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  • One final down 3 to go

    Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012

    I’m taking a little break from studying and thought I’d give a little update for anyone interested.

    I finally finished math. This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in school. They don’t teach math the way they used to! It’s all self learning with videos, online homework and (thank goodness) the opportunity to take tests multiple times until passing.

    I logged in about 200 hours for the semester with this class. There was a teacher and she was really nice but for the most part she just stood at the front of the room and came over if we needed help. I actually taught myself algebra! My brain hurts.

    I sat in the math lab yesterday for 4 1/2 hours determined to pass this final. I had to take it 3 times. I took it 3 times the day before. So, it took 6 tries to finally pass it. I started crying and the moderator thought I had just failed it again. They were just tears of relief. And exhaustion.

    I earned a solid B in the class. Bittersweet I admit. My first B ever. This low level algebra class that doesn’t even count toward a degree has just knocked my off my 4.0 GPA pedestal.

    But, what’s done is done. Now I study for 2 Microbiology finals and a Physiology final.


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  • And the unknown bacteria is......

    Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012

    Drum roll please!

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa  

    After conducting several tests on my unknown bacteria sample in my microbiology class, I’ve identified it as P. aeruginosa. this is a nasty little bugger! It has been implicated in the majority of hospital acquired infections - the ones you don’t have when you go into the hospital but you acquire once you‘re there. Under a high powered microscope it looks like a cheetoh with a tailestatic.  It moves fast, has an optimal growing temperature 98.6F (hmmm. that means it likes us)and isn’t very discriminating on what it uses for nutrition so it can live on lots of stuff. It does, however, like a moist environment so it thrives in soil, water and hospital equipment that has been freshly washed and air dried.  It’s the major cause of swimmer’s ear. The good news is, even though it can infect just about any type of tissue in the body, it will only infect tissue that is compromised so someone with a healthy immune system would most likely be unaffected if they encounter the little stinker.

    so there you have it! I now have to go and finish my paper on it - the due date is Tuesday. I’ve got 8 pages finished and the entire report will be about 11 pages by the time I’m done.


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  • Phi Theta Kappa and the Unknown bacteria project

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012

    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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