I have also began to encounter the differences.
And they are quickly becoming a challenge.
Did I mention that there are differences?
The biggest and most obvious difference is that almost everyone in a paramedic academy has some type of experience. Many students have not worked on an ambulance before but they are at least required to be EMT's before they can be paramedics.
Not so in nursing school. Sure there are pre-requisites like microbiology, anatomy and physiology but there is no pre-requisite on life experience, people skills or certifications. I wasn't prepared for how many people have absolutely zero experience when it comes to dealing with a patient, and in some cases, just talking to strangers in general. Being a paramedic, I have alot of experience in this arena. At first I found this challenging. I won't lie. I was having a bit of a superiority complex, but then I realized that it wasn't going to change anytime soon and I might as well embrace it. When I decided to become a nurse, it was with an end goal of teaching. Maybe not teaching nursing school, but I want a job that has some type of teaching component. I figured now was as good a time as any to get started. So rather than be resentful that I was sitting through alot of skills labs with information I already new, I decided to try to help out my fellow students where I can because I'm pretty sure there will be a time in the near future where one of my new nursing buddies will be saving my butt. Now, I have no formal educational training, and I have never claimed that I do. But if I excel at one skill, it's talking. All my friends will tell you how much they love
This nursing program basically has two components, lecture and skills lab. I enjoy the skills lab because as I described above, it's the time when I get to work with my fellow students and practice new skills, but lecture is a different animal. By the end of lecture on the first day, I knew I was in a bit of trouble. The first semester of school contains many concepts which are review for me and when I'm not challenged I have a lot of trouble focusing. Even though much of the information is review, its still important that I know what is expected of me on a test. What's a girl to do? I think you know where this is headed. I had a talk with the teacher and let her know I would like to Zentangle during lecture, and gave her a brief summary of what Zentangle is all about, emphasizing the ability to increase focus and memory retention. Mainly I wanted her to know what I was doing so she didn't think I was being disrespectful and doodling in class. She was very supportive and asked if she could send out an email to the other instructors letting them know what I was doing. When I'm tangling I feel like I can focus on every word and it's strange to feel so relaxed after having to sit through a 3 hour lecture. Now I'm getting more Zentangle time than before I was in school! So don't worry faithful readers, I think your Zendala Dare is safe for now!
Speaking of faithful readers, I want to thank you for all your supportive comments last week. When I put my thoughts out there like I did my intention is never to send out an invitation to my pity party, it's just me venting. I appreciate all the supportive comments, suggestions and insight that you all sent my way. Many of you have suggested a guest template, but surprisingly, the templates are the easy part, but I am planning some guest templates anyhow. It's all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes of a blog and a challenge that can be really time consuming but even at week #41, I'm finding new ways every week to streamline it and cut back on wasted time. I refuse to give it up so I may as well finds way to make it easier!
Zendala Dare #41
|Tangles: Be Vee, Jetties, Lowtice, Borkal|
I enjoyed this template alot. I found it easy to think of tangles that would work and found myself conjuring up all kinds of ideas for a second, third, fourth attempt. Oh wait, I'm in nursing school and have no time. I guess this is it!
I hope everyone has a fabulous week
full of good weather and tangling fun.
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