Managed to get through the first week of nursing school.
This week felt so long but also passed by in a blur. They posted our schedules online the Friday before school started with a separate one for week one. It was quite confusing at first as you had to go through a different class list for each course to find your name in order to figure out what time your class was being held. As an entire cohort, we only have one class together and all other labs/seminars/PBL courses we are split up into small groups of 8 or 24. The good thing about that is each level you will be with the same 32 people for the entire level and you will get to see another group of 32 people in the labs and seminars were two groups are combined. It’s like high school all over again.
Been waking up at 6AM everyday and boy am I glad to have the chance to sleep in. I need to adjust and get my sleeping schedule fixed so I won’t be so tired during school. Coffee is now an absolute must or I start zoning out in the afternoon. For my first lab, I didn’t get a chance to have my morning coffee as you can’t bring anything into the lab and I was not able to function properly.
I feel like this week is a taster of what is to come. I’m pretty sure that every one of us came out of it feeling quite stressed out already. We are lucky that we have so many resources and support but it is an INTENSE program. I’d be kidding if I said I wasn’t stressed already. Apparently us nursing students make up 25% of all appointments made with the counsellors; we keep one counsellor employed full-time with our frequent visits.
So far everyone I’ve met is really nice. The instructors all seem very supportive and helpful. First day of clinicals starts for me on Tuesday. It’ll mostly be an orientation around the hospital and maybe making an introduction and primary assessment on your first patient. I’m both excited and nervous!
I don’t have very high hopes for this, but I’m going to aim on updating once a week (or perhaps once a month sounds more reasonable) to chronicle my path to becoming a full fledged nurse! 🙂