Scheming and Dreaming (and trying to keep up)

I just want to say thank you to all of the many readers who shared my recent blog post on being an abortion nurse. I have been blown away by all the responses, from other fellow nurses, fellow students, and folks who have been cared for by nurses. It’s been a reaffirming past few weeks.

As an update, I want to let you all know that I’m in the process of exploring creative ways that I can collaborate with others on creating and sustaining this community that we so deeply desire. If you are interested in getting involved or have specific ideas of what you’d like to see, please let me know.

In other news…this term is wild, friends! Patho and pharm are all-consuming, which would be fine, except I have two other classes in antepartum and postpartum care. I’m still trying to sort out how I want to keep all my notes organized, especially for my clinical days. Lab values, common STI’s and treatment protocols, week-by-week reminders on things to discuss in prenatals, new intake forms…there’s so much and it’s all so fascinating.

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I think the hard part right now is pacing. Every week feels like another deluge of information. I know it’s not realistically feasible to integrate it all at once…but when I’m in clinical, I find myself making tons of mental notes: look up that test, read up on this genetic condition, review those STI symptoms…a lifetime is not enough, really. I imagine (desperately hope!) at some point down the road I’ll look back fondly on this stage and how new everything feels.

What were some of the things you found most helpful when you were starting your first clinical rotations? Any and all tips are welcomed, in the comments below or on Facebook!

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