Thursday, May 29, 2008

What are you doing now that you've graduated from Nursing School?


Yep, tomorrow at this time I will be in sunny Orlando, visiting the happiest place on earth. I woke up so excited this morning and squealed so loudly that I simultaneously scared both Jane AND the dog. (he thought I was going to take him for a walk!). A whole ten days of Pirates, Dinosaur, Splash Mountain, Expedition Everest, The Festival of the Lion King, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Soarin, Snow White's Scary Adventure, Test Track, breakfast with Pooh and friends, dinner in the castle, mickey ice cream treats, walking down Main street, the Castle, riding the monorail and best of all....WATER PARKS!!! SOOOOO excited!!!!!!
Okay, off to pack!!! And I have already checked in at Delta and printed our boarding passes!!! Poor Jane, she has no idea what she is in for:)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lots of Free Time - not always a good thing

Is kinda freaking me out. After a year of being overwhelmingly overwhelmed, this sudden lack of a schedule has thrown me to for a loop. Sunday was graduation which was thoroughly pleasant and surprisingly quick. (2 hours!!) My awesome mom came down for the ceremony and took us out for dinner at our favorite Irish restaurant. And gave me the sweetest card that made me cry. My mom rocks.
This week I have supposed to have been cleaning the house in preparation for our vacation. And I finally have most of it done, and it has taken me MUCH longer than it really should. You see my procrastinating tendencies get exponentially worst when I have have lots of time, because I can always "do it tomorrow" So instead I have spent 20% of the day being productive, and 80% playing video games, admiring the garden, playing with the animals, doing quiet reflection, counting the ceiling tiles, and obsessively reading Cute Overload, AllEarsNet (disney website), Trip Advisor, and Television Without Pity. I have caught up on this month's Daily Show & Colbert Report episodes, baked a cake, and sleep deliciously late.
It took me three days to clean the bathroom. The first day I brought all the cleaning supplies into the room. The second day I vacuumed the floor. The third day I did the actual cleaning.
So I have been feeling guilty for being a slacker for three days, but I guess I am allowed a few days of goofing off after my intense year, right? And today I kicked some cleaning-butt, although I still have to pick up my study room which looks like a tornado hit it. So, of course instead of cleaning, I am writing in my blog:)
Tomorrow off to Rainbow Tour 2008! Yahoo!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I guess I kinda rock

I just got the results from my final exams...and I have a 4.0 for the semester! Woo Hoo! First time ever for me! Pretty damn pysched! AND I got an email from the head of the accelerated program. I guess they were so impressed with a poster I made for a project for my clinical, they want me to make another copy so they can mount it and hang it in the school. And they plan on taking it to the nest National Nursing of League conference to show as an example of student work. I was pretty psyched about that too. I was very happy with the project (and worked hard on it) so I was glad they were impressed. (The project was a patient education session on birth control. I made a big poster, and handout, and led a discussion at the Women's Center). It actually was a lot of fun to do and I learned a lot about birth control (which will come in handy for the NCLEX, as it is something I don't have a lot of experience in:)

So all and all, a good week:) Plus, Jane bought me some champagne to celebrate finishing my program which was very sweet. And I slept very late today which felt good:)

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Words cannot express. And the fatigue is not helping. More to come later. But now, I must go have a drink:)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Med Surg. With about two inches of handouts to review. Have been studying since 10A, and I got through 2 of them (approx 3/8 of an inch:) And this one has big words like oligodendricytoma and scleroderma and phenytoin and craniotomy. Too many words.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Two down....

Two to go!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Home Stretch (and much rambling)

This is the last week of classes. Kinda hard to believe. You'd think that they would let us have it easy this week but oh no. This week we have to to give two presentations on our "Evidence-based practice" project for Research Class, have a class discussion on the presidential candidates positions on health care issues, a paper in for Community Nursing (which, actually we could have done at any point in the semester, but in a very unJulie-like manner, I left to the last minute:), and the MOTHER of all skills exam in our MedSurg class. We will be tested on absolutely any skills we have learned throughout our nursing education. I am actually excited about this exam in my own nerdy way, but am also intimidated cuz we haven't done a lot of the stuff in a while. And it is harder if you have never had to perform any of the skills in clinical, and just have a theoretical understanding of them.
Then, FINALS. Which I am hoping won't be too bad. Two of the classes this semester focus on broad conceptual topics, so I won't need to be reviewing a lot of medication side effects and lab values. For Research classes, I have managed to be completely confused about the material ALL semester, yet have managed to score a 99% average. Kinda like my last statistics class. I can recognize terms, but could not tell you what they do or tell you. But whatevs, I am not planning on going into research, so as long as I get a good grade I am happy. And no one will be hurt if I can't properly identify the "external threats" of a research articles results section. That leaves MedSurg which will require the most amount of studying. And we have covered a lot of unrelated topics this semester. Autoimmune disorders to endocrine disorders to trauma to spinal cord injuries to organ transplants. For our last exam, I studied by far the LEAST amount than I have for any exam thus far. And I got a 100%. I laughed out loud. And the quiz I spent hours on, a 81%. But this exam was ridiculously easy. I think anyone off the streets with at least average IQ could have passed it. And she asked the SAME questions several times, just worded differently. Like, what lab value do you need to monitor with hepatic encephalopathy? Ammonia.
Then after finals, we have fours days of intense NCLEX prep. I was so relieved that they provide this to us, and even more relieved when they told us it was free for us AND they provide us study books! Something free at Quinnipiac!! Unheard of! We had our pinning ceremony a few weeks ago, and get this...we had to buy our own pins!! Almost $50,000 for the program, and they couldn't even give us pins. I was expecting to have to pay for my cap and gown for graduation, but that was free also. They also had good cookies at the 'gradution fair' in the student center where you had to go to pick up the C&G. (I tend to evaulate events by the quality of chocolate chip cookies provided).
Anyway, I am rambling on and on. So yes, NCLEX prep. And that week all the accelerated students are getting together for an evening for our own little graduation ceremony. Am looking forward to it. Plus a few others are having parties, so we wll get to hang out together then too. But it will be weird having spent almost every waking hour with these people for a year to not seeing them at all.
Graduation is May 18th. Woo and the hoo! Then Rainbow Tour, then DISNEY! Sooooooo excited. CuZ I have never been before. We are going for 10 days which is the longest vacation I have ever taken. And the place we are staying looks beautiful and is right next to the animal kingdom. And my poor Jane is already tired of me bouncing around the house talking about the trip. If she thinks this is bad, wait until we go to the Magic Kingdom for the first time. I generally squeal so high that dogs come a-runnin.
Although planning it was a win-win situation for us. She HATES planning vacations and I love it. So she basically gave me her account information for her time share agecny, and let me run wild. it was awesome. And I have already planned a bunch of character meals (including dinner in Cinderella's castle, and breakfast with Pooh and friends). Plus we are going to do a couple days at Universal Studios which is fun.; And of course LOTS of time at the water parks:)
And I start my job on June 16th!