There are so many assignments, journals, learning reflections, and essays in this course. Wow! I struggled in the beginning in practicum as I was dealing with a little bit too much all at once and really had no idea what my role was as a student. Finding the balance between what I am allowed to do and not allowed to do within the student scope versus LPN scope was a little jarring, which was to be expected, but once in the situation of pouring a medication, I had to unwash my brain of 6 years of autonomous practice and accept that I was once again in a learning role.
Fortunately, I did manage to step into the student role and expand my thought processes. I’m grateful that I had an instructor that knew how to navigate the situation with me and allow me to prosper there.
I still have two practice placements left and a semester-end review to complete, so I am working hard to carry on.
I unfortunately have come down with strep throat, which is making it difficult to complete two assignments I have right now.
I really don’t recommend working part time while doing the BSN program. Especially not shift work. I’ve been trying to shift swap with my coworkers where possible, but it isn’t always doable and has resulted in me going from a night shift straight to class on a few occasions. As long as it’s work and then school, I’m okay with that, though. Patients come first and the mannequins’ health is more forgiving to errors 😉
The program itself was difficult to navigate in the beginning since I entered in half-way through the program. I’ve found a lot of help from my classmates and student tutors to help me get to where I need to be.
Family life is difficult as I am always busy and I can see my kids are feeling stressed out because of it. I am so looking forward to summer break where it will just be me working part time and spending as much quality time as I can with my kids. My partner has amazed me with his helpfulness and his son has matured greatly over the past few months — really stepped up in responsibility and I’m quite proud of them both! We’ll see how the four of them fare through my finals… Eek!