May and June comprised one of the busiest periods I’ve had in a long while. As my BSN program drew to close and deadlines ticked down, I found myself running around completing a sixty-five hour practicum class that involved setting up and then interviewing community leaders on my chosen topic as well as doing the research for my classes to prepare for papers. June finished out with an absolute orgy of writing as I wrote three major capstone projects totaling over seventy pages. It was, to say the least, completely exhausting.
However, it was also rewarding as I got the notice on Monday that my final paper passed and my advisor recommended me to receive my diploma!
When I decided to go for the BSN, I initially rolled my eyes a little. I already have a BA (in English) and I figured this degree would be more of the same. However, with more and more push for RNs working in hospital settings to have BSNs, I knew I needed to go ahead and get the degree. Otherwise, I risked a situation where, if I ever found a position I wanted to pursue in another hospital system or my system changed rules or ownership, I might find myself either unable to apply for a different position or told that I needed to complete the BSN within a certain number of years.
I was surprised at how much I learned. While I definitely had a head start since my degree in English had taught me a good bit about research and writing, in my new coursework, I learned how to really evaluate scientific research. I also learned about statistics and worked through the steps of problem-solving in a nursing setting.
In short, I know I’m better at what I do thanks to earning this degree. Eventually, when I’m ready, it will also set me up much better to complete masters’ level coursework.
At this point, I’m looking forward to catching up with reading blogs, commenting, and writing here a bit more often. I’m hoping to watch the documentary “Vegas Baby” about the Sh.er Inst.itutes IVF contest when it comes to Net.flix and read Belle Boggs’ The Art of Waiting. I recently finished Kate Hopper’s memoir Ready for Air about the premature birth of her daughter and D. Knight Smith’s Letters to Ellie. I’ve been thinking about infertility and NICU quite a bit. It’s as though suddenly I’m really starting to process some parts of the experience that perhaps I couldn’t when I was going through them.