Well, it's done. I graduated from South Plains College School of Nursing with an Associates degree in Nursing and passed my boards. I'm officially an RN and working on a Neurology floor at a local hospital. I stopped posting about school out of paranoia. I heard several stories about people being booted from the program for posting things on the internet, but I'll talk a bit about the rest of my schooling here.
Second semester was by far the hardest thing I've ever been through. It was stressful and I often had to go more than 3 days on literally no sleep. I wouldn't have been able to do it without Susan's help. We had two days of lecture with an exam every Monday, and clincals Wednesday through Friday. I learned so much, and I'm amazed at how much of it I actually retained.
Third semester was all about pediatrics and labor and delivery. It was amazing. It was more relaxing as the tests were more spread out and I was beginning to get into the swing of things. I got to see babies born, which was amazing and I'll always cherish being able to have been there.
The fourth and final semester was much like second, but it felt easier because I kind of knew what to expect and how to manage my time more. The clinical rotations focused on critical care and I loved it. I got a job on one of the floors that I rotated on.
I've only worked a few shifts on the floor, but so far I love it. Everyone I work with is awesome. I feel a bit like my training wheels have been taken off. That scares me because the first time my dad took my real training wheels off I rode head first into a tree. True story. The responsibility of holding people's lives in my hands is a bit daunting, but I'm proud, and I love what I'm doing.
I know it's brief but I don't know how much detail it's safe to go into, but that's it. I've just started my new career and what I feel like is my real life. And that life, as of right now is good.