After recently completing my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, even though this week has been very hectic with acclimating myself to the electronic learning environment, I am afraid this is just the lull before the storm. Discussion board postings, research papers, presentations, developing WIKI pages, and if I read correctly even learning how to blog are important learning expects that are of this program that are waiting just over the horizon. Organization will be a key factor in staying on task each week. I like several others, still hold fast to my trusty three ring binders where I keep the items I deem most important readily at hand for frequent review. My one item that I cannot manage to convert entirely to an electronic format is my calendar; I prefer to have a paper print-out in the front of each class binder where I can list each assignment on the day it is due. I have my own color-coding system to keep on track. Then I check each item off as it is completed, I have a quick visual confirmation, as well as a sense of accomplishment with just a quick glance when I see tasks marked off.
In regards to time management, I am lucky enough now to have a home office that I only have to share with my two cats. They do love to commander space on the desk near a warm computer and can be vocal task masters when their bowls are empty, but otherwise are good company. I would like to remind everyone that although education is a worthy pursuit and will demand your time and commitment, do not forget the most significant things in your life. Take time for your spouse (or significant other) and children to make sure they do not forget how important they are to you and that this is just a temporary situation. Be sure to ask for assistance with shopping, cooking, cleaning, child care, etc. The world will not end if your family has cold sandwiches for dinner when you are working on a huge presentation or need to complete an exam. As long as this is the exception rather than the rule, everyone will be fine.
You will also need to allot time for yourself. I like to get a deep tissue massage once a month, and soak in a Jacuzzi full of herbals once a week to detox. Everyone will need to find whatever it is that works for them, an exercise class, a long walk, a movie, just remembers to stop, breathe, clear your head, and give yourself over to just “being” instead of constantly “doing”.
I was able to do an internship with a Holistic APRN last summer and was truly amazed at the wealth of knowledge she possessed. If this program allows for any electives I would highly recommend a course in Holistic Nursing. Barbara Dossey and Deva-Marie Beck are two very influential figures in this area that are still with us today, teaching and sharing their knowledge; I will share the link to Mrs. Dossey’s website which has a multitude of links to information on holistic care. From the simple aloe plant that my grandmother always had on her window sill...