I’m running head-long to the finish line! I’m only 10 short months from having my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree and waiting to take my NCLEX exam. I have cried, I have screamed, I have laughed, I have considered quitting, and considered bankruptcy. Some days I think that I’m going to be the most amazing nurse (and eventually midwife) ever, then there are some days that I wonder who on Earth would turn me loose in a hospital.
Last semester I have my OB/Pediatrics clinical rotation and I have to say Peds is not for me. I can not handle the slightly older or chronically ill children, my poor heart can’t compartmentalize it and I know I would be a disaster every day of my life. However, I LOVED my OB clinical. I had the most amazing instructor (she’s one of those bubbly, super-positive people) that believes a lot of the same things that I do about birth and pregnancy. Amazingly enough, I’ve found the educational side of nursing is very much in line with what I believe, however I have been made fully aware that habit/tradition is very engrained in the nursing profession. Although we are taught as fresh nursing some very important things, clinical experiences has shown that often those very important points are not followed or even known often of the time.
I witnessed three vaginal births while I was on my rotation which was fantastic, however I was most disappointed that I didn’t get to observe a Cesarean section. I know that sounds very strange, since I believe that they are often overused and unnecessary, but I wanted to actually see one. I have not ever been physically witness to one, and I feel that I need to witness one. Maybe during my practicum I’ll have the opportunity to see one (if I get the OB practicum that I apply for).
My blog has been seriously lackluster lately, but being a full-time student, a full-time (up until recently) employee, and a business owner has completely sapped me of all time available to do anything else. Some days I’m not even sure if I’ve managed to eat. Thankfully, I get a little bit of time during the summer to myself, which I guess is why this blog get’s most of it’s infrequent updates during the summer.
Wish me luck! I’m almost finished!