Where on earth have I been the past month? Buried in studying, assignments, projects, and finishing up the required clinical hours to graduate. Sorry for the writing hiatus but real life called. Guess who just graduated with their bachelors in nursing last week?!?
My family came to the pinning ceremony and it was so nice to celebrate with people that have loved and supported me throughout the course of this program.
Which program did I just finish? It’s called an accelerated or second degree nursing program. There are a lot of universities around the country that offer the option to complete a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) for people that already had bachelors degrees. The program covers all the same requirements of a traditional BSN program but in 15 months (average) rather than two years. Keep in mind all requirements for a bachelors degree were met through the first degree and any additional prerequisites.
This was very appealing because I graduated a few years ago with a BS in Biological and Physical Sciences. After switching from research to pre-medicine to teaching, I realized that nursing was a career that would allow me to pursue my passions for science, health care, education, and opened me up to a world of opportunities without sacrificing my work-life balance. It’s possible to be a great physician, wife, mother, triathlete, etc. at the same time but medicine requires a deep passion to get through medical school and residency. When it came time to apply to medical school, I just couldn’t find that passion to push me through the next seven years and I realized there were so many other options that might fulfill what I wanted out of a career.
A nurse practitioner I worked indirectly with two years ago opened me up to the world of nursing and described the variety of roles and opportunities available through nursing. To that nurse practitioner, thank you for sharing your knowledge and excitement. To anybody that loves their career, share it with others. You might be opening them up to a world you love.
After researching, reading, and talking with other nurses, I decided to pursue my BSN and continue to learn about the field as I gain experience and decide which direction I want to take. Right now, I’m considering nurse practitioner, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, and research. Most likely, my career will include multiple roles, patient populations, and specialties. The only thing for certain, is I won’t ever stop learning, caring for and educating patients, or trying to make a positive difference in the health care industry…these are my passions.
If you have any questions about nursing, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’d be happy to share some of what I’ve learned over the past few years.
So for now I’m actively searching for jobs, studying for the nursing boards (NCLEX), training my heart out, and catching up with friends and family. I’ll be racing the ING Miami marathon at the end of January.
I hope everybody is excited about the holidays…it’s finally starting to feel like Christmas around here despite the gorgeous warm weather.
Did you always know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you change your mind 50 times and still don’t know? Are you doing something you’re passionate about or something that finances your passions?