Walked in to my interview with the Dean. Didn't have time to give her my packet and letters of reference. She said "Honey, I don't think u have what it takes to be a nurse."
I was broken hearted! Picked myself up and applied at the nursing school about 30 minutes away. Got accepted and started the next quarter.
Fast forward about 10 years - I'm working as a charge nurse on a busy med -surf unit. A new pt comes in - the same dean that didn't think I had what it took.
She kept asking me questions about who my parents were,where I was from, where did I go to nursing school. I told her which nursing school I went to - she asked why I didn't apply to her school. - I finally told her I did try but I was told I didn't have what it took to be a nurse.
Her mouth dropped open - I was finished giving her IV meds and walked out, giving her a smile, asking if she needed anything. Her doc came on rounds - he came out of her room and asked for the charge nurse. I told him that was me - he had this smile on his face and told me his pt wanted a different nurse. He said when she told him that I was an excellent nurse and I had even taken care of him before. I explained - he just laughed and laughed.
The MD that was taking care of her that day had been one of the references I had in my application packet that day.