This term had a slow start. It was a bit of a struggle for me to get back into the swing of things and switch from the “working mode” of being on clinical placement back to “school mode.”
Instead of being in the hospital and working “hands-on” with real patients, I was back in class, starting back up with assignments, exams, group projects, lab days, and lectures. Although the first week was challenging making the switch back to Nursing Student, it was great to catch up with my classmates that I hadn’t seen in a while, and debrief on our clinical placement experiences.
Because Stenberg’s Practical Nursing program is condensed and accelerated, it goes by very quickly! We cover so much material and learn so much content in such a short amount of time. However, it’s exciting starting new classes, topics, and issues. I also appreciate reviewing content we have already covered to refresh ourselves after being away from studies during our clinical placement. So far, it seems like the start of the new term is like the start of a new school year. It’s an exhilarating (and sometimes anxious) time of anticipating what’s to come next.
This term’s focus is on mental health, community health, as well as maternity, children, and the postpartum client. It is a total change from last term where we focused on the older client and conditions that are associated with the aging population.
Three of our classes only have five sessions in them this term, meaning no mid-terms! Needless to say, these classes are going by very quickly. To add to this, only one of these classes has a final exam, while the other two have group projects. Not having to study for final exams is a nice change, but at this point, it seems like most of us would prefer to write an exam! We all have our own way of studying and reviewing the content: flashcards, colourful highlighters, study buddies, coffee. So at this point, we are all professional exam-writers!
Things definitely have more of a relaxed vibe this term. We’ve been told by faculty that this term is supposed to “ease up” a bit, and so far that seems true. Things seem a lot more do-able and less scary. Perhaps this is because now, we know what to expect a bit more than before. Or maybe, it’s because we are more confident in our studies and practice. Even talking to my classmates, it seems they agree that at this point, we will all make it to graduation! It feels like a relief to make it this far into the program and have the end in sight.