Category Archive: Classes

Feb
17

The Neverending Semester

Is it really only mid-February? Looking back at my last post, I feel like it should be April already! All these snow days haven’t helped…the Southeast has basically been shut down for the better part of three weeks due to a couple of unexpected “blizzards” (and by blizzard, I mean 6 inches on the ground. …

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Jan
16

The Home Stretch

My final term begins today. And while I’m still trying to figure out what’s next, I am ready to take this semester on. The good news is we only have two classes this spring, totaling 7 credits. The bad news is one of the classes alone is worth 6 credits (but I guess on the …

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Dec
11

Wrapping Up

The light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter still… I’m spending the weekend wrapping up clinical hours and assignments. Papers/projects are done and submitted. All that stands between me and my LAST semester is my clinical evaluation tomorrow. Woot! I also hit a pretty significant milestone today. I submitted my first ever manuscript …

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Jan
31

The Myth of the Second Degree Nurse

I’ve had enough. Enough of being told that people like me may be “smart”, but can’t make clinical decisions where it counts. Enough of having derogatory labels bestowed upon me. It’s time to set the record straight. I present to you my favorite myths about second degree nurses and nursing students (SDNs). SDNs are ambitious/cutthroat/want …

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Sep
14

The Journey

This post is late in coming, but the timing really couldn’t be better. With this blog reaching 50,000+ hits and my own career at a crossroads, what better time to look back on the long (and twisted) road that got me to this point? And reflect on a few lessons learned along the way… The …

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Aug
06

R & R

Today began my “summer vacation”. Approximately three weeks free from grad school. Whoop-dee-doodles. Approximately one hour after I submitted my last paper yesterday, we received an e-mail with our fall book list. They couldn’t give us one day to celebrate? 🙂 The nice part is I also have a full week off from work. I …

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Jul
18

Silent Semester

I realized today that I’ve been so caught up in the experience of being a new nurse that there hasn’t been much news on the grad school front. But then again, there hasn’t been all that much to share. The first semester of my CNL program is over in three weeks and so far it’s …

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Sep
17

Clear!

Today was our pulmonary embolism simulation and it was a REALLY good learning experience because we had to do a lot! We started out with a “patient” who had a pretty uncomplicated situation – post-op cholecystectomy (gall bladder surgery) – who took off her SCDs in the middle of the night, which is a no-no …

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May
24

Right Up My Alley

Week 1 of the summer term is under our belts. And I’m exhausted but excited! Since it’s the summer semester, they’ve compressed 15 weeks’ worth of work into 12…should be interesting. But the good news is we only have one clinical rotation (as opposed to the usual 2), and the coursework is very different from …

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Apr
28

Beyond Technique

Ladies and gentleman, I have survived advanced Med-Surg!  My final exam was this morning, followed an hour later by my simulation exam.  Quite a brain-busting day! And I have absolutely no desire to study for my Public Health final, which is the only thing standing between me and the end of the spring semester. The …

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