Sobriety and nursing school interviews - page 3

Hi! 15 years into sobriety, I have taken the first step (pun intended) and applied to two separate nearby nursing schools, a nine month LPN program and a two year RN program, here in Panama... Read More

  1. by   LilRedRN1973
    Congrats! You will be a tremendous asset to the nursing profession
  2. by   afbc

    18 months since an update...

    Probably about time to say Hi and tell anyone here on the forums in recovery to keep on trudging!

    Miracles do happen - my life is a perfect example.

    Middle of my third semester now - sitting here procrastinating when I really should be nose deep in a text book memorizing all the different pediatric congenital heart defects.

    Life is beyond good..

    Long gone is the 4.0 - B's for Degrees is my new motto! Think I need one A before graduation for magna cum laude - I don't particularly care but I know it would make my mom proud.

    School's awesome - Love clinicals - love being me around people and knowing that people actually appreciate me for who I am, and not some mask I wear.

    Love the support of all my classmates - Friendships I cherish and hope continue on past nursing school.

    Have an awesome job working at a rehabilitative hospital as an aide - movin' bodies and cleaning up poop - Best experience I could ever imagine before actually getting my license.

    My desire to go into addictions nursing has waned some over the past few years - my time at the substance abuse facility left me a bit burned with mental health. I find my interests now leaning towards peri-operative, wound care (yes I'm serious) and strangely enough, peds.

    I appreciate the support I've received both in and out of recovery. Hopefully, someone who is following my path - older, a bit of sobriety, looking to do something amazing, and scare to death of the first step forward - will someday read this and see that if an old, homeless drunk like me can wander backwards into nursing school - then anyone can.

    Best of wishes everyone - Last final is mid-November. Practicum finishes early December. And I hope to take the NCLEX early January.

    Thank you again - know I love each and everyone of you - even if we've never met.

    Love you guys and wish all of you the best,

  3. by   catebsn25
    What an encouraging thread! Although I'm glad to say I read the whole thing today and didn't have to wait to see what happened. So happy for you and you should be so proud of yourself! The nursing world needs people like you in our ranks. Congratulations!
  4. by   Twoyearnurse
    Thank you for updating! Like I've said before: most of us come here afraid with the idea that "oh my god my world is imploding and this ship is sinking and I need to jump!". Your story is beautiful! Please keep coming back and offering your hope
  5. by   UnaNayeli
    You ROCK! Thank you for following through. What an AWESOME message you carry!
  6. by   afbc
    Quote from TXRN2
    keep this in the back of your mind- for future reference- nursing school seems to be designed to drive you crazy!
    I was reading back through this thread today and I saw this hidden piece of prophetic wisdom.

    Just confided to a close friend last week that it's been 10 years since I've been as far off the beam spiritually as I seem to be while I'm in school.

    The Long hours, skipped meals, and night staying at home studying rather then out socializing with 'friends'.

    Been a bit rough, and my contact list in my phone has shrunk a bit.

    Nice to know this was to be expected.

    Either way, I am eternally grateful!

  7. by   afbc
    99 days till my last final....

    and I celebrate 19 years the day my practicum ends
  8. by   afbc
    And graduated.... wore all white - looked like a big polar bear. My mom flew in - I was pinned with her first nursing pin from 1967. Lots of happy tears.

    Exit exams passed...

    License application is done and paid for...

    Sitting here working on my resume and cover letters...

    The Florida BON sent me my deficiency letter, passed my background check (apparently all that crap from the 80's and early 90's isn't such a big deal afterall) - The BON is just waiting on transcripts before sending me my authorization to test.

    I've fallen in love with the OR - just absolutely enamored with it. I've already been accepted into the BSN program, and spoken with the director or the surgical services portion of our health science division. Hopefully, I should start the first assist program next summer with a focus on cardiovascular first assist. A surgeon I know from the recovery community has already volunteered to preceptor me once we reach that point.

    Sitting here almost in tears of happiness.

    For anyone new to sobriety, facing unsurmountable challenges, and struggling, I only have this advice for you:

    Work your program to the best of your ability, good things happen to alcoholics who stay sober.

    So incredibly thankful for the opportunities my higher power has laid before me - and grateful that an old homeless drunk like me would be given a second chance.

    God loves you as much as he loves Mother Teresa and Mr Rodgers.

  9. by   jamsammom
    Congratulations on your graduation and your sobriety!!! I have been sober for 22 years and can relate to a lot of your posts. You deserve to be happy and have a great career working with others. You are a true inspiration and thanks for sharing your story! Your attitude of gratitude shines through in your posts.
  10. by   afbc
    Time for the happy ending...

    Rode to the testing site with my best AA friend this past week - On the drive, we drank coffee while sharing stories about sobriety, life, and pretty ones who got away . Grabbed lunch and hit a noon meeting before I took my boards.

    75 questions in 75 minutes.

    Hit a meeting that night - The BON had the results posted before the noon meeting the next day.

    Start orientation this Tuesday - dream job.

    A new freedom and happiness - and the fear of financial insecurity will leave us.

    Thank you everyone...

    Eternally grateful for the support from my friends and peers along the journey.

    Grateful for a higher power of my understanding for doing for me what I could not do for myself.

    As I say farewell and wrap this thread up, I want you to remember two things,

    One, Good things happen to alcoholics who stay sober.

    And two, God loves you as much as he loves Mother Teresa and Mr Rodgers.

    Know that I love you all, - enjoy the journey and watch for those miracles along the way.

  11. by   traumaRUs
    Thanks so much for the update. You are an awesome inspiration!
  12. by   TXRN2
    what awesome news! enjoy the journey!
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yes, good things do happen to alcoholics who stay sober. What an incredible inspiration your story is! Thank you for sharing your journey with us......and please keep us posted as to how you do with your new job. :-)