I had a rough time last semester. I was almost failing my research course and I didn't realize it until after the midterm because the first paper wasn't marked until after the midterm. When I found out, I was shocked and horrified. Apparently I didn't understand the requirements of the first paper and had done it wrong.
I should have learned from my mistake in Pathophysiology (where I got zero on a paper for using the wrong kind of article), but apparently old habits die hard.
The downside of obsessive studying is that I probably sat and studied for hours at a time without moving much. I may or may not have also soothed my worried with delicious snacks. I managed to gain five pounds. Oops. So much for exercising and being healthy.
So the final semester has finally begun. My classmates and I have been assigned to different hospital wards and we each have a preceptor nurse. We will be working with these nurses based on their normal nurse schedules and gradually learn to take on their full workload. The goal is to practice being a real nurse with a real nurse schedule.
I am pretty excited about this semester. My instructor seems pretty nice and I am looking forward to meeting my preceptor. I will be working in a hospital that I have never worked in before, so I'm excited about that too.
I hope you will all have a lovely weekend.