I almost feel like I should apologize to you, dear readers. I have been somewhat absent for the last few months. I confess to a terrible thing – I took 22 credits this semester. It wasn’t even because I had some need to take a bunch of classes to graduate on time. I was simply interested in the material and figured I could handle it. The good news is I did make it through alive and sane. But to do that I had to let so many things go.
My last class was today, but the semester will not end for me yet. Just like last semester, I need to take an incomplete until I finish all the requirements. This seems to be a standard thing with the dual degree students in nursing, at least it was. They changed the program for the students who started this year. I started last year, so I am under the old system. I take public health and nursing classes at the same time – literally. This is the second semester I was scheduled to be in two places at once.
I still need to finish some clinical hours, and I have to take my midwifery competency test to be finished with all the semester’s course work. I plan to have that done in less than three weeks. So even though I’m not in class or working on homework, I am restudying every bit of midwifery information and quizzing myself with digital flashcards. The test is 350 questions, and I’l have 3 hours to complete it. As I write that out it seems impossible, so I must have the number of questions wrong – they usually give us a minute per question.
Interesting side note to this semester, I did my family practice clinical hours in the HIV clinic – what I have been told is one of the largest HIV programs in the USA. I decided to do this so I was competent to care for HIV infected pregnant women in my global work. But now that I’ve gotten my toes wet I have to admit I love it. HIV care is really interesting – from the complexity of the monitoring to the risk factors of the patients. So now, if I can bend the universe to my will, I plan to be an HIV specialist midwife.