Archive for Level 1

One more month to go!

It’s been a while since my last entry about school…
There’s less than a month left until summer vacation! Man, do I need a break!
Tickets and accommodations have been booked for my trip in May. I’ll be going to Hawaii!! I’ve never been so I am super stoked. I have a month to get in shape so I’ve been trying to eat healthier and change my eating habits. Perhaps more on that in a later entry… XD;

Going into the program, everyone tells you that the first 6/7 weeks are the toughest and most intense. To me, I felt it wasn’t so much that it was intense, but needing to get used to the different learning environment and the schedule. I cannot stress how important being organized and on top of things is (especially when there’s all these assignments and presentations you need to do and are due on different dates). Its still something that I need to work on. And front loading! When you have time, try to get ahead. Instructors will tell you during the beginning of the semester to read through the syllabus and information regarding the assignments and midterms and to not leave it till the last minute. But do you listen? Most likely not because neither did I. Haha! But read them! At least skim through them. Because a lot of the assignments require you to reflect back on things that you have done in past clinical experiences. If you have an idea of what you need to look for early on, you will know what to look for and be more likely to pay attention to things that you otherwise might have overlooked or forgotten. So when the time comes by to write that paper, you will have more experiences to go by.

I have a patho midterm coming up on Monday that I am totally unprepared for so I will leave this entry here.
Time to cram!

Wash your hands & practice those ABCs!

And that signals the end of week 2. At the start of this week when I was carpooling to school with my friend (a fellow BCIT student but in a different program), I commented on how it’s only been a week since school started but it felt like I’ve been in school for a month already! I knew only one week had passed but it felt like we’ve learnt so much already and gotten to know so many fellow nursing students in our cohort quite well already. At the progress/speed we were going at, it felt like the equivalent of a month’s time in your usual undergrad program.

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So this week was all about washing your hands and your first day of clinical. Once you’ve got that over with, next comes perfecting that full head to toe assessment, learning how to use that brand, spanking new stethoscope, and transferring patients. Peppered in between are communication skills, PBL, and chances to self-reflect/evaluations. Read More→

Level 1 Week 1

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. Read More→