Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finally, a Senior!

           Sorry all, for the lack of updates on here. The last few months have been hectic! School has just ended and I am officially on summer break. I have a few things brewing for summer, but nothing for sure as of yet ( I will elaborate). I am officially a senior in nursing school now and I am so excited about it! I want to tell you how the last bit of my junior year went...
           My last two months were crazy, we had tons of papers, projects and tests to complete. I felt like my world was running at 150mph and it wouldn't slow down. Clinicals were really eventful, I got to spend 3 days on the Medical-Oncology floor, and then two days on the Intensive Care Unit where I had my first experience with a code situation (where a patients heart stops, lungs quit, or a combo of the two). I got to do CPR on my first patient, and that was a crazy, crazy, CRAZY experience. Talk about an adrenaline rush. Sadly, my patient couldn't be revived so I had not only my first code, but my first death. It was a hard day to say the least, but a great learning experience. I learned so much this semester during clinicals and I finally feel like I could be a real nurse in a year. Yippee! It's so nice to feel competent and know that I have the power in my hands to save (or kill) another person. Its inspiring and scary. Nurses have so much responsibility on a daily basis its ridiculous. Clinicals and class and all of my experiences this semester were huge lesson that were difficult and good to learn.
            Plans for summer include a possible internship at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, OR (my FAV!!). The internship would be in critical care and a lot of students from Portland and elsewhere would be my competition. It would start in July and last all summer. I will apply as soon as it is posted. Other than that I plan to stay in Lewiston and (hopefully) work at St. Joe's Hospital, where I did my clinicals. There are openings in OR, ER, Acute care and ICU/PCU, so hopefully they will hire me on and I will get some more good experience in those departments. I should find out by the middle of next week. Other than that, I just have 4 weddings, and a possible small vacation with Reid to look forward to. I love summer, and my stress level has dropped 50 points since school has been out. It's nice to finally be able to breathe, relax and BAKE! One of my favorite things to do... :)
            Other things on the agenda are to read lots of good books, cook a lot and find some great new recipes and spend plenty of time in the sun. I have been interested in heath/diet/wellness books lately and just finished "Skinny Bitch'. Super interesting read about the food industry, I would highly recommend it (It's not for those who have sensitive ears to cursing or for those who are faint hearted). I am also considering starting a blog to showcase my gluten free, allergy friendly, and vegan recipes that I love along with a review of products that I am constantly discovering. I will post a link to it as soon as I get started on that, and I will update soon about job and internship news. Happy summer !

1 comment:

  1. Clinicals sounds awesome...exciting, interesting and a little scary. Enjoy the long holiday :) (like your background)