Saturday, June 20, 2009

Theory


From Wikipedia: Theories are analytical tools for understanding and explaining a given subject matter. Almost every field of study has a theoretical framework as its base. I am revisiting nursing theory for my comprehensive exams on Wednesday.

Let me just say, first, that I love being a nurse. I really do. That doesn't mean I love everything about my job, but from the moment I stepped into a patient care role, I felt like this is where I was meant to be.

I think I can safely say that I'm good at it, too. I'm honest about what I am not good at - I'm terrible at balancing the checkbook, at keeping my car clean and at anything involving a ball coming at me that I have to interact with. I'm short and I'm stocky and I'm absentminded. I can't put together a matching outfit to save my life. I'm not even really very good with my computer, although I use it incessantly. But nursing? I've got that one, and I know it. And I have countless stellar evaluations to back that up.

So, you'd think that nursing theory would come easily, wouldn't you? Well, it does not. Oh, no. It turns out that what I am good it is the practical part of nursing, and the hard science - the theory throws me a curveball (and gives me raging headaches) every stinkin' time I have to deal with it. And this time? I have to produce a legible paper from memory regarding nursing theory (among other things) for comprehensives next week, and I can't graduate unless I pass.

It doesn't help that whenever I read this stuff there's a tiny part of my brain whispering, "...but he isn't WEARING any clothes at all!" So, the fault does lie with me - I can't wrap my head around it, in part, because I just don't buy it.

But, I have to successfully wrangle it one way or another, because I surely didn't come this far to turn back now. So, it's back to work for me. I hope all of you are enjoying the sunshine and the weekend. I am watching the naked emporer show off his threads, and trying to make sense of it all. See you next week!


3 comments:

Julia said...

You will manage!!! Just start writing and it will come. I am betting you already had this essay finished by the time I am making this comment since I am so behind on making rounds!

Daisy said...

Did someone say something about looking at a naked man? That's a good thing, right?! HA HA HA! Sorry, I'm so bad, Terri. I couldn't resist. I hope things went well for you today. 49 and counting, right? :D

Hugs from Daisy.

Terri said...

Thank you, Julia! Yes, it's over - thank heaven!

Daisy, you crack me up! Always looking on the bright side, that's you! :)