Holy Smokes. It’s been too long since my last blog post. I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind and back but all for the love of nursing. I know every nursing program is different but I wanted to give a recap of my first two semesters just to enlighten those that may be wondering (or those that may be in my program).
This semester is your foundation of nursing. You have two different areas that you are graded in and checked off on which is theory (lecture) and clinicals (in the hospital working with patients). You’ll most likely be doing med/surg your 1st semester which are mostly older adults with various diagnoses. I didn’t actually appreciate med/surg until 2nd semester because you truly learn so much on that floor. Theory was a challenge at first but once you learn how to study and it’s working for you, stick with that tactic throughout the program. The challenging thing about nursing school is that you are learning a lot of new information in class while concurrently learning a ton of new information in clinicals. Your brain is constantly being stretched and you don’t learn how much capacity it can actually hold until you test it. First semester tests it. On another note, this was the semester I had a social life.
This was the semester I didn’t have much of a social life. In fact, there were multiple responsibilities I had to step down from due to the increased learning curve this semester evoked. I started to believe the lie that if I was smarter, I’d be able to juggle more of the things I wanted to do, including school. However, that is not the truth. I had to remember what God told me the beginning of 2014 when I started the program– this was the year to steward [well] the dreams God has given me. I realized mid-semester that if I need to let go of some things it doesn’t make me any less of a person or a leader. I want to steward this dream of mine well and I will do what it takes. I also remember that this is only a season and that even bigger things are up ahead. God knows me, he knows I LOVE to socialize and be with friends, that’s also how I know this won’t be a forever thing.
The beginning of this semester was, how can I say it…. brutal. It was partially my own fault because I did zero (and I mean 0) preparation over the summer. What can I say? I love my breaks and I LOVE my vacations. I pretty much mentally got off the plane from Miami and went straight to class and that was no bueno. The learning curve is set a lot higher this semester. I remember at orientation for the program a lot of the professors talked about keeping in touch with friends and having them cook dinner for you once a week or so to help you out. Well, this was that kind of a semester. Dinner was an inconvenience (and sometimes eating it was too).
2nd semester we learned pediatrics and OB which was totally new content. We also started clinicals two weeks into the semester. The demand for both theory and clinicals was set a lot higher and it was quite overwhelming in the beginning but then it becomes your normal.
There were quite a few upperclassmen I spoke with that said they had to repeat their second semester. Right off the bat, there was a fear in me that that could be me but I couldn’t let that fear drive me. My drive is to learn as much as I possibly could, study as much as I possibly can, and do the best that I could do. I knew if I stuck to that, I would do great. And not to toot my own horn but I did do great (toot, toot!).
This semester was definitely a challenge but I’ve acquired a wealth of knowledge about pediatrics, OB, diabetes, respiratory acidosis/alkalosis (say wha?!), AIDS, cancer, chemotherapy, and most of all, I’ve learned so much about myself. I can do this and I can be great at it and if I can do it, so can you.
Farewell to 2014 and cheers to 2015! I felt God told me 2015 is going to be my year (not that every year isn’t but there’s something special for me this year). I do graduate December 2015, that will be a milestone, for sure. 3rd semester, let’s go!