I’m officialy back to school after the maternity leave and the extended leave. I must say that it’s so good to be back despite the fact that I’m not joining my batchmates anymore because I’m a year delayed. I miss them though.
This is an update on my post about the exam that I had on drug dosage calculation. Since this is just an exam, we are allowed to try again if we fail to get a score of 100% . I failed on my first attempt because I have an error on the last part of the exam which was to find the initial dosage of the concentrate. That task is an easy one compared to the other ones. I was actually surprised when I found out that my calculations on the hardest part of the exam is flawless and I failed on an easy one. I got frustrated because of that small error.
Fortunately, the patient is just an exam. However, I really felt bad for the failure not because I had to retake the exam again but because I was thinking what if this exam was a real person.
So what did I learn from the exam? Well, I learned how to keep my head cool under time pressure. Yes, pressure and stress can arise but it should not let it affect my task because we all know that working in the health sector can be very busy. In the exam, we’re given 2 hours and we had to solve for 6 exercises. 6 doesn’t sound a lot but the cases are long, therefore it needs time. Second, read the exercises/tasks twice (or more if needed!). Know what it is asking for. Is it asking for the volume or the dosage? Third, don’t use a scratch paper. Because it is time consuming. And lastly, treat your exam as a patient. Be serious and sincere in solving the cases because once you’re done with the studies, you’ll be dealing with real people who would be needing your services. Their lives is in your hands.
Last Friday, I had an exam in drug dosage calculation and I can say that it’s the most demanding and stressfull exam this semester because we can’t have any mistakes. I understand why the program requires us to master and to feel secure in our math because lives are at stake when we start working in the hospital. Just a single wrong unit or any wrong calculations can cost a patient’s life. In real life, this is just one of the tasks at work. Thus, we should be confident in what we do.
Whenever I’m not at work, home and travelling, I’m definitely busy with my studies. Yes, I’m studying again. This time, it is relevant to my job experience (in health sector) and I can say that I’m thriving in this program. Thriving because when people ask me why I chose to take this course, I cannot help but talk about it with enthusiasm. Also, as I’ve mentioned above, this is relevant to my work as an assistant at the home nursing job that I have.
I’m studying Bachelor of Science Major in Radiography at the University College of Bergen (Høgskolen på Vestlandet). I just started this fall and I’m so glad that I’ve chosen this program.
Before I continue, let me tell you what a radiographer is, because most of the people I know thought that I’m going to be a spesialist in X ray imaging or AKA radiologist.
A radiographer is someone who takes X ray images of patients. In addition to that, they also perform CT scan examination and MRI examinations to diagnose for example, an injury. Depending on what country the radiographer is working at, the scope of work task is different. Like for example, here in Norway, the radiographers are very hands on to their patients and they administer medicines and etc. Unlike in the other countries, the radiographer’s only task is to take X rays and report to the radiologist.
A radiologist on the other hand is a medical doctor (a physician) and is a specialist in using medical images to diagnose and treat a disease.
In order to be a good radiographer, it is important that you know your anatomy, radiological physics and radiographic positioning. The photo above, is a photo of Bontrager’s handbook.
This is the school’s X ray lab. I love how we can come here anytime to practice what we’ve learned in the classroom and to master the art of conventional X ray. Don’t worry, we only practice on phantoms and not on each other!
And because we are training to be a professional radiographer and health worker, discipline in the field is a must. Hence, the uniform.
Some of the reasons why I chose to study radiography is that the idea that I’ll get to work with high-tech equipments, work with patients and work with research. A radiographer is not limited by x ray/CT/MRI machine alone, but he/she also do research. Because the health sector is constantly changing.
The Bachelor program at the University College of Vestlandet is 3 years to complete and has 180 units. On the job training is included. All of the lectures and exams are in Norwegian, except for one of the subjects in the last semester (I think).
For more information about the program, kindly check this HVL’s website: https://www.hvl.no/studier/studieprogram/2017h/grr/ .
Today, I had again the chance to practice my portrait photography skills. Thanks to my very good friends. These are just some of the shots that I took today. I’m glad that the shoot went well despite the gloomy weather because I was worried about shooting in low lights condition .I only had my camera and my friend’s camera, a reflector and an extra lens. I don’t have an external flash yet so the shoot today is a challenge for me.
Things that I’ve learned from today’s shoot:
- Always have a plan B.
- Plan how you want your model to pose.
- Bring a tripod next time for shooting in low light conditions.
- Hair and makeup takes time.
Hair and makeup courtesy of Milky Santiago
Photography by: Me 🙂