This week wasn't as bad as last! Thank goodness! Yesterday I had my last semester exam for pediatrics. I was very happy with my grade. I had 1 paper due yesterday in English. Tomorrow and Tuesday are when my last 2 papers are due. I have this weekend to get them done and I hope by Sunday night I won't have to write any more papers...this semester!
This weekend I am on Cape Cod. I traveled here yesterday after my nursing leadership class. I know I mentioned in the last email I got a summer job at a hospital... I will be working at Cape Cod Hospital as a Nursing Assistant. The majority of my time I will be on different med-surg units, however, I am considered in the float pool, so I may end up a few shifts in the ER, cardiac floor, or anywhere else. I was hired last week so this weekend I needed to fill out paperwork and follow through with certain types of testing. I start May 19th! I will be working night shift. This is going to be a change in the normal scehdule I am used to but I know I will adjust. On my off time I will be able to go to the beach and possibly pick up a catering job to make extra money!
I strongly suggest nursing majors to get involved with some type of hands-on work during school breaks and summers off. It helps to feel more comfortable in the clinical setting during our rotations. I know my goal for this semesteris to apply all the knowledge and skills I have learned the last 3 years into my practice. I look forward to feeling more comfortable in the health care setting. As time progresses I will be able to make connections between disease processes, pathopyhsiology, and the nursing care aspect. I can't wait until after graduation when I am working as a nurse for the Air Force! I know that this summer job is going to benefit me for my endevears in the future. SO my advice to any future nursing majors would be to get a job as an assistant, CNA, LNA, or whatever is offered in the health care setting. The experience will pay off! After your sophomore year you can get your Licensed Nursing Assistant. The professors at Norwich are good about helping with that!
If you have any questions please let me know! I'll make sure to blog about my summer experience next fall.
Have a good day!