Other things than nursing!

I took out my best friend last week for her first night in town, clubbing because she just had her 18th birthday… let me give you a run down of the events of the evening!

So, It began with the loud-music-sing-a-long on the way back to mine from her place a short distance town away from mine. We were listening to the radio, and they were giving away Avicii albums for the strangest story about the “strangest thing you have ever eaten”. I said that I love Avicii and my best friend said “let’s make up a story”. upon sitting in thinking silence in which I broke a few times saying “UGH i want that album”. We came up with the idea of eating crayons. We thought no-one would believe us so we said we were drunk and got pranked into it. Don’t ask me why, I just wanted that album! Anyway, they believed us and hey presto! They are sending us the album! I can’t wait to hear it! :-p


Next story to tell of the evening: the strip club.

My friend had obviously never gone into a strip club and we decided to take her in for a short while, as it was raining and other clubs were a short walk away. Anyway, I went to the bathroom and as I returned I learnt that my freshly 18 year old best friend had not only got on the stripper bar, but hung upside down and fell off of it! I couldn’t believe I missed it! This is one she will not live down! I promise that!


And the final winning story: of the mystery dude.

So, we were all having a great time and my friend had found this nice looking guy, who had latched onto her face a few times (yes made out with). It was a little fun with her, she gave him her number afterward etc. etc. anyway, the next day she was really excited and we decided to try stalk him. But she said she could hear him when he told her his name. So all we had to go by was his friend who has been talking to me. We had one friends name. We searched the friend up, he wasn’t hard to find. But nothing on his page about the mystery dude. the next day my friend found his page too with a surprise.. mystery man was a baby daddy!! to a girl i went through school with! Wow. Shock. We had a good laugh about it. He hasn’t contacted her yet so poops to him. He missed out on a beautiful young lady who will spoil any man with love.

Enough of these bad stories! (Oh, but i met Aaron Chalmers from Geordie shore that night too! and got a photo ;p)

Getting ready for business

We got our grades for our OSCE’s yesterday! So there were the 2 OSCE’s + 1 written OSCE and our 20% grade came from all 3 together as one mark. I got a B overall which I am happy about  🙂 Although I think the written OSCE is where I believe could have done better – but hey, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I know that next time I need to be more strict with myself about the study. I walked in and knew my stuff but because there were only 10 questions if you get 2 wrong you’re already at a 80% mark. So it seemed as if, in my mind more was at stake than a 60 MCQ test. It felt that way anyhow.

Now that OSCE’s are over It is game time. Exams are in 6 weeks, next week I start placement where I have another lot of competencies to do and an essay worth 50% of the clinical paper! No pressure!

But seriously, It’s head down and work time. Organisation time. I need to get into a great habit of study. So my plan is. There are 6 weeks until the week of exams, that includes one week dedicated to study. My plan is to go through each class in order, look into the lecture, read over the chapter of the lecture topic in my textbook; for example, Depressive disorder. I would read information about this topic in my textbooks, taking notes of valuable information that I may not have learnt or generally something i feel that I would like to remember. Then, I find the slide of the presentation that has the learning outcomes or objectives, these are often written asking a few small sentences of a paragraph of information of which should have been learnt within the lecture. This is direct learning to what they have taught.

My organisation goes beyond this however. There are 6 weeks until exams. There are technically 6 weeks of material to cover. If, every day I sit down and routinely study every day so that every week I am either on schedule or before schedule then I have the best possible schedule to study all content in preparation for my final exams.

Making the study routine is the most of it, sticking to it. I’m going strong so far, let’s here it for the next 6 weeks!

I’m itching for a great grade!

and then I am going to blow all that steam off with my girls, like no-ones business!

Relieved!

Man am I glad this week is almost over!

The written exam could have gone better! But I found it a really hard exam to study and revise for as most of the content was in videos. There were only 10 questions so I felt like it was harder than a 60 question exam as each question was worth a lot more than one question in a 60 lot, if you get that I mean. All in all, I knew 90% of it so i’m confident.

The OSCE’s themselves were intense! I had role-played with my sister and friend in nursing and I was as well prepared as I could be, I’m really proud with how I went. I know where I can improve and that’s mostly practice so I can become quicker at say, wound care. We had to display 2/3 skills out of Wound care, Injections and Therapeutic communication. I got the two I was hoping for: wound care and injections. I find that when i’m nervous, such as OSCE’s I can’t say things the way i’d like to and my words come out jumbled. So i was pleased that I could just display my practical skills with more limited communication. I was confident, I’d practiced, run through the skills in my head countless times, I knew that I could do it and I really think I did the best of my ability with limited nerves! I am proud of myself!


Now that OSCE’s are over, I have driven out to my best friend’s place in Cambridge and I’ve been reading my book all day, editing videos and writing up this blog and not feeling guilty about it because I don’t have any work to do! Exams are another 8 weeks away so next week I’ll begin preparing but for now, I’m going to take a lovely break.


So now, For my best friend’s 18th myself, her and another good friend, are all going out for a night on the town for student night! It’s going to be a blast. Me and my two BFF’s! My friend who has just turned 18 is two years younger than us, and we’ve been talking about this night since my 18th birthday! So it’s been a long time coming!

Anyway, I need to get ready for tonight after a day of lounging, I’m so excited to blow some steam off tonight!

Scary, exciting week ahead!

So I just worked all weekend, I’m exhausted! But I am so disappointed in myself as I have a small written exam next week and I have barely studied! I’ve had a super busy week, and this week coming is also hectic!

Monday is classes, Tuesday is a written exam, Wednesday is my OSCE’s (which I feel prepared for!). Wednesday night I am going too a practice Show Jumping day on my friends Eventer, which I am super excited for but also crapping myself! (A practice Show jumping day is where people take their horses out to for the experience of the outing and all the people and other horses etc. or like me, who hasn’t been to a real show before who is gaining experience). But I’m more worried about my exams at this stage! Thursday night I am going out with a few friends for my best friends 18th birthday which is on Tuesday, and then Friday night I have my work trial at my new job! Saturday/Sunday will be my last weekend at my current job.

Quick update, I’ll write a more exciting blog next week as I only have classes on the monday…. and let you know how i went with all my nerve wrecking events on!