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undergrad RN
I'm a twenty-something Canadian student. After stumbling through a few years of college, I finally managed to get into the nursing school of my dreams, where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a nursing baccalaureate degree. I want to offer an honest look into how a modern nurse is educated, both good and bad. Eventually I hope to compare my education to my day-to-day career and see how it holds up. Whatever happens, it should be somewhat entertaining. Find me on allnurses.com!
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Well, I am finally, officially, a nursing student.

This morning I woke up about an hour before my alarm, and tried to while away the time by housecleaning before it was time to go to school. I got there around 10:30 and boy was it busy! The whole college population was trying to get registered, ID'd, paid up, and whatever else between the hours of 9 - 1.

If I can sum up orientation in a single letter, it is Q: there were queues for absolutely everything that just went on and on... but happily, I did most things ahead of time so I didn't have to wait around too much.

I got to school and handed in my student loan documents, and opted out of the benefits plan because I already have coverage. I also spent an hour waiting to get my student ID because I needed it for the bus in order to get home! Otherwise I probably would have come in later in the week.

At noon they had a sponsored bag lunch, and I got a semi-good egg salad thing. If there's one thing I refuse to pass up as a student, it's free food. I don't care how smarmy it is. :)

Then at 1, I headed over to the health sciences building  for the nursing student orientation. There was one last line to get through, for the orientation check-in, and FINALLY I got to sit down as a student. I have been looking forward to that moment for years now. It reminded me of a few years ago when I was attending one of the nursing program information sessions, except that now I am really, really, in.

We all sat together in a big amphitheater and the dean, chairs, and faculty introduced themselves. It felt a bit like a re-run of the Spring into Nursing that I went to earlier this year. They said there was 186 students accepted into the program this fall, the largest intake they've ever had! Thank you, Stelmach government. We also got a 100-page handbook full of rules to adhere to, yay...

The student's union is celebrating its first anniversary, and they want first-year student reps. I think I might want to get involved. I really do want to make the most of my experience, it only happens once!

First day of official classes tomorrow. My first class is at 0800, and then I have a 4-hour break until my next class. Then, off to work from 1600-2200. I'll likely catch up then.

'Til tomorrow!


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