WOW! The day that I sometimes felt like would never come, has finally arrived. There have been many ups and downs throughout the past two years, and some days I didn’t think that I would have the opportunity to complete the course; but here we are getting ready to walk across the stage and be pinned. My
family classmates and I have made it to the summit of this mountain and we’re getting ready to all go different directions, but today we can stand together (shoulder to shoulder) one more time and soak in the view from this milestone in our lives.
I’m excited, scared, and so looking forward to what lies ahead. I have a job to start out at a small local hospital, I’ve left my position at E&S Pharmacy (where I have worked since 2007), but there are opportunities that will be available that I cannot wait to explore. But it will all come about one day at a time.
There have been so many people throughout this two years (a little longer if I include my time spent working full time and taking night classes and online classes to get some of the prerequisites finished first) that have supported me emotionally, financially, and verbally. You do not know what it has meant to have encouragement along the road. It was a crazy program (and I have a long list of individuals that have went before that will agree 100%), but I made it. My GPA dropped a little, and I wasn’t the ‘A’ student that I was accustomed to being; but I’m walking away with very little in student loans (less than some people’s credit card bills) and a head and heart full. I LOVE this profession that I have chosen to be a part of.
I wish my Grandpa McClintock was here today to watch me walk across the stage. He supported me with a a monthly stipend of $100, when he could ~ which was pretty regular. He passed away in September, not being able to see that I made it. My Granny Gentry passed away in July 2010, I had started my journey at that point but wasn’t in classes yet. One of the last things she said to me as she held my hand was, ‘you’ll make a great nurse’. I hope that today as I stand there on the stage and receive my pin and later in my daily care of my clients that I can make them proud of me and the nurse that I am striving to be.
To all the family and friends that will take part in my day today, and to those that have been there asking for updates and listening to my crazy stories (when you probably had more important and exciting things to do), THANK YOU!! Everyone said ‘it will be worth it’, and now today I can say ‘yes, yes it was’. I’m looking forward to being able to attempt to get some of my cortisol weight off, and to be able to exercise and have a life again (I just need to find some friends now, since the ones I had before this journey have all gotten married and had children over the past three years). :) Thank you to all who have supported me, prayed for me, given funds to help ends meet, and just been there with a smile and an encouraging word through this crazy ride.
But today, TODAY is our day, TRC RN Nursing class of 2013. We made it. We kept swimming. YAY!!