The week went by kinda of slow for me. Unfortunately, it was a full week, meaning I did have to go to class on Labor Day (ugh, I know, how awful is that?), but I didn’t let that get me down.
Sure there was a ton of work to be done all throughout the week, but I find that if you have something to look forward to, then it doesn’t seem all that bad.
For me that one thing to look forward to this week (besides the weekend) was my first clinical of the semester, which happened to be my Psych Mental Health Clinical Rotation. I’m not sure if you guys really know what clinicals are, so I’ll explain.
When you are in the nursing program, you have to complete clinicals at a certain point in your curriculum. Clinicals are when you go to an actual nursing unit (usually at a hospital) and you do things for patients that you have learned (or will learn) about in class. Usually, you go to the hospital the night before to collect data about your patient (your clinical instructor picks a patient on the floor for you) and basically, you are responsible for that patient. After you recieved patient info, you go home and work on a treatment plan, complete with a nursing diagnosis. You also look up information on the medications your patient is taking so that the next day you know all about your patient and therefore can provide better care for your clincal shift. Really, clincals are basically another class that’s really more “hands-on” and exciting, if you are a nursing student (after all, this is what you will be doing as a career so you should like this part a lot!).
This semester, I take two nursing classes: Medical-Surgical Care of the Adult Patient and Psych Mental Health Nursing. Each of these class has a 5 hour clinical component that is done once every two weeks. That is to say, one week I have Psych Clinical, the next week I’ll have Med-Surg Clinical.
This week was my first clinical of the semester and it happened to be my Psych clinical. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love psychology! It just really fascinates me how much the mind works and effects your body. So, it was no wonder that I look forward to my psych clinical right? Well, needless to say, I REALLY enjoyed my Psych clinical! It’s really laid back and there’s no “prep” work to be done the night before. You just show up for your shift (mine is from 7:00-12:00 every other Thu) and get your patient’s data that morning and then you just go in and meet your patient and you just… talk. That’s really it! You just talk to your patient. Mind you, some patients will be difficult to talk to (ie, those with schizophrenia, etc), but that’s the challenge a nurse must meet in order to take care of those who are facing a different kind of illness.
I did enjoy my psych clinical. I got to see patients who were diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. My patient was in the hopsital due to a major depressive disorder and it was just heart-breaking to see him almost on the verge of tears every minute or so.. for no apparent reason! It was nice to distract him a little when I started talking to him, and you can see that these little things do in some way help out your patient. And that’s really what it’s all about, right? Making your patient feel the best he can.
Whoa, that took a while and I commend you if you’re still reading this, lol. I know this is a food blog, but I can’t help talking about nursing stuff.. I mean, I am the vegan nurse, hehe. Anyhoo, that was my nursing tale of the week, but now, on to some eats!
During the week I was able to have some interesting food, including…
My first homemade vegan waffle!
I topped the waffle with some delicious Soyatoo Whip Cream.
For the waffle, I used Jenna’s recipe, but I found that my waffle were pretty flat! They didn’t rise at all, but I did sub the oil for applesauce and added about 4 oz more liquid.. maybe that might’ve caused a flat waffle? Anyway, the TASTE was there, so that’s what really made the waffle, but I hope next time I can get a crispy light waffle!
I also did some baking, so I enjoyed…
Lindsay’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes (made w/ almonds) and Celine’s Strawberry Corn Muffin (minus the strawberry, lol). Mmm.. the carrot cake cupcakes, I’ve made before and they were just as yummy as I’d remember them to be. As for Celine’s corn muffin.. soo good! I’ve been dying to have a corn muffin for a while, and this one was the perfect one to satisfy my craving. And so easy, too! I like to cut mine in half and spread some strawberry jam on each slice.. yum! Perfect breakfast food!
Speaking of the perfect breakfast…
Peanut Butter Banana Pudding topped with Wheat Germ.
I got this idea from VeggieGirl and WOW.. soo good and so creamy! Talk about great staying power, too.. this one kept me going for a full 5 hours! Will eat next time I have clinical. The perfect breakfast and so easy to make too. Puree 3-4 tbsp of nut butter and banana. Voila! Delecatable and filling! What more could you ask?
But I don’t eat just breakfast, guys, trust me (although I wouldn’t mind it – breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!) as evidenced by the following dishes…
Mixed Veggie Chili w/ dollop of nutritional yeast queso sauce and a corn muffin. Mm.. very tasty and spicy! Comfort food at it’s finest!
Black Bean & Quinoa w/ mixed veggies and Snapea Crips
While I have tried quinoa once before and found that I was not a fan of it all, I decided to give it another try after seeing multiple blogs post dishes about this ancient grain and boy, am I glad I gave it another chance! This dish was super delicous! I don’t know if it was the spices (cumin, s+p, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes) or the combo of black beans and bell peppers, but this was sooo good I couldn’t believe that I didn’t like it before! This meal was veggie-rific! Would highly recommend.
Oh, and here are some products I’ve been eating this past week.
First up, the Snapea crips that were featured with the Black Bean & Quinoa dish.
I found these at my local health food store and they are so good! They taste like French fries, but are way better for you! Get these! You won’t be disappointed!
I also got to try some Clif bars for the first time. I got two flavors.
Crunchy Peanut Butter
While I thought the Crunchy Peanut Butter flavor was phenomenal (and great filling power… it fueled me well during my 5 hour clinical!), the Carrot Cake flavor was just meh. I wouldn’t buy that flavor again, but these are great for quick mini-meals or pre-exercise snacks.
And no post would be complete without dessert, right?
YUM! These crispy treats put all others to shame.. so good and good for you! Definitely give these a try, too. A perfect dessert or afternoon pick me up to be enjoyed with a nice glass of hempmilk. Mmm!
Well, that’s all I have for you guys for now! Kudos to you for reading this longo post! I’ll be back next time to talk about more awesome college eats and my first Med Surg clinical! Have a great week!
ADDENDUM: Peanut Butter Banana Pudding recipe also found here, thanks to Serena. 😉