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|—||Patch Adams (via mentalhealth-nursing)|
Powerful and poignant in that so many of us have uttered these same words either aloud or to only ourselves through the course of our work as nurses.
How can we change the culture of nursing? It starts by changing the cycle rather than adapting and teaching new nurses to adapt to a sick environment of oppression on the floor.
I’m afraid that I may find myself saying this exact thing too soon after I graduate in the field I feel called to.
Even when I have a free summer (for once) I’m still stuck on nursing.
- talking about nursing/nursing school
- reading about the history of some aspect of nursing
- watching tv shows that have to do with nursing/medical field - my personal favorites right now are The Night Shift and Call the Midwife
I get that it’s summer and all, and off-season for those in the education field, but getting a email vacation responder from one of my instructors indicating an inability to respond for 3 weeks is a bit annoying.
Hmm good question. I’ve seen a lot of differing views so I’ll tell you how I thought about it and you can agree or disagree.
Many people say to get a cheap off-brand stethoscope for school because you might displace it or lose it at clinicals.
I say, get the best one you can afford. You are going to be a student that is hearing different heart sounds for the first time. You want the best sound quality possible so you can start picking up on the different heart and lung sounds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go back and listen to heart sounds again in order to hear any kind of difference. I can’t imagine having a crappy stethoscope where I could barely hear S1 and S2 at all. However, you probably do not need a cardiologist level stethoscope, those are ridiculously expensive and really meant for cardiologist and cardio nurses who need ridiculously fine detail.
I have the Littmann Classic II SE. It is a nice sturdy stethoscope. It lets me hear fine sounds and it has a bell and diaphragm that you can go between for lower/higher sounds. I also got it engraved so that if I ever did lose it, people would know who to save it for or who to return it to. On stethoscope.com it’s just an extra $13 (really not a paid advertisement, just telling you what I did). It’s a great stethoscope and I highly recommend it. If you do go off-brand, get the best one you can afford and plan on keeping it for the entirety of your nursing school career and hopefully beyond. I make sure it’s around my neck at the beginning and end of every shift.
Hope this helps! If you want any more info, message me again.
Here are my pathophysiology notes. Hahaha
My recommendations for managing life:
1) Rewrite your notes - handwrite or type up your own notes after the lecture, preferably within the first 24-48 hours after a lecture. Put things in your own terms, draw pictures, make up mnemonics and pictures.
2) Use colors, pictures, and mnemonics to help you remember the dry material - pharm especially.
3) Schedule EVERYTHING. You will have moving parts like clinical, lab, class, and studying so make sure you write down everything and try and block out some time every day to review notes or study.
4) Quiz yourself or teach subjects to yourself - if you can’t put it in laymen’s terms or explain it in simpler terms you probably don’t understand it.
5) Schedule in some down time/free time. Take time to watch your favorite TV show, run, sit out by the pool, read, whatever makes you happy.
6) Schedule in extra time for everything - if you need to be at clinical at 6:30, get there at 6:10, there is nothing worse than being late and you can sit in the parking lot and study if you’re early.
7) Remember that everyone else is going through this too. Study with a group or support each other. Nursing school is hard and no one handles it perfectly. Ask for help when you need it and support others when they need help.
8) Take advantage of tutoring early and regularly if you are struggling to understand a concept. Everything will build on itself, don’t think you can BS your way through the class and be fine. Really understand the content.
Hope this helps!! Ask me anything, honestly. I’m not perfect at life, I have struggled in nursing school but I am more than willing to share what works for me.