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Nursing is an inspiring and amazing career not only because of what nurses do for patients, but because of what nurses do for each other. Thanks for reading! :)When I first started nursing school, I spent the majority of my beginning weeks going through the normal nursing school hazing process: intensely studying, vacuuming down as many carbs as one can humanly acquire, doubting my self-worth, forgetting to blink, and trying to find my bowel sounds with my stethoscope (and subsequently panicking/determining that I was in fact a zombie when I couldnít hear anything). I was constantly nervous, nauseous, and excited (oh, and did I mention thankful for the forgiving elastic waistband of my new scrubs?). However, above all of these emotions, I was ecstatic to finally be at the starting line of nursing after a long path of college classes, program applications, and resume building.
Despite the fact that I was constantly busy with school requirements (Iím looking at you, HESI case studies), I had moved to a new city to start my program, and at times I felt soul-crushingly lonely without the comforting safety net of my family and friends immediately around me. A phone call home can be fantastic, but I realized quickly how much I took the luxury of meeting up with friends for lunch or a girlís night in with movies and sushi for granted. Also, I forgot what a delicate process it is to make friends: you really canít force it. Thereís a surprisingly thin line between asking new acquaintances to get a drink after class and then feeling like youíre lurking and mouth breathing around a group of people, just waiting to be talked to. Sometimes you just want to headbutt them and wind around their legs, like a cat. IíM HERE, CANíT YOU SEE ME? HI! LETíS BE FRIENDS. I just wanted people to know me already, without me having to break them in. Canít you just accept me in sweatpants, and know/be okay with the fact that Iím going to eat 3 servings of pizza? CANíT YOU JUST LOVE ME ALREADY? Sigh.
As I write this now, several months have passed, and my first semester is over. I am full of experiences of triumph, failure, constantly sweating through my scrubs, and the smell of C. Diff. I can also admit to several bragging rights. First, all of the patients I treated are still alive (I know, Iím equally as shocked). Second, I can still fit into my yoga pants, despite the best efforts of all the pasta I hoover down on a nightly basis. Third, I can give one hell of a bed bath (and by Ďone hell of a bed bathí, I mean that no one has lost a limb while I awkwardly fumble around for wipes and a hair comb). In sum, I have made it. I am less scared of the patients, more sure of myself, better educated on the skills and requirements of nursing, and am more excited than I imagined possible to continue learning about this art form. But what I am most proud of is this: while I may have made it, it was absolutely not on my own.
Because of the bonding experiences I had within my first clinical and cohort experiences, I gained confidence in myself and took the first real steps of becoming a nurse. I formed a community of friends within my cohort, began to learn my new city, and stopped feeling so alone. Thanks to all the amazing nurses I encountered on the floor and in class who instructed me and pulled me aside to help correct my mistakes, I have a better understanding of how to be successful. From the thousands of faceless nurses with strong voices I can find online or in books or in magazines, I am encouraged to keep going, and creatively approach the problems I come across in my own day-to-day practice. And with the strong foundation of all the nurses I have worked alongside in my old jobs, I am motivated and inspired to continue down this path. Within the nursing community, I know without a shadow of a doubt in my mind that I can look anywhere to find someone to bond, vent, laugh, cry, stress, celebrate, and learn with. I feel lucky and inspired to be a part of this supportive and caring profession. Initiated through the learning and understanding of the career, the daily shared experiences of patient care, and most importantly, the support of my fellow nurse: I am here.
Every day in healthcare thereís this battle against hurt and pain and death, and within this battle there are the people who choose to join the fight, dedicate their lives to helping others, and help eliminate suffering through nursing. These were the ideals that first inspired me to go into his profession, and I now find myself (starting out) on the same side of the battle lines as all the experienced and amazing nurses who came before me. Initiated through shared experience, and accepted through the kind and caring personalities of all the nurses I have met who take the time to make me better, I join an amazing lifelong support system of compassionate men and women. With wit and charm and charisma and caring and sympathy and empathy and insight and kindness, nurses must stand at the front lines of disease and sadness and joy and be a pillar of strength for the patients and their families, their friends, their communities.
I can't wait to learn more.Last edit by Joe V on May 29, '13
My name is Molly Hershman, and I am in my second semester of a 14-month accelerated Bachelor's program. Even though I spend each clinical sweating through my scrubs and praying I don't kill anyone, I absolutely CANNOT wait to be a nurse!0May 29, '13 by BeautifulOne23Hi Molly - I can't wait either ( to be a nurse)
I loved your post - I'm ready to dive right in but I'm in Arizona and there are 2 year waitlists and it's extremely overwhelming with all of the requirements so congrats on hangin in there. The good thing about that is that I do have options on schools and lots of research. it's wait 2 years or pay about 80k on the high end for a 3 year BSN with no prerequisites or anything done You mentioned that you're in an accelerated 14 month program...may I ask - did you attend private entity or community college initially ?2May 30, '13 by phoenix-Molly,
I absolutely enjoyed this article. I graduated more than a year ago and have been a professional nurse for about as long, yet the feeling conveyed in your entire post still hasn't deserted me. I still feel like quite the outsider among the "lifers" in my hospital sometimes. I still feel like a child once in a while. I still find myself pleasantly surprised that my patients are still kicking at the end of my shift. But, like we all did at the end of each semester, I often look back at my humble beginnings and realize how far I've come and how much I've grown. Like you, I am grateful for those who have and continue to guide me through this unique journey.
Furthermore, this article feels like a glimpse into what's in store for me in the next months. I, too, will be leaving my home base to a new city, with a new job, and a new set of challenges to tackle. I admit, I am terrified! But your article has reminded me that I will be just fine. We will all be just fine. Thank you for sharing this with us.0May 31, '13 by LindaBrightWhat a great article and such an inspiration to those coming in behind you, and for us who have been there. You have come very far, and you will go so much further, especially with your hope and excitement about the future! Thank you for sharing, its so nice to see what our next nurses will be like!0Jun 3, '13 by RN2Be77Quote from molly.hershmanHi Molly! Thanks for posting this encouraging article. I will be starting an 11 month accelerated program within a few months and this helped give me a boost of confidence, especially since like you I will be moving to a new city with hopes of making new friends/classmates/study partners who will help make my transition smooth and help me feel comfortable while I focus on my studies and pass my program and NCLEX successfully. My fear was being alone and not knowing anyone, but I know God will make a way as he has already by opening this door to the program for me. So I know as long as I keep him first then everything will fall into place. Please keep us posted as you continue along with your studies!Hi! Thanks you guys SO much for the lovely compliments. BeautifulOne, I am in a 14-month accelerated program at this time, and I got my Bachelor's in Science from the University of Michigan. I hope this helps!