I can hardly believe I've been a nursing student for almost a full year. Looking back I feel so DIFFERENT. Even though I had four years of EMT experience before heading to nursing school, it still feels like I started out as a civilian, and have started to think as a Nurse sometime during this semester. I look at people on the street, and I've started to see CHF, fluid overload, cor pulmonale, various genetic defects. I look at the man next to me on the train, and my first thought isn't "oh I wonder where he works" but "oh I wonder if he knows he needs a little Lasix!"
It's so much nursing condensed into such a short period of time that I wonder how I've suddenly become an impending medical professional. Next week I'll be HALF DONE. Hopefully I'll be sub-letting the apartment for the summer, and either serving as an Ensign in the Public Health Corps, or teching at some hospital Up North.
Tomorrow: THE CATH LAB!