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Oh, I am out of shape! August 28, 2005

Posted by danucube in Nursing, Prenursing.
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My muscles are aching from the Red Cross Emergency Response class. Still have about 4 more weeks to go. Some of these mannequins get stuck and that is probably why my muscles are aching. I am having a heck of a time doing the jaw thrust on my mannequin. Then I finally gave up and went to a different one and to my surprise I can do it easy.

Got an A in Xcult Anthro and classes coming up August 12, 2005

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Well, I got my Cross Cultural Anthropology grade today.  Got an “A”!

I am also taking a few classes before the Fall quarter starts.  One of them is the Red Cross “Emergency Response w/ CPR” which lasts 6 weeks (4 hours per week and 1 full day on a Sat).  Another class on “Critical Incident Stress Management” through the Living with the Dying Centre (2 days).  Then through the same Centre, I am taking a few other classes from them throughout the quarter.  They are “Managing Loss and Changes (2 hours), Trauma Communications (8 hours), “Advance Critical Incident Stress Management” (2 days)

I do not have to take these courses for nursing.  But they will help a lot indirectly as nursing deals with the psycho-social part of life quite a bit also.  I am taking the Red Cross class to set up a possibility for me to take 2 quarters of EMT certification at foothill.  The certification can help me indirectly in nursing also.  There might be some area of nursing I might be interested in which actually require an EMT certification (we’ll see as it might have some overlaps with the police).

The March of the Penguins reflection August 6, 2005

Posted by danucube in Nursing, reflections.
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I gave myself a treat yesterday by seeing “The March of the Penguins” since penguins are one of my favorite animals. It is an amazing movie in documenting what Emperor penguins go through just to raise a chick.

I was just reflecting on the movie and one image that stuck to my mind is that the lone penguin dies in the arctic storms. The penguins who survive the terrible arctic storms are the one who huddle together. In the film, you’ll see the penguins who try to survive the storm and at the same time protect their eggs all huddle together in this huge mass of penguins. They slowly rotate so everyone has a chance to be in the middle of the huddle which is the warmest. After the chicks were born, same thing, the chicks who huddle together are the one who survive the storms.

Another thing that stick to my mind is how the father and mother work together as a team to raise the chick.

These images sort of goes against the dominating main stream US culture where extreme independence, extreme individualism, extreme egocentricism is often highly value.

In our culture, “dependency” is bad and “independency” is good. I do not think that is actually healthy to have this view. What we want is “healthy dependency and healthy independency”. We do not want “unhealthy dependency and unhealthy independency”.

It also make me reflect on a little of what the Bible teaches. It does teach that individuals are extremely value as each individual is made in the image of God. Also we are children of God through Christ. It on the other hand also teaches dependency, or rather healthy dependency. A healthy dependency (for a Christian) is one who depends on God in everything. His/her confidence is not in himself or herself, but in the God who loves him/her just as the chicks have confidence in taking their first walk because they know their mothers are their. Another healthy dependency trait is that we are to be in some form of community to help and be help. We help within the capacity that God has given us to those who needs it with compassion, care, and love. At the same time, we with humility accept help from others when we need it. We do the good works God has prepared for us in a team. In another word, we are not created to be alone and totally self sufficient from everyone. We are created to be in a community with others and in a communion with God.

In nursing, same thing as nurses works in teams with other nurses, with doctors, with other medical and health staff to bring healing, comfort, compassion, caring, encouragement to the people we come into contact with. Also when we interact with people from other cultures in nursing, we have to keep in mind some cultures are not value independency as high as we do. They value the group more. So if we ask them to tell us about themselves and they have problems, we might switch gear and ask them about the people who play an important part of their lives. In doing so, we get our answers about themselves indirectly.

Summer Session Over! August 5, 2005

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It is all over yesterday!!!!!!

I did not blank out on my chemistry final (I blanked out on my last lecture quizz)! The teacher is another fast grader. I got my grade today and I got an A! Low A basically, got 91% out of 100%.

The teacher spend the last two days reviewing the upcomming finals with us. He made it into a question and answer game for the class as we were divided into two teams. The team who wins will get 10 extra points (about 7% of the final which is a lot). Toward the end of the two days, the team I was on won. The team who lost were very close, like 4 points or so from our score. Since the score were so close, he gave the extra 10 points to the whole class. Real nice guy and everyone is happy.

The two days review really helped me as it identified which area I needed to focus on in preparing for the exam. He also allows cheat sheet which helped. Turned out I did not really use the cheat sheet that much.

The chem class is mostly inorganic. But toward the end, we’ve gone into nuclear chemistry (a little bit) and a good intro to organic chemistry. I think I like organic chemistry better as it seemed more interesting to me. I don’t like inorganic as much, probably because I don’t really like math and formulas. With organic chemistry, it is sort of looking at patterns in a Go game (a Chinese/Japanese chess like game with just stones).

Now I am ready to take organic chemistry next quarter. Hopeing for a good teacher again.

For Cross Cultural Anthro, we have a slower grader. I turned in everything. The final we have a week to do. It involve 10 multiple choice questions and 4 essay questions. I think I should get at least a B, maybe an A if I do well enough in the final. We’ll have to see.

I do like the Cross Cultural Anthropology class a lot. Just wished I have taken it during reqular quarter instead of summer, so I have more time. I can see lots of the stuff I learn in this class can be apply to nursing at least indirectly. Found out there is a field call medical anthropology. I am getting some reading material on it and start reading them. I think this area can have some good application in nursing.