I passed! I have one more semester of nursing school to go! I'll be done in December. I have the summer off. It's been so long since I've had a summer off I'm almost not sure what to do with myself, except write fic. There needs to be so much writing.
rivulet027: (WillowTara)
( Jan. 13th, 2014 02:03 pm)
I checked my school email yesterday and realized there was a form to fill out for my clinical site. The email said it was due on the third. I filled it out and sent it right back explaining that I'd just seen it. I got an email back saying she'd received it and then a call saying she doesn't know if the hospital will accept the form. If they don't she says I can't take the class for this semester and should apply for readmission into the program. They only let you do that once and I've already done it. So basically she's telling me I'd be out of the program. I tried to point out that it didn't make sense to kick me out of the program for one emailed form that I didn't see until the 12th. She gave me the whole you have to check your email every other day because we might send you something important lecture...the important stuff seems to get buried in with the junk mail they send. On the upside I should know by the end of the day if the hospital accepted the form.

If not I'm going to call the someone higher up and see if I just miss a day or two of clinicals...which is allowed in the timeframe and would give the hospital more time to process this one form. There are also opening at other clinical sites and I might see if they can't just move me to one of those. Either way I'm not giving up on this. I'm not getting dropped from their program because I didn't see one email with one form.

I also made an appointment with financial aide for Wed. I have a bit of paperwork to get together, but I think that'll at least run smoothly.
rivulet027: (WillowTara)
( Aug. 13th, 2013 08:09 pm)
My internet isn’t working. I just found out that the landline was canceled yesterday and though I was assured that my internet would still work it isn’t. So I’m going to give them a call tomorrow and see what can be done, though I may just cancel it for a time. I can always use the library and my dad’s internet.

My brother and sister-in-law moved in with me to ‘their new house’ and I’m still sorting out my thoughts on this.

Oh the upside, despite the summer being rough and mostly consumed with sorting through my grandma’s things, confining my things to either my room or the basement and moving my brother’s family’s things in, I earned A’s in both my classes! I had only been at my current school two semester swhen I failed out of Nursing 1600 by 3 pts and this lowered my GPA enough that I was basically out of the Nursing Program. As soon as grades posted I was in their office seeing what could be done and they told me all the spots for fall were filled and I’d have to wait till spring. There was a way to work it so that either way starting this fall or spring I would finish up next fall. The program manager was out of the office till today so I signed up for some classes just in case she couldn’t do anything for me and then gave her a call after I got out of work today. She said I was second in the lottery and then asked me to go on hold. When she got back on she’d managed to find me a seat! I have to attend the class/lab at the campus that is farthest from my house but I’m in!
I didn't pass my 1600 class by 3pts or if you want to get really exact .7%. At this point it looks like I can readmit and get put into a lottery and will be able to retake the class as soon as there is an opening, hopefully this fall. This pushes my grad date back by a year as I would get summers off.

I was really upset at first because this is a huge setback, but that's all this is, a setback. After thinking it over I've realized this might actually be better for me in the end. The summer class was two days a week at 5 hours of lecture time each day with a clinical two days a week at ten hours a day. I would've had to work the 3 12hr shifts at work on the other 3 days of the week to maintain my health insurance and pay my bills. My grandma is having some rather bad health issues that came to a head this week and we now need to see a specialist. I would've had to start school in 2 weeks. I was getting stressed out at the idea of going back when my grandma really needs me at home right now. I can retake 1600 in the fall and then the class that would've been 9 wks over the summer will be a regular spring class over 16 wks.

Also with the nine week class I was stuck with the job I have now while going through that class, not having school over the summer allows me to poke my head around and see if I can't find a better job or at least one similar that'll pay me more.
rivulet027: (WillowTara)
( Apr. 10th, 2013 07:19 pm)
I got a C! I also finished my paperwork for clinical! So happy right now! Very excited! One more clinical day and I'm offically on vacation!
rivulet027: (WillowTara)
( Apr. 10th, 2013 06:01 am)
One thing I won't miss when I graduate in December is waiting for grades to post. It always fills me with anxiety. I know I did well on the last one. I studied hard, put aside family/friend time to do so. I felt it was easy while I was taking it and it was math heavy. I find the nursing math easy to figure out. Still my stomach is tied in knots.

I'm so very much looking forward to couchcon and being able to relax.
rivulet027: (WillowTara)
( Apr. 5th, 2013 11:30 pm)
I started an IV today! I am so happy! I was really nervous about it, but I'd made sure to practice just that one skill for an hour by itself so when I finally finished setting up and got the needle in my hand my brain finally stopped bouncing around in nervousness and let my hands take over.
Today was horrible, but not the whole day. The first eight hours of my shift went well, the last four started as a spiral out of control mess. The only way I managed not to break down into tears was to imagine that I'd gone outside in the snow and was screaming at the top of my lungs. I got through it, but I don't want complain about it. I've been meaning to share this story for about a week now and things keep happening and I don't want to forget it.

