Yesterday afternoon, a long-awaited moment came: I was pinned as a graduate of the Simmons College School of Nursing! It’s been a long road. Two and half years of full-time, year-round study, 700 clinical hours, countless hours reading, studying for exams, and writing care plans. I have to say, I am so proud of myself. I had to take classes like organic chemistry and pass medication calculation exams. Every. Semester. These requirements scared me out of my wits! But I did it and it was all worth it.
I can’t write a post about graduating from nursing school without a shout-out to my husband and greatest supporter, Matthew Billey of Starleaf Boat Works and 2 Union Wood Craft. He has been by my side this entire time, making me healthy food during long study sessions, calming my fears that I would fail an upcoming exam despite weeks of studying, listening as I described tough clinical days at the hospital, packing me lunches, filling my thermos with hot tea and honey, changing the oil in my car so I could get to class and the hospital, filling my washer fluid reservoir so I could see through my windshield, and in general, basically, being totally amazing. I honestly could not have survived this program without him. More than anything, just knowing I had someone to come home to, to eat dinner with, to make me laugh, and to nudge my butt out of bed on those cold winter mornings when I had to get up sooo early for clinical, was the best support I could ever have asked for. He earned this degree with me (and even married me in the midst of it all). Thank you, Bear. Thank you so much.
Next step, the last step, is to study and sit for the NCLEX exam, which is the national nursing board exam. I’m planning to do that in late January. When I pass, I will officially be an R.N. and one giant step closer to being a Certified Nurse-Midwife! But first, I’m taking some down time this week to enjoy the pause between and go cut down a Christmas tree from my Grampy’s woods. Nursing pin in hand, the snow is falling and I even talked Matt into joining me for my annual Love Actually screening last night. It’s an understatement to say I’m feeling grateful.
Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend and week as we turn inward and move towards the upcoming Solstice.
Kara, pre-licensure R.N.