Hello from the other side of the first week of clinical! As I’ve mentioned before (but hello if you’re new!), after spending a year in the classroom, my clinical work started last week. We went from 0 to 60 real quick, jumping right into the operating room on the first day. It’s definitely been an interesting and a tad bit of an overwhelming experience, but I will say that I am very happy with the profession I’ve chosen and I’m excited for when it comes together a little more and even more excited for the day when I feel comfortable and competent. I feel like I’ve learned so much and have so much floating around in my head, but now is the time to start synthesizing that and putting it all into action. One of the challenges with health care is that everything is happening in real time, and as a beginner, time doesn’t always slow down for you. (Especially when every minute counts in the OR!) I’ve been grateful for having understanding preceptors who challenge and push me but still recognize that I’m a novice. Not everyone remembers what it’s like to be a beginner, so I appreciate that. Part of it is also adjusting to a new environment – I haven’t spent much time in the OR nor had I ever been to my clinical location before, so there’s a learning curve. (And that curve is steep!)
I’m learning a lot and liking the experience so far! It has been a big life change because I went from having a lot of free time (filled with studying!) to waking up at 5am and not getting home until somewhere around 12 hours after I leave in the morning. Then I come home and read and study more. (Care plans on care plans for all my nursing friends out there.) But it is exciting to really put all of this knowledge into action, and I’m excited to progress over the next year.
My site is outside of the city, so I rented a car for the summer – that has been an added stressor because one of my favorite things about living in a big city is the fact that I haven’t own a car since I moved here! The most frequently asked questions is about parking – I’ve been lucky to find a parking spot within a few blocks of my apartment after driving around for ten minutes max, so I’m hoping that keeps up! (In case you were wondering, the parking garage closest to me is $750/month, although maybe 10-15 blocks away I could get a garage for $300-350/month…..but that’s still a lot of money!) Driving in the city is not my favorite, and I never realized how productive I was on the subway now that I can’t read/study like I did on the subway. But I just figured out how to pair my phone to the radio system, so I can listen to podcasts which is nice.
The big question here is where does running fit into all of this? I find it funny that on my last post I said I felt like I was finally feeling like my old self. (Minus some ongoing calf aches, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering my running.) Someone out there is probably laughing me saying I had marathon dreams! I tried to run one time after clinical last week, and I made it 2/3 of a mile and turned around. My legs were dead – it was also 90 degrees here all of a sudden, so that probably didn’t help! I ran to make it a mile and walked home. One mile is more than no miles, so I’ll take it. I don’t know what running will look like over the next year, but that’s okay. I did get to run on the weekend and it was lovely – despite having really tired legs, I felt like I was flying on Saturday (and it was 60 degrees!), and on Sunday I bumped up to a nine mile long run. I was convinced my legs were going to be dead, but nine miles felt amazing.
Can’t argue with negative splits and those last two miles! I didn’t feel warmed up until after about four miles, so you can still I’ve still got the distances genes inside me. And the views weren’t too bad either…
I ran today as well in the pouring rain – which I normally enjoy, but my legs were dead. I figured I can at least run on the days when I don’t have clinical, but the day after a long run is still the day after a long run. I took a lot of breaks and just got it done – cutting it to four miles instead of the five I ambitiously was hoping for. I’ll take it.
I know there are some good places to run near where my clinical site is, so I might check those out (and therefore make it so maybe traffic has died down on the way home). Although that also might not happen either because….care plans.
I’m enjoying the running that I can do and I’m VERY happy that my hips are feeling great since I’m on my feet all the time in clinicals – I can’t imagine doing this while having the hip pain, so life is good.
And congrats to everyone who ran the Brooklyn Half this weekend! I was so pumped to come and cheer (and enjoy the end party without running the race because I’m one about of seven people who strongly dislike the Brooklyn Half), but I couldn’t bring myself to set my alarm for 5am again…maybe next year!