Thanksgiving Break was lovely. I love being home. I got some work done, but mostly just caught up on sleep and ate a lot! It was quite a tease though, a week goes by so fast. That is why I am counting down the days until this semester is over and will be able to spend an entire month home. 8 DAYS! I'm also a big fan of Christmas. I love how it's a time of year that brings out the best (hopefully) in many people. It is a time for me and my loved ones to generously give to others and spread the joy of the Christmas celebration.
My friends and I this week are getting together to have dinner and make Christmas cookies. I have a cookie press that makes all different shaped cookies and is so fun to do! As you can tell I am trying not to think about finals....
But I guess I should tell you about my end of semester anyways. Yesterday, on Thursday I had my last class! For the next 6 days I have a break... well sort of, to get a lot of studying done. This coming Thursday I will have my first of 2 final exams. Following on this coming Friday, I will have my second of 2 final exams. The reason why I said I "sort of" have 6 days off before my exams is because for nursing courses, it is a part of our tuition to have a resource called Kaplan. This is online resource available to us for our 4 years here, offering practice tests and other NCLEX tools. If any of you are not familiar with the NCLEX, it is the nursing board exam, taken after graduation that we need to pass essentially granting our RN license. So, at the end of every semester we take a Kaplan test comprehensive of everything we have learned in the course. It does count as a grade, but is modified based on national standards of where we should be as Seniors in the Nursing program. I will have this exam on Tuesday. I like this because it gives me an idea of what I need to go back and review on for the final exam. Also, this semester we are taking a Kaplan practice exam, which does not count as a grade, but is comprehensive of EVERYTHING we have learned so far. This really helps us to see where we are at and what we need to start studying for, for our NCLEX, which will be this summer. It is a great resource available to us and definitely makes a difference.
This winter break I will focus a lot of my time practicing NCLEX questions and studying. I will find out my weaknesses from the comprehensive exam today and make an outline of what I should start going back over. It is scary to think that I will be taking this huge exam in less than 8 months, but I know I need to start preparing now!
If you have any questions on the nursing program here at Norwich let me know! Remember I am a senior so don't read my posts and be overwhelmed. The nursing program here does a good job of building your skills and your knowledge up to prepare you for senior year and also the NCLEX.
I'll blog again soon!