A New Beginning – the First Day of Nursing School

I was so anxious and nervous about my first day of school this past Monday that I could barely sleep the night before. I kept my husband up most of the evening verbalizing all my worries about the start of Nursing School. It didn’t help that my toddler came into our room in the middle of the night crying; needless to say, I was tired for my first day of school.

Aside from lecture 9a-3p on my first day, I ran around campus and collected my student and nursing school identification cards, picked up my scrubs/nursing school uniform and ATI booklets, and paid for my lab skills backpack. I then commuted through L.A. traffic and made it home in time to pick up my daughter from daycare before 5p. I felt like I accomplished a lot in just the first day; I think adrenaline and/or caffeine is what kept me going. Despite the tiredness or overwhelm, it felt so satisfying to finally start Nursing School. I had worked so hard to get to Nursing School, and the day had finally arrived! I was exhausted after that first day (and second, to be honest) but happy.

If you’re feeling hesitant to start something new or are growing weary pursuing your dreams, know that the culmination of your efforts is worth it. I shared a quote via Instagram tied to my first day of school, but I thought it was worth sharing here, too: “The best time for new beginnings is now”. I just wanted to give people encouragement, especially those who are contemplating a career change or starting something new. This quote is a great reminder not just in regards to career or education, but also for healthy habits, relationships, etc. There’s always an opportunity to try or learn something new – cheers to new beginnings!

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  1. First of all, congratulations on getting into nursing school! That is no easy feat! I’m also a second-degree nursing student. How did you decide to become a nurse? Best of luck with starting your first semester 🙂

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    1. Thanks – congrats to you as well! I had thought about nursing years before, but I wasn’t ready to quit my engineering job over it, at the time. I had excellent benefits, was comfortable, and always found ways to incorporate my passion for helping others. I would be in charge of community outreach for my company’s employee resource groups and always found ways to create and include service opportunities with my job, even though it was perceived as outside my job scope…When I finally decided to pursue nursing (after becoming a mom!), volunteering in hospital really cemented my decision for me. Working with patients re-affirmed my decision to become a second-career nurse!

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      1. That’s amazing, and good for you. That was a brave decision and inspires me personally! Keep me updated on your journey! I’d love to stay in touch with other nurses on here- like a little support system. 🙂 Very happy for you. 🙂

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