Why Nursing School Friends Are So Vital

Why Nursing School Friends Are So Vital

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When I started nursing school, I knew it would be difficult. I wasn’t naïve. I heard the stories. I knew what I was getting into…to a certain degree.

It was everything I thought it would be and more. The highs were higher and the lows were lower. The thing you realize quickly in nursing is that it's not something you can achieve on your own. You have to have a support system. It’s how you survive. It can feel like you're on your own because you have to perform the skills and make the grades, but really, there are so many friends standing behind you pushing you through.

I’ve seen it over and over again. I’ve been a part of it, witnessed it and had help myself. The truth is, even the most intelligent students need help in some sort of way. It might be hard to realize it when you're so inwardly focused, but when you look around you, everyone is walking the same path. They just have different strengths and weaknesses. It's an incredible thing when others use their personal strengths to offset your weaknesses. Nursing friends see in you what you don’t see in yourself. Nursing friends share your passions, sleepless nights, early mornings, stress, panic attacks, victories and failures. Nursing friends are your own personal cheerleaders.

It’s no secret that we deal with some pretty gross stuff. Who else can you count on when you're walking down the unit trying to find an extra pair of hands to help you change the clothes of a morbidly obese patient who's covered from shoulders to ankles in their stool? Your nursing buds.

What about when your patient goes into v-fib (ventricular fibrillation), and you need someone to relief on chest compressions? Your rock star nurse friends are there to lend a hand or two.

Or what about when you are scrubbing into a C-Section for the first time and you're kind of, sort of, secretly concerned you might get queasy or faint? Your nursing squad will remind you how tough you are. They’ll assist you as quickly as possible and when you are finished washing your hands a thousand times, they’ll make you laugh or smile. They’ll always be there to help you with dignity, support, love and encouragement.

Your nursing friends know which supply closet you go hide in when you are about to lose it or when class is so long it’s giving you a headache so they pass you some Tylenol. Nursing friends are the backbone of your nursing school experience. I always love it that, whenever I need hand sanitizer, Tylenol/Advil/Motrin or even a Band-Aid, someone always has it.

Even if you don’t talk every day, or you take different class times, there is always someone waving hello or asking how you're holding up. You are all so different, but at the same time, you feel like you're surrounded by so many who are just like you. They care as much as you do. They love as much as you do. And the best part: they just love you. Even on your worst days. There will be times when you trip up on the easy stuff you know that you know, but they’ll be there with open arms telling you about when they were in the same place. They are the ones who “fight in the trenches” with you. They’ll carry you when you can’t keep going, and you’ll do the same. No woman or man left behind.

Nursing friends are incredible lifelong blessings. So, remember to thank them every once in while. Keep cheering each other on, keep fighting together and keep reminding each other that the end goal is closer than it seems.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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I've Come To Realize My Vacation Is College Not Home And I Miss These 14 Things When I'm Not There

New Mexico sucks and I miss my friends.

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Being home for the summer is all fun and games until you realize that it's not. Once you start growing up, the summer becomes a boring wasteland where you have to work all the time and never get to do what you actually want to do.

College is starting to call my name and I cannot wait to get back for my final fall semester as a senior this year. But here are a few things that I start to miss during this summer heat.

1. My friends

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I go to college 2,000 miles away, so going home for the summer means I don't get to see my friends from school for a whole 3 months.

2. Bread

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North Carolina loves. their. bread. And all things fried. I complain about it while I'm at school, but once I'm back home, all I want is some Bojangles.

3. My independence

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Yes, I missed having home-cooked meals and not having to clean up for myself, but I was just getting used to living on my own and attempting to boil water.


4. My sanity

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Having to put up with people from high school, telling your mom where you're going all the time, working, and trying to stay sane seems almost impossible.

5. Motivation to do anything

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It seems like I only have motivation during the school year, and even then it's questionable.

6. Learning

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I actually kind of like learning about things. Crazy- I know.

But school helps me and my mind busy, even when I complain about all the homework.

My brain cells seems to just die off in the summer heat, so

7. Being as weird as I want without judgement

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College is a magical place. I can go to class in my snuggie and eat as much pizza as I want and no one will bat an eye.

8. Knowing exactly what I'm going to be doing everyday

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I like schedules and knowing what to expect.

9. Looking hideous and not giving a damn

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Like I said, college is a magical place where I don't have to wear make-up or jeans or even brush my hair. Ponytails and leggings for dayzzzz.

10. Being surrounded by food and eating it all

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It's impossible to stop eating at college. I'm constantly surrounded by food and I just can't say no.

11. Water

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Water. Literally any form of water. I live out in the middle of New Mexico where it does not rain, there is no humidity, and there is no beach. Take me back to college now!

12. Diversity

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Like I said, New Mexico. Not really know for much, including it's diversity.

13. Sleep

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I sleep more at school than I do at home. With working and staying up super late to binge more episodes of "Kimmy Schmidt", I never get to rest my tired, tired eyes. Bless late classes and personal scheduling.

14. Being busy

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I like being busy and having a purpose in life (at least for a little bit).

No hate against New Mexico or summer but I'm so excited to get back to college where I can actually sleep and have fun. I never thought school would be the place for that, but it's becoming more and more clear that my vacation IS college. So I'm going to enjoy it while I can!

Let me know of any other amazing things you college peeps are missing right about now. We have to stick together during hard times.

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