The other day I walked into work and a patient was sitting near the door by the nurse's station (the nurse's station is where all the good gossip is) and I greeted her as I came in. After I'd clocked in and was back at the nurse's station so that I could figure out where my assignment was for the day she randomly out of the blue asked me, "Are you on the pill?"

I went over to her, bent down and looked at her knowing that I wasn't going to explain all the reasons why I'm no longer on the pill. So I told her, "No, I'm not married yet."

"I'll marry you," she told me, "We can get married."

My heart, let me tell you, felt so sweet and fuzzy at that moment. So I gave her a kiss on the cheek and told her, "I should be so lucky."

She gave the nurse, sitting at the station, one of those huge lit up smiles and said, "You see how nice she is to me!"
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( Sep. 20th, 2012 11:19 pm)
There has been a lot of good this week. I had to check off on vitals and another skill for nursing lab this week, so I basically had to show them I know how to take a set of vitals and then perform another skill that we recently learned. When I went in to practice I ran into most of the same group I'd been practicing with and a girl I hadn't talked to yet. She was wearing a lot of purple and of course I ended up having a dork moment and pointed out that she could be a purple power ranger and that they'd had one. Then the most amazing thing happened, she knew what I was talking about and then we had a moment where we agreed about the wonderfullness that is RJ. Except then she looked at me and couldn't understand how I knew about Power Rangers because I was too young. She was all 'How old are you?' and I seem to be getting that a lot lately. I look younger than I am, but I didn't think I looked that young. Then I mentioned that I'd been to Morphicon and without missing a beat she explained to another classmate what Morphicon is. The best part is that she was willing to switch labs with me in early October so I can go to Pocky's wedding! She is full of awesome! I also passed my check off today.

I also took a test today, which I got an A on! Also, the test I failed is no longer failed. I went in for a review to look at the test and realized that she'd marked on of the questions wrong and it wasn't. This brought me up the one pointed I needed for a C! The best part is that she'd keyed the answer incorrectly so she has to go over everyone's tests and several other people are going to go up a point! I felt accomplished! Also I cannot be thrilled about that A enough.

Then I found out my best friend lost his father. We texted back and forth, he prefers to text then to talk on the phone, but I did let him know that if he wants to talk I'm here for him. It's difficult to know what to do or say.
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( Sep. 14th, 2012 04:22 pm)
Got my test results and I have to say I'm glad I didn't have to wait all weekend for them. Out of a class of sixty-some only thirteen people passed this test. A forty-one was needed to pass, I got a forty. So while I didn't pass I was really close. There is also a rumor going around that she might throw out one of the questions which was one I got wrong so if she does that would bring me up to a C. It's not what I wanted, but its not bad. I'll do better next time.
We started clinicals this week. Yesterday upset me. The staff was mocking one of their patients. While I can understand that the patient was difficult and the need to vent, it wasn't appropriate. This was one of the patients that I was working with and so I tried to answer the patients call light and take care of any requests. I was shadowing the nursing assistant in the morning and she was more than okay with my taking over assiting that patient since everything the patient requested was within where I am in the program to provide. Halfway through the morning we switched off and I was with a nurse. The nurse confided in me that we had to go into that patient's room and she had been avoiding it as long as possible because she'd heard about how difficult the patient was. I managed to tell her with honesting that the patient had been nothing but polite and apprecuative in all our interactions. This seemed to change her approach and she was polite and so was the patient. Later though the staff was taking a break at the nurses station and they had included two of my classmates. The staff was gossiping about the patient and my classmates were just watching and aborbing this. I walked up to my nurse to let her know I was done with the task I'd been off doing and to see if there was anything else she need, but then she tried to include me in the gossip/mocking my telling me something about how the patient chose to express themselves. I told her that it was okay and she blinked at me a moment and responded, "I know its okay." Thankfully I only had to throw my instructor two looks and she was quickly removing all of us from the situation, which I was grateful for because I was about to take her aside and ask how to handle this. The whole thing was fustrating. I'm a student, a guest, it was my first day working with people that I will be working with until Dec. and while I didn't participate in the mocking and stopped it when it was being done around me I wish there had been something more I could've done. I wanted to bring it up in post conference but my instructor made it clear she wanted me to talk about the blood transfusion that I had watched and she rushed us through talking about what we had learned. I also go a feeling that she didn't want to talk about it.

On a better note I took my first test today. I think I did well. I didn't find the test difficult and only felt shaky on about five of the questions. I did however figure out that I answered one of the questions wrong and am going to review that material later tonight after I get my lab time in.
rivulet027: (Default)
( Aug. 23rd, 2012 11:43 pm)
Ever since I found out I'd be let into nursing school a year early I've felt as though I was just standing around waiting for them to snatch it away. They'd finished letting people in, then they added six more. I kept waiting for someone to go 'Oh no we've made a mistake' and have it turn into another setback. I got my nametag yesterday, the one that says I'm a nursing student and it just clicked. I start school next week. I have a year and half of clinicals then all I have to do is take the state boards and I'm done. It'll be a lot of hard work, but four semesters and I'm a nurse. Finally a nurse. I'm so just thrilled and a little terrified right now, but it finally hit me.
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( Jun. 28th, 2012 11:25 pm)
Today nothing seemed to want to go right. I called off of work so I could make it to my nursing orientation and get paperwork done. There was an exam that they needed me to take and a degree audit they wanted me to print out. The exam wasn't avaliable and I couldn't tell if it was because it hadn't been made avalaible or if I was just looking for it incorrectly. Turns out this school does nearly everything that they can online. So I called around and got no answers.

