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Ten things first semester has taught me.

As the end of the semester draws closer I have reflected on many of the things I have learnt and the situations I have been in. There have been many lessons, thoughts and experiences but below are the top ten things I have learnt this semester.

1. About 1/3 of the cohort likes to make jokes about how the will knock off restricted drugs when they are registered nurses working on the wards. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say this, I would be a millionaire. Although I know its mostly only a joke, it will most likely become a reality for some and thats just part and parcel.

2. Some people are only in the profession because they “got into university”. Thats all well and good, they could come out after three years and be the most amazing nurses that we have ever seen, but for the rest that sit in the back of the lecture hall and talk and laugh and disrupt the rest of us- find a mirror and take a good hard look at yourself, someone missed out for you to be there.

3. Academics are academics, when you get frustrated because you feel they aren’t doing a good job of teaching just remember these people are the cream of the crop and you need to do the leg work to seek them out and tap into their wisdom. If you make the effort to participate in their classes, they’ll make the effort with you.

4. Simulation mannequins have some of the most hilarious attachments (like balloons attached to the anus) and they make lab sessions that little bit more fun when parts fall off during a transfer manoeuvre.

5. Six semesters of nursing school is not long enough but it feels like forever. You need to cherish the time that you do have in school, do your best in your studies and keep focused on the end goal. Losing sight of the end goal is when we begin to fall short of our potential.

6. When you do graduate you won’t know everything and you won’t be expected to know everything. Nursing school prepares us to become a new graduate nurse, it is from here that we learn and develop into the nurses we want to be.

7. Some things you learn in school make no sense, and they probably never will.

8. Third years will tell you stories about practicing cannulation on each other and proceed to show their bruised arms and you will either be very interested or feel slightly anxious. For myself, I felt EXTREMELY anxious haha

9. Nursing school is hard and its not something that people do because they didn’t get into a “better” course.

10. Student nurses choose to go to nursing school for a reason, but ultimately we want to be a part of a cause that is greater than our own. Thats what makes nurses amazing people.

 

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The power of research.

As I walk into my tutorial I am greeted by my assessment group members which is promptly followed by exclamations of exasperation and hate towards our research unit at university.

I can’t even pretend to empathise. I love the research side of nursing now.

Before I began I was so ignorant to the field of nursing, I really only saw nurses in a “caring” capacity. Little did I know that the field of nursing is diverse, intellectual and academically rewarding. Another reason why I thinks nurses are amazing.

The introduction to evidence based practice has given me a whole new perspective on nursing and has made me realise that nurses can and really do play an integral role in the formation of clinical knowledge and interventions.

During my lecture, our speaker began introducing herself and announced that they were currently undertaking PhD studies in a leading trial for the area of focus. Intrigued, I googled their name and stumbled across a “3 minute thesis video”.

this was enough for me. I am now absolutely hooked on the idea of becoming a research nurse and lecturer and I haven’t even passed my first semester!

Has research opened your eyes to a whole new world? If so, what was it?

Getting the balance right.

Week 2 is in full swing at uni and as the workload increases, so too do the stress levels.

The new knowledge that we begin to explore when undertaking bachelor studies is exciting, it’s enriching and it’s stressful. That stress though, can be a positive motivating factor to help us achieve and strive to be out best in our academic pursuits.

The stress I refer to is that from external sources. The stress that I refer to comes from working a regular part time job, from relationships- new and old, parental pressures and peer pressure.

Parental pressure and peer pressure are relevant to us all at university but for the younger students this may be a massive influence on our academic lives.

Choosing a career path to pursue is a tough decision and it is one you need to think about, research and investigate. Some people choose their career paths because of a calling. Such as us nursing students/ nurses chose this vocation from our innate nature to care for others. Others have been influenced to pursue a vocation based in cultural expectations, familial expectations and even just undue influence. This creates bad stress for the student and results in negative outcomes.

New and old relationships require work to flourish during your university studies and normal day to day life and the need to maintain these friendships takes time and effort. Sometimes we want to put the effort in but just don’t have the time to do so. Conversely, we have the time and spend far too much time indulging in the company of others creating a backup of required work that we can’t get on top of.

