Jesus meets Martial Arts meets Nursing School

Catching you up Exams 3 and 4 and clinical update

Test 3 made an 88, highest grade in the class.

Test four made an 82, ranked 7th out of 50 in class.

Clinicals, no joke. Yesterday I went after only 4 hours of sleep, and the day before that I went on only 30 minutes of sleep. Insomnia is so frustrating. I almost walked out on the whole program bc I was so exhausted which made me an emotional basket case. My instructor doesn’t think I can handle the stress.

Too bad failure is not an option. With God I can do all things! 🙂

on a happy note, 2 yudansha at the dojo resigned from our school. Long awaited! Our senpai now is somebody who deserves and has earned the position! 🙂


That’s all for now,



Exam 2 , check offs, calculations test




The past week has been very busy.

On Tuesday 10/25/12 last week I took my drug calculations test and made a 95. The one I got wrong it was because I forgot to enter one of the numbers into the calculator.

On Thursday 10/27/12 I volunteered to go first for my lab section doing check-offs for Sterile gloves, sterile dressing, and medication administration. I was a little shaky in performing but was proficient in all requirements. 🙂

Yesterday (Tuesday, 10/2/12) I took my second exam in my Nursing 111 class. It covered, Communication, Collaboration, Teaching/Learning, Legal Issues, Ethics, Advocacy, Tissue Integrity, Infection, Inflammation, Comfort (pain and sleep) and Mobility. The test was 50 multiple choice and “select all that apply” (SATA). My final grade, after some questions were thrown out was an 84/C – one point from a B. — So I’m still not at my goal of having a B average, but I’m close.

Next on the list of things to learn is Physical Assessment! 🙂 — I really enjoy learning about this, so I’m excited with what we have already learned in class. Hard to believe that check-offs for it are next Friday, and clinical is just around the corner!




At the dojo we had testing Saturday and Silas received his brown belt. Five ladies received their orange belts, two Harris kids received yellow, and lil Eric, Conrad, Emerson, and Rainbow all received their blue belts. It was a productive day!



This past Sunday was “Sunday Celebration” where the RM and Nashville campuses came together to celebrate. I witnessed 10 babtisms, 2 baby dedications, and communion. It was a great service and I’m really looking forward to going again this Sunday! 😀


test 1 – 84

They dropped one question so I made an 84. I wish I had done better, but I’m content with my grade. It is safely over the cutoff of 77, so that is good. I learned today to

1) slow down and use the  full 90 minutes to take it (finished in 45 today)

2) don’t overthink the question; answer ONLY what the question is asking and not what you “think” the question is asking.

3) don’t read the question and decide the answer BEFORE reading the choices. (there may be a “more correct” answer there you haven’t thought of)

I feel that having reflected on how I did, and looking over the ones I missed, these three things being implemented in the future — along with the dedicated studying that I did for this first exam — will give me better results (a higher grade).


I’m OFFICIALLY STATING MY GOAL NOW : To make a B in the class for the overall grade for the semester!

Also, regarding this first exam, I ranked 13th in the class out of 50. My group mates ranked 3rd, 4th, 19th, ?, and 44th. Not too bad for the first test ever for all of us, so that’s great that we had a 94 (ranked 3rd) and a 92 (ranked 4th).

Subjectively: I think I’m almost too smart to do well in nursing school. I think the intelligence WILL HELP ME on the floor as a nurse, but it’s tripping me up on these NCLEX style questions. In short, I’ve GOTTA GET PAST THIS WAY OF THINKING bc NCLEX style questions and the NCLEX exam are both between me and my nursing profession! — I KNOW I CAN DO IT and I’M PROUD OF HOW HARD I WORKED FOR THE FIRST TEST!

Thank you to all who have encouraged me with kind thoughts, prayers, and uplifting facebook posts! It has helped tremendously!

I’ll write to you later. I have to go read 100 pages before 11 am because I haven’t read for lecture this week due to studying for the exam!




Exam 1 studying

I’m studying a great deal for the first exam that will be on the 17th (tuesday) The topics we are being tested on are:

Health Policy (OSHA, TJC, accrediting agencies and federal/state agencies that regulate healthcare safety)

Health Care Systems (Diff. types of nursing delivery systems and the tiers of healthcare)


Caring Interventions (consists of hygiene and Medication administration)




To prepare for this exam I’ve been studying since the 13th. I wanted to use adequate time to adequately prepare, and I feel like I’ve done that. Just going to review notecards from now until Tuesday.

