I never imagined myself here. Never did I think that I would be enrolled in and just beginning my journey as a student nurse and I certainly couldn't have ever imagined that I would be documenting my experiences along the way open to anyone whose interest I piqued along the way. That's the way life works though isn't it? Growth isn't a byproduct of your plans for it, it's born from our ability to navigate the surprises or what we perceive as missteps that eventually lead us to our true destiny.
I think my calling to share my experience through nursing school is just as if not more important than actually becoming a nurse, and here's why:
1. I'm not a traditional student.
This may not seem like an obvious hindrance to becoming nurse, but for someone that has a pretty well-developed life outside of nursing school (single mom, career, etc), the idea of being tied to physically attending lecture every day and the stress that transpires as one tries to figure out what to do with sick kids or emergencies that arise with that type of commitment, it was easy to feel overwhelmed. It felt so heavy in fact that after my marriage ended while getting my pre-requisites done, I wondered if my dreams of becoming a healthcare practitioner were squashed forever.
2. Online nursing school is a new thing.
When I started out, I had no idea that online nursing programs existed; let alone that they were the same price as my current brick and mortar university, and that they were actually accredited. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I'm research obsessed. Most of the time, I research for the sake of researching because I find that it seems to both invigorate and relax me all at once. In my many hours of digging about my particular program, people's experiences, and how to prepare, I uncovered very little. To someone addicted to information and always wanting to know how the big picture works so I can fit in all the little details, this was disappointing. I figured if I had questions about this or if I was unaware that programs out there like this existed, then it's likely that others can probably relate. Hopefully, this will expose you to new opportunities and help you determine whether or not this journey is right for you.
3. There are A LOT of stigmas surrounding online schooling.
If you've had any exposure to traditional brick and mortar universities recently, you know that there is a pretty negative perception chained to unique schooling outlets, especially online schooling. Many of these cautious norms stem from very valid places - perhaps most importantly, spending a ridiculous amount of money on an already ridiculously overpriced pursuit - college education. State run universities are usually cheaper and typical online schools function like a business, so they charge a lot more for the same or (in many cases) subpar education. If you're a non-traditional student who longs for the freedom and flexibility that your for profit universities offer, but you're not willing to pay more money for an education scoffed at by HR professionals scanning your resume before an interview, then you can probably relate to the struggle I have faced and can see how the course of my life was steered here. Not only did I find an online institution that met all of my flexibility needs, but it was both accredited (CCNE) and also respected in the nursing field for the same fees associated with the state run universities I was investigating. To me, it was more than a win/win, it felt like fate. And it's also the reason I feel called to share it with others. I'm excited to share this journey with you and if I'm lucky, my experience might inspire you to do the same!