I just posted my last case study and realized that, other than the final exam, I am done with this term. I also realized it was December. Wow, where did the time go? It’s practically Christmas and I had no idea. I guess that is what it means to have no life while in school.
The last week of clinicals is over, I am recovering from the cold/sore throat the little…tots gave me as a parting gift, the site evaluations are done, all my papers are done. I have FREE time. I have studied for the exam and am waiting for it to open on Monday. Once that is finished, I have four whole weeks of no school work.
Of course, I will be boning up on adult stuff like hypertension, and diabetes, and STD’s and heart disease in preparation for the next clinical: Adult Practicum. But that feels different than a paper with a deadline. More relaxed you know.
The other thing I noticed, the whole thing seems more attainable now, in 29 days I can say “I graduate this year”. Two terms doesn’t sound like a long time. OMG, I think I am going to make it!
Sigma Theta Tau sent me an invitation to join. That is pretty special. The National Nursing Honor Society. Wow. It is all falling together. The light is visible at the end of the tunnel.
My next rotation will be at the local health department primary care clinic, then to my own physician’s office, as he has agreed to be my preceptor for the second half of adult, and the family practice portion. I am looking forward to that. The funny thing is, that I was nervous about going to pediatrics, having had almost no experience with peds in my nursing career. Now, the anxiety is about doing the women’s health, what with speculums and birth control and STDs, and the complexities of multiple health problems encountered in the elder population. A strep throat or ear infection is a piece of cake compared to a diabetic with heart disease who needs to control his blood pressure.
The health department will be interesting with the population of patients they serve. I am sure there will be a lot of patients who will have more advanced conditions, like I saw when I was working at the local county jail. It will be a big learning oportunity. There is a local free clinic staffed entirely by volunteers, and I think I will give them some of my time after I graduate. Be a part of the solution.
Well, my muse seems to have wandered elsewhere, and so this will end my post for today. There is time to plan a nice dinner (Cooking is one of those things that slipped away for a while), read a novel, go to the craft store for some yarn for a knitting project I have in mind (I need a shawl for when we eat out. Florida is perverse for having air conditioners and fans blowing directly on restaurant patrons even in the dead of winter), maybe I will even do a small quilting project.
A temporary life. The stone is airborne again.