Monday, April 1, 2013

Medical Mondays: I like the brain

I realize that not all my readers are here for me to talk about nursing school, so I decided to link up for Medical Mondays because it's acceptable to talk about lame what kind nursing I think I want to specialize in or how I practiced injections on a banana and drew blood from a dummy.  


a brief intro for Medical Mondays visitors: I'm a 1st semester Nursing student in Savannah. I started blogging (about everything) because I stopped working. I can never rest. It's my outlet when I'm not studying or cleaning, cooking, or whatever else is required of me in the newlywed life. 

I've always wanted to be a nurse.  What kind? I didn't know.  I just knew I wanted to care for people.  In high school my family was challenged with a lot of medical things and they all influenced me.  I wanted to be a NICU Nurse, I wanted to be a L&D Nurse, I wanted to be a Respiratory Nurse, I wanted to be an ICU Nurse, and I wanted to be a Trauma Nurse.  Now, all these sounds great, but all of these engaged my interest due to the mere fact I had family members in these units. 


In my first few years of college, of course we go through all of the pre-requisites required for the nursing program.  I remember how fun it was to study the brain in Anatomy and Physiology I.  I remember how excited I was when we started learning about the Neurological System in A&P II. I remember how interested I was in Micro to learn about the different microorganisms that affect the Nervous System.  Did I ever think twice about any of this? No. I didn't realize how much I loved the brain. (did I really just say that)


I'm now in my first semester of the Nursing program at AASU and I'm learning the foundation of nursing: Health Assessment. Week one of Assessment Lab, we're told we are going to pick a subject out of a cup at random to see what week we are going to co-teach.  I'm the first to reach my hand into the cup of orange folded up pieces of paper...what do I pull out? Neurologic.

Fast forward to week eleven of Assessment Lab, we're told we are going to pick a category to demonstrate for our Head to Toe Assessment we have at the end of the semester. Again, I'm the first to draw and what do I get? Neuro & Spinal Cord.

I'm probably pretty weird that I kept these. 
I'm a firm believer in signs from the Big Man upstairs, and he confirmed my feelings later that week in Patho lecture over Neuro again. I was so engaged. I honestly don't think any other subject has ever held my attention for three hours. And that's a big deal considering I can't even watch t.v. without doing something else five minutes later. and I love reality t.v.


I really hope God keeps my heart engaged in Neuro throughout the rest of my journey in Nursing school. But, I hope my I'm able to be given the opportunity to explore before I decide my speciality..and I hope my heart takes me back to Neuro. 

Any long term nurses in the crowd? What kind of nurse did you want to be in the beginning and what kind of nurse are you now?

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Your Doctor's Wife said...

Yay! So happy to have you on board!!! My mother worked in nursing... started in ortho and ended up in admin. She loved it. 43 years before she retired kicking and screaming! :)

From A Doctors Wife said...

Thanks for linking up with us. I have a soft spot for Neuro - good choice:-) But whatever you do I am sure you will be great.

Chrissie said...

Hi Ashley! Found you through medical mondays. I see you're an LSU fan! Are you from Louisiana? I grew up in Covington, and my husband and I have been living in Nola the past 5 years for his residency and my grad school. Geaux Tigers!! I'll be your newest follower! Would love to have you stop by my blog:

Sarah- Married to Med School said...

Visiting from Medical Mondays! So jealous you live in Savannah- one of my favorite places ever!

Anonymous said...

So great that you figured out what you want to be "when you grow up." I am still trying to work it out. We need more nurses like you!

Lives of Doctors' Wives said...

Thanks for linking up! My brother is a nurse and he loves it!

The Frugal Exerciser said...

It is good that you found your passion, for others it is a struggle to know what they really want in life. Good for you and I hope to see you more on Medical Mondays.

Lisa Kothari said...

It's wonderful that you've found your passion! Congratulations!

Stopping by via MM!

Ray Doc Wife

Diana Mathias said...

Thanks for linking up! That's awesome that you're a nurse :)


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