Why Nursing??

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Two years ago, I was adamant that I was not going to become a nurse. In fact, I said many times, "I will never be a nurse."

If you had told me then that I would be in nursing school today -- and loving it -- I would have thought you were a crazy liar.

And yet here I am.

Yesterday was orientation for the student nurses starting in the fall. Can I be honest with you? I was a little terrified. The instructors tried to scare us (and did a pretty good job) so we would be aware of how hard nursing is. I sat there wondering if I could really this. Is nursing really what I want?

Then I thought about what made me decide to do nursing. Why did I leave my perfect job at the daycare for this? Maybe it's because I got excited every time someone asked me a medical question. Or because I was constantly looking up medical procedures (yes, I know... I'm weird...). Or maybe it's because I was always saying, "I could have so much fun being a nurse!"

My heart kept feeling a tug to become a nurse. I knew I would enjoy it. But see, there's this little thing called fear. And I payed more attention to fear than to that tug I kept feeling. Until one morning at work, our darling 9 month-old came in late. While we (my coworker and I) talked to her mom, we all noticed a rash on the baby's stomach that soon spread to her back and neck. Then her voice started to get raspy. I checked the baby out and told her mom that she should go to the doctors. Thankfully, the baby turned out to be okay -- it was actually just a bad heat rash -- but I suddenly knew what I wanted to do: I wanted to be a pediatric nurse. Specifically, I wanted to work in the NICU.

I want to be a nurse because no matter how stressful it is -- no matter how tiring it is -- it is totally worth it to hear someone say, "Thank you." When someone is in the hospital, they're scared and want someone to tell them it's okay. I want to be that person. I enjoy taking care of people and I want to encourage people when they are at their lowest. What better way to show God's love then to serve others?

All these thoughts ran through my head while I was sitting in orientation. And suddenly, I didn't feel as overwhelmed. Nursing is what I want and I will not let myself forget that.

Why Nursing? This is why:


A Novel Idea Link-Up // 6-21

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hello blogglings! After a much-needed, unplanned break, I am back! Between summer classes, working, getting things in order for my nursing classes in the fall, and a trip to the beach (which was wonderful) my summer has been busy to say the least. I did make time to sit down and write at the beach, though -- something about salty-air breezes gets your creative juices going. I felt like writing a novel in one sitting. Then the power went out. Oh well. I'm back at it now, and ready to write.

 This week, I'm linking up with Sky and Ashley's A Novel Idea. The prompt is to write a back-cover blurb for your novel. Writing cover blurbs are one of my favorite things to do, because it helps me sort out the key points in my novel. It's also a little terrifying -- a synopsis can make or break your story. I know how much I rely on back-cover blurbs when I'm buying a book, so I want mine to be just right. That's probably why I have a million synopsis ideas scattered all around. 

After discovering the traitor, everything changed. Then the bombs fell. And life came crashing to the ground. Brynn believes that the spy -- once her friend -- is behind the destruction of their home. She disobeys orders and sneaks away to kill the traitor, though she can't shake the suspicion that he might be innocent. Brynn decides to ignore her feelings and go through with her plans -- until the traitor contacts her first.  

Have you linked up? If not, I'd still love to read your back-cover blurb!