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Catching COVID, Childcare, Poor Communication in Nursing School

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Today, I’m going to talk and respond to another email that we got from nursing students who are concerned about going through school right now with COVID going on.

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Welcome to another episode of the nursing.com podcast. My name is Jon Haws RN. I’m the founder of nursing.com where our goal is to make your journey through nursing school. A little bit easier with clear and concise supplemental learning that caters to all learning styles, especially visual learners, come over and check us [email protected] and start a $1 trial. Today. Today, I’m going to talk and respond to another email that we got from nursing students who are concerned about going through school right now with COVID going on. And this email came to me a couple days ago. This is what they’re concerned about. My teachers are not responding to emails and adjusting to online learning, catching. COVID-19 going to clinicals. I’m worried that my two year old will catch the virus at daycare who this is no joke, right? I think this is one of the hardest things for me personally, about COVID and everything that we’re dealing with is childcare. 

Um, we have two children ourselves, my wife and I, and it’s been, you know, one of the most concerning things. One of the hardest things about this has been, what do we do with the kids? My wife, Sandy and I, we both work full time with nursing.com. It’s our full time job. Um, and our office is closed. And so we’re both working from home right now. And our kids are also at home full time. There’s no summer camps that they’re doing. There’s no daycare or anything that we’re doing. So we’ve had to drastically adjust, you know, how we do our parenting right now and how we do our work. Um, currently the schedule that we’re on right now is I wake up at about six o’clock and start working. And I worked until about 10 and then Sandy works from 10 to two. Then I come back and I worked from two to five or six, and then she works later on in the evening. 

And so it’s, it’s been difficult because there’s almost no separation of work and home. And we’ve tried to do different things of, of having one place where we work. I try to work, do all my nursing.com work on a separate laptop than what I try to do, uh, you know, uh, other things with the kids on and things like that, but it has been very difficult. And so that is a huge challenge for us right now and, and, and having a younger child a two year old and, and having them go to daycare childcare. Gosh, that, that is just very, very, very difficult. And I can’t imagine the concerns that you have, uh, doing that. And then on top of that catching COVID while going to clinicals, I can understand the concern there. And I think, you know, as I’ve talked to my nursing friends who were working in ICU that had been slammed with COVID, the concern is very real, you know, as you get home from work, trying to make sure that you don’t bring anything home to your family, um, is a true concern. 

Um, but that experience of needing to touch and take care of and work with these patients who have COVID is also very real. Um, and then we go to teachers not responding to emails and adjusting to online learning. I think that is a very big concern, you know, with our, our children as well, adjusting from classroom learning to online learning, we have a third grader and a first grader when this all happened now going into fourth and second grade, uh, actually just had a conversation with their principal, uh, when school’s about to start. And, and they were hoping to do a couple of weeks of online school and then be back in person and talking to the principal today. She’s like, look, I, we’re not going to be in person until November at the earliest, possibly until January. And so we know what that means because we’re dealing with, you know, an education system and teachers who have never done online learning, um, trying to do it all over zoom or Google Hangouts and things like that, where it’s just not very well adapted to young learners. 

And so I guess, you know, and this, this is a shameless plug, of course, but my biggest suggestion here would be to begin to implement nursing.com into your studies. We are built from the outset to help people learn online. We use our pedagogy, which is the core content mastery method, which is the way that we teach to help visual learners, auditory learners, um, and people build to grasp information quickly through clear and concise study tools, clear and concise lessons that are going to help you really grasp what it is that you need to learn, um, on nursing.com. If you get your, your syllabus from your, your educators, um, you know, you do need to attend your classes and do all the things that you need to do to get your grades there. But I would recommend going back to nursing.com and you can create the study plans are what we call them. 

It’s basically a playlist, a playlist of videos that you want to watch. So get your syllabus from your, your instructors, go over to nursing.com and start building study plans for each course, you know, for your maternity course, you know, adding in placenta previa and those types of things, or, uh, for your pharmacology course, adding in the different medications that you’re learning and create different study plans for each course, that it is that you’re going to take. Then you’re going to go to your classes as you need to attend your lectures online and stuff, and listen, and take the notes that you need to especially listening for those cues, from your educators and your instructors about what sorts of things they really want you to learn. But then I want you to come back over to nursing.com and I want you to watch those videos. And in those videos, we’re going to pull out those must know, little tidbits to help the information really, really click for those things that you’re not clear about. 

Go reference your textbooks, okay? But I want you to [email protected] and reference your textbooks if you need to. Okay. Now what we hear from some students we hear, they don’t even use their textbooks anymore. Once they start using nursing.com because not only are they grasping the information quicker, but more light bulbs are going off and these connections are starting to happen that need to happen to help you really understand what it is that you’re learning. So with childcare, you know, we’ve tried things with just being at home with our kids, with adjusting our schedules, but that fear of sending your know your child to daycare. That is one that I can understand. Um, and especially with young children, I don’t know how you help a young, you know, a two year old understand why we wash our hands more often, why we wear face masks. 

That’s just really, really difficult catching COVID at clinical. I think that actually being able to take care of patients with COVID right now is a wonderful experience. Hopefully your, your hospital, that where you’re doing clinicals has all the PPE that you need. Um, because as you come out and graduate, you know, these, this is the world we’re graduating in with this pandemic going on. And then teachers not responding to emails and adjusting to online learning work with that. As much as you can. My biggest suggestion there honestly, really is shameless plug going over to nursing.com and creating study plans for the courses that you’re in, and then try to get as much communication as you can with your instructors. If that’s not possible, you know, really try to get everything that you can out of your membership on nursing.com. You guys, this isn’t, this is unprecedented times the scary times. 

I can’t imagine going through nursing school online entirely during the middle of a pandemic, navigating these online clinicals, virtual classes, home and family responsibilities, and the fear of feeling like you’re not enough. Look, I know you feel alone right now. I know that you might feel like you’re not enough, but I want you to know that you are enough and you are not alone. You are the nurses who are going to change the world. You cannot change the circumstances in which you find yourself right now, do not give up on your goals. The world needs more. Nurses are strong. You are not alone. You are the nursing family, and we want to help you reach your goal of RN. nursing.com is a supplemental online learning platform for nursing students that will help you cut the clutter with clear and concise visual lessons, cheat sheets, and practice questions. All of this delivered and taught by world-class educators. So from now until September 21st, we’re offering 25% off. The nursing student membership signing up is easy, and it only takes a minute visit nursing.com to start a $1, no obligation trial today. We love you guys now go out and be your best selves. Happy nursing.

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