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School’s back from summer…

School started last week for me and I am already behind. Over 500 pages of reading in the first week. YIKES! I don’t know how I am going to accomplish that but I suppose Starbucks and I will become fast friends. I also started the class for whom I “TA” (teacher’s assistant) and that was FANTASTIC.

I am helping with a undergraduate pathophysiology class and these students are so smart and so excited about nursing. Its invigorating! I don’t have to worry that when I tell them a story they will roll their eyes at me or instantly get bored. They are riveted…makes me feel like a genius! ha! But really, I call it the “idealism of youth”; where no cranky charge nurse or condescending physician or abusive patient has jaded them yet, they are still full of optimism and hope that they can make the world better. I also forget how much I had to learn to be a nurse, how much I didn’t know when I started. For example, I said “ADLs” (activities of daily living right?) and they didn’t know what that was. I forgot the long and arduous path I took to get to this “RN” point. I really appreciate all the professors and clinical instructors who brought me through my undergrad…one slow, steady step at a time.

But really, I wish we could bottle their optimism and enthusiasm! How much happier would nursing be! So since I can’t bottle it, I just bask in their presence every Friday from 10 am to 1150 am and a little bit of it rubs off on me.

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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