Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WE DID IT!

As I sit down to write what will be my final blog post, it is surreal to think of how far I have come. From making the decision to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner, to being accepted into Regis, and all the hard work that has been put into three years of graduate school that equals out to 97 credits, over 600 hours of clinical work, and two degrees (amongst many other things) to now being able to say that I have earned my Master’s Degree in Nursing! I am truly honored to be amongst so many great women and men including those whom I have worked and learned with as we will be entering into this new stage of our careers together and those who came before us to pave the way for the opportunities we will have in the future.

More specifically, to my classmates, all the GMs and Pediatric NP students, I am so proud and happy for you. I know each and every one of you will go on to do amazing things for your patients and the nursing profession as a whole is lucky to have you. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish and I hope our paths may continue to cross moving forward.

To those reading this either within the same program, a similar one, or someone still considering a path to take, I say trust in yourself and your abilities and it will guide you through even the toughest times. Keep pushing forward and with hard work and dedication, you can achieve your dreams.

And last but certainly not least, to my parents, words cannot express how grateful I am for the unwavering love and support you have given me every single day of my life. You two are amazing! I love you! 

With one more exam to go before I can say I am a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, I am both excited and scared. But if I continue to follow my own advice and those of others, I am also hopeful. I am looking forward to what’s next because the best part about achieving one goal is you get to set another!

Congratulations Class of 2017 & thank you to everyone who has read these blogs to share in this journey with me, I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Bianca

Saturday, December 17, 2016

One semester down, only one to go.

This first semester as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Student was amazing! I thankfully had two placements, one within a(n) independent primary care practice caring for ages newborn to young adult within which I was primarily exposed to well visits and complete physical exams while another was at a private boarding school for grades 9-12 where I was able to care specifically for the adolescent population within a(n) ambulatory care like-setting as a majority of visits were sick appointments or episodic care. To me it was the best of both worlds as the pediatric curriculum is set up in a similar manner where the first semester focused on well visits and the next will be on sick care.

Between classes, clinical, homework, and working as an RN, this final year of the program delivers exactly as it promises: you are BUSY! But the first two years does prepare us for the rigor and workload we encounter, not to mention if we made it this far, this is something we want and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the end goal.  I do have to say though that probably the most anxiety inducing part of the entire experience is working to acquire 300 hours by the end of the semester. My best advice is to follow that of those who came before us and as many faculty members will advise as well which is to schedule a minimum of 3 days per week, equivalent to 24 hours of clinical. This allows room for cancellations by your preceptor (or yourself) while still being able to allot time to all of the other aforementioned responsibilities we currently have.


As this semester comes to a close, I am a little more excited than usual to ring in the New Year as I realize it is the year of our graduation, 2017! With one more semester to go, I am looking forward to the experiences I will have and what I will learn as I enter the final phase of my graduate school career.

Best,
Bianca 

Friday, September 16, 2016

And so it begins!

Here we are. The final year, the final two semesters of our GM career at Regis. The 600 clinical hours, 20-page case studies, and exams that stand between our MSN’s and us are only the beginning. So many of us are now working RNs and have families to take care of -but continue to push forward refusing to let life get in the way of our goals. We know the road ahead is tough and demanding but my fellow classmates are some of the hardest working people I have come to know and it’s true that we continue to find comfort in knowing we are not alone on this journey. We have each other, our co-workers, and our families to support us as we pursue our dreams. 

As I’ve previously discussed in other posts, I am most looking forward to focusing my area of study on Pediatrics. I am sure this feeling is true for those also focusing on their chosen tracks from Primary Care of the Family, of the Aging Adult, of the Childbearing Woman, and of Psychiatric/Mental Health. I also look forward to my clinical placements that will place me as student in the NP role!   It is truly a privilege that I intend to do right by, promising to do my very best to treat and heal. Overall, it is just so exciting to think of the experiences I will have and can’t wait to share them and hear from others.

Good luck to everyone as this year begins!


Bianca

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer 2016

Dear Readers,

Sorry for the delay in posting but from earning my BSN to a much-needed trip to the Bahamas, what a way to kick off the summer! I felt relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on our summer coursework. Per the advice of those before me, I took Family Systems Theory and Health Policy, Politics, and Perspectives for Summer Session I and Advanced Health Assessment in Summer Session II.  This was because, and I can now confirm this and therefore will pass it on to incoming students, TO TAKE IT ALONE as it was great to focus on learning advanced assessment skills as well as how to compose strong patient notes. Advanced Health Assessment proved to be amazing course that truly prepares you for your first experience (s) and an NP student at your fast-approaching NP clinical rotations in the fall.

Looking ahead to the Fall, I have confirmed my chosen track for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I am very excited to shift my focus to the pediatric population as I have missed it dearly since Summer Session I in the Pediatric Nursing course. I have always loved children and adolescents, often working with or volunteering with them in the past. Some have even said if I never chose the medical field, I should have considered being a teacher (which is something I’ve realized can be a possibility in the nursing profession that I may even explore someday)…

With that being said, here’s to a great rest of the summer before my final year as a GM!


Bianca

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April: The month or an ACE Inhibitor?




Hello readers! As the spring semester of my second year in this program comes to a close (a.k.a. almost time to receive my BSN!), I just wanted to keep you up-to-date on what has been going on this past month. 

Although this is the one semester (aside from the summer sessions) during which we do not have clinical, do not let that fool you! A majority of this semester has been focused on writing our research proposals and trust me when I say that from identifying a problem to creating a methodology that can examine/test/analyze the problem, it has been quite the task when you still have two other classes to allot equally as much time and effort to. But to be honest, developing my own idea from inception to seeing the final product has been a great experience!

This month also marked the celebration of my birthday :) I was able to go to dinner and see some friends which was nice considering I haven’t been able to do that as often as I used to! With that being said, I think it is important to find balance between school, work, clinical, and your interests or hobbies so I always will encourage taking a break to do something fun! And with spring here and summer fast approaching, we definitely have a lot of options. I personally am looking forward to mini golf, beach trips, and even maybe an ice cream cone or two. 

Wishing everyone the best as this semester comes to a close, we are almost there!