The one-week almost-vacation

Summer break has come and nearly gone right before my eyes. Despite being a state school stuck in a major budget crisis, our faculty fought for us to have a summer session when the rest of the school would be on 4 month hiatus from nursing school. However, this means that the rest of the nursing school will have 4 months of sunbathing, theme parks, and beach parties while we will be slaves to the books once again. I am thankful for this summer quarter – without it we would be graduating 6 months late. But if we’re only going to have one week off between classes, PLEASE! Let me enjoy it, worry free!

Two days into vacation there were emails about med-math study guides – have they come out yet? So while on a mini trip with my mom, I have med math in the back of my mind. IV drips! I can’t remember the formula! And are they going test us on minims and drams again like that horrible test last year? This is what’s racing through my head while walking up the main street with shops. Its ok, I think to my self, deal with it when you get home.

But before I’m even on the road home there’s another email (one bad thing about smart phones… you can’t escape reality for long!). This one’s from a professor – with the syllabus attached – which means one thing: reading assignments. BOO! Not what I want to be worrying about right now. Not when I’ve just gotten into a great, entertaining, funny, NON-nursing book. Not to mention my textbook hasn’t even arrived yet. It’s just one more thing on my growing to-do list during a quickly dwindling week off. And there have been emails about what to turn in, who to call, arranging my hospital log in.

It’s all very exciting – it’s going to be a great quarter in ICU, but really – what’s the point of this break if we don’t really get to actually break and not worry for just one week? Please, Nursing School, let me enjoy the last 2 ½ days of vacation. Pretty please?

Nursing students – do you have the summer off? What are your plans? Let me know so I can live  vicariously through you while I am studying away! 😉  Enjoy your vacation!

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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4 Responses to The one-week almost-vacation

  1. Sean Dent Scrubs Blogger

    Ani, I was one of the ‘lucky’ ones- when I was in nursing school we went all year. So I feel your pain when attending nursing school during the summer. It was tough – but worth the effort in the end!

  2. Ani Burr Scrubs Blogger

    Sean – I definitely agree. I can’t imagine what the newer students in our program are going through having to take off 4 months and get back to their school-habits. However, my email has been bombarded, and I’ve decided to not deal with it until tomorrow when class starts again. I think all of us deserve our week off, so I am deterring all panic until 8:00 am tomorrow morning when class starts and I suddenly realize I’m 9 chapters behind on the first week. I’ll manage. 😉 ahh, the joys of nursing school. :)

  3. Elisabeth

    I don’t have a summer break, but I finish my clinical placement on Friday and after that I have 4 weeks off! Whoo! I can’t wait, actually having time off uni where I’m not writing essays or thinking that i should really be writing essays. It’s the middle of winter here (Australia), but ‘m still planning on going camping somewhere down the coast (possibly Philip Island) for a week or so. So 4 weeks off, then 4 weeks of uni, then I’m all done except for 2 more clinical placements. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Good luck for the rest of your studies Ani!

  4. Ani Burr Scrubs Blogger

    oooo that sounds fun! i will be picturing myself camping while pacing the hospital floors! :) Sounds like a well deserved break for you – enjoy it! :)