Well I have a lot of stuff due by Friday. So where do I start? Do I finish working on my case study or work on my nursing journal??!! So while I think about what i’m going to do first…. I thought I would blog about it as I decide what to do first. So for me I am leaning towards the case study because we are reviewing our questions as a group tomorrow! Okay so my priority tonight is going to be finishing and re-looking at my case study questions. It’s 9:30 p.m. and with life sometimes you don’t get a chance to get started on homework until late! Tonight is one of those nights!! Here goes………………
A lot of nursing students have a LOT of stress on a day to day basis. Sometimes that stress can lead to having problems in school. It can hurt your concentration with studying and a major problem is having the stress give you testing anxiety. A lot of students have a hard time managing that anxiety and stress. I know that there are some days I just want to give up. But it’s those times that I remind myself why I am sitting in that seat in class or why I’m waking up at 5 am to get to clinicals. Why? Nursing is the career I dream of and the stress I have is worth it in the end. Part of managing stress and testing anxiety is being able to have an inner balance and be able to calm yourself down and stay focused and be in control of your thoughts.
I was getting really stressed and I was made aware of a special room in the Student Affairs office at Mid-State. It’s called the “stress reduction room”. When you walk in you see a nice comfortable recliner, a small waterfall statue which runs water and it’s a very calming sound and other things to reduce anxiety and stress. The main part of this room is the computer. The computer has a program on it that helps you teach yourself how to slow yourself down and manage your anxiety. It rates you on having your breathing and heart rate going at the same rate. I don’t want to give away all the details because I want you to check it out!! If you go into Student Affairs stop at the desk on the left and ask Patrice if you can look at the room and ask her if you can set up some time to go in there and check it out. I guarantee it will be worth your time. Students have been using the room and have been having a lot of success in managing their stress!! So please go out and try it!!!
The first day of spring break and I’m loving it!!! What is there not to love about 60 degrees and sunshine!!! Spring break came at a great time not only for the weather but also for a break from the pressure and stress!!
I hope everyone gets recharged this week and we start Monday off rested and ready to work!!
If anyone is looking for something to look at go to www.cnn.com and go under the health area and you can find interesting things to read. I go to the website a few times a week and I always end up learning something new!
Just finished my last final of the week for Health Promotions and clinicals. With the intense 8 week class and having one test and three finals this week I’m glad it’s done. All my studying paid off and I can move onto Health Alterations. The week was stressful and I would have to say it started to get to me but the more time you put into something the better the outcome and this week showed for that.
I’m fustrated today. I’m not doing as good as I think I should be on my tests. I’m studying, I’m reading and I can’t really figure it out. So I decided to talk to the instructor for some tips. She suggested going on her website and doing the activities and practice tests and to really figure what the question is asking. For instance you have to assess the patient before you do an intervention of them! Which makes a lot of sense but in the heat of the moment you forgot sometimes! Ok so I have a test at 2:00p lets see if the extra time spent helps. I’m sure it will!
Scholarships …Scholarships….. Everyone knows there out there right!! Well I have been getting emails about all this scholarship opportunities and decided to actually look into it. As a nursing student your life is busy and since working a lot of hours is out of the question for a lot of students this is a great way to help with school funding. The applications aren’t very hard and take little time. My advice is take advantage of these opportunities. More then not it pays off!!
Coming to the end of OB clinical rotation. What an experience. It’s amazing the difference between labor to labor and parents to parents. I was able to see a for myself of a Nurse goes into action when a situation doesn’t seem right. An OB nurse was concerned about the well being of a newborn. She had good reasons to be concerned. She followed her duty as a nurse and reported her concerns to social services. It was great to see a Nurse follow her duty and do what was in the best interest of the newborn. She didn’t just turn her head and feel that she couldn’t’ make a difference. She contacted proper authorities and she spent extra time with this family teaching them how to care of their child. She really was an inspiration to the students that day!!
Yesterday I took a test on three chapters.. It was a hard and long test. I realized that talking to everyone about what they put for certain questions just made me unsure of myself and unsure of what I picked. It actually made waiting for my grade worse. I sat in class worried about what my grade was. So I decided after the next test I’m going to try and just keep to myself and not ask questions. Hopefully it works!
What a crazy night!!! Just got home from the E.R. with seven stitches in my daughters ear. The interesting things parenting brings. It’s 10:15 p.m. and I have a test at 9 a.m. All that planned studying time went right out the window. So do I stay up late and study or get up early and study? Well I picked getting up early!!!
The outcome of getting up early to study. A 92%!!
I had a LOT of homework tonight. After picking my daughter up at daycare I was driving along thinking about how I was going to get it all done. I gave my daughter a good 1/2 hour of play time just her and I and then we sat at the dinner table she did her homework (which consists of coloring in princess pictures and using glue on anything she could) and my homework of reading over powerpoints. It was a great compromise, and we were still able to spend time together!
I learned a good lesson today. Always check your grades on the computer under your mymstc. Why? Well instructors do make mistakes sometimes and in nursing school when a 90 gets entered instead of a 99 it can make a world of difference. So taking on that responsibility of following up is so important!!