So I did it, I graduated! I am now a graduate nurse with a bachelor's of science in nursing. But I'm not getting too excited yet... the NCLEX and getting through my first six months as a nurse looms on the horizon. Scary changes. I'm not sure if my education has prepared me for most of it, but I have to keep in mind that I'm as prepared as anyone else ever was.
I found out who two of my preceptors on the floor will be, and I'm pretty happy. One is a more experienced nurse, V, who has always been very friendly and helpful to me on the floor. I told her she would be precepting me and she said she was really glad, that she likes me. The other is a younger, newer nurse who is gaining experience as a preceptor. She is pretty cool and seemed happy that I'll be her preceptee.
Graduation was a good time. I felt proud of myself and glad that my parents and grandma can finally feel like all of their support has paid off. Three of my fellow nursing students will be working with me on my floor, but I'm the only one starting in May. I'm especially glad that I'll be with my nursing buddy C, we have fun together. Ok, we complain together, but it's fun!
I got an A in statistics, an A in community health clinical, and a B in lecture. I graduated cum laude.
And I start nursing orientation a week from Monday... so, welcome to a new blog, the title is changing to: "The Life and Times of a New Grad Nurse!"