February 27, 2017

Prestige Stethoscope Review

My Prestige Stethoscope is my go to for nursing 1. I bought this stethoscope at my school's bookstore and it can also be found online, or at a uniform store (that sells medical supplies) before that I was thinking about getting a Littman on amazon, however, due to my budget I was not able to and decided to go with this one. I have to say for something under $25 it performed better than I thought. For Nursing 1, you will probably only be listening to heart sounds, lung sounds, and bowel sounds. And I was able to hear all those sounds with the Prestige Stethoscope. So, I would say this is good for beginners who are on a budget. The only downside is that it is not as light weight as the Littman and I experienced some slight discomfort on the ear pieces. I might need to invest in smaller ear pieces because for some reason the inside of my ears is a bit smaller than normal.

February 20, 2017

Quote of the week.

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it just blooms -Anonymous

*A lot of times people compare themselves to others  and forget that you are your own individual. It's  hard sometimes because your trying to figure out why arent you in the same level of success as them. You start to feel hopeless and doubtful. I have been there before and always try to remind myself that I need to cease the comparing and start blooming. I need to stop worrying about others achievement and be happy on how far I have come. All it takes is hope, focus and drive.

February 12, 2017

Is Nursing The Right Career For You?

      That is the question I've been asking myself in the past few days. I was afraid to share this with people because I felt so ashamed, however, regardless of my feelings I have to share it with you guys anyways. On the last week of January, I took my first exam and I would say that I felt pretty confident about the answers I chose. When classmates asked me how I did on the test, I told them I think I did fine. A week after that we got are test results and when I checked my grade I got a 71% on my first exam. Well, that's not bad but, remember nursing school grading scale is different from the normal grading scale. In my program, the lowest passing grade is a 77%. I felt so sad and defeated. I didn't know what to do and what I needed to do in order to maintain my grade for the class. When I asked my other classmates about how they did on the test, most of them received around 70-76%. So, I wasn't the only one who failed and it made me alittle bit calmer.

     From this day and forward I will get over it and let it go. I've been doing some to research on different ways to study and talking to other students about their study methods. I think one mistake I've made was trying to create a study guide for each chapter and not actually spending the time to study the material. I am going to study hard, focus and pray because I believe nursing is my calling.

February 4, 2017

Feeling Stressed Out

Have you ever felt so consumed in school work, life issues, bills or unhealthy relationships? Well I know I have and it can be very hard to deal with sometimes. I am a college student currently in a nursing program and let me tell you this is probably the hardest thing I have ever done. I didn't underestimate the program because I've heard from nursing students that the program was challenging. On January 8, 2017 I had to quit my job at Disney and it wasn't easy. I met so many awesome people and guests, loved working in a fun environment and learning new things. However, it wasn't what I wanted to do in the long term. Anyways, I left my job because I wouldn't be able to keep up with my school and work schedule, so I had to make a choice and I decided to quit my job. This is where the stress comes in; nursing school is expensive and I have bills that need to be paid every month! Well, what do I do?

  • First thing I try to do is to stay positive and remind myself that this will pay off at the end.
  • Ask your parents for help (thank God for my mother).
  • A friend suggested to use aromatherapy for stress relief.
  • Drinking tea ( I drink Tazo Calm Chamomile).
  • Pray or meditate. 
  • Doing a hobby that keeps your mind off the stress (blogging is my getaway). 
I hope these tips help you ease your mind and stress!