Holy crap! I finally graduated! I am so grateful to be done. It feels like it has been such a long time coming. When I graduated with my B.A. in 2005, I knew I wouldn’t “use” my degree. I had majored in Political Science and had originally planned on going to law school. I basically decided my last semester of school not to do that. After getting a generic entry-level job and working for a while, I started discussing my plans for more school with Brent. He was generally supportive, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to go back for though.
My second job out of school was working at a dermatologist’s office in LA, and I loved it!I only worked there for 3 shorts months before Brent and I moved to Fort Wayne, but I had decided by then that I wanted to work in the medical field. After starting to work for the MDA in the Fort, I started taking pre-reqs for the nursing program at our local college in 2007. After one semester of that, I decided I wanted to be a dietitian instead, so I took a pre-req for that in early 2008. Then, I shifted my attention back to nursing after deciding it was a more versatile field and I would get more patient care.
I started my program in August 2009, and I can definitely say I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I feel quite sure that I did not full understand what nurses did all day, and I had some vague notion that I just wanted to “help people.” After 16 intense months of school and clinicals, I have never been so glad that I chose nursing. I think it’s hard, it can be dirty, and people can be ungrateful, but I feel so privileged to be able to ease a family’s fears, explain a confusing diagnosis, give great news, or hold a hand when comfort is needed.
I’m almost there! I’m now a graduate nurse (GN), and after I take my boards, hopefully in January, I’ll be an RN. I can’t wait!