First off, I want to state on my blog that after 2 years of school at OTC slowly chipping away at prerequisite courses, I have gotten accepted to a BSN program at Cox College here in Springfield. I begin in the fall, and I am so super excited. When I first decided I wanted to be a nurse, I really didn't have a specific plan in place, I just kinda went for it. I knew I wanted to go through Cox College though, so I specifically worked toward their list of classes to take. I quickly realized that I was one of a very few that didn't get an LPN first then go for my ASN or BSN. Most everyone in my classes already have their LPN and are entering into RN bridge programs. I never even entertained going the LPN route, because I saw it as a stop in the road. I just wanted to go straight for the goal.
I have three more prerequisite courses that I am currently taking: Microbiology, Lifespan Psychology, and Humanities. I am enjoying the classes and Microbiology is like my most favorite class ever.
Back to my blog. I have decided that I am going to use my blog as an outlet for my journey through nursing school. I have heard that it will be the toughest 2 years of my life, and I am hoping to give a play by play and use my blog as a dumping place for all of my school successes and frustrations (all within HIPPA guidelines, of course). I'm hoping that it will serve as an example of what going through a BSN program is like. We will see if I follow through. I get these grand ideas, and then I get so dang busy I just don't have the time.
This summer will be the first summer, since starting college again, that I will be taking classes. I will be taking Statistics (which I attempted this semester, but dropped it... it's that difficult) and Intro to Nursing. This summer will be rough, and then I jump right into nursing school in the fall. When I look at all that I have coming my way, I tend to get overwhelmed, but my mother in law gave me great advice to focus on what comes first, first, then I can focus on what's next. One step at a time, one course at a time, one day at a time... don't get overwhelmed, basically. It has been the one cliche piece of advice that I always repeat to myself when I start to worry and get upset about all that I have yet to do.
I am nervous, I am scared, but more than that, I am optimistic. I am so excited about the future.
Class of 2016! eeeep!