I just earned my BSN!!

  1. Hey allnurses,

    I just passed the last final exam of my senior year for my BSN program this morning and found out tonight. I am really excited to attend pinning next weekend and cross the stage for my BSN. It's been a long journey to get to this point but I am here (pinch me - this is happening right?) and it feels great. I am very excited to get out there and start working in my profession (not so fast I still have state boards to conquer, and a job to find, lol)

    I still haven't sent out my invitations for graduation since I was a little unsure, lets just say this semester was a little bumpy along the way. Critical content is TOUGH, but nevertheless I put my game face on and managed to pull itoff.

    Wow, what a ride these last few years have been. Textbooks, lectures, clinical days, care plans, studying, labs, procedures, protocols, tests, quizzes, presentations, term papers, assessments, concept maps, med pass and everything else we had to do. Man what a rush it is to be finally graduating! I tell you there can be no better high than that of success after years and years of hardwork.

    When your in the trenches doing the program it seems like you will never get there, but you will. When you do finally make it (and you will) its quite a feeling. I'm still in a kind of surreal state of shock. This whole senior year I knew this day was coming but it never really seemed to be getting closer with all the assignments and studying going on but it is finally here!

    Just had to get that out!

    Whew, I made it! YEA!

    I want to give a shout out to all my fellow nurses graduating in 2012, Congrats!

    Also giving a shout out to all the student nurses out there working through their program any step of the way, keep on trucking, your day is coming and it will be sooo worth it!

    Thanks for reading!
    Last edit by Joe V on May 8, '12 : Reason: spacing
  2. Visit Joe N635DC profile page

    About Joe N635DC

    Joined: Jul '09; Posts: 119; Likes: 138
    from US
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in High Acuity / Emergency / Trauma


  3. by   Dezy
    wow thats so inspiring to look up to as I will be just starting in the fall. I wish you luck with your journey. Any tips for the rest of us beginners?
  4. by   Joe N635DC

    dezy(and others),

    [color=firebrick]the value of keeping your eye on the prize can not be underestimated. while you're going through it [color=firebrick]never forget why you are doing this to yourself (because you will at some point ask yourself "what theh*ll was i thinking?"). by default, because it is a healthcare profession there is lots of regulation and red tape. as such the standards for passing and progressing in your degree are higher than it is in many other college programs, which in turn adds to the pressure as if trying to learn from 20 textbooks (some texts look like 3 textbooks in one) and learn another language (medical jargon) wasn't enough.

    to ice the cake, failing a key course often sets a student back 1 year because of how it is structured (some courses are only offered in either fall or spring).to help manage the pressure remember that a house wasn't built in a day. [color=firebrick]focus each day on what is most important and strike a balance between personal and nursing school.

    additional tips:

    - effective studying is paramount! set up an area where you can focus free from distractions.

    - actually study, don't just say you did (because if you didn't it will show both on your tests and in clinical)

    - prioritize your life- be prepared to say no to friends and stand your ground if you have things that really need to be done

    - decide which class needs the most attention, some will be harder than others. if it means giving up a solid "a" in one course to devote a little more time to just pass another class with the "c+" then so be it. don't get me wrong, "a"s are great but passing all classes is key! don't fall into the trap of trying to get an "a" in all your classes.i suppose it is possible (and if you can do it great) but i have seen this strategy swallow other students whole and add them to the programs attrition rate.

    - pace yourself, this isn't history class, we are learning about a fantastically complex device call the human body. it is not nearly possible to try and learn what you need to know the night before the test. plan ahead, study and keep up and you will be in a much better position to do well.

    - set aside ample time for care plans, they take twice as long as you think

    - study in small blocks of time (a few hours) and remember that your brain needs time to process all you just learned. breaks between study blocks (of time) are absolutely essential (30 minutes to several hours). find what works for you and stick to that.

    - flash cards are great, not the ones you buy, the ones you make. having to write it all down again on a flash card that you will use to study is just one more opportunity to commit that knowledge to memory. save a buck and do it yourself.

    - realize that you are the master of your own destiny, know this and you will come to understand that along your journey to becoming a professional nurse you are ultimately responsible for your success.

    - if you have a smartphone, a snazzy electronic drug guide can make you look godlike in clinical as you will be able to retrieve information on drugs 10 times faster than a book. you can pay for the davis or use free ones like epocrates. personally i had and used both, they were great.

    in closing, believe in yourself, you can do this! it won't be a handout at anypoint, you will work d*mn hard for it but i promise you this, for every hour of sleep you lose, for every tear you shed or stressed-out day you have, when you do finally make it, it will feel that much better knowing how far you have come. you will have made it through a program that not all people have the dedication and/or perseverance to endure. you will also have a newfound respect for your fellow nurses and the profession as a whole. there are plenty of people that discount nursing and what we have to know. to them i say "try it sometime". the types of people that discount the profession usually are the ones that couldn't hack it for a typical day in our shoes. don't let it get to you, just move on and git er dun.

    p.s. - when the going gets tough (and it will), find your inspiration. i found mine on a campus poster. it reads:

    "a person who wants something bad enough will find a way; a person who doesn't will find an excuse" -steffan dolley jr.

    when i needed a little extra motivation i saw this quote and it reminded me that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. when it gets hard just remember that life is simply testing you to see if you want it bad enough.

    work hard and stay on track and you will be don't sooner that you think, just take it one step at a time. you can do this!
    Last edit by Joe N635DC on May 5, '12
  5. by   nurseaig
  6. by   marycarney

    Can I add one more thing for those of you starting out? Nursing school is so different from other college majors that your friends will NOT understand. There is no 'skipping class'. There is no 'blowing off a test'. There is no walking into class totally unprepared. You do have to say 'NO' a lot, but in the end it is totally worth it.
  7. by   Lev <3
    Congratulations! I'm looking forward to graduation this December! Can't even imagine what it will feel like.
  8. by   MadpeysRN
  9. by   MadpeysRN
    Keep us posted on your job searching!!
  10. by   Joe N635DC
    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I will let you guys know how it's going. First I have to find enough cash to pay the stiff testing fee. Total I'm gonna need $235 (BON fee is $35 and the test fee $200). Ouch!
  11. by   aea_11
    Congratulations!!!!! WELL DESERVED!

    "When your in the trenches doing the program it seems like you will never get there, but you will. When you do finally make it (and you will) its quite a feeling. I'm still in a kind of surreal state of shock"

    I agree with you 100%. I graduated last year, and I'm not only in shock, but still thrilled, excited and proud of myself.

    Nursing school tests your limits--both mentally and physically. If you don't cry during nursing school, then I don't think you full immersed yourself in the major. It definitely takes alot of determination, hardwork, and compassion--and if you are lacking any of those characteristics you don't make it!

    Again.. congratulations, and good luck with passing the boards! It seems like you learned great tips and gained great insight along the way.. which will definitely help you pass nclex with flying colors, and will help you to become a great nurse
  12. by   Altara
    careful joe, i'm right behind you! might even take your position >:O just kidding. congratulations!
  13. by   AprilSage
    Congratulations on completing your BSN program. I remember how exciting it was to finally finish nursing school. I used Saunders to study for my NCLEX and passed it the first time with 80 questions. Good luck with whichever study tool you choose for your NCLEX. My only advice is that when you start looking for a job, make sure it is a specialty that will benefit you in the long term. You can't go wrong with critical care. I have noticed over the years that many of the jobs, including some lower level management, look for a background in critical care. Sorry I'm rambling. Anyway Congrats!
  14. by   roseonye
    congrats. i too just graduated this august. pinning is next year tho cus my school they do it once a year. cograts again