Wow! Writing that title is surreal. I cannot believe I have been in nursing school for 10 weeks. In 10 weeks I've crammed so much knowledge into my cranium. Taking 5 classes, working full time, being a mom, and doing a weight loss journey is no easy task my friend.
Fundies: this class is the foundation of the whole program and of course first semester. Everything we learn in this class compliments our other classes. This class requires so much reading. I mean like hours and hours worth of reading every week. It's so much. I passes exam one with an 86, exam 2 with a 90, and I failed the midterm with a 75. Next week we take practice test A in ATI and I am ready for it. I've also been brushing up on the chapters coming up for exam # 3 and I ready for it.
Skills: this class is easy. Everything we learn in fundies we do hands on in this class. We just finished med administration so we really feel like nurses now. It's kind of amazing. I passed the first exam with an 80, and I have my med administration practical exam coming up in a few days.
Clinical: we are not in the hospital yet, but my professor is doing an amazing job of getting us the experience and hands on that we are so desperate for. I've learned how to act around patients, tailor my questions for the individual, and critical think.
Health Assessment: I got a 95 on my first exam, I killed it on the practical exam, and I'm gearing up to kill it on exam # 2. This class is hard because there is much anatomy. So much. I'm relearning everything. Thank you Science with Susanna :)
Nursing math and pharm: This class was a breeze. Dimensional Analysis is totally in my wheelhouse so this class was like a breath of fresh air. I got a 94 on the first exam, 100 on the second, 90 on the third, and 92 on the final. Whoop whoop! I passed my first nursing school class.
I'ma be a nurse ya'll!!!
Catch me on Youtube for a week in my life and semester recap vids. I'm kinda hilarious :)
Picture this. First exam of nursing school. Huge classroom full of bright, shiny, young, nervous, first semester nursing students. There’s a camera trained on all these wonderful students to monitor for cheating. Two instructors and two proctors walking around. One of the proctors looks like Bruno Mars so that’s not helping the concentration.
The test begins. All the super smart, show off students finish all 50 questions in like 40 minutes get up and leave. Now the pressure is on. Whose going to get up next? Will I be the last one? How many select all that apply questions are y’all gonna give me? I mean really?!
Your girl passed her first nursing school exam! Praise Him . I got an 86 which in regular classes is a solid B, but in nursing school is a low B. Anyways, I think I’m gonna be a nurse y’all. Whoop! Whoop!
Last night I rented the nursing math book, and I just bought the fundamentals of nursing e-book and oh boy it's real now. I just skimmed the 1st two sections of chapter one and your girl is excited. The crazy part is they expect us to read like 6 chapters before the first day of class and some of us haven't even received an email from our professors. The only reason I know about reading the chapters is because of the group chat.
FAM: the group chat may be annoying at times, but it is clutch. You have to join it.
Whatever journey you are on I wish you the best of luck!
It's pretty difficult to put into words the excitement, fear, anxiety and joy that comes with this new venture. I cannot believe that after 1 year of pre req's and overcoming so many obstacles that I made it into nursing school. I have done all I can do to prepare and now I'm tying up all the loose ends so I can focus completely on school.
Straight A Nursing Bootcamp
The Nurse Sam - Ultimate School Bundle
Deep clean room
Deep clean closet
Stock kitchen with easy to cook meals
Begin motivational post. LOL. The truth is I really needed motivation and yesterday I got it. I was sitting in my church's annual graduation celebration and I can't pinpoint why, but I was extremely emotional. I was so proud of all the graduates and I could actually see myself in their shoes one day.
Towards the end my pastor got up to give the closing prayer and benediction and he surprised the moderator with a graduation gift. Little did we know that she had graduated with her masters degree recently. What brought me to tears was her situation and the similarity to mine. After previously failing out of school and in the midst of a divorce she completed her education. She overcame so much and by the grace of God she made it through.
Honestly, at some point in your life the odds are going to be stacked against you. You're going to be the underdog, and that's when it's time to dig deep, put the pedal to the metal and push on through. Just one more hour, one more day, one more week, one more month, one more year. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and the light is getting closer and closer.
You have what it takes. You need to reach deep down inside of yourself and pull out all the negativity, all the negative words, and all the doubt. Then you need to fill yourself with positive self talk, good habits, accountability, and sheer awesomeness.
You were made in the Image of God - IMAGO DEI
GOD LITERALLY BREATHED THE BREATH OF LIFE INTO YOU.
Our good God gave you a future and a hope.
HE FORMED YOU IN YOUR MOTHER'S WOMB. LITERALLY KNIT YOU TOGETHER PIECE BY PIECE.
He calls you a royal priesthood and a holy nation. Hey Queen! Hey King!
YOU ARE HIS SON/DAUGHTER AND JOINT HEIR WITH CHRIST - whoo chile our big brother is Jesus!
I don't know if this word encourages anyone else, but I feel like I just went to church. Is anyone else doing a praise dance?
Keep up the good work. You are more than enough. This too shall pass. I love you, but more importantly Jesus loves you.
