Well, I guess you can tell how much school is sucking the life out of me as a function of how many posts I've put up over the last few months. Here's what my schedule looks like:
I'm not really sure how well I am coping considering I have gallons of snot now pouring out of my nose.
Right now I am in the preceptorship portion of my clinical rotations which just means more clinical hours shoved into a semester. I am at three different clinics (two from one preceptor, one with the other). I guess I am enjoying most of it.
One clinical is internal medicine, which basically just means there are lots of complicated patients who complain a lot. Also, that clinic allows unlimited numbers of walk ins, even for new patients. That makes for an interesting day.
The other place is a community based clinic that has several locations throughout the city. I am at the one in the "gayborhood" and the one in the middle of the high crime, not so good neighborhood. Lots of STDs. Lots of pap smears. Lots of interesting, very nice patients. LOTS of Spanish. I get to practice and learn new words all the time. My vocabulary is growing like a watermelon in July. Repeat after me: "Sus analisis salieron normal -- Los glubulos blancos y rojos, el higado, los rinones... el colesterol fue un poco elevado..."
Everyone at the community clinic asks me if I want to work there. I can't tell if this is a good or bad sign, but I like the laid back environment. I still feel the pull of pediatrics. I started out in a pediatric clinic when I was in nursing school, then I went to adults when I graduated. I hated it. I don't know if I will repeat this when I am done with NP school, but I don't want to find out that I hate adults all over again.