The Times You Live In.

It’s been a chaotic few weeks to say the least. I’m grateful for having had the chance to get away for my reading week and take some time to focus on something other than school. I guess I would say the past couple weeks have been filled with a lot of anxiety and recurrences of my depression. Coming back into school to find out half my courses are cancelled because of a provincial wide strike was a bit much. I pay to learn and I pay to gain experience but yet half my courses including my clinical have been shut…

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First Clinical Shift.

I’ve honestly never felt so overwhelmed in my life entering the clinical portion of my program. Friday was my first day as a level 2 clinical student! I finally reached a big milestone in working with actual patients :O It’s crazzzzzy how much nurse’s know and the things that are expected of us. I mean I always knew it wasn’t an easy jbo, but when you actually see what goes on behind the scenes, it’s eye opening. Don’t get me wrong, I was completely excited by the opportunity to finally be in hospital, but i’m also so nervous to be…

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A Letter to the Baby Nurses.

Right now, there is a baby nurse who is searching online and deep inside for an answer. There is a brand new member of the profession who is questioning her calling. There is a newly-minted graduate who wonders how school seemed to teach her everything and nothing all at the same time. There is a greener-than-grass new hire who is praying that she doesn’t kill somebody at work tomorrow, and wonders if she already did yesterday. Dearest baby nurse, don’t let this scary new world drag you down. You’re going to have moments when you are sitting on a toilet…

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Finding My Path.

Ah, finally I can sit in peace and focus on writing a blog post. I can’t believe i’m already back in schools ready for round 2. Summer seems like a blur and it’s probably because of all the schooling and work I had to undertake to get caught up. I’m proud to say i’m finished my Master’s (at least until Results day in November). All 14,998 words. I must say finishing my physiology course and having to jump straight into finishing my dissertation was a rough go. Why I thought it was a good idea to work 40-55 hours a…

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Pushing Forward.

For everything I have to be sad about I have 20 others things to be grateful for in my life. I worked my butt off this year in my first year of nursing and despite all the challenges that landed on my plate I was able to push hard and come out with some pretty decent grades. I did in the end have to drop anatomy and physiology, but luckily I had a supportive team who have allowed me to complete the physiology component over the summer at Western to allow me to compliment my previous anatomy courses. I never thought…

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Nursing is an Art.

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.” Florence Nightingale

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The Secret Work of Nurses.

Recently, I admitted a patient in early labor and the first thing she asked me was when her doctor would be there. In my head, I laughed. I had not seen her doctor all day, even though I thought her doctor would make rounds in the morning. I knew there was a laundry list of reasons why she had probably not made it in by that afternoon: she had lucked out, and not a single one of her patients had delivered that morning, which would have forced her to come in. She had been unlucky before 7 a.m., and had…

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Lessons from Level 1 Nursing.

This week has literally been go,go,go,go. Since i’ve finished up my placement for the year, I decided it was a good idea to use those two extra shifts to pick up hours at my part-time job. Boy was I in for a surprise with how much time I lose out in other areas. On top of that with OSCE’s creeping up and our class not performing that great on the midterm test, a couple of peers and I thought it would be a great idea to book four extra hours in the lab to practice our clinical skills and interviews…

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Busy Bee.

Life is in full gear right now. I’m definately missing keeping up with my blog, but I’ve been finding it incredibly hard to find time to update. Hoping after this week things will start to settle down, but I realize I have a looooot to catch up on with school. How about that biochem or even more nerve wrecking the second round of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). I have quite a few blog post ideas that are running through my mind though and i’m pretty excited to get to it whenever I get the chance. Crazy to think just…

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Why I Became a Nurse Instead of a Doctor.

Since I’ve gotten into nursing school, many people around me have questioned one of two things 1) why did I go back to school or 2) why did I choose not to apply to medical school. Since I was a young kid, I always looked at hospitals with awe and aspired to somehow work my way in. Unlike some people who knew what they wanted to do since they were young, I never really thought about what it is I exactly wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I wanted to be in a career that…

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The View From Bed Number 10.

A perspective we don’t always hear about whether as healthcare professionals or lay people. I highly encourage everyone to read the article, it’s not long but I think there is something for everyone to take out of it.Basic manners can go a long way not just in a professional setting but also in our own every day lives. It’s a disheartening reality to know that this kind of behaviour is not uncommon among healthcare professionals.  I think it goes to show a little can go a long way and I highly encourage people to take some time to read it. A…

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Delirium, Dementia, and Depression in Older Adults: Assessment and Care

One of the things I am most proud of in being a McMaster student is being taught in an evidence based manner. All the course work we are given, lectures, and clinical case studies are all based off of current evidence. Therefore, one of the new goals I have in advocating for mental health issues is to share some of the evidence based research I have come across. Working in my Problem Based Learning class I have come across a vast amount of literature pertaining to mental illness. I have decided to share some of the resources I have accessed…

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To All My Fellow Healthcare Professionals.

Yesterday I moaned and complained about having to go to my Community Service Learning class (albeit it’s once a month) because I felt it was completely redundant and useless. No other nursing school starts placement in the community until second year, so why did we have to sit through this? Shouldn’t this just be inherent knowledge? I mean it’s pretty obvious we’re all caring, intuitive, and kind individuals going into a profession that is often taken for granted. The truth is, no one in nursing school, healthcare aide programs, or even medical school teaches you the skills of compassion or…

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Nurse in Progress.

For someone that came out of one of the toughest years of her life, I must say I am pretty proud of myself for pushing through. The struggle of feeling left down, unconfident in my abilities, and personal struggle led me to believe I wasn’t worthy of good things. That because of all my struggle I would be a failure and wouldn’t even make it through the first semester of nursing school. But I did it and I did damn fine. The nights I spent crying and very much struggling to stay focused and motivated paid off. I mean anatomy…

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Small Steps.

Today I finally was able to see a psychiatrist after waiting a couple months for this appointment. It’s really sad to think to gain access to such an important resource it takes booking months in advance to see one. To be honest, it was not what I had expected. Aside from taking my health history (#nursingstudentproblems), he didn’t do much talking aside from explaining what depression was and it’s causes and changing my medication to address both my depression and newly acquired anxiety. That evil gremlin that keeps me up at night, gives me racing thoughts, and makes me more…

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Contentment and Anxiety.

Finally, a new theme I am absolutely digging right now. As my blog continues to expand and become more visited it’s an exciting step to take. It’s nice finally being able to have my own domain and have a theme in which I finally enjoy looking at on all the formats (ex. computer, tablet, and phone). I’m kind of excited to write my yearly recap post about my blog coming out in early December. This year has been the most successful year for my blog as of late, which is bittersweet in itself. Lately, i’ve struggled to cope with my…

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