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1.25.11

I have answers to the questions I left with last week.

A. No, I’m NOT the only student with my own box of gloves.

B. My purse has gone into the washer on the SANITARY cycle, with a touch of bleach.

Real staph bacteria

Bacteria from purse

The purse. I know that restaurants and restrooms are the worst places to plop my purse. That’s why I hang it up where ever I go. Apparently despite my best efforts to keep the thing from ever touching the floor, it has come into contact with some pretty gross stuff. The picture on the bottom of the colonies growing in the petri dish are from said purse. My professor said that the yellow bacteria is most likely staph. I don’t know one bacteria from another right now, so I’ll take his word for it. Looks pretty convincing.

1.20.2011

Yesterday was my first day of classes this semester. Thank God I only have two classes. It’s hard to manage school while you have a child that is not in school full-time.

I’m taking Anatomy & Physiology II and Medical Microbiology. It’s so different from all the heavy writing courses I took for Anthropology. But that’s apples to oranges… at this point, I’ve gotten over the fact that I’m taking hard courses. Everything is going to be hard from now on. It’s a matter of tackling it head on and mastering it. As my Microbiology professor said, “its time to start thinking like a nurse.”

The first lab session of microbiology just might have turned me into a germophobe. Holy crap, I had no idea we would be playing with so many bacteria samples! It’s a little creepy, but REALLY fun. I’ll be sure to share a picture of the bacteria culture I took from the bottom of my purse. It’s growing in an incubator right now and I’ll get to check it out Monday night. Yes, Micro is a night class. It makes me want to wash my hair before going to bed, if I haven’t burnt it off with a bacterio-incenerator. Oh, and apparently in order to cut costs, the state did not approve the purchase of GLOVES for this class. Thank you, Texas. While our instructor assured us that using the aseptic technique would be enough for our safety, I will be buying my own f***ing box of gloves.

A&P is a little lighter. I have about five or six of my old A&P comrades from last semester in the same class again. They are all really wonderful women, and I’m so happy to be part of a support system. God knows we all need it!

So, soon to come:

How disgusting is my purse and will I be buying a purse hook to keep it off the floor at ALL costs?

Will I be the only nerd in class with gloves?

1.19.2011

The purpose of this page is for me to track my progress through Nursing. Granted, at the moment I’m not technically IN a Nursing program YET. I’m in my last semester of finishing prerequisites for applying to a Nursing program. Having completed a BA in 2005, I was only lacking five credits for the application to the Associates program that I really want. I’m learning that competition is really intense. In fact, a few weeks ago when I registered for this semester, I had another student tell me flat out “you won’t get in”. Maybe not, but it’s not your decision, sister. But I think as with anything, it’s good to not have all your eggs in one basket, so I will be applying to a couple of programs at schools in the area. Let’s hope I get in to one of them, and let’s hope it’s not a two hour or more commute every day!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2011 4:55 pm

    Hang in there girl! Enjoy the learning experience, and keep your notes from the medical micro class. As a nurse various microbes will become your enemies and a few will be your friends. I started back to school at the age of 43 (while going through a very emtional divorce) and completed all prereqs and an ADN program in 2 years and 9 mths. If I can do it anyone can! Visit the ADN program and get to know the staff as much as possible now. Ask if you can audit a NSG1 class (some schools do allow it) and make friends with the director’s secretary/assistant. Of course grades and standardized tests really do count, but showing that you are really serious goes a long way too. If you know any successful nurses that graduated from the program that you are interested in getting into, ask them for a letter of reference. I wish you the best of luck, and remember if it was easy, anyone could be a nurse. Good nurses never give up on a patient or themselves, they just dig a little deeper within themselves and do what needs to be done for a successful outcome.

    • Holly permalink*
      September 7, 2011 12:24 pm

      Kim, thank you so much for the words of encouragement! This has been a very difficult year of prereqs and it seems that students and faculty alike are eager to tell you that you won’t get in. I suppose they are trying to eliminate the competition…
      It’s great to hear positive words- it makes one work ten times harder! <3

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