Almost 2 months without a blog? Dang.
I made it through 7th semester, mostly in one piece. Cried weekly, panicked daily. Less than 3 months till our pinning ceremony, and as of yet, I still don’t feel prepared to tackle the real world as a “baby nurse”. I hear that the first couple years as a nurse involve a steep learning curve, and at this point, I can believe it. Isn’t it weird that you go through a bachelor’s program, and come out feeling like you still know absolutely nothing? In fact, you might even know less than you thought you did. I guess the same is true about life in general, though.
I was lucky enough to be placed in a neonatal intensive care unit for my preceptorship, which I will start in a couple weeks. I am still having a difficult time deciding what I want to do when I grow up. Go figure. Nursing is my calling, but the field is so broad and there are endless opportunities. Critical care, oncology, cardiac, mental health, rehabilitation; but how can I possibly choose when every area promises to be immensely rewarding? I’m crossing my fingers that these 120 hours in the NICU will help me focus. Critical care presents a challenge – this appeals to the lifelong learner residing inside of me. Critical care has the adrenaline factor – also appealing to a girl who loves roller coasters. Critical care will challenge my critical thinking – appealing to someone who enjoys puzzles and “how does this work?” NICU will also help me refine my education and communication skills while teaching families. We will also spend a couple days in an adult ICU, so I’ll be able to observe even more critical care skills and interventions. Fun stuff! – and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic manner. =)
I just wanted to pop in with a short update – and I did – so it’s time to go back to studying! See you guys later!