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Dara’s me2day (Dec. 2, 2009)

“Odd CL story! CL likes to read~ And like last night she was reading in her room but if she has a bright light, the members can’t sleepㅋ On the bottom bunk, she put a mini light so she could read… but!!! Dundun…
But CL is already sleeping.. The light was on all night making it feel hot… This morning it’s really dryㅋ The bed coverㅋ There are some holes in it bbyong bbyong…ㅋ The burning smell shyong shyong~! Ah! Don’t worry! There’s no fireㅋㅋ And Dara’s nagging voice tells CL to get up and eat with the rest of the membersㅋ She can’t eat with us!!!ㅋ It’s pretty cute!ㅋ” 

A letter to the nursing school graduate

My one-year anniversary of graduating from nursing school is coming up December 11. It so crazy, I can’t believe it’s been a year. I almost can’t even remember the person that I was then. But I can, it was someone who was so amazed that they were making it through the toughest 16 months of their life, and someone who had no idea that the next year wouldn’t be so easy either.

 December has made me nostalgic. What would I tell the new graduate me from last year?

  1. You think that the race has been won because you’re graduating nursing school, but the truth is this is actually a marathon and you’re only about 2.4 miles into 26.
  2. In contrast, nursing school in 16 months is a really fucking hard, so celebrate this hard won goal and bask in the glory for the few weeks that it lasts.
  3. Stop worrying so much about the NCLEX. Seriously. It is important… but you’re stressing yourself way out.
  4. Do take time to study for the NCLEX, but also take time to relax and do nothing. 16 months of working your ass off should pay off sometime.
  5. Apply for jobs you want in places you want to work. Don’t just apply for anything and everything because you’re desperate for a job. You have a roof over your head and enough to eat, its not that dire that you find a job RIGHT THIS SECOND.
  6. Know what to ask about in the interviews you go to. Know the right questions to ask and how to judge the information you’re getting.
  7. Don’t believe that if something is “meant to happen it will”. You are a human being with free will, if you don’t want to do something, don’t do it.
  8. Being a new grad nurse is really fucking hard. Sleep now and take bathroom breaks while you still can.
  9. Keep building that lovely support system you cultivated in nursing school. They will still be necessary through this first year. Perhaps more so.
  10. Remember your best friends in nursing school? Keep in touch with them. They will become invaluable so you can discuss the amount of times you cried at work that day, how many doctors yelled at you, how many times you felt completely incompetent in your 12 hour shift.
  11. Continue your self care practices. Work out, eat well, indulge in little things that make you happy. You do deserve to be happy.
  12. Enjoy the last few months of lying in bed at night sleeping blissfully, not obsessing over whether you screwed up a dressing change, forgot to tell a nurse something in report, missed a change in a patient’s status or failed at an IV start.

Remember that this is just the beginning of this wild and crazy journey that nursing will be.

Pace yourself, you’ve still got about 23.4 miles left to go. 

gettingsexyandfit asked:

Hi :) I was hoping you could give me tips on how to manage my time. My classes are 9-5pm, and they cover about 4 chapters each day. I have an exam coming up on 3Nov, and everything taught till Halloween is tested! I mean what?What do I do?

Hi there, gettingsexyandfit!

Ah, sounds like classic first year med school. And it is HARD. I feel you, girl. 

Medicine is all about the big picture. Nail down the general concepts first, most likely your learning objectives. I know that you’ve checked out this post, so if anything there tickles your fancy, do try it out! :) Also, know your learning style!

  • If you are a visual learner: Make compare and contrast tables when two diseases or concepts are too similar and you need to differentiate them. Make flowcharts. Draw pictures!
  • If you are auditory: make up songs or rhymes, listen to podcasts or youtube videos on the topics you’re trying to learn. I talk to my Iron Man action figure! But you know, significant others, family members, and friends totally work ;)
  • If you are kinesthetic: use objects at home to help you recreate what you’re trying to learn (post-it notes or toys for enzymes or organs)!
  • If you are not required to submit things like chapter summaries or assignments that are designed to check whether you are reading your textbooks, I would opt for videos, podcasts, and study guides. They help you nail down the basic foundation knowledge. Once you have that, you can go back to textbooks for details and further explanation of the basics as well as how to elaborate on the basics.

I also can’t stress enough the importance of asking for help: study groups, emailing professors for help, or just one really good study buddy. Take care of yourself as well! 

I promise that you’re going to be okay :)

md-a