I then went to a nearby campus to get the degree audit and they couldn't print the audit because the system was updating because several nursing codes had changed. He tried twice. I explained that I also need to print of paperwork and he told me to go get my student id (I don't have this yet) and then I'd have access to the computers and could print it out. I went to get my student id and was told that I can't have one until I have signed up for fall classes, which I wasn't able to do until after orientation. So I drove to the public library.

Thankfully as soon as I parked one of the orientation organizers called me to confirm that I was coming and to let me know she'd made the exam avalaible to me. I explained about the degree audit and my difficulty in printing off the paperwork. She told me to not worry about it and to just come in and she'd have blank paperwork availble for me.

So paperwork is turned in. Exam is taken. I just need my degree audit and I can sign up for classes. Then I have a physical to get, immunization records and I need to take a CPR class since my card expired in May.

Classes start August 27th! I got in a whole year early! They'd already signed up students for 2012 and then they admited six more and I was lucky enough to be one of those six. I should know my schedule my July 5th. I'm still feeling a little overwhealmed, but I'm so happy at the same time!
I've been working on getting into an accelerated nursing program at a nearby college. It's four semesters or one year long. When I took a test and turned in my background check I was told it would take a month and that they would contact me, they indicated via mail. They also told me that they were no long accepting applications for their 2012 program and I'd have to wait until 2013. This I felt would work better because it'd allow me to get my finances under control and set aside some money for school. I waited and waited and constantly found nothing in my mail box. Apparently they meant my email. I checked today.

I'd recieved my acceptence email on the 11th. They're pushing me to start classes this fall. One problem. Orientation is tomorrow at 2. I was scheduled to work until 3. So now there is no work tomorrow and me trying to figured out if I'm supposed to be at this orientation and starting this fall or if I'll be waiting until next fall.

Part of me is going yay nursing school with appropriate flailing while another part of me is set to get the work done.
I take my entrance exam tomorrow. Judging from the study guide I think I'll do well, but am doing a bit more studying tonight! I can't wait to get back into nursing school!
rivulet027: (Default)
( Apr. 9th, 2012 04:30 pm)
Checked in with the new nursing school today and I'm elible for their program. Which means I have to take a test, pass it with 75% and then get them a background check. So I'm going to figure out how to schedule that tomorrow when I get off work so I can arrange study time. I'm excited! I should be back in nursing school by fall! And it's an accelerated program so it's only 4 semesters. Start this fall and ends next fall!

I think I'll do okay on the test. I just want to get the book they recommend so I can feel more secure walking into the test. I'm so excited! I know it'll be a lot of hard work, but it'll be better this time with only one program to concentrate on!
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( Mar. 29th, 2012 11:21 am)
I applied to a nursing school in the area. They have an accelerated nursing program that is four semesters long if you have a bachelors degree. So I applied. I heard back the other day. They said no, that one of my science requirements is seven years old and I need to retake it. I spoke to a councelor today and my oldest science is six years old so he's not quite sure what they meant by that. He's going to call them and figure out what's going on and then get back to me. So right now I'm just waiting.

Edited: He called back. They are going to give my transcripts another look and get back to me sometime next week.

Also caved and bought Thor to watch, put it in the player and got nothing but a blank screen. I took it back got a new one...again nothing but a blank screen. So far Thor is boring. On the upside I started watching Firefly instead. I wished I'd watched it sooner, its addicting.
rivulet027: (Default)
( May. 10th, 2011 06:21 pm)
I have:

-one more essay 12 pages due by Thurs.

-one take home exam due by Wed

-one test early on Thurs, which I still need to make my cheat sheet for since she lets us have one.

Have started S2 of SPN and my silly Connor/Dean bunnies are back in full swing. I also keep wanting to dig up this S1 xover with BtVS I started and then shoved in a folder. Bunnies oh so much fun. Of course in one of the epi's I recently watched they were in a hospital and a code was call and I took one look at the patient and started going 'you called the wrong code!' and I felt all nurse like because I recongized it was the wrong code and knew what the right one was.

Am really excited because I get my Dad's TV tonight so I plan to watch Glee!

It also just hit me the other day that after this week I'll have 3 classes over 10 weeks and then have my degrees. Hopefully by then I'll have figure out how to get back into nursing school.
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( May. 4th, 2011 01:12 pm)
-4 more papers, 3 due this week...don't ask me how that's happening.

-1 song in ASL in front of the class...I'm doing 'Midnight Radio' from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Almost, almost prepared.

-2 possibly 3 tests.

Then one week off before it's back to summer school. Summer is my last semster. Then I have to figure out what I'm doing about getting back into nursing school.
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