Senior year of nursing school is probably the biggest hodgepodge I have ever encountered. We have covered everything from Home Health Care and Hospice…. To Birthing Babies in OB. Doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize these are total opposite ends of the spectrum. But, we’ve made it this far… So obviously we can encounter anything, right? …maybe.
I don’t like to say that I “can’t” do something. But this semester I’ve come close. I’m the person who holds a baby about three feet away, and pawns it off on the first person I find. Babies are NOT my strong point. Therefore, OB clinicals have probably been the biggest struggle of my nursing school career to date. But that’s okay. While I learned that I don’t like to work with babies, I also found that I really enjoyed Home Health Care clinicals (something I never thought I would say).
On top of a conglomeration of clinicals, and class lectures consisting of hematology, OB, and oncology content, the seniors are also preparing for our intercultural trips in the spring. There are trips going to India, Uganda, and Macon, Georgia. Previously I had been signed up to go to Georgia and spend time with the children who reside at the Hephzibah House in Macon, Georgia. However, things changed, and I realized that unfortunately working with children is not my specialty, or something that I enjoy. Conveniently, my brother just returned from mission work in Ghana, and had such an amazing experience that he kept going on and on about. Naturally, I was quite jealous, and in awe of the amazing pictures he had. After quite a bit of thinking and refocusing, things miraculously fell into place and I was able to switch to the Uganda trip. So, now that I’ve rewritten my entire 30page research proposal (another reason why this trip better be worth it!), I’m looking forward to heading to Africa in March! It’s going to be the experience of a lifetime, and I can’t wait.
Just because I’m super excited about my upcoming trip, I’m ending with a picture of my brother Adam from his trip to Ghana. His primary goal of the trip was to build the first building of a self-sustaining mission, but he also spent quite a bit of time focusing on a children’s ministry (…this further supports my cause that he’s adopted). He’s pictured here with some of the kids that he ministered to!