Clean Up – Physically and Emotionally

Today begins Day 1 of Week 2 for my 3rd semester of nursing school (1 more semester left to go!).

Normally, I would have clinical right now — in the nursery, with a postpartum mother, or in the labor & delivery (L&D) room. Instead, a maternity simulation is scheduled for my group from 6pm-9pm so I had all morning and afternoon to clean up.

So I turned up the music on Grooveshark, brought out the trash can, and started dumping. And vacuuming. And wiping down surfaces. And emptying the recycling bins and trash cans. And putting things back to where they belong…

That’s probably the worst part about living without mom and dad. I have to clean on my own… and it doesn’t help that my sister isn’t always helpful. She leaves stuff there and here. Since I’ve been back though, she has been a little bit better about cleaning up though. Just a little.

In terms of cleaning up mentally, I got to think about what I wanted to do down the road.

One thing that I want to do is to get involved with the Asian American community more — even though my Chinese isn’t the greatest. I started reading a book called Asian American Communities and Health so I can’t wait to get more into it.

Another thing is I want to get really good at doing assessments, especially since that plays such a huge role as a nurse. That helps sets what a nurse does versus a lay person. And then I got to think, what do I do with this information? And then I got to make those things happen.