Saturday, August 30, 2014

Medication Reference Cards

Today, I am f-i-n-a-l-l-y getting around to making some quick reference medication cards. This was supposed to be my summer project, that I did over the past four months.  Well, that simply did not happen.

I have a lot of med cards already made, but they're all done by hand. It is really time consuming to write them out, and even more time consuming to re-do them when I manage to lose some.  So my genius idea was to do them all electronically and put them onto the cue cards, and if I ever need another copy of a particular med card, I can simply print it off. Pure genius.

Except for the fact that they didn't create themselves over the summer. And the one I just created, took the better part of an hour.

I should mention that I recently got confirmation of my complex care placement, in an ICU type setting for cardiac surgery. (Yipee!!!) So that means that I've researched the most common types of cardiac-related drugs I'll probably need to know as of next week, and between all the anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, vasodilators, digitalis preparations and statins, I need to know approximately 68-70 drugs.

That means making 68-70 drug cards. Luckily, I have one done now...

Yes, school feels like its already back in full swing, and it doesn't even start until next week.

But on the bright side, only 24 more weeks of school to go!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back at the Keyboard!

I hope summer was great for everyone. It certainly has been for me, and two more glorious weeks are left before fourth, and FINAL year of nursing school rolls around.  I will be found at the keyboard more often in the coming weeks, after that extended summer break from blogging.

I am in equal parts dreading and looking forward to the resumption of classes. Dreading because now that I've survived third year, I know exactly how tough and busy the next eight months are going to be. And looking forward to it, because this is it. Only eight more months, 24 weeks of classes, to go.

We can do this.

We can really do this. The end is almost in sight.