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Were you curious when you read the title of this blog?estatic

I’m excited to say I was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society the other day. I’ve maintained a 4.0 GPA up to now so it’s really special to me. I don’t know how long the whole GPA thing will last once the intensity of nursing school starts but for the moment I’m relishing in it.heart

I’m also in the process of my final project for microbiology. The unknown bacteria!! Each student in the class is given a tube of some type of bacteria suspended in agar. We have to perform a series of tests to determine what it is and then write a report, in scientific format, on the whole experience. It’s tough. I don’t know much about scientific writing so this has me nervous.

The experiments with the bacteria have been fun, though. I had to make a smear on a slide, stain it and look at my bacteria under the microscope. It was determined to be a Gram negative rod. Pseudomonias perhaps? Or maybe E. coli?

Then I made a streak plate and incubated it for 48 hours to grow some colonies and did an oxidase test on them. Then a test to see if it uses aerobic respiration - it did. Now I’m testing to see if it can reduce nitrate to nitrite and nitrogen gas. I’ll check in the lab on tuesday and the result of this test will determine the bacteria I was assigned. I’ve started my report which will end up being about 8 pages or so.

All in all I think this class has been one of my favorites. Microbiology is very interesting and also relevant for the nursing field. Having a fabulous teacher doesn’t hurt, either.estatic

The semester will end in a few weeks and for that I’m very glad. It’s been a challenging 16 weeks but it’s made me as ready as I’ll ever be for the intensity of the nursing program in the Fall.

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