Monday, August 20, 2007
My First Day as a Nursing Student
The day was compiled of orientation activities - lectures mostly, (though they did feed us two excellent meals: fruit for breakfast and chicken salad for lunch). I expected the lectures to be filled with Vanderbilt propaganda and how lucky we were to be enrolled there ... blah blah. But what they filled us with was pride for desiring to be a nurse.
The faculty and staff expressed their passion and joy in calling themselves nurses. They discussed their excitement for us as our journey was just begining. They told us what we should expect over the next two years and what was expected of us. Questions were answered over the course of the day that I didn't even know I had. I briefly felt overwhelmed and fearful, but throughout the day I was reminded why I was there. Clinical words were tossed around and I was reminded of my patients of over 2 years. In my heart I know that I'm headed in the right direction. This is what I will have to remember and focus on over the next 2 years - the patients, the purpose, the goal.