Saying it is cold out is quite the underestatement. Today is -5, but the Weather Channel says with the wind chill factor it feels like -20. It is so much fun walking to PT in the early morning and classes throughout the day.... (sarcasm haha). Seriously though, it is not too bad if you're dress properly! I have to say, if it is going to be this cold, I wish it would snow. Yesterday we got about an inch, but I would love to have a big storm this week!
This week has been a much better transition. Last week I was somewhat overwhelmed with so much information being thrown at me of all the expectations for this semester. Also, now that I am working again for my workstudy job, I have time to get a lot of work done.
This week in Sim (Simulations Lab) we got right into working with the Sim patients! Before class we are given out assignments with partners. Past medical history, reason for hospital visit, and other information is given for us to research before we even meet our Sim patient. Once we get in class we have a lesson on what the reading was on in our text. Then we get started with introducing ourselves to our patient, taking their vitals, and tending care to the objective of their stay in the "clinic". At first it is a little awkward to be talking to a plastic person, but once you imagine yourself in the clinical setting things become real. I am excited for the experience I will obtain from this class. All 3 of our instructors help us a long the way to teach us what we are doing right and wrong. We are also learning how to do Care Concept Maps with identifying the patients problem and list nursing interventions which we perform. In clinical we will actually have to do these for out real patients, so this is a great learning opportunity.
For AF, the nurses in our wing gave a brief to the wing on health and wellness. PT has been going very well. The new design to the way PT is run helps me get a much better workout and I know will improve my run for the next PT test! I am still working on my pushups and situps so I can max those out as well.
The work load is a lot. I am working on planning my time out properly and it seems to be helping.
Last weekend I got to say goodbye to my best friend who is going to Basic Training. I am very excited for her but will miss her for this entire semester. For now my 2 letters a week will have to do. Once she gets back we will have an amazing time catching up.
Back to work!
I'll blog again soon!