Tuesday, September 30, 2008


that's how many words so far, I spent 6.5 hours at tech yesterday, pretty good, except people kept coming and talking to me. So I did not get as much work done as I wanted to. This essay has taken a lot of research, I have 12 references so far and will have about 17 ( I dont know how that compares in other places around the world but here in NZ that is quite a lot for a 2nd year paper) by the time I have finished. I am really trying hard to do well in this essay, as so far I am not happy with the two marks I have received (B- and B) for my theory essay and mental health portfolio. Last semester I was getting mostly A- and A's. Something seems to be going wrong and I am a little disappointed with myself.

I am so tired, I have found a little room in the tech library with a computer but all I want to do is put my head down and go to sleep.

Well back to work, break over.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Time flys

It is my daughter S's 5th birthday on Sunday (5th) I cant believe she is going to be starting school. I am a little bit sad, but also really excited too. She is having a party on Sat, so it is going to be such a neat weekend.

I have written 1500 words for my Cystic Fibrosis essay, I want to have it all completed my wed (1st Oct), so I can start my next one. My goal is to have them all finished the week before I start my clinical placement on the 28th Oct. I am working 9 to 5:30 and there is no way I want to be stressing over essays at the same time as clinical. Plus we have out physical assessment competency on the Friday (day after our 3 essays are due) of our first week of clinical too. I so need to get some practice in for that at some stage. We will do resp, cardio, abdom or neuro assessment. We will pull one out of a hat. I am taking my partner big S in for that, he will be my patient. Fingers crossed I pass first time, I have for other competency's so feel a bit of pressure to keep it up.

Anyway better go, I drove to tech to spend the day here working on my essay.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Anyone have any ideas?

This is the essay question

Choose and describe a health issue requiring nursing action, that has a direct link to or impact on an adolescent, their family and society.

Critically review and analyse the literature on health promotion strategies initiated to comb
at the chosen health issue. Identify the relevance of the health promotion strategy to the adolescent population. Does it work?

Based on developmental theory and best practice guidelines, list all aspects of nursing care for your chosen clinical focus, prioritise 3 aspects which in you justified opinion are the main priorities of clinical care. Underpin this discussion with best practice guidelines.

I think I have researched enough, and have quite a lot of information, the only thing I cant find is a good website, database etc for best practice guidelines.

I have chosen cystic fibrosis for the healht issue.

Not havign a good week, I only got 67% (B) on my theorist essay, MY last three essays have been in the high 80's (A), It has been a bit of a jump from first year to second. The essay quesiton above is one of the essay, I also have two more, the three are all due on the same day and then the day after I have a physical assesment comptency to do.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


That's how many words my mental health portfolio was, I have had a good day because I got that finished and handed in. It is my biggest assignment so far, and I am sure they will get bigger. It didn't seem that big though, I think because it had three sections. These were prior learning, objectives for clinical and four aspects of care. I talked about communication, pharmacology, assessment and mental health and the law.

Only one more day of tech, for the week.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I passed!!!!

I passed so I am happy, we got our results back a couple of hours later, which is very unusual for EIT.
I also think I have found a job, went for an interview today and am going in on Sat for 3 hours, to make sure I like it. It is working as a caregiver in a hospital resthome. Just a weekend every couple of weeks at this stage, so not to stressful but a bit helpful with more money coming in.

Anyway better go I have two days to get this mental health portfolio done, I soooo cant be bothered.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Exam tomorrow

Tomorrow I have a drug calculations exam, you have to get 100% but it is only 20 questions, so should be pretty easy. I don't really think of it as an exam anyway seems to short to be called an exam.

We start back at school tomorrow after one week study break. I am not really looking forward to it. We have heaps of work to get through, and I get so tired of hearing the same people stress out each time, it gets really old and brings everyone down. Also the question asker's ( I know that is not really a word) are driving me crazy, it feels like no one learns anything because the lectures keep getting interrupted by questions.

Sorry for whining, I am still trying to get through my mental health portfolio, I want to have it finished by Wednesday, and then will start the next essay. We have three essays due on the 30Th Oct, so will need to decide which one to do first on Thursday. I like to give myself heaps of time to do assignments, I hate feeling stressed because time is ticking by.

On a more positive note we are into the 7Th day of spring and it has been beautiful, bit chiller yesterday, and we had the fire on but today is so sunny and warm. I always feel better when the weather gets warmer and brighter :)