I just posted my “Application for Graduation”. Now, that doesn’t mean I am graduating just yet, but the school wanted it at least six months before graduation, so of course, I did it a year ahead of time. It was kind of cool to “write your name as you want it to show on your diploma” and read about the Master’s hood and the ceremony. It just warms the cockles of my heart. Maybe this will actually all come to and end and I will finally achieve my goal.
This isn’t the first time I tried to achieve this. I started in a FNP program in Pennsylvania back in 2002. It was an RN to MSN program since I had gotten my RN back in the days of the “diploma school”. My husband got sick and we ended up moving to Florida when he recovered. I had racked up enough credits to get my BSN, summa cum laude, thank you very much, and stopped any further classes. When we got down here, I worked for hospice, lived through Hurricane Charlie, and finally taught LPN students. Budget cuts cost me that job and I decided it was time to try again.
So, finally, I am within a year of achieving that coveted FNP-MSN. I am looking forward to this last year, clinicals will seem so much more real to me than all the book work. Of course, the book work was necessary, but clinicals give you the opportunity to hone skills and actually see patients and help them. That is what I have been wanting to do for so long. Being an RN has been great, but moving up to this new level will be so much more rewarding for me. I anticipate getting back to more patient contact, as the current role of RN is so much paperwork and less actual hands-on patient care. It seems that CNAs and med techs are doing what nurses used to consider part of their job, and RNs are acting more in the administrative capacity and as data collectors for goverment, regulatory agencies and insurance companies. (Don’t let me get started on that.)
So, bottom line: there is a light at the end of the tunnel! WooHoo!
PS: Thanks to Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing for giving me my busiest blog day ever by recommending my blog as interesting to read. Here is a link to their webpage in return: http://www.midwives.org/home.html