Plan for the Week

What do you think about me doing weekly posts with updates and my plan for the week? I’m thinking about it…mostly because I’m addicted to planning. The accountability helps, too. 😉

Friday tends to be the first day of the week for me, so these posts will likely show up on Fridays. I have class on Thursdays, so I usually spend Thursday afternoon relaxing from all of the preparation it took to get to Thursday. I use Friday as a day to look ahead and plan for the following Thursday’s class.

This week…I need to focus on really getting this content down. The tests have been more difficult this semester, and I need to figure out what I need to change in order to improve. I’m doing fine. I just know I could do better. Please leave your tips or encouragement in the comment section. 🙂

In other news, I received my nursing pin in the mail today. I purchased it on Etsy…you can find it here if you would like to purchase one for yourself!

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Friday

  1. Take one Kaplan test (I’m trying to be better about answering NCLEX questions daily).
  2. Read pharmacology content for Thursday (we have a case study on infectious diseases).
  3. Clean the house (I had a test yesterday…’nuff said).

Saturday

  1. Take one Kaplan test.
  2. Read about infection control precautions.
  3. Read about infectious diseases in the Med/Surg book.

Sunday

  1. Create two tables. One for infectious diseases and one for medications to treat infectious diseases.
  2. Hang out with Mark & Kass!

Monday

  1. Complete case study for Thursday.
  2. Take one Kaplan test.

Tuesday

  1. Finish creating tables from Sunday.
  2. Review notes.

Wednesday

  1. Meet up with my study group to go over Thursday’s case study.
  2. Take a long nap. 🙂
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Plan for the Week

The time I’m in class or clinical during the week is pretty minimal this semester. I have class once a week for three hours, and I have clinical on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of February. I’ll be starting my preceptorship later in the semester, but my schedule is pretty light compared to previous semesters.

My instructors have warned us about the dangers we face with this level of freedom in fourth semester. Plus, there is this thing called senioritis (related to studying too much in the previous three semesters as evidenced by exhaustion and an f*** it all mentality). So, I’m trying to fight against senioritis the best way I can…with a (care) plan. I’m all about making plans and checklists.


Sunday

  1. Finish typing my journal for clinical about patient education.
  2. Read the material for Thursday’s case study lecture.
  3. Type agenda for Monday’s nursing club officers’ meeting.

Monday

  1. Complete case study for Thursday.
  2. Attend nursing club officers’ meeting.
  3. Complete service learning hours at Union Gospel Mission.

Tuesday

  1. Study the case study with my study group.
  2. Review the diabetes mellitus content from previous semesters.

Wednesday

  1. Answer 100 NCLEX questions related to Thursday’s content areas (diabetes mellitus and renal).
  2. Write my journal for clinical regarding my service learning experience.

Thursday

  1. Attend the case study lecture.
  2. Attend the study session with the fourth semester tutor.

Friday

  1. Celebrate Friday by having fun with my sister, Megan, and her family!

What’s your plan for the week?

My Winter Break (In Pictures)

My last semester of nursing school begins in a week, and I am busy creating my calendars, preparing another batch of freezer meals, and soaking up as much family time as possible.

Here’s a look at my winter break in pictures:

Believe it or not, the Twin Cities has not gotten much snow yet. But these two turkeys seem to be hanging around a lot…

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I was the idiot who thought she could make a Christmas gift for someone on her list. After a lot of seem ripping and tears, I decided to give up…

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This is our niece. Love the look. 🙂

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I won several personal training sessions at my gym, so I am getting pretty buff again. Watch out…

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Grant and I hosted a New Year’s Day Party, and we got to play Ticket to Ride for the first time! I highly recommend it…

I’ve been spending some time organizing for my last semester. My lecture only covers one topic per week this semester, so instead of writing “Week 1, Week 2, Week 3,…” on my binder tabs, I get to write the name of the topic that will be discussed. I’m kind of excited about that. I think that it will be easier to find what I am looking for when studying for an exam…

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Best of luck as y’all start your semesters! I can’t wait to hear about them!

A Day in the Life of a Nursing Student

The story of my day begins at 6:12 AM. Of course I wake up before my alarm goes off. I didn’t really need those extra 3 minutes after all, right? Wrong.

I made the coffee, took the shower, and ate the Wheaties. I came back to my desk (which won’t be a dining room table for another 9 months) to review the common medication dosage conversions for my med dosage exam at 9 AM.

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My desk after a frantic night of studying. It’s not very pretty, I know.

I fed the whining cat, grabbed a snack for class, and ran out the door. I spent the 20 minute car ride to school singing at the top of my lungs. This time it was with the Cranberries. Who cares what people think, right?

I had an 8:30 meeting with the Nursing Club officers. Look at us getting stuff done!

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Not posed at all.

The meeting concluded at 8:56, giving me 4 minutes to empty my bladder and get to the first floor for my medication dosage exam! I made it, and I even had time to pick a wedgie before I sat down (I’m sorry you had to see that, Dave).

I answered the 15 questions carefully and slowly handed the exam to my instructor. I needed to get all of them correct to pass the exam (our school is not okay with medication errors…at all). I watched her as she went from answer to answer. My heart rate and blood pressure were skyrocketing. Can you go any faster? She looked at me and nodded her head slightly. I passed. Phew!

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A look of relief.

After passing the first exam, we were all ready to learn about postpartum care. I mean, who doesn’t want to talk about the uterus, breasts, lochia, and afterpains at 10 o’clock in the morning!?

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At least I get to see these lovely ladies!

I guess it was too much for Bri though…

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I got home around 1 PM and put the BBQ chicken in the crock pot. I re-listened to my lecture, created a Facebook page for the blog, and I ended the day by pumping some iron at the gym!

I’m curious if others started school this week. Is this your first year as a nursing student? Final year? Please comment below! Tell me what you are excited about in the coming year.