Archive for February, 2016


Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 by rbdelacruz No Comments

On Friday, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and the Elmhurst Art Museum are free to the public. They are located across the street from campus (may be mistaken as part of the college). My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time visiting these institutions.



After lunch at PieFive, we checked out the art displayed at Lizzadro. The art displayed were made from various gems, minerals, and stones such as nephrite, jasper, and amethyst. The lower level showed a map of the abundance of fossils found in Illinois!



Then in a sixty-degree weather in February we headed across Wilder Park to visit the Elmhurst Art Museum. It’s been over a year since I had visited and it was exciting to see new exhibits. Inside there was a swing in made of desks guests can swing on! Art from local communities displayed current social justice issues. Outside there a work titled SkyCube providing vision to the clouds presented in a frame!



I enjoyed the day because it was spent with my person (and as the guy in the relationship it was comforting knowing these attractions won’t hurt my wallet! haha). We saw Elmhurst College students in the Art Museum and I think more should take advantage of the free admissions and exhibits composed of Chicago and regional artists.



Soon as I figure out how to upload photos, I will I share!








Clinical Day Simulation

Posted on: February 15th, 2016 by rbdelacruz No Comments

This semester, each clinical group are to have a simulation on one of the clinical days and my clinical group was the first to have a simulation in the simulation center. Deep vein thrombosis vs. pulmonary embolism and stroke vs. hypoglycemia were covered in the topics for that day. Each simulation was 20 minutes long and is a unique experience in my nursing education. Students are to complete “prep” work prior to the day of simulation, and all students has access to these. Experiences in the sim lab is kept private to maintain the integrity of the educational process in the respect to students who have yet had their simulation day (this blog continues to maintain integrity of the learning process).

It seemed my classmates and I were prepared walking into the simulation center. That is, until the expectations and agenda were explained and we began choosing our roles of RN1, RN2, CNA, and Family Member. I have never been Registered Nurse 1, and I felt I have prepared myself well for the simulation. As the professor began showing the equipment the students may need and explaining the scenario, I began to feel anxious.

It comforted me when one of my classmates told me we are a team of nursing students eager to learn. And I remembered that my professor said to us that the simulation center is a place where students are not expected know everything. After all, the scenarios experienced here may be emergencies in real life. The simulation center pieces a multitude of topics and materials I have been learning and practicing in my nursing education here in Elmhurst College.

After each scenario, we spend ample time in a briefing and we do so collectively. The professor facilitates constructive criticism and team collaboration. I learn a lot after each simulation and the simulation scenarios compliments the learning experienced inside the classroom.