Well, my second semester has started and I can tell it's going to be a difficult, but pretty cool semester!
First and foremost, I actually get to observe a surgery on 4/14 which will be awesome! I'm really excited about it; this will be my favorite part so far!
Now... the content of this course seems, as of right now, to be much more technical than the preceding course which emphasized the ADPIE nursing process, psychosocial issues, and a few various technical skills. This semester focuses on assessing for serious complications, technical skills, and a heavy dose of pharmacology.
I do better with technical stuff so this is actually good news for me! The first couple of days have been brimming with new material. We've basically covered the entire surgical nursing section of our course (pre-op, intra-op, and post-op) in a single 9-hour lab session. We needed every minute of that 9 hours too... everything from new ostomy care, removing sutures and staples, all the way to being alert for signs and symptoms of malignant hyperthermia from general anesthesia. It was quite an intense lab.
Theory starts tonight. I love my theory teacher. My teacher is a man (nice change of pace), is a NP, and reminds me of Yosemite Sam. His quote yesterday was, "Nursing school is a lot like falling down a flight of steps. There's lots of bumps, lots of pain, but you'll be at the end before you know it!"
I like people that take hard concepts and put them in the easiest possible terms. I think I'll get along with him just great this semester.
Oh, and I smashed my drug calculation test with a 100%. :)