I’m so busy! I’m in two graduate programs; one at Loyola University in Chicago (graduate oncology certificate) and another at Purdue University (masters degree as a clinical nurse specialist). One of my Purdue classes is advanced physiology…a very tough course that is heavy into biochemistry and requires about 18 hours of study a week. I love it though, it’s made me feel every cell in our body (and we have trillions) are all individual miracles.
Another course I’m taking has to do with conceptual models of nursing. Very abstract, I know why I like science and math now, nothing is abstracts; it is or it isn’t, it’s right or wrong.
I am taking another course in palliative care…symptom management, hospice care. Death and dying and how to do it well. I like that course a lot. We will all die someday, and I think we need to learn how to do it well. In that class we talk a lot about hospice care. I am such a proponent for hospice. They offer so much. The sad thing is many enter hospice only days before they die. Research says only 10% of us will die suddenly, the rest of long term illnesses, so it’s something we should all know more about.
I was also given this information about a new clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute. The information I was given is here: