This is the first time in my life that I’m not in school

This is the first time in my life that I’m not in school, well, besides when I was 1 or 2. For the first time, I thought that I had done everything right– teaching swimming part time, interning, studying and doing well in school, co-founding the Asian Pacific Islander Nursing Student Association, passing the NCLEX and obtaining my license, but unfortunately, I don’t see what I had imagined.
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Heat Wave

Today’s day one of the heat wave in NYC. I’m just sitting at home on my computer with the AC on, ready to do some Kaplan Qbank questions, review, do some more and review… then I’ll go over medications. And I’ll probably get to last book I borrowed from the library last week — Bossypants by Tina Fey. Unfortunately, it’s due soon so I should be able to finish majority of it by tomorrow or Friday. Then I’ll have the pleasure of returning the books and picking up one another book that I have on hold — Freakonomics.

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!

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/.

One more month

There’s one more month left of nursing school. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. In the next month, there are so many things that are going to happen.

  1. Homework, mid-terms, quizzes. School work.
  2. Job search.
  3. Study for the NCLEX.
  4. Host three more API-NSA meetings.

That’s it for now.

I have only skimmed the very surface of an ocean and have yet to dapple the depths of the sea

I have one simulation tomorrow on end of life care from 7:30am to 10:30am.

On Thursday, I have the Populations at Risk final, which I am currently studying for (except that I got distracted and decided to post something on here).

Next Tuesday, I have the Pediatrics final and on Thursday, my last final on Adult and Elder III. Then I will be 3/4 of a nurse. I cannot believe it.

Currently, I feel as if I know a lot (my non-nursing sister and friends keep telling me that I use nursing terms… I swear, it’s a part of me now and it’s hard to stop). However, at the same time, I feel as if I do not know very much at all.

For example, I remember reading about certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis. However, when someone comes up to me and says, “Hey, I have MS,” I close my eyes and mentally flip to the pages on that disease state… and unfortunately, so much of it I don’t remember. I am a novice… someone who has only skimmed the very surface of an ocean and has yet to dapple the depths of the sea. In the end, I went home, read up on MS, and I keep reviewing it. That way, next time someone tells me that they have MS, I can respond better.

I guess that is what nursing — and life — is about. Constantly desiring to learn about the new and unknown and staying updated and current are crucial to the patients’ health and well-being.

Kabul Kabab House – Fantastic Afghan Food in Flushing, NY

I did go outside today (yes I took a break from my to-do list!) to eat at Kabul Kabab House in Flushing. Do go there! It has really good food. I recommend getting the combo #1 with Kabab Barg (filet mignon) and the lamb kabab with brown rice. It comes with pita bread and a salad! It’s cash only and they add the tax and service charge onto the bill. It came out to $31.

Kabul Kabab House

Kabul Kabab House