I have been a ball of nerves and bitchiness the last couple of months. I was waiting to hear from two nursing schools. Everyday the anxiety would build and build, until the moment the mailbox would make its sound. Each time, I would run and check, and up until yesterday it was goose egg city. But yesterday. Yesterday!!! It came, the sign, the message, the oh-so coveted letter! I got it, I got it, I GOT!!!
I honestly wasn’t expecting to get accepted. I figured I would, at best, be waitlisted. I mean, everyone had been fretting and talking, and to hear other people fret, and compare GPA’s and TEAS test scores…I started to doubt myself. I have a funny habit of second-guessing my intelligence and hard work. This acceptance letter is a testament to how hard I have worked. Nursing school is super competitive, no matter what type of school- 4 year, 2 year, diploma program- it is cut throat. I got in; and that is awesome!!!
My adventure begins in January 2012. I’m excited and even more anxious! My first concern is what are our clinical uniforms going to look like? I mean, I need to know what color we’re wearing and I hope to God we are not wearing scrub pants with tapered legs.
Believe it or not, I had to endure this style of scrub pant, in royal blue, for 3 years! The animal hospital that currently employs me required them. There was a huge to-do when the techs voiced their opinions about how our scrubs looked dated and it was time to update. The practice owner’s wife chose those ugly scrubs! After much heated discussions and several tears, she caved and we won! I hope to never wear that style of scrub pant EVER!!
Here are a few other concerns of mine-
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on October 23, 2011
I have been anxiously awaiting acceptance letters from a couple of nursing schools. I think my hair is starting to fall out! I have also taken on a hefty load of classes this semester…more hair falling out. I like to read blogs on my study breaks (it helps to detour me from the mailbox, too). Badinage has a thoughtful post about gifts for nursing students:
“You can never go wrong with the following: a nice stethoscope, pretty earrings (studs!), or a beautiful (water-resistant!) watch. Classic. I would include a fancy pen (black ink!) except that they disappear faster than you can ask “Who took my pen?” *
I’m really into giving people useful items. Here are a few more ideas:
The Spoon Sisters ID Blocker
Love this. Nursing students have to be careful that the papers they use and bring home do not have any patient identifiers on them. I used to carry a black marker with me just for the purpose of marking out that data. It was that or cutting it off the page. It would have been great to have this stamp handy.
Koko Michelle Lunch Bag
A cute lunch bag. A friend gave me this one for my birthday, and I use it all the time. It’s small yet large enough to hold my breakfast and lunch. Once empty, it takes up very little space in my tiny locker. No more searching in the fridge for my food that has gotten pushed around.
Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
Clinicals start early. Those heavy sleepers might find this alarm clock useful. There are also alarm clocks that roll away, fly, and test your math skills. I personally love my light alarm clock. There are many pricey models out there ($100+), but I use the Homedics SoundSpa Sunrise Gradual Light Alarm Clock Radio. It uses your own bedside lamp instead of a built-in light.
Anna shoulder bag by Christy Studio
We have a lot to carry. This bag is large and has plenty of pockets.
Of course, these are things that I would have wanted as a student nurse (and still do). Any more ideas?”
I would throw in this orange stethoscope.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on August 21, 2011