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The conclusion to the prologue

Published February 8, 2013 3:15 PM by Lorenzo Ortega

After checking the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for days on end, I am finally Lorenzo Ortega, RN, BSN. I feel like a super hero with that title, or better yet, a secret agent. The wait for my results was nerve-wracking. Although I felt like I did well, I had taken my NCLEX on Jan 8th and I checked nearly every day to see if the title RN could be added next to my name. Finally, two days ago, I got the news I had been waiting for more than two years now.

This news was followed up by something even better: a job offer. I had previously mentioned a job that I had been applying for in my last blog. After my third interview, I was offered a position in a new graduate ICU program. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be offered such a position, especially since it is in my home town of Stockton, CA. This occurrence has made me reflect a great deal on my path to get to this point. I have had such supportive family, friends, and professors. None of this would be possible without them.

The start date for the program is in early March, so I have a little time to enjoy myself before I begin. The position is a return to the interesting life of night shift that I had during my senior preceptorship. At least this time I am experienced with the flip-flop schedule and actually prefer night as my first nursing position.

When I look back on my nursing education, I feel extremely fortunate to have had the financial support of my parents. I know many people have to take the journey through school alone and for these people I have the most respect. People working, those with kids,  people from difficult socioeconomic backgrounds, and individuals from other financial situations have a ton of distractors in their field of view. Many times these distractors can keep them from focusing or can simply discourage them all together, making their goals seem distant and impossible. It is these people, and their struggles, that I have learned exponentially from in the past two years. I sincerely thank them for their motivation. They have shown me, and many others, that perseverance is the true skill of a nurse. 

posted by Lorenzo Ortega


Thank you Linda and Karen! Karen there are many new grad programs starting up so best of luck to you!

Lorenzo Ortega March 3, 2013 8:38 PM

Congratulations, Lorenzo! There was no doubt in my mind you would land a position -- and ICU, that's fantastic. Can't wait to read all about it!

Linda Jones February 14, 2013 9:43 AM

Congratulations Lorenzo Ortega!  I passed the NCLEXRN on 1/3/13 and was the same way lol! I am currently seeking a new grad position living in the central valley...submitting applications daily. I found your blog to be informative and wish you the best!

Karen Audinett February 10, 2013 11:10 AM

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