Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My First Week Of Nursing School


Two year ago I started on a journey find a career that mattered. That's not to say what I was doing before doesn't matter, it just didn't matter to me.

I was very grateful for my job. It was the way I payed my mortgage, put food on the table, and afforded somewhat of a comfortable life, but it was time to go.

Today, I can officially say that I am nursing student. This first week I was a nervous, excited, and overwhelmed. Walking into lecture, I felt comforted seeing a wide age range of students. There's something about diversity that makes me feel relaxed. The instructors are all Registered Nurses, with teaching accreditation. Love that. Some of them are even graduates of the school.

Our first assignment on the floor was about Professional Communication. My first patient was talkative which made it easy for me. We asked the patient a few questions and observed their verbal & nonverbal response. We also had to be aware of our personal contributions to the conversation (appearance, body language, tone, etc.) and how that plays a role in communicating. Being an introvert, I didn't realize how many people simply long for someone to talk to, even if it's a complete stranger.

This is just the beginning and I have a lot to learn, but I'm also grateful for this opportunity and plan on making the most of it.

7 comments :

  1. Woot!
    Keep sharing the journal.
    My mom is a nurse retiree and I only wish she had kept a journal of her experiences. ( but also keeping HIPPA in mind) It's such an important story: Finding your calling. So many will be inspired by you.
    Congratulations.

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    1. I've seen a few other blogs by others in the medical profession that I have been so inspiring. I'm hope when I'm able to look back at this blog myself, it can remember how far I've come. As for now, I'll just share my journey keeping HIPPA in mind :-)

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  2. So proud of you...your dedication keeps inspiring me...

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. Much appreciated.

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  3. Thank CandidAnn for sharing. It is very interesting about your First Week Of Nursing School.but I have a friend, a male friend who is a nurse. So, to hear stories of a kind is pretty usual to me for 5 years now.I think nursing case study is very important. It is a difficult job and I honestly admire people who do it every day saving lives and calming people down even though this friend of mine is very often the one to be calmed down too.

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