I have started taking Microbiology at the community college as I take pre-requisites for nursing school. It is an interesting class. You can tell this is a pre-med or pre-nursing type class though. We will learn how bacteria and other microbes function, learn about their structures and it seems like we are learning how to “fight” them when / if necessary. I wonder if there could be a different approach? See more below.
In addition, with school mode comes a natural discipline. There are many assignments due, and I have not seen how thorough an exam is, so I intend to get an “A” by studying long and hard. I think this will be good prep for nursing school.
Plus it is nice to start being settled, as I have had a busy past couple months (moving to and then from Florida, seeking jobs down there, and now getting moved into a place in Charlottesville). I am finally feeling like I have a breath of fresh air, hence the opportunity to blog a little.
Regarding Microbiology, I wonder what it would be like to learn about the bio-flora in the gut and how to keep / make them happy. I hope to do some extracurricular study about this as a couple of my friends have asked about this topic.
It seems that people who are more “alternative” occasionally have a strong distrust of the medical system, and I think that explains the weird responses I get from people when I tell them what I am studying. But it just so happens that Nurses are the most trusted group of professionals – more than firemen or police or doctors. I think that has to do with the way in which nurses are taught to empirical science – if you can show that a treatment works over a series of trials, then that means it probably works for a broad population. And on top of the empirical science, obviously nurses do manipulative medicine (hands on healing, or healing presence, or massage, or other modalities they might learn on the side) and they have some of the best bed side manners (they also are given time to spend with patients).
So again, I am content with the way things are unfolding at present. I am slowly getting back in the groove of doing school. I think the nerves are wearing off – I do need an “A” but I might be fine if I continue to study a bunch. And perhaps I will have to do a little bit of studying on the side to learn about what I really care about, but who knows, that might make me a better nurse down the road as well.
Thanks for reading!