December 11, 2013

An End + A Beginning


Here we go! All of my hard work, struggles, and tears... they're all about to pay off. I'm heading into the stress of studying and finals! There's one quiz, one presentation, one skills test out and three finals standing between me and my nursing degree right now. Do you know how surreal that feels? The next few weeks I'll be spending agonizing hours studying 16 weeks of content and riding the emotional roller coaster that is my last week of nursing school.

I.Can't.Believe.It!

It may seem silly to some, I get a bit emotional about "lasts." You know, like how I had my last clinical ever on Monday night. At the end of the night our clinical instructor goes through a checklist of reminders for us. "Did you document hygiene? Is your charting done? Now you can remove your patient from your list!" And when I logged into the charting system, I knew it was going to be the last time I entered that username and password. And when I removed my patient from my list, I knew that was going to be the last patient I have until I'm working as a nurse. Everything was going in slow motion... We walked out of the hospital and I knew it was the last time we'd all walk out of that hospital together as a group. Now the next week is going to be full of "lasts" and I've already armed myself with kleenex to deal with it all!

There's just something about this feeling... This feeling that all my dreams are about to come true.
I really, really love this feeling.

And next Friday, December 20th, my little girl along with Cory, my parents and my grandparents will watch me walk across the stage and be 'pinned'. I can't wait to show them that I DID IT and that with their help I made my dreams come true!

(Geez, if I'm already a mess now, I can't even imagine how I'm going to be that night! I better make a Target run for some waterproof mascara!)

Will you pretty please forgive me if I'm a bit absent the next week or so? I have a couple posts planned and lined up, but other than that I'll just be popping in here and there probably to tell you how much chocolate I've eaten and how much I want to take a nap. Or how much I'm dying for my child to take a nap so I can study. Such is the life! Thank you to all of you for sticking with me and offering your words of support through this stressful last week! It's such a blessing to know I have you guys cheering me on and offering me such sweet words of encouragement!

Now time for me to hit the books!

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23 comments:

  1. Words cannot express how proud I am of you! Tears of joy streamed down my face as I read this post! You truly are going to be an amazing nurse! I will be bringing tons of Kleenex to the pinning ceremony...cannot wait!!

    All my love,
    Mama!
    xo

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  2. I am with you, girl - lasts are tough! But I love that this is a GREAT last ... and that the beginning following it is so awesome. You should be very proud of all your hard work! You are a great mama (& blogger!) and you'll be a great nurse, for sure. xo

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  3. So excited for you! Good luck this week and can't wait to hear how everything goes!!

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  4. Eeek! This is soooo exciting!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Chel, my sweet Mama was a nurse... I absolutely cherish the photos I have of her on her knees, being pinned. She only lived to the age of 30, but I can say with enormous pride, that my mom was an R.N. God Bless you on your journey~ xox
    (I think nursing is the nobelist of professions)

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  6. So proud of you mama!!! Enjoy every minute of it... you deserve a huge celebration. Sending a hug!

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  7. I am SO proud of you Chelsea! I wish I could be in the audience cheering you on, but know I will be there in spirit. You are an amazing woman and an amazing example to your daughter! xoxo

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  8. Girly I teared up just reading this! I am so proud of you! You have come so far and worked so hard to be where you are now! I know it has been anything but easy but you did it! You are at the end and you have achieved your dreams! Be damn proud of yourself and know that Miss Alea is so proud of you too!

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  9. Aww, I'm totally crying for you over here, it's such an amazing achievement to get where you've gotten, and you are going to be a spectacular nurse! Rock those finals girl, you've got this!

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  10. Congrats!! This is a huge accomplishment! I even got teary eyed reading it!

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  11. I'm so happy for you!! There is nothing like the satisfaction and joy of knowing you made it through nursing school. Even though finals are always stressful, take everything in this last week - especially the time with your classmates. It's so bittersweet. And definitely stock up on that waterproof mascara! I was a bawling mess my last day ever at Luther as a student visiting my college professors!

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  12. You know how I feel about this!! I'm ecstatic for you and so so proud!! Love you and can't wait to see where your journey leads :)

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  13. Chelsea, I am so, so, so proud of you. All of your hard work, determination, guilt over not being home more with Alea, time away from home in general, time studying and everything is finally paying off! Your mama is right, you're going to make an amazing nurse. Beyond amazing really. Your heart is SO into it and that's what makes it better. Love you lots and can't wait to see lots pictures from your pinning ceremony!

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  14. Girl you are making ME cry!! So incredibly EXCITED for you!! (that's kindof an understatement!!!!!) To come this far... so amazing! To actually see your dreams become reality and say I DID IT!!!! So amazing. Can't wait for you!!

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  15. Good luck!!! You can do it! I just had my last exam of the semester today. I still have a year and a half until I'm done though. You're so close to the end! You're going to do great!

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  16. Go study, hit the books, and I can not wait to see you graduate!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  17. I am SO proud of you Chelsea! It's amazing to think that you're almost at the end -- unfortunately for me, I have another 2 years of finals to suffer through!

    Now go kick butt on your finals & G-R-A-D-U-A-T-E!!

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  18. Aww I'm all teary! You deserve this!! And I'm so proud of you!! It must feel so amazing and scary and exciting...I can just imagine all the emotions! But it's a good thing....a WONDERFUL thing! Congrats and good luck! <3

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  19. This is so exciting!! Good for you, friend! I wish I lived closer so I could offer to take Stella and Alea on a play date while you napped!! :) You will rock your finals and make an awesome nurse! xo!

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  20. What an accomplishment! How exciting. Congratulations to you!!!

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