Thursday, April 2, 2009

TNCC and stuff

So, I finished my course from hell, A&PI (and lab) last Saturday. I managed, don't know how, to pull an A out of my...well, you know. Unbelievable. I will be taking A&P II (and lab) beginning next week. I privately emailed my advisor to learn that I will not be having the same professor. Excellent! Someone new to break in.

So, what am I doing on my week off? I'm glad you asked. I spent two days sitting in a class taking TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum). This is a course that I have taken 3 times over the years. It is two days of lecture the various aspects of what trauma does to the human body and sets forth a systematic approach to patient assessment, discusses interventions and procedures that should be anticipated. It is always good to review this kind of information. Normally I am a wreck going into any type of exam situation where I am one-on-one with an examiner with nothing but my wits........which normally shut down. Last time I took this course I gave the examiner my maiden name although A) I don't use it and B) I had been married about 26 years at the time. Just a bit freaked. This time, I approached the course from a different study perspective and I did.........nothing.

Yep. I am so burnt from school I didn't open the book. I sat and listened. When it came time for the practice session yesterday, I thought I did pretty well even though I got the pregnant, domestic violence patient which means that I actually had 2 patients to run through.

Today as the written tests were handed out, we were told that some of us did so well on the practical yesterday that we already passed. I figured I'm never that lucky; I was amazed to learn that I had in fact already passed the practical and was dismissed handing in my written test, which I also passed. Done for 4 years, I'll probably be dead by then. School will kill me.

I hate to keep ranting about school, I promise I will stop after this. Panic has begun since I have set some pretty unrealistic goals for graduating next May. I am taking the Humanities CLEP this week; if I pass I will get credit for 2 courses. That will leave me with algebra, college math, American government, and chemistry to CLEP. I won't have a problem with American Govt., but the other 3, not so much. I don't have tremendously high hopes, but miracles do happen. Right now I have a head full of "isms", architecture I never heard of and trying to embed the circle of 5ths without confusing it with Circles of Hell. Dante's got nothing on me.

Wish me luck!


SimplySweeter said...

So glad you are finished for the year. When are we going out for a celebratory drink? You have to take Chemistry next year?? Hmmm, this should be interesting. Maybe we could make soap.

little d, S.N. said...

Ouch! I feel for you with that course list. I had to retake chemistry last summer to prepare for nursing school (second degree program). It was MUCH less scary than I remembered! Maybe you'll be lucky!

Susan said...

I was an excellent student in chemistry so I will volunteer to tutor you. So what if it was 20 years ago? Each session of tutoring comes with a free bottle of wine AND Monty Python quotes, guaranteed.

EDNurseasauras said...

Sweet! We can just drink the wine, screw the chemistry!