Breathe Easy, You've Found Me ((HUGS))

People will wonder why this blog is needed, why minority midwifery student? It's very simple actually; I was looking for this blog...but I couldn't find I created it. We all have unique experiences, and every experience, every story, can help someone else. I am a black girl from the hood at an ivy league professional school. That, alone, is reason enough to write. Somebody was looking for this blog. Someone wanted proof that what I'm doing can be done - even when you come from where we come from.

To that person especially, WELCOME.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Information Overload + THESIS

School started about three weeks ago, but it feels like months. There was so much information given in that time of 8 to 10 hour days, lecture upon lecture upon lecture. I am having a hard time organizing the information and all the texts we use, not to mention the articles and online resources. Just when I think I've found the text that I like (Oxorn and Foote), a professor asks me something that I don't have an answer for and someone says, "oh, that was in Varney." Varney is so comprehensive that it's hard to read. I fall asleep on it if I'm not uberconcentrated. I'm working on my midwifery black book that we have to have with us at clinical (both prenatal and labor and birth) and that's taking up a huge amount of time to fill in. (I just bought a new one, my permanent one, it took me a whole semester and a half to find it...I'm anal about these things) I'm going to post some stuff here, trying to get myself together...this is just for now through Tuesday night...

:: 2 appointments to set this week:
1-NCLEX discussion with director of program, per her request
2-Required adviser appointment, where I also plan to discuss IRB process with her since she happens to be on the committee for the school

:: Study for Pharm quiz tomorrow: over chapters 4,5,&6 and the lecture from 1/28

:: Finish prenatal pages in black book, up to current lecture (about 10 pages left), including charting examples!

:: Start Intraprtum pages in black book (goal of 15 pages by Saturday, maybe?)

:: Finish chapter 21 and 22 in Varney ( attention...hardest thing on the

:: Problem Statement for Research class (hmm...I should really get started on this ASAP...)

Review my patients clinical Wednesday morning...which means I have to *find* a way to do this because the system is not up and working at school yet, but they will not care about that...*sigh*

In other (very important) news... my praxis is finalized, advisor secured, emotional roller coaster of making a decision finally over, first advising appointment completed, and second one scheduled with a LOT of work to do in between, I am officially announcing my thesis question:

What are the lived experiences of Black/African American midwifery students in graduate nursing programs? (A Phenomenological Qualitative Study)

Yes, I'm crazy...

But I'm also committed...somebody has to tell it.


Dark Daughta said...

The first question that popped into my mind was: D'you think they're going to block you or fail you for asking questions about what they do and way they do it?

Sarah Stewart said...

I cannot see how it would be a problem if you go to institutions other than the one you are enrolled in. From an ethical point of view, how are you going to make sure you keep objective in this research? good luck, Sarah