I'm starting nurse practitioner school in 2 weeks. I'm a little scared but mostly excited. After getting accepted there was a list of things I had to get done. And get done quickly. This is what I've been doing the past couple weeks - T Rex in tow. So, of course, it takes at least twice as long.
Update immunizations: Tdap booster - evidently the CDC recommends all adults get one at least every 10 years. Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) - with the tetanus component it does pack a punch. My arm was sore for 3 days. I was current on all others - that's pretty good actually. Are you current on yours?
Vaccine titers: for the immunizations I am current on I had to get blood titers drawn - three vials of blood later I show very good immunities, especially to varicella (chicken pox). No surprise I had quite the case of chicken pox as a kid.
TB Skin Test: no big deal except when I went back to the clinic to have it read T Rex and I waited in the lobby for 45 minutes before the MA took me back to look at it and declare me negative (which I could have told them) - reading it took a whopping 30 seconds. Let's just say my little toddler was well acquainted with every square inch of that place!
Criminal background check: we went to three separate police departments before finding the correct one that would do my finger prints and submit the paperwork to the university. T Rex was very interested in the fingerprinting machine. Now they scan your fingers and a laser printer puts the prints onto a paper. It was actually pretty cool to watch. It took a whole container of puffs for T Rex to sit through that! Good thing they are calcium fortified!
CPR certification: yes, I let mine lapse so I had to spend this past Saturday morning (minus a T Rex but also not feeling well) doing multiple sets of five. That's 2 minutes a set but it really is hard work - harder than riding the elliptical! Not exactly what I wanted to do with my free time this weekend but it had to get done. Next time I can test out should I chose to.
Renew RN licence: this was the easiest part - just mail in a check. T Rex put on the stamp and put it in the mailbox.
Now I can take a little break before online class starts in a couple weeks. I know many folks think I am a little crazy to do grad school with such a young child at home but I am only going part time and not working. When I was in nursing school I worked part-time, finished my psychology degree, and danced four days a week - I was also on a bowling league - seriously, what was I thinking?!? This should hopefully be easier than that was!
It will take three years but it will be worth it. I probably won't be able to post as often but I will keep you updated and I will also try to keep the giveaways going too!