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Leave no man behind! February 10, 2010

Posted by futurenightnurse in Student Life.
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What I remember most about the time leading up to nursing school is how hard I worked for my grades in my prerequisite and lower G.E. classes.

How hard *I* worked.

Sure there were lab groups and some group projects in the sciences, but for the most part work was done solo. I didn’t dare help someone else reach for that A… it was a race to the top! With an impacted nursing program, they only took the students with the top GPAs.

It all changed after that. After you get in the program, I mean. If I’ve learned anything in nursing school these past couple years, it’s that you have to work as a team. They told us from the get-go that we should form study groups… I still remember how all of us anal nursing students took to that suggestion. (Hint: not well.) After the first exam, though, we saw the wisdom in it… so study groups were formed.

Not only study groups, but friendships! I really, honestly don’t think I would’ve made it through this far if not for my friends. They gave me a lot of support and encouragement along the way. For that I am thankful.

But here we are at the end of nursing school. Senioritis is kicking in, and it’s more important now than ever to keep each other above the water. Instead I feel like… we’ve reverted to every man for himself. Have we? After all, at the end of this semester we’ll be graduate nurses, each vying for jobs that are now scarce. Sure we want our friends to pass boards, but then again… idk.

There’s this person I’m worried about… I’ve tried to be encouraging, but nada. My other friends have taken the approach, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” and I can totally see where they’re coming from. But really??? I don’t want to see any of my friends fail.

How do you see your classmates? As friends? Or competition?

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You Never Know January 26, 2010

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Any place you go there’s always at least one person that tends to rub others the wrong way. Especially Even nursing school. Lucky for me I’ve dealt with difficult people my whole life (thank you, family) so I can pretty much get along with anyone. One of my former study mates (“former” only because he graduated early by combining his 5th and 6th semesters) was known as the smart ass of our group. He used to annoy me and another mate during class. I’m the shrug-it-off or laugh-at-myself type, so it didn’t bother me too much. My friend, however, took it to heart… she was irritated at the mere sight of him.

Anyway, long story short: you cannot judge a book by its cover! Or sometimes not even by the first few pages, either. Smart Ass (and I say that lovingly) was a real big help recently. I almost expected he would be too busy to answer a text from me, but he surely did. =)

I had been worried about which ICU floor to choose, who to pick as a preceptor (or more importantly, who to avoid), etc. By taking me seriously when I went into panic mode, he made me feel so much more at ease with the whole ordeal. It all worked out just fine last week.

It would’ve been easy to write this guy off as a douche. Seriously. But he really is a nice guy after all. You just never know.

Has anyone surprised you?