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It's Getting Real Now

Published November 20, 2013 4:53 PM by Frank Visco

Last Saturday, I had my last day of clinical. Yesterday, I handed in my capstone project. In three weeks, I’ll take my last final.

And then I’m done.

It’s amazing how quickly time goes. It’s been two years and three months since I started the nursing program at La Salle and almost four years since I started going back to school to pursue a career in nursing.

A lot has happened in that time. I got married in August of 2010. I bought a house in July of 2012. And, by the time I sit for the boards, I’ll have a newborn daughter.

Through all of that, I somehow managed to transition from being a guy who knew as little as a grown adult could know about the human body without hurting himself into a nursing school graduate.

Overall, I’d say it’s been a fruitful and rewarding experience. During most of my time in school, I’ve often felt quite lost, but I was assured that, at some point, it would all come together. I still think that day – the day where it all comes together – is somewhere in my future. But I know I’m closing in on it. People in the know tell me that day comes once you’re actually in a job and doing it every day.

I can’t lie – I’m nervous. Nervous about the boards. Nervous about finding a job. Nervous about being a nurse. But I think being nervous can be a good thing for me. If I’m nervous, I can’t coast. If I can’t coast, I’ll have to work for it, and that means I’ll have to continue to grow.

Last year around this time, I was about halfway through school, and I thought to myself “Geez, I know nothing. I’m not even close to ready to be a nurse.” But, I thought, “Well, I certainly know a great deal more than when I started, and if I have a similar jump in knowledge by the time I’m done, I’ll feel pretty comfortable with where I’m at.”’

Well, that jump in knowledge happened, and the results have started to show. Certain things have gone beyond knowledge and become instinctive. I’ve exceed the national average on my last few Hesi exams. I’m even able to answer medical questions in a somewhat intelligent way when my family and friends ask them.

That being said, I’m still nervous. But I’m also encouraged. And encouragement is probably an even greater motivator than nