I am so much less stressed than I was earlier. On Monday I was completely hysterical/skitosophrenic/hyperventilating because today was the day for my care plan/case study presentation and I wasn't ready. My Med/surge class has seventeen students in it out of the 34 students total in the second year class. Each student had to present a patient with linking together past medical history, home medications, and the current diagnosis. Then we had to compile a complete assessment and list all nursing diagnosis, picking the three priority diagnosis to talk about in depth. We also had to have collaborative care diagnosis and explain the pathophysioloy for the major disease processes.
This doesn't sound too bad when it's all written out neatly but it isn't so much. Especially when you were never really taught how to develop nursing diagnosis in the first place. Last year the first year teachers told us to write them and, when we ask how, told us to copy out of our books. This year we are chastised if we try to do that. It makes more sense to do it the way that Ms. Pusey wants us to do it now, as the old way had nothing to do with what we were doing with the patient. However we didn't know how Ms. Pusey wanted the diagnosis to be until today, in class, while we were presenting, when she pretty much taught us what we were supposed to be doing.
I figured out that just over Monday and Tuesday I spent 20 hour working on the presentation and I probably spent at least 10 last week. And that was just me, not counting all the time the other two members of my group spent on it. The good new? We got 90% on our presentation! I think I failed to mention it but this project is fifty percent of my clinical grade! Yeah, I'm glad to have this finished.