I haven't even started school yet, and I have spent so much money. My school requires the following in order to start nursing school.
Chile, you have to be rich or have a good credit card to afford nursing school. I still have to buy my textbooks and pay for classes. Fortunately, I did receive a grant which will pay most of my tuition and I'm expecting some more grants and hopefully a scholarship that will pay for the rest of it. Come what may I know my God will provide!
I attended orientation last week. What a ride! I guess I should start by saying they didn't say anything I didn't already know. Because of my natural curiosity and excitement I had already watched previous years orientations and googled every scrap of information there is on the internet.
It was a 2 day orientation. I had the opportunity to go in person which was awesome because it was a chance to rub shoulders with students and faculty and get a tour. Disappointment # 1 I got super sick that same week. Luckily by Thursday I was feeling a little better. Disappointment # 2 So many students showed up for orientation that they had most of us in overflow rooms. We could have stayed home for that. They did partially make up for it by giving us lunch. While on campus they talked about uniforms so I headed to the bookstore and bought 2 pairs of scrub pants, a class scrub top and a clinical scrub top. At the end of the orientation I connected with the sweetest young lady and I was able to join the group chat for our Full Time generic group.
Orientation Day 2 was fully online and that was a joke. The only part that was worth my time and energy was the presentation on studying techniques. They gave us valuable techniques that I look forward to trying.
In other news the chat has been very interesting. I know I'm going to buy another scrub top for class and because of the group chat I know where to get it for cheap. I've also obtained the book list, received tons of info, and met other classmates because of the chat.
I'm excited for nursing school and look forward to the next steps.
I'm in! I got the email! Words cannot express how grateful I am to finally accomplish this milestone. God is beyond good. I know he loves me! While I was waiting for my acceptance letter there was a lot of anxiety because I would watch the nursing forums and I could see other people getting acceptance letters. It made me wonder if the classes were going to fill up before they even considered me. I hope this helps future applicants gauge their likelihood of being accepted into Miami Dade College's nursing program.
They take into account three factors for admission. Cumulative GPA, Science GPA, and TEAS score. These are my stats:
1. Cumulative GPA - 3.07
2. Science GPA - 3.4
3. TEAS - 76.7
On June 16, 2021 at 12:23 pm I received my acceptance letter into the Generic Full Time Nursing Program at the Medical Campus. I was at work. I stepped out of my office to resolve an issue and when I came back I saw the nursing admit email address and the next word I saw was Congratulations! I squeeled. Not screamed, not shouted, not yelled. I squeeled. I don't think I have ever had such a joyous reaction to any news in my life.
I've been through a lot to get to this point. I got pregnant in the beginning of taking my prereqs. I gave birth in the middle of my microbiology lecture and lab classes. I became a victim / survivor of domestic violence while taking statistics. Now I am at the start of a divorce. None of this has deterred me. God gave me the strength to keep moving forward. I can't tell you how many times I almost failed a class and thought this journey is coming to an end. You have to keep pushing. You must believe in yourself. Wake up early. Go to bed late. Do whatever it takes. Whatever life throws at you I promise you can handle it. Just never give up.
Wow! Your girl has been gone a while. Well, I'm sorry but I was busy baking a tiny human. LOL. I took classes throughout my pregnancy, and I had my baby girl in the middle of the spring semester. So let me recap my journey.
CHM1033 - Chemistry - A
CHM1033L, - Chemistry Lab - A
EP2000 - Human Growth and Development - A
BSC2085 - A&P 1 - A
BSC 2085L - A&P 1 Lab - B
BSC2086 - A&P 2 - C
BSC2086L - A&P 2 Lab - C
HSC0003 - Intro to Healthcare - B
HSC0003L - Intro to Healthcare Lab - A
MCB2010 - Microbiology - A
MCB2010L - Microbiology Lab - B
I will be submitting an application to the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing on Monday for Fall 2021 for both the Full time and Part time programs. I am nervous, excited, ready, elated, and overjoyed. This journey has taken an entire year to finish the pre req's. I have learned so much, and overcome so many challenges. God has really been with me throughout this process. Two times for the Man upstairs.
I'm back and better than ever. Thanks for sticking with me throughout this journey.
So, I got my grades in, and drum roll please. Your girl has straight A's for the first six week summer session. Whoop! Whoop!
I am on week 2 of A&P 1, and whoo chile what a whirl wind. This is an accelerated 6 week summer course so we are moving triple time. What you typically learn over the course of 3 weeks I am learning in 1 week. It's a lot of information, but I'm learning so much.
For A&P 1 LAB I have completed the following:
For A&P LECTURE I have exam 1 of 3 on Friday. I am spending all of my time and energy focused on passing this test. My study guide is 37 pages long, and I have learned so much just putting it together.
This is going to be another successful semester. I can feel it deep down in my bones.
I am Jamerican, proud mom to the cutest little nugget, and I am a nursing student. I started a Youtube Channel to document life and this blog is my channel's compliment. Simply put Youtube is my LECTURE and this website is the LAB.
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