Posts Tagged ‘midterm’


  • 3 exams (Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Nursing Management) on the endocrine system — 9:00-10:15
  • Class from 10:30-12:00
  • Class from 2:30-4:30
  • Colleges Against Cancer meeting 6:00-7:30


  • Class from 9:00-12:00
  • Midterm (Health Assessment) from 1:00-2:15


  • Discussion board posting due for Informatics for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • 250 NCLEX questions due


  • Reproductive module due for pathophysiology


  • Reproductive module due for pharmacology


  • Spring Break!

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Seriously, how long’s it been since I’ve been here?  A week?  And here I was doin’ so well.  Oh well, I guess I’ll go through these little lulls every now and then.

So yes.  How’ve ya been?  I’ve been pretty decent …

Finals were over on Tuesday the 15th.  We took all 3 of them at once.  In actuality, it wasn’t all that bad, since these were not cumulative exams, covering all the material from the midterms on.  However, it was still a lot of information, with the added stress of taking all 3 exams at once.

Let’s see, what else has happened recently?

  • Spent about 8 hours celebrating after the final exam(s) with classmates.  That was a ton of fun.  Started off at a local restaurant/pub, then the party moved on to my apartment, and then moved off to another local favorite.  I think I might have slept 14 hours the following day.
  • Most of my grades are posted, and I’m very happy with them.  As I said before, I kind of pushed my online graduate course to the back burner for most of the semester, and it showed in my grade.  While still happy with the grade, it was my lowest one.
  • Class schedule has been posted for next semester, and it looks great!  January through the end of February looks like Monday-Tuesday 9-5 in class, then I have clinical rotation Wednesday/Thursday 2PM-10PM again.
  • For the first 7 weeks of the semester, I’ll be in telemetry rotation.  For the last 7 weeks of the rotation, I’ll be in OB rotation.
  • They’ve split up the 130 or so students into 2 sections this semester, so some of my close friends I won’t be seeing.  I’m not sure whether this means we’ll be in classes with them still, but just not potentially in rotations.  Not really sure yet.
  • My clinical group is great for telemetry!  All good people, and I’m excited to get to know them better.  Looks like 7 of us.

And oh yeah, we just got 23 inches of snow on Saturday!  SO great when you don’t have to shovel any of it.  W, E2, and L2 met up with me at school, where we didn’t even try to make a snowman, because the snow was too fluffy.  Decided to just go eat instead, and ended up at a favorite place of ours, where W’s classmate, A4, met up with us.  From there we just walked around in the blizzard, attempting to see straight, stay warm, and keep away from W’s shenanigans with the snow.

Poor A4 was totally set up and had her face and neck filled with snow, courtesy of W.  Good times.

So what does this extended break hold in store for me?  Lots of things, I suppose — here’s my Winter Break Bucket List:

  1. Lots of sleepy.
  2. Fix up my bicycle all nice and purty.
  3. Experimenting with making my uncle’s delicious bread (he taught me last week!).
  4. Working.
  5. Lots of Slurpees.
  6. Re-learn how to play the piano.
  7. Study for the HESI.
  8. Watch at least 2 seasons of ER on Netflix.
  9. Find new glasses.
  10. Call Comcast to get me new cables and get rid of the humming in my TV.
  11. Get back into the gym.

Ok, I didn’t say it would be an exciting Bucket List.

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First of all, where’d that way of phrasing things come from?  Who was the first person to ever do that to words?  Was it someone in like, 1622 Jamestown, who was trying to impress some sweet Puritan ladies?  Oh who knows …

Anyway, we have our Midterm tomorrow.  The way they do it here is to call it an “Integrated Exam.”  For our three main courses, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Nursing Management, we have 3 separate exams … all at the same time.  So they give us Scantrons for the 3 exams at 9AM and say, “Ok, go to it — here’s your 3 exams.  Have fun.”  We’re pretty much free to complete them however we want to.  All multiple choice, NCLEX-style.  Should be good times.  Topics on the Midterm to include:

  • Health/Illness Models
  • Immune Deficiencies and HIV/AIDS
  • Care of a Patient with Neutropenia and/or Anaphylaxis
  • Care of a Patient with Anemia, Leukemia, and/or Sickle Cell Disease
  • Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
  • Care of a Patient with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease

In other news, I had my first Student Government meeting today.  We juniors (technically I’m a junior again, since it’s a 2-year program) met with the seniors and basically observed what they do.  Gonna take part in one community service event and one fundraiser this Fall.  Maybe I’ll make Mom-Mom’s famous zucchini bread for the bake sale!

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Ok, so I know you’ve totally missed me, judging by the thousands of people clicking on this here site to see whether I’ve returned.  Mmmm hmmm that’s definitely what’s been happening.

So lots been going on in the past few days when I was on family hiatus:

  1. We had our first meeting with our Health Mentor.  I’ll detail this more in another post, but the Health Mentor Program is basically one in which we are paired up with someone in the community who has a chronic illness, and we “follow” that person for the next 2 years.  Each Health Mentor is assigned a group, of which I’m the Nursing student.  There’s also other specialties represented, but I’ll go into this much more later.  It was a great meeting, and I think this program will be absolutely worthwhile.
  2. Had a wonderful day in clinical today, and did so many new things.
  3. My patient was a 47-year-old male who is having surgery in the near future.  Because of this, he was pretty low-maintenance.  However, there was a lot of monitoring to do today.  No injections to give, but I was able to give him his oral medications at 5PM.  And I forgot to ask him his name and birthdate!  D’oh!  Didn’t matter all that much, because I have only one patient, and I knew it was him from being with him all day, but still — it’s something I need to get into the habit of doing.  We were monitoring his Inputs and Outputs (I&O), so I made sure to check on him all day and see what he was drinking as well.  After each time he urinated, we had to perform a bladder scan to see whether he was retaining any urine in his bladder.  So that was fun to learn.  On top of this, today was just a day to attend to my patient — getting him an extra slice of dessert from the pantry downstairs; getting him lots of juice and soda; assessing his vital signs and other things throughout the day.
  4. I had my midterm evaluations done today by my instructor!  She was definitely positive about my performance so far, but agreed with me that I need to show more confidence in my “maneuvering” around a patient’s room.  She did allow that this kind of thing comes only with practice, though.  She also mentioned that I need to be more assertive in not worrying about bothering my patients.  I can’t help it!  🙂  For example, my one patient was talking on the phone with someone, and I needed to assess her vital signs to put them into the computer by 4, but she was talking for-EV-er, and my instructor said I should have just walked in and started doing the vitals.  Of course I thought that I didn’t want to bother her when she was on the phone.  Again, I’ll get more confident with this kind of problem over time.
  5. Midterms are coming up next week, so everyone is thinking about that.  Our school sets it up as 3 exams in 1 class period (2.5 hours).  So next Tuesday we have 8AM-10:30AM, and in that period we take 3 exams (100 questions total) — Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Nursing Management.  All multiple choice, and all in the NCLEX style — they’re starting us out early on figuring out these questions.

If you’re wondering what NCLEX-style is, they basically do this:

Question #1:  If you had a patient with [insert medical problems here etc etc], what would you monitor first in this patient?

A.  Incorrect answer.    B.  Right answer.   C.  Incorrect answer.    D.  “Righter” answer.

So you can see that they often give you many right answers in the possibilities, but you have to figure out which one is “righter.”  Critical thinking, grrrr.

More to come tomorrow … for now it’s back to the Phillies game!

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