So far this is what I’ve done:

– read chapters before their respective class lectures

– took notes on the powerpoint slides in class

– did study guides in the study guide book that accompanies our lecture book

– watched evolve skill videos

– did NCLEX style quizzes online

-wrote notecards for book reading, lecture powerpoints and notes, study guides

-studied notecards


I hope all that I have done has adequately prepared me! I’ll let you know how it goes as soon as I get a chance.

Study Group Formed

I created a study group which consists of me, Erica, Heather (2 of them), Bo, Lilian, and Tiffany. It’s a solid group. September 2nd, we met at the bookstore just Heather C, Erica, and myself. We introduced ourself and chatted. Agreed that Erica would do the study guides, give them to Heather C, and print them off for the group… and I would type up chapter notes.

Monday Sept. 10th we met as the group of 7 (minus Lilian who had other obligations) and talked about dividing up how we wanted the study groups to go. We went thru our notes and talked about things one another missed during lecture, as well as asking one another for clarification on some topics. Bo decided that my notes were not adequate enough, so he made extremely detailed notes and emailed them to the group. They are really nice; way better than mine!

This weekend I have made drug card template and hope tomorrow to make drug cards for our first two meds, NPH insulin, and regular insulin. I plan to print off enough for everybody to have one of each in the group. Yesterday I went and bought some 60 lb (heavy) green paper so they will be more durable and easier to find. I plan to have my dad help me laminate mine. 🙂

Our study groups are scheduled for monday afternoons from 3-5:45 at the local library, and I’m in charge of reserving the room each week. Everybody from the study group lives in my town (different town than where school is located) so it’s nice to not have to drive far to get in a group and study!

That’s all for now; I’ll try to post more frequently about my adventures!



First Two Days of class

ImageI hope this finds you doing well!

The first day of class was this past Thursday from 9-12. We received our syllibi, schedules, and lots of paperwork to sign about professionalism, that we read and understood the handbook, our graduation check off plans, etc.

Homework for Tuesday night was on Health Policy, Health Care Systems, and Safety. It totalled about 60 pages. And just as a sidenote, the font in the book is about size 10. There are 62 lines of text per page (I counted!) and without my classes it is almost impossible to read.

Friday was lecture in the auditorium from 9-12. We covered Health Policy, and Health Care Systems. It was only about 14 powerpoint slides, but the lecture lasted the almost the whole 3 hours. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the teacher SD. She is very intellectual and has an “awkward” sense of humor which is right up my alley. Others think she’s a bit quirky but she and I beat to the same drumbeat if you know what I mean.

Friday after class (last night) I read back over my notes from class and added/re-organized some things. And then I decided to take a chill pill because it was only Friday.

Next week we have computer lab on Monday. Tuesday we have lab/lecture on Safety, and the following week we start Caring Interventions. I am hoping to finish reading Caring Interventions this weekend, as well as make some notecards on the first 3 chapters.

This morning I didn’t get to sleep until about 5:30am and now I’m up for karate belt testing. Getting ready to leave the house for that. Hopefully I can schedule a nap for this afternoon!

Take Care and I hope you’ll choose to leave me a message so I know you’re visiting my blog! 🙂

Orientation: complete!

Orientation was yesterday. We received our schedule and our handbooks to read before the first day of class. We were supposed to receive our book list, but they forgot to put that in our handouts, so I’m going to call Monday and see if I can get the list before the first day of class in a month! We tried on uniforms and paid for those, which we learned we have to wear to lab days at school as well as to clinicals. Clinicals won’t start until October 22nd I think it is. We learned all the do and don’ts of no fake nails, no perfumes, hair pulled back and off collar, etc. for clinical. That’s all I can think of that we covered. It was a short 3 hour orientation.

I’ll try to post more soon.


Orientation Date Announced, Nurse I Am video

Sorry its been so long since I posted anything. I’ve been taking microbiology this summer so I’ve been busy with that and work. For those who were wondering, yes I completed my health history packet and turned it all in on time (before the June 1 deadline) after getting my 3rd (and last) hepititis B shot. However, another letter came in the mail the other day that listed the first two appointments of my class’ nursing school career! YAYYYY!!!

The first is scheduled for June 25th for Uniform Fitting. A company is partnered with our school to provide our uniforms and medical supply kit at a discounted rate! 🙂 I did learn from the letter attached that we have red tops and black pants, with the school name embroidered on the tops in black lettering. Happy that the pants are going to be black!

Orientation, however, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th from 9am-12noon. I am starting to gather some questions in my mind about different things, and plan to make a short list of questions to ask before the 11th rolls around. I plan on showing up, in dress pants/shirt/shoes, with a notepad portfolio in hand and a pen. I’m glad we’ve already gotten the drug tests and background check out of the way. 🙂

The last thing I’ll leave you with is a link to a really well-made video about 4 nurses who won awards for being outstanding at what they do. I will say there are two parts to it and each lasts about 14 minutes. But it’s worth it to make time to watch it. It’s called “Nurse I am”. Here’s the url:

Until next time, be good to yourselves and each other!

Study Buddy, Hall of Fame Induction, Cousin Gives Sermon


At first I thought I was going to be jumping into Nursing School alone, with nobody to talk to until getting to know the new strangers in my class. I was a bit bummed out until learning some great news! It’s official that a friend I took CNA 2 classes with will be going to the same school as I am with the same course load! I’m so excited. She and I have been talking about what to get, nerves of not knowing what to expect, and happiness that we got in! I’m super excited! She is too, but she is due to have a baby in July, so she has other things to occupy her mind like a little one growing and kicking in her belly!

Orientation is sometime in June, so with 10 days left of May it is surely coming up fast! I hope we will get a lot of questions answered! I know that we will be ordering our clinical bags for sure. (They are duffel sized bags that have all the supplies we need to practice skills at home and also to bring to use when we do skills check-offs at school. They have needles, saline vials, iv bags, catheter kits, etc. It’s like a fun play date to go digging around in it to see what we can “play” with during school! It’s like a box of legos to a kid, so much fun it makes me smile just thinking about it!) Also, we’ll be trying on and ordering our uniforms. I have heard thru the grapevine that they are red and black, but I’m not sure which is red and which is black (scrub top and pants that is). Those are my “martial arts” colors for sure so it’s going to be colors I enjoy wearing!


And since I’ve mentioned martial arts, let me add another piece of great news! My Sensei (karate teacher) is being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year at the end of July! He has been teaching for 30 years nonstop, and has been training since 1975! He has 44 black belts under him (I think) and two have reached as high as 4th degree black belt! While we are all eons away from catching up to Sensei in rank (he’s 7th degree black), his knowledge is even further out of our reach. I am honored to train under his tutilege and hope to be more like him as I grow older. Congratulations Sensei!


I went to church this Sunday at my cousin’s church. It was youth Sunday and he had the honors and task of delivering the adult sermon for the service. He did a great job and emphasized how we should do good things one at a time and will thereby make a lasting impact as Christians on this Earth! It was a great sermon. Being only 18 and about to embark on his college career at UNC, I couldn’t be more happy and proud of all that he has done! He is a model gentleman and if he weren’t my cousin would DEFINITELY be husband material! 🙂 I say that to show how much I think of him and how pleased I am with his morals, values, and life! So proud of you Westray!

Scripture Regarding Nursing School Anxiety


I am so nervous about starting nursing school again. With it being an entirely new ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) program at a whole new school, I have many questions unanswered. How far away do I have to park? What are the instructors like? What are their teaching styles like? What color uniforms will we have? What books do I need? etc. I know some of these will be answered in orientation, but that’s not for another month. In the meantime I’m just left to twiddle my thumbs in nervous anticipation.

I’m also scared a little bit. Scared of the unknown and more scared that I’ll fail again. I know I didn’t truly “make an F” last go around, but I did make a D… by a percentage of a point. 2 questions on the final would’ve been enough for me to continue in the program. Oh, how much I beat myself up over those that I missed!

This particular verse is one that I have looked to in this time of anxiety and fear:


 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

 Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,

 for the LORD you God will be with you wherever you go.”  

 ~Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

It is so GREAT to know that God is by my side through everything I go through. I pray a lot about Him guiding me successfully through nursing school, and it gives me a great sense of relief to know He is there. And even more than that, He knows my worries and my thoughts before I even think them. How amazing and profound this is!

Another verse I have is:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

 And He shall direct your paths.” 

 ~Proverbs 3:5,6

This one is good for studying for tests. Learning to prepare the best I can and after that, give it all to God!


One last verse is :

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

 plans to give you hope and a future.”

 ~Jeremiah 29:11


I know through all things God has me right where He wants me at this point in my life, doing exactly what He wants me to do. If at anytime my decisions don’t match up with His plans, He’ll make an adjustment no doubt! I SOOOOO hope becoming a nurse is part of His plans for me! I know that He wants only good things for my life, and He has it figured out so that I have purpose and meaning in the days that I live and lead.




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