How to Donate Blood at NYU

This location is open EVERY Thursday from 10am to 5pm and is diagonally located from Gristedes (Mercer Street and West 3rd Street). Check out the map below for the location.

The day before you donate, please remember to drink a lot of water (to quicken the flow of your blood) and to eat iron-rich foods (such as meat or spinach).

Please do not exercise before donating. Your blood pressure may be too low and your pulse will be too high and you will be asked to come back another time.

You may donate every 56 days (8 weeks). If you donate, you will receive a free Regal movie ticket and a t-shirt!

Throughout my 15 months here at NYU Nursing, I’ve donated 4 times. The people there are really great and it is truly satisfying knowing that you are helping to save a life or three. Hopefully down the road, if you ever need a blood transfusion, you know that you helped too.

NYU Bus Route

NYU Bus Route

If you live in or near Chinatown, NYU Palladium, University Hall, Gramercy (23rd St and 3rd Ave), University Court (25th St and 2nd Ave), or NYU Langone Medical Center (34th St and 1st Ave), then take the ‘free‘ NYU bus to get to campus. The following link will allow you to get the schedule, which is runs on three schedules: Monday-Thursday, Friday, and Weekends: http://www.nyu.edu/public.safety/transportation/routes.html.

If you have an iPhone, download the transloc app so you have up-to-date real time information on where the buses are!

Almost done

Two more stat classes.

Two more finals ~ leadership and stats.

One more homework assignment.

And then I’m done with nursing school. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Update on April 26:

One more homework assignment. One more final. I can’t wait!

What Should We Call Nursing School

What Should We Call Nursing School

My classmate created the tumblr that slightly explains what it feels like to go through nursing school through gif pictures. Go check it out!

In case you are interested in NYU Nursing, here is a FAQ and tips on getting a nursing job during school.

Beat Your Own Personal Record

I think a lot of times, we like to compare ourselves with others. This is highly prevalent in races, such as one at the swim meet. Some of the swimmers come up to me and say,

That girl beat me by 0.04 seconds!

or

Ugh, I got 13th place and that means I don’t get a ribbon

or

yes! I got third place in my heat!

While these are normal reactions, I often ask them if they beat their PR, or ‘personal record.’ If they answer no, then I tell them that their goal is to beat it at the next meet. If they answer yes, then I tell them that they should be proud of the fact that they beat their PR!

Focusing on your own accomplishments rather than comparing yourself with others helps you think about how to better yourself as an individual. In the long run, it works out better because you will always find a way to make yourself better.

In my opinion, if the focus is to always beat others, what happens if you give up? What happens if there is no ‘competition’, if it doesn’t exist?

This applies in school and work too. Instead of, ‘Suzie got an A and I got a B. I must beat her!’ think, ‘I got a B. How do I get an A next time?’

Where I visited in China


This is the route I took to visit some major cities in China.

Shanghai (2 nights) > High-Speed Rail (1:07)

> Nanjing (2 nights) > Flight (3:00)

> Guangzhou (1 night) > High-Speed Rail (1:20)

> Shenzhen (1 night)> Subway (0:30)

> Hong Kong (5 nights) > Ferry (1:00)

> Macau (1 day)> Ferry (1:00) 

> Hong Kong > Flight (4:30)

> Beijing (3 nights) > High-Speed Rail (0:30) 

> Tianjin (2 nights) > High-Speed Rail (5:00)

> Shanghai (1 night) > Flight > HOME in USA

What’s left of nursing school

I am almost done. It is so exciting! These are the last assignments and exams.

Statistics – 3 homework assignments (due 4/16, 4/23, 4/30), final (on 5/8)

Critical care – case study #2 (finished! Due 4/16), quiz #2 (on 4/16), final (on 4/23)

Community – health education project (due 4/16), quiz (on 4/16), simulation (on 4/20)

Leadership – simulation (on 4/17), final (on 4/25)

Fitocracy: Great “fit” community to keep you motivated

On a Sunday afternoon, I scrolled through the “Featured apps” on my iPhone and saw one called Fitocracy. At first, I was a little bit skeptical but after recording all the exercise I did in the past week, I saw that I was ‘leveling’ up. That was nice, but the best part was that other people gave ‘props’ to show that they are excited about my progress and my workouts. Even though it is a bit of a virtual ‘caring’, you still know that someone out there in the real world made the effort to do so.

I felt that joining the Swimming group was particularly great — probably because I enjoy swimming and it is so awesome see that others are logging in more and less distances. There is so much support in that group and I think that is great.

So instead of telling my real life friends and family about my fitness progress, I’ll share it to a group of online people who will keep me motivated to work out.

Maybe you ought to try it out: http://www.fitocracy.com/.

Community health profile: Evidence-based practice for smoking cessation among Chinese American smokers in NYC

For my community nursing class, it requires a group of 8 students to write a community health profile. We divided up the work, and I’m responsible for writing about the evidence-based practice section. Considering that the NY Times has recently highlighted the fact that all of NYC residents has decreased smoking rates EXCEPT among Asians, I decided to write about that. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/nyregion/asian-new-yorkers-resist-anti-smoking-efforts.html

Using Google Scholar, I was able to search a couple of articles and settled on one through PubMed. I went through the NYU Library website to download the PDF file. In case you’re interested, here’s the citation (APA format):

Wu D, Ma GX, Zhou K, Zhou D, Liu A, Poon AN. (2009). The effect of a culturally tailored smoking cessation for Chinese American smokers. Nicotine Tob Res, 11(12):1448-57. Epub 2009 Nov 13.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19915080
Considering that the study takes place in NYC, it should be relatively easy to implement in Chinatown. Now, we just have to get more organizations involved and train CHWs.