Diary of a Nurse(ing student)
Hi, I'm so glad I'm following you. I'm currently a pre health student and planning going into BScN. I've always wanted to be a nurse. I want specialize in labour and delivery. I also plan on going to third world countries and share my knowledge with women who need it the most. I'm aware it's going to be tough journey but I've already made up my mind that I'm willing to do what it takes. Sometimes I fear that maybe it isn't for me. Any advise?

Hi! Thanks for the support! I think fear is both the greatest hurdle and a great motivator. You already have a lot of specific goals which will be very helpful…if you do intend on foreign travel and use of your skills, I might even suggest looking into being a Certified Nurse Midwife! I think a passion for people is just as important as clinical knowledge sometimes in this field and that is sometimes what can be hard to find. I personally haven’t take a labor and delivery course (next year!) but it is truly something that is passion-driven. Otherwise, keep working hard in your beginning classes, and don’t be afraid of failure, because there are a lot of setbacks and struggles. It is definitely worth it! Best of luck to you!

True story: my classmate gave my clinical instructor a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey as a parting gift because she always commented how much he made her want to drink.

I realized that being a nurse is incomparable: as we care for our patients, we learn how to cover our sorrow with a smile; we learn how to stay vigorous despite all the tasks we endure; we learn how to give hope even though our’s is unclearly seen; we learn how to give strength even at times that we are weak. Nobody would know what kind of life a nurse has unless they become one.
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Big week

I have my last med-surg clinical of the semester, and of my junior year, tomorrow. It’s surreal I’ve made it this far. Last psych clinical Wednesday, and a cumulative progressive final for psych lecture Thursday. Sometimes the “lasts” are just as monumental as the “firsts”.

Grade agony.

In nursing, if you have a .9 drug calc, you’d round up. In nursing school, if you (or I, hypothetically) have a grade that ends in .9, it will be rounded down.

How many of you have asked for, and received, letters of reference/recommendation from clinical instructors? Do you have any tips or suggestions on how best to go about this?