Monday, February 28, 2011


It's the night before a big exam that I'm not real confident I'm anxiously awaiting tomorrow.

It's also a night where there is an Armageddon-like line of storms headed my way...the kind of storm system that amateur meteorologists have been "OMGOMGOMGOMG!!  This is gonna be IT, folks!!" all. week. long.  And tonight...not any better!
(as a side note there:  I appreciate that folks are interested in weather and learn about meteorology and all...but do you see the professional meteorologists in the media doing this kind of thing?  No?  Well maybe that's because in their training, they learned to keep a poker face on and know that freaking people out days in advance doesn't help a damn thing.  I would love to ask those people if they want their doctors and nurses to be running around their room freaking out when they get their test results?  No?  Well then use the same caution/common sense with your knowledge.  Give the info, but no need to sensationalize.  Thanks.)

So tonight?  Take my usual test anxiety, add in a lot of freaking-out storm stuff, and you get an absolute mess of a person who is exhausted but can't sleep, who needs to study but can't focus, and who has such abdominal distress that I swear I am going to puke.  I'm thankful at this point that I had only a bowl of cereal for will be less to puke up.

Changing gears a bit to help take my mind off impending doom...

School has been keeping me busy but going fairly well.  I'm kicking butt on my busywork assignments -- journal entries for Community clinicals, nurse notes for Assessment, weekly quizzes...  I have this big TNI exam tomorrow, plus a major project due Tuesday (Finished! Just have to turn it in!) and a skills evaluation on Wednesday.  This is a big one -- medication administration.  We're hearing horror stories about this one, that no one passed it the first time last semester.  I have been running the whole scenario in my head over and over again...cementing the procedure into my memory, learning to make it second nature where I don't even have to think about it.  I so want to pass this one the first time out!  I need that confidence boost after being shaken over that first exam a few weeks ago.

Learned something new this past week (well, I learn something new just about every day, nursing-wise) -- CARE PLANS.   Oh yes.  I now have the basics on the lovely, time-consuming thing that is the Nursing Care Plan.  We have to do 1 full care plan on one of our clinical patients sometime this semester...but next semester, we do care plans like every other week.  I cannot tell you how excited I am about this!  {sarcasm off}  All that aside, they don't seem *too* horribly bad...just time consuming.  Of course I say that now...

Found out my HepB titer still showing low, so I had to get yet another HepB vax over the weekend...sporting a very sore left deltoid.  5th one over my lifetime, 3rd one since October.  They're going to have me get a 6th one in August and then do a titer check after that.  If I don't show antibodies then, I will scream.  I'm tired of being a pincushion!

That's about it for right now -- doesn't sound like much, but I swear I am constantly reading or making notes or researching or doing some kind of school something!  But my saving grace for right now is that Spring Break is in 2 more weeks.  Not going anywhere, and I'll have work to do over break, but a full week off from classes and having new stuff added to my plate sounds *heavenly* is knocking on the door, so I'm going to sign off for now and keep a close tab on the situation.  Hoping I can get to bed I can then turn around and get back up in less than 2 hours.  I am going to be a real treat tomorrow.  Maybe someone can start me on a caffeine IV so I can somewhat resemble a human...

Have a Happy Monday.  Cheers  :-)


  1. I hear ya on the big test tomorrow, I sat in my recliner from 230-1000 yesterday finishing up writing notes for my best test tomorrow and going over my workbook etc. Like I said in my email this is gonna be a one big test, but I have faith that it'll be okay I hope.
    You're going to do just fine on your exam; you'll have to let me know how it works out, if that is you can leave your house with the terrible weather and all. :-)

  2. opps I meant 0230-2200 in military time (very important to practice that).

  3. Obviously you haven't been to my part of the country. The meteorologists freak out about EVERYTHING! It feels like the end of the world is coming watching them....and these are the ones that have been on air as long as I can remember. The "seasoned" ones if you will.

    Anywho, good luck on your test tomorrow. I know the anxiety all to well as I have my own huge test coming up. We are going to rock it. :)


  4. Don't be fooled, darling. Careplans are the work of the devil.