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The 30 Stages Of Nursing School From Start To Finish

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2. You get your very own stethoscope! How cool is that?!?

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Which color do you choose? What kind? Adult or pediatrics? You've always dreamed of pediatrics, so that justifies spending $200 more than the regular one. Totally.

3. AND your very own scrubs?! Life rocks.

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Of course, your school makes you wear a color that make you all stand out from the rest of the hospital, to clearly label yourself as students. But whatever, it's cool. You're still on top of the world.

6. First day of clinical! CAN'T. CONTAIN. EXCITEMENT.

Until you soon realize that students get a lot of grunt work, and your clinical peers will quickly become your best friends.

7. Then the REAL fun begins. Like the first time you smelled C-Diff.

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That smell will never, EVER leave your brain. You've almost thrown up on a patient from the odor....a couple times. Trash can near by is always smart.

10. Getting up early, now? Not even a problem.

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And by early, that means before the sun even rises. You are lucky if you see daylight before you enter the hospital. Non nursing friends be like "oh I have to get up at 8:30, so early!" PLEASE.

11. Finally, a long weekend! I can PARTY!

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LOLOL JK you have to study all weekend for those 3 tests next week. You always heard there was a non-existent social life in nursing school, now you really see what they mean.

13. Psych clinical- this should be interesting!

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Until the patient tells you the voices in his head are telling him to throw a fire extinguisher at your head. Um. Help?

15. Pediatrics! YES! This is the moment we've all been waiting for.

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The childrens hospitals are all so colorful and there are toys everywhere! This is what you've wanted your whole life! And then you hear getting a job in peds is pretty much impossible. WOMP.

17. Labor and delivery time....can't decide whether to be excited or grossed out.

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YAY this is so cool! Oh wait..what's that smell? I love being there for mom and dad! OMG stop screaming it can't hurt THAT bad. Wait, baby is coming, woohoo! Oh gosh....wow...that's a big baby. First breath, it's so precious! Miracle of life!

18. While clinicals have gotten better, lectures have gotten worse.

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WE ALL KNOW WHAT INFECTION IS. But the professors insist on going over it for the 46th time. Time to get some online shopping done.

23. "I can't, I have to study..." is what your friends expect you to say when asked to hang out.

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And by study, you mean spend 1 hour doing mindless things on the internet followed by 30 minutes of half-reading over the notes, followed by another hour spent watching Netflix, followed by 15 minutes of reading the book, followed by a 3 hour nap.

29. Then you realize, that pinning ceremony will mark the end of an era.

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Graduation is just a step away. Through all the joys, tears, the laughter, the late nights, and the frustration, you have almost made it.

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