Lastly, the main contributor to stress in the lives of undergraduate students is work. We need money to survive, to pay our bills to buy our groceries and everything in between. For most of us this means getting a part time job. Many people recommend working no more then 10 hours a week to avoid affecting your studies, for some this is just not possible.

In this instance, work becomes the sole focus of our lives and out academic pursuits come second. This creates stress when we can’t or don’t achieve what we set out to achieve.

Overcoming these negative stressors by striking a balance is hard and it is bound to frustrate you when you ultimately fail the first few times around. We are human and we make mistakes, but if we keep moving forward we will get where we want to be.

Note writing and things I end up doing instead.

I’ve been to lectures and I’ve been to tutorials. I have all my poorly written, incorrectly spelled notes ready to consolidate and re write, but I’m now laying in bed after a solid 45 minutes of online uno. Sad right?

This got me thinking of all the things I end up doing instead of writing notes.

1. Go to the bank or post office- not matter what I ended up doing this once or three times a day. For some reason or another I HAD to go to the bank or post office RIGHT THAT MINUTE.
2. Facebook- if the name is at least partly familiar, I will go through the pictures and wall posts and mutual friends and other friends and then through my own friends until I’m not sure if I actually know the people or I’ve randomly clicked their profile :/
3. Doing my washing- again I always seems to need to do it NOW! That one pair of jeans, yeah the one of 10 I own, just so happens to be the pair I want to wear next Wednesday- better do it now.
4. Play online uno in bed- currently sitting at level 62 after I had it on my list of goals for 2014 to “reach level 50 in uno”.
5. Lastly, I seem to go buy novels a lot. Online or in stores, I’m addicted to buying books. I recently purchased the cuckoos calling because I found out Robert Gailbraith was JK Rowlings pseudonym. I’m currently at 36 unread novels to 10 read.

Now that I’ve been away from my notes for a good two hours I guess I better go to the bank before it shuts and check my washing.

Making mistakes and realising it’s going to be ok.

2013 was a big year of change for myself. I quit my job, I left my home town, I moved away from my family and began my path to something better.

Six or seven months in and I began to feel the effects of bad choices and made the decision to go home and start anew.

My first mistake.

As I begin on my journey to become a nurse I have quickly realised that the end goal is not the only goal you should have while at university. My goals are to make an interim career change to make the transition into nursing practice easier, to get into an honours program after my undergraduate degree and ultimately to enjoy my time working towards all of this.

My first mistake: coming home to the place I so desperately wanted to leave for new experiences. Coming to a university I had been unsure of for a long time (I deferred my first offer here and eventually withdrew due to feelings of unease).

But with, everything there is a solution to be uncovered. While I’m not fully certain what that is at this point in time, it will come to me and had not made me want to become a nurse any less.

My commitment to join the nursing profession is what will ultimately help me decide what the right course of action is for this situation and my mistake will not defer me for reaching my goals because in the end IT WILL BE OK IN THE END.

The decision to become a nurse.

 

Ain't that the truth!

Ain’t that the truth!

The decision to study nursing has been a long time coming for myself ¬†and after a bit of stumbling and floating I’ve made it.

After leaving high school in year 10 to pursue a trade I always had a desire to work in health sciences but was adamant that I would NEVER go back to school! Now here I am!

When I received my papers qualifying me as a chef, I promptly left the industry only to defer university and end up two steps behind- in hospitality and full of self doubt. It took a year of this to realise that now was the time to follow my dreams.

Only it wasn’t nursing¬†that I studied. I moved 300km from home to pursue a paramedic science degree. One semester in and I loathed it. The students were too ahead of themselves and the content was dry. So it was after a year that I made the tough decision to head home and move to a much smaller campus to start a bachelor of nursing.

I have six weeks until I start my new course and I am undoubtedly becoming more and more excited as time goes on and I research more and more about the profession.

My main reason for pursuing a career in nursing is that I think it is an absolutely amazing and beautiful thing to be allowed into a persons life and the lives of their families in their greatest time of need and vulnerability.

Readers (if I get any haha), why did/ do you want to become a nurse?