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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! ūüôā 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. ūüôā

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! ūüôā 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,‚ÄĚ 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.




Advice from a Student Nurse

Here is some advice to help you be successful in nursing school. It came from the AllNurses Forum. (Thank you Joe N635DC)

1. Never forget why you are doing this. (There will be times you will ask yourself, “What the heck was I thinking?”)

2. Focus each day on what is most important and find balance between nursing school and personal time.

3. Effective studying is paramount! (Set up an area where you can focus free of distractions.)

4. Actually study! (Don’t sit there goofing off and then say you did. It will bite you in the butt when it comes time for tests and clinical performance/evaluations. Also, these are people’s lives at stake.)

5. Don’t take shortcuts. (Like mentioned above… you’re actions can very well mean life or death to a patient!)

6.Prioritize your life. (Be prepared to say no to friends and stand your ground if you have things that really need to be done.)

7.Pace yourself. (You are learning about a fantastically complex device call the human body. It is not nearly possible to try and learn what you need to know the night before the test. Plan ahead, study and keep up with the content and you will be in a much better position to do well.)

8.  Reading ahead a little. (It will help with comprehension and give you a head start in case an emergency comes up.)

9. Set aside ample time for care plans ( Care plans always take at least twice as long as you think they should. Avoid staying up until 2 am because you think it will only take a certain amount of time.)

10. Study in small blocks of time(a few hours) and remember that your brain needs time to process all you just learned. Breaks between study blocks (of time) are absolutely essential (30 minutes to several hours). Find what works for you and stick to that.

11. Flash cards are great! (And I’m talking about the ones you MAKE not the ones you buy! When you write things down it helps commit that knowledge to memory! And it’s a lot cheaper to make your own as well!)

12. Group studying helps. (Bouncing ideas and questions off of each other is a great way to hammer away at learning new content. When it comes to pneumonics and other memory devices, the creativity of a group is much greater than as a single individual.)

13. Don’t give up on yourself. (It’s not over till its over. If you are having a rough semester, stop, evaluate and take action EARLY. Why withdrawl from a semester when you can finish it proper?¬† The key is to recognize that you have a problem early on and do some damage control to bring it back while you still can. When things start to go bad, knuckle up and finish strong!)

14. Don’t be a problem child. (When making it through nursing school it is best to try and fly under the radar, just blend in. You definitely do not want to be the one student that every professor knows about. News flash, they have faculty meetings and share the progress of the students with the other professors. If you really¬†tick one of them off, pretty soon they are all going to know about it. If you let this become you then every action you take (or fail to take) will be scrutinized (probably overly so) and it may eventually end up in your failing a course.)

7 Ways to be a Success in Nursing School

I could advise you to study until you fall asleep on your books, and then wake up go to class, and repeat. However, you already know you are going to have to study. Soooo, my advice is:

1. Be on Time ¬†(be early. You often get to see a “softer” side to your instructor¬†each day as they are preparing for class, and it puts a good foot forward for when you start clinicals and they are on your case about everything. It’s pretty easy to be on time (ie 10 minutes early) and let’s face it — you can’t be late…they lock the door.)

2. Stay organized (Get a planner and plan when and where you are going to study. I plan to study in the school library because home¬†last go around was¬†too chaotic especially with house work needing to get done interrupting one’s thinking while studying and different things involving my ADHD kept me from getting the material covered.)

3.Schedule time to sleep! (If you don’t put it on a schedule and stick to it, you’ll never get any. Also at some point, you’ll retain more from sleeping than you’ll learn if you try to study past that point. You’ll figure out that point after a couple weeks into the program.)

4. Get a routine. (Try to create a schedule where you are at your optimal best. Once you get to your first exam results, adjust accordingly. If you give 100% for that first test, you’ll know about how many hours you’ll need to study to succeed/get the grade you want. If that first test grade is lower than the cut off (cut-off is usually¬†around 77%, start praying!)

5. Schedule time for you! (This keeps you sane! I schedule 30 minutes to transition from the happenings of the day to STUDY MINDSET! I also set aside 30 minutes a day for just me , usually my favorite tv show. And finally I¬†factor out 10 minute breaks every hour when studying (and its study an hour, then break for 10… not study for 50 minutes and break) During those 10 minute breaks you can get something to hydrate you, go to the bathroom, reply to text messages, blare your favorite music and party (great stress reliever)!, etc.)¬†<<Sidenote: I say get something to drink during the break b/c if you’re drinking anything other than water, you’ll quickly pack on the lbs. by sipping throughout study time. But sometimes, you just gotta have your coffee!>>

6. Exercise (Get in the habit! It’s great for stress relief, your figure, and your mental health. It releases a natural high that makes you feel good!)

7. Lean on others! (You almost have to do this to stay afloat somtimes. Share notes, study together, compare clinical stories and light-bulb moments. The bond you will create will help carry you through the days when you begin to rethink if its worth all the schooling to be a nurse.)

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