I am about to order scrubs for my nursing school clinicals which start in about a month. And for the past three semesters I have been taking heavy science classes in preparation for nursing school. Therefore I am slowly creeping toward becoming a nurse. Of course I cannot officially call myself a nurse until I pass the NCLEX (national licensing test) which is a very challenging adaptive computerized test. But on the inside, I wonder when I will feel like I am a nurse.
So far I have been doing well in Anatomy and Physiology classes (I love learning about the amazing human body) and I thoroughly enjoyed Microbiology. Therefore I already know a lot more than mainstream America and yet I am not even a Novice when it comes to health care workers… 🙂 I think that once we start our clinical rotations and we are wearing the scrubs and being called nurse for a while, then the transition will start to complete itself internally.
I also feel that over the past year and for the next 2 years, I will learn more (and retain more) information than I have in the previous 10 years. There is simply a huge volume of material for nursing school – especially with drugs changing every year, and technology advancing at a rapid pace… Honestly I wonder how they will pack everything into two years :-O I also plan to enroll in a BSN program starting in 2016. So that will make things more interesting – being in two programs simultaneously.
The only obstacle so far is money. Due to having graduated with my B.A. from UVa, I am ineligible for federal financial aid for the two year program. Therefore I will have to work at least two days / week to get through nursing school. I wonder if I should start a crowd funding site for myself? Let me know your thoughts if you want.
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