Monday will mark the official start of my second year of nursing school. I haven’t talked about it a lot here but I am currently in the middle of my Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program. One year left and I will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to officially become a registered nurse.
With less than a year left (really only NINE months – WOO HOO!) it actually feels like this goal is in sight. The next two semesters are not going to be easy but it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as it did last year.
Last year it felt like I was flying blind and felt like I was learning a whole new language. Now it feels like I have the basics and just have to build on them. I was looking through my old notes (yes, I keep all my old notes and just about everything else and it drives my husband INSANE – love you babe!) this week and came across things I wrote down on the first day of class.
These may not mean anything to anyone else but to me these are a victory. I have conquered APA style (I still don’t like it but I can ROCK it) and have no problem writing anything in this format. I know what PPE (personal protective equipment) is, how to use it, how to remove it, and the rationale behind it. ROM (range of motion) seemed scary and intimidating and now I could do ROM exercises on any patient that needed them. I passed every “check off” (completing an assigned procedure in front of an instructor) on my first try and would feel comfortable trying anything from a catheter removal to starting an IV (I did get to do both by the second semester and couldn’t have been happier).
The first day of class felt like I was looking at a mountain that I might never get over. It was intimidating and overwhelming. Now I look back at how far I have come and I’m proud. I can’t say that the mountain didn’t knock me down a few times (there have been very real breakdowns in the hallway after a test) and send me sliding down just when I thought I was making headway. I can say that looking up the mountain doesn’t seem nearly as high and that I know I will make it to the summit before I know it.
If any new nursing students or prospective students come across this blog please keep your head up, even when you get knocked down a little, and know that if you keep going that you will have your victories too.