I got in!
It’s been just one week shy of a year since I decided I wanted to pursue a career in as a nurse. I’ve learned SO MUCH over the past year and thought about the many different options I have to earn the letters RN after my name. I started out taking Biology and Psychology at community college in the spring semester, and continued full force through the summer with Anatomy 1, Nutrition, and Ethics. Almost immediately following the summer session, I started my job at a children’s hospital, where I work as an aid on the nursing staff.
By the time the fall semester began, I was ready to apply to the Nursing School, while I continued some of my prerequisites including Anatomy 2 and Microbiology. However, I was also getting nervous about the upcoming TEAS test and the fact that this Nursing School only has space for 30 new students each year. Fortunately the TEAS test went very well, and once I submitted my application, all I could do was wait and hope! I am now happy to report that I have been granted admission to the program. Technically, my acceptance is provisional until I pass the final hurdles like a physical and a background check. However, I passed similar hurdles just a few months ago when I applied to the hospital, so I’m not too worried.
I’ve chosen to get my Nursing Degree at a community college, and I feel great about this decision. First of all, it is located less than 10 minutes away from my house, which makes getting to classes so much easier than other programs that I considered, which range from 20-60 minutes away. Second, the price of this program compared to programs offered at 4-year colleges makes much more sense financially. Third, as I alluded earlier, this program is competitive and has a great reputation in this area, so my degree will mean something. And finally, this was the fastest route I could find, considering the prerequisites and the start-dates, to become a Registered Nurse.
I should finish this program in the Fall of 2014 with an A.A.S. and the required certification to sit for the NCLEX to get my license. By the Spring of 2015, whenever I pass the NCLEX, I will be an RN. From there, all that remains is finding a job that I like in this area, or finally deciding to move away. It’s not like I’ve been biding my time, but I haven’t had a reason to move (and also I’m happy here). But if I can’t find a job I like, that will be a reason to relocate.
All this is to say that I am very happy right now with what I have accomplished over the past year. Literally, this time last year I was completely adrift and the main thing on my mind was how to affix my Medusa hair to my head for Halloween. Now, I’m filling my head with knowledge, prepping for tests, and formulating my realistic 5-year plan. Yes, there’s still a long road ahead of me…but knowing which direction I’m headed and a way to get there makes all the difference in the world.
I’m happy where I am, happy with what I’m doing, and happy with what I’m planning. What more can I ask?