Firstly–Surprise! I’m still alive, functioning, and capable of writing (or what I’m trying to pass off as “writing”, anyway.) Between surviving school, trying to work, dealing with the stresses of caring for a very sick loved one, and other personal craziness, I’ve had pretty much zero time to write. I miss it dearly, and I hope to be writing with much more regularity soon!
But first, some big news! Late this evening, my final grades were posted. And with that, I am both relieved and pleased to report that I am now officially done with nursing school. I graduate and attend my pinning ceremony later this month. Hopefully, within a month or so, I will make the journey to our local testing center, and sit for my boards. And, with a lot of luck, I’ll be working as a nurse while pursuing my BSN this fall.
To describe my nursing school experience (especially this last semester), I’d have to quote a friend of mine. We stood out in the sharp, late-winter evening breeze. She puffed thoughtfully on a cigarette while I quickly vented about the latest school had thrown at me. She exhaled a stream of smoke into the frigid air, before delivering the smoothest verbal combination of wisdom, indestructibility, and indifferent bad-assery.
“When life–especially life with nursing school–punches you square in the face and knocks you flat on your back…you know what you need to do? You need to stand up tall, brush yourself off, spit out the blood and a few loose teeth, and tell Life-With-Nursing School, ‘You hit like a bitch.’ ”
I carried that funny, tough little mantra with me through every obstacle and pitfall. And, here I am. I’m a little worse for wear, but that experience has taught me and changed me so much.
Some of those changes were good. Some were bad. Others, unforeseen; and still more were long awaited for. But one thing that has not changed is my passion for EMS. If anything, working my way through nursing school has reaffirmed my passion for EMS, my drive to figure out that puzzle, and my desire to help people in whatever little way I can. Rest assured, I’ll be in this line of work for the long haul. This is where my heart truly lies. And I really look forward to sharing that with you guys again.
So, thank you so much for all of your patience and support! I’ll have some new things for you to read shortly. Stay safe out there!