Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School, Back to the Fire

It is that time of year again, when traditional students are either starting college for the first time or returning for another semester. This is a time of excitement and also a time to reflect upon the past and look forward to the future. What brought you to this place? Why did you choose to start (or continue) nursing school?
As you may already know, nursing school is not for the faint of heart.
It is something that takes courage, determination, and a lot of dedication. I, and many of my colleagues, look back on nursing school with wonder. How did we do that? How did we start in the first place? How did we keep going? I believe there is a fire under every nursing student’s feet that helps to drive them into this profession and helps to keep them going. Some students don’t make it, and some nurses don’t make it, but the ones who do are strong and meant to do this job.

For those who are new and just now starting – congratulations! You have made the hardest step. You have registered, planned, and decided to jump in and do it. There is a long road ahead of you, one of tears, joys, and challenges. There is also a wealth of knowledge and experience that you will take with you for the rest of your life. It is a journey you will never forget and one that will not only forge you as a nurse, but as a different and stronger person. You can do this!
For those of you who are in nursing school and starting another semester – keep going! Nearly everyone reaches a point during their school journey where they want to just lie down and give up. Don’t do it. You have come to this place for a reason. Make it challenge you, but don’t let it overcome you. Get over this hill and someday soon you will reach the finish line. This profession needs you.

Remember that nursing school is a place that is meant to transform you. Like a refining fire, it molds your whole person, if you let it, and shapes you into the kind of nurse that your future patients need. Not only is school something you are doing for yourself, but you are doing it for them, also.
What feelings do you have as you start nursing school? Are you excited? Challenged? Share with us your thoughts.

2 comments:

Joey B. said...

Starting college for the first time at age 36 after having served in the military for 15 years, I have to say that I am a bit nervous. Right now I'm at the very beginning of my "long road". I know I will be faced with many challenges and hardships, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to overcome and negotiate those obstacles successfully. As a "pre-nursing" student, I need to maintain an attitude that is focused on the process of daily college life. That is, it is imperative that I take it one class at a time, one day at a time, one semester at a time, and not worry about things or situations that I cannot control. I must only concern myself with those areas that I can directly influence; such as: studying, eating habits, exercise routine, class participation, etc. Eliminating as much stress and distractions as I possibly can will enable me to work more efficiently and effectively.
"It's not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters."
— Paul "Bear" Bryant

Deb W. said...

I have started back to school after being out of school for thirty years. I am so excited and scared to death. This is a dream of mine since I was 16 years old. Any advice ???