Nursing school. Done.

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Wow.  I’m actually finished with nursing school. 

No, really. 
This isn’t a joke.  I took, and passed, my last nursing school final today. 

At 1pm this afternoon I walked into that building feeling confident that I would pass.  A much different sight than last semester mind you. 

Yes.  I failed a class last semester and was unable to graduate with “my class”.  I own that.  That’s my journey and I’m ok with that now.  But, I gave all of myself this semester to studying. 

I consumed rediculus amounts of coffee, stayed up all hours of the night, and ignored my friends/family to ensure that I passed this exam today.  And I passed.

I frickin passed!

It’s still hard to believe that I’m actually going to graduate from a private university with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  What?! 

I’m proud beyond words and I think I’ll be in shock for a couple more days.  One huge step done, and one more to go. 

NCLEX is the next hurdle, but I got this.

Year 2/Day 227

Year 2 - Day 227

Ok.  I’m gonna just go ahead and say it.  I am struggling bad with this whole nursing school thing.  I have given everything I’ve got this week as far as being disciplined and spending the necessary time on studying.  I really have.  I worked on Tuesday, which put me back a whole day…and I’ve been struggling to catch up since.  There is just SOOOOO much on this study schedule I created.  And after my meeting with one of my professors…there was even MORE!

My biggest struggle, I suppose, is that I never really gave my studying the time it needed throughout the past few years and now…it all comes down to one test.  One big, bad, nasty test.  Nursing school is no joke.  I’m learning that the hard way this last year of school.  It’s just all so overwhelming and the harder I try to catch up, the more behind I feel.

Plus, I want to organinze my craft room, work on quilting, make some pretty candles, catch up on my blog, go on adventures and photograph nature, play video games, hang out with my boyfriend, go to more painting classes, use my awesome prismacolor colored pencils, exercise more, cook more, listen to music, watch tv, go to movies, hang out with friends, read books that aren’t nursing related, fold paper cranes…

I’m trying to not feel trapped by school.  Because if that happens, I usually make things worse.  And that’s the last thing I want right now.

I do want to finish school.
I do want to graduate and pass the NCLEX.
I do think I’ll find a job I’ll enjoy and be a great nurse.

One day at a time…I know.  I just needed to clear my head and that’s one reason I created this blog.

Guess I’ll get back to studying.

(Note: I did have an awesome study break today.  Will and I met up with some friends at KoKai, my favorite Thai restaurant.  Afterwards, we splurged and got some ice cream from Frosty Caboose.  All of it was delicious and the company was great!!)

Year 2/Day 205

Year 2 - Day 205

Today was my first attempt at the “Big Nasty” exam.  Last semester I got a 699 and my goal was to at least get an 800 this time.  (I need at least a 900 to graduate in May)

I got a 787.  Sure, it’s an improvement…but…I’ve got a long way to go and to be honest I’m really worried.  What happens if I don’t get the 900 this semester?  Is it over?  Do I get another chance?  Do I want another chance?

Spring break is next week so I don’t really plan on addressing any of this until school’s back on.  I need a break.

Year 2/Day 189

Year 2 - Day 189

Homework and healthy choices.

Year 2/Day 174

Year 2 - Day 174

I had my first day of clinical today.  We are on the cardiac floor this semester.  They aren’t doing a true preceptorship this time.  Instead, it’s like all of our past semesters where we are in small groups and follow a different nurse each day.  My group seems pretty nice and the staff was very friendly.  Looking forward to seeing what I can learn on this floor.

Year 2/Day 173

Year 2 - Day 173

School…school…and more school.  When will I be done!?!

Does anyone want to go to school for me today?

Year 2/Day 172

Year 2 - Day 172

This awesome comic started doing medical related strips and I love them! :)

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