There is one week left before my clinicals start. I am trying to arrange coverage at work for the days I will be off, setting up the parameters in the computer program we will be using to log our cases and hours, emailing back and forth with the office manager at the pediatric office to set up a preliminary schedule.
I am not sure yet how many actual hours/days are needed to meet the requirements for this rotation. It seems we are to log 240 hours in 14 weeks, but can’t be sure until the class opens and I can read the syllabus. I also don’t know how many patients we are expected to see per hour. Here’s hoping that the initial expectations are not too crazy…
I bought the Fitzgerald review book for Family Nurse Practitioner, but am thinking of adding the pediatric one to the pile as well. The question and answer, followed by a discussion format of this book is working well for me. It is amazing how many questions I actually know the answers to, this is a good sign. Maybe the boxes in my brain are accessible after all…
Looking forward to actually dealing with real, live patients is still scary, but also exhilarating. Finally, to be able to put the studying to some use. For me, doing is always better than reading anyway. If I do it once or twice, it sticks better than days of reading and re-reading. Even if that reading is done sitting on the deck overlooking the forest at the cabin we like to rent in upstate South Carolina!
One week on a nice, quiet vacation does wonders for one’s aged and overflowing brain. It is kind of like a defrag on the computer. The rest and slow pace help to reorganize the bits of information in a more coherent manner, throws out the useless stuff and generally makes those neurons fire more efficiently.
My husband loves turtles, and one afternoon as we were driving around checking out the countryside, we saw a box turtle in the middle of the road. Worried it would get squished by the next car, we scooped her up (Yes, her. My hubby can tell the sex of a turtle by gazing into their eyes, is that weird?) and brought her back to the cabin so we could let her go in the woods far from the road. Our dogs were quite excited, Elwood wanted to open it and see what was inside (didn’t let him, of course) and Jake just stared and stared at it. Back at the cabin we let her go, and the boys just had to watch from the window.
After that, when we went for walks in the woods, Jake scouted all around us, sniffing in the leaves. Now and then he would pull back some leaves and proudly show us a turtle. He must have found five or six turtles in two walks! I figure either Jake saw we liked turtles and found all he could to show us, or he was looking for the one that “got away”.
Upstate South Carolina is a super nice place, friendly people, beautiful country and neat little towns and cities. Greenville is fantastic, with a park boasting a waterfall right in the middle of town! We love the area and vacation there often.
All in all, I am ready to go! Rested and rejuvenated, functioning at peak middle-aged level…
PS: If any family practice in Upstate South Carolina happens to be reading this blog and needs a nurse practitioner in about a year, you may respond at any time!