And so it begins, second semester. What will these next three months bring? In short, a LOT. This statement seems a bit paradoxical now that I see it on paper, but it really rings true. Let me take you through a typical day in the life of a second semester nursing student at UMB at Shady Grove.
10- 12:50: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing lecture
1- 2: Physiologic and Pharmacologic Considerations for Health Promotion Guided Study Session (GSS)…so you might be wondering, why on earth is she taking this course again? This semester, I will be serving as a GSS leader for the class! I am so excited! GSS has been an invaluable tool for me thus far in my nursing school career, so I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. GSS is a program coordinated through the Center for Academic Success (CAS) where past students lead a one-hour interactive learning session once a week for students currently enrolled in the course. I will be working with a fellow second semester student, Suzanne P., as we tackle this challenging course from a new perspective; stay tuned…
2-4:50: No time to spare, time for Pathopharmocology in Adults lecture
5-6: Adult Health GSS, a chance to hone my own skills
And there you have it, the crazy busy days that are Mondays. As I write this, I am awaiting my 10:30 am time slot to perform a head to toe assessment in a fifteen-minute time frame. Fifteen minutes may seem like a short time to perform such a complex assessment, but we have spent the last semester perfecting our technique and now we have shortened what used to be a 45-minute process to a concise, yet thorough, fifteen-minute exam.
Update: Fellow nursing student Laurie H. and I passed our assessment! Go team! Happy Thursday everyone 🙂