For those of you entering your final semester, I wanted to share an "it's really happening" moment...
My final tuition was due recently. I looked at the break down of charge per credit, lab fees, etc and noticed a $300 NCLEX fee. That's when it hit me. I am one semester away from being a graduate nurse. The combination of excitement and anxiety was overwhelming. We go back in the end of August, take our last final and finish clinical in October, and then precept for 5 weeks. It's crazy how the time flew!
I read some of the posts from people who are eager to start their first semester. Some make me giggle, I relate to others, and some are posted by that student we all remember from the first day of class. You know.... The "she's never going to make it with that attitude" student.
Seeing that little "NCLEX fee" on my bill made me realize that all of the tears, test anxiety, and countless ours of studying have been so worth it. No, they're not over yet, but I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.