Update on What I Am Doing

I have had several questions regarding nursing school and work and what my plans are for the future so I decided to update everyone.

As most of you know, I have been taking classes for the past year in pursuit of going back to school for my bachelor's of science in nursing.  My original thought was that I would try for an accelerated program and do it as quickly as possible in order to minimize my time away from my family.  The only two programs that do that in this area are Baylor School of Nursing (Dallas extension) and Texas Christian University.  

Last semester I took Anatomy and Physiology I and Chemistry (YUK).  I got an A in both classes!  WOO HOO!  This semester I am taking Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology.  I am doing well in both of these classes as well.  :)  For Baylor I still need two semesters of a foreign language and as I started looking, I have met all of the requirements for prerequisites for admission to TCU.  In January, I discovered that I could go ahead and apply for TCU.  On the 20th of January, I decided to apply for a February 1st application deadline!  LOL!  I took the HESI (required prior to application) and did not crack a book prior to taking it....I had NO IDEA what would even be on it! I met the deadline, passed the HESI, and found out on February 18th, that I was accepted to the TCU Accelerated BSN program to start in May!!!  I was SOOOO excited!!!!  And then, suddenly, I was scared, worried, unsure, confused.....so many emotions.

After many many weeks and hours of praying and talking with Brice about this, I have decided that right now I will not be going to nursing school.  Not to the TCU accelerated program.  Part of me is a little sad about this but majority of me knows that God was totally all about this decision.  I am at peace with this decision.  The program would be incredible time consuming for me and I would be asking SO MUCH of my family.  My children are so small and I feel so selfish asking them to put everything aside for me to fulfill something that I don't have to do right now.  I have a career that I love.  I am a social worker.  I get to change people's lives.  I already have a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.  I don't have to ask my family to sacrifice so much.

This does not mean that I will not become a nurse....some day.  My kids will not be little forever.  Right now, I am working back at Arlington Memorial Hospital....yes, where I was before.  I love that hospital.  I love the people I work with and for.  I am working PRN which is as needed...so basically when I can and want to and it is working well so far.  I may work a more regular hours in the future but for now, this works. :)

God is good.  And He is faithful.  I am so excited about what God has in store for me and my family. Knowing that He has my best interest at heart and being patient enough to have faith to wait on Him is hard but so worth it.


Unknown said…
Good for you Rikki! God may call you to finish later. Look at me. I was 41when I graduated from college with my BSE, and I will graduate May 9th with my Master's in education! It is never too late! You were also one smart cookie! :)

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