Sunday, July 7, 2013

Two weeks in...

And the work load is mounting!!!  I expected it .. still it is a lot of information to take in in a short amount of time and I need to continuously stay on top of deadlines to make sure everything is accomplished on time.

The hardest thing about going back to school is missing my kiddos.  I know this will be my personal struggle for a long as I attend classes.  Being a mom is the best thing in the world and being away from my loves it hard.  I am determined to get the most out of every weekend and break with them to minimize the impact of my absence during the week...and lots of phone calls and texting in between.

The first two weeks of school have been GREAT.  I feel so strongly that this is the right path for me and it is a very very good feeling.  Today I am catching up on reading and hope to get situated with a couple of study groups in the coming week as it is always nice to have other people to bounce ideas off.

The faculty is great and collectively very enthusiastic about teaching and the nursing profession.  I was super excited to get accepted ... I am even more excited now!   My cohort comes from a variety of backgrounds and it will be exciting to learn along with them as we all bring different perspectives into the learning process.  Another student (see blog link below) wrote this great little list of nuggets from the first week - these ring totally true to me so I want to share: 
  • 90% of all questions can be answered with either “It depends” or “Wash your hands.”
  • Hold onto truth lightly.
  • We are on the frontline of creating new nursing roles for ourselves. Put nursing to work in the parts of our lives we already love. What takes our breaths away?
  • Make time for reflective practice. 
  • Bring everything you are. But it’s not about you.
  • Ask your questions. Stay curious. There are lots of right answers.
  • Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  • You can’t be a cowboy/girl if you’re afraid of how you look on the horse.
  • Lean into your fellow students for support. Now is not the the time to be the lone wolf. Learn to work in the wolf pack.
  • Trust the process.
  • Sloooow. Down.


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