well as I would have hoped. Not going to lie, I had my first complete mental breakdown, especially after hearing people brag about how great they did by studying last minute. Unfortunately, that technique has never worked for me, I wish it did, but it doesn’t.
This may sound odd, but I genuinely know the content; however, I have struggled with text anxiety all my life which causes me to panic and make stupid decisions. The day that this post goes up, I have an appointment with my professor to review the exam and chat about my study habits. I also had no idea first-semester nursing students had tutoring services until now, so I will begin seeing a tutor for that course. Hopefully this will help quiet that voice inside my head that says “You’re just a stupid, 19-year-old” and help boost confidence in my ability. At this point I am feeling like I am just not smart enough, but hopefully I’ll feel better.
Week four also consisted of my first Foundations Exam. I did way better on this exam than Pharmacology (Most of my cohort did, which was great!) Foundations is said to be one of our easiest courses, so hopefully I will continue to do well in those course. The last big event of the week, were my first Vital Sign Check-Offs!
I will admit, I was so surprised at how fast I have been able to complete vitals after learning it a week and a half ago. I guess that is what pressure does! I passed my Check-Offs on the first try (we are allowed two), which was great! I was a little unsure of myself, because I did finish check-offs under ten minutes, but I think I did well!
It was odd talking to the Simulator, but it was oddly reassuring, because I feel it is less pressure to talk to a non-human patient than a real patient. For my program we completed blood pressure, respirations, radial and apical pulse on the Simulator and then explained the steps and interfering factors for those as well as rectal, oral and axillary temperature. We also had to explain O2 sat and the Wong-Baker vs. Numeric Pain scales to our clinical instructor. Our instructors would prompt us for some things or just ask questions to see if we “know our stuff“.
Overall, my first round of exams in nursing school went okay! I will continue to work on improving my test taking mentality for Pharmacology and hopefully return with a good report for the next update in about another three to four weeks!
If you are in school, how has your school year been going? If you are a nurse/senior nursing student, feel free to drop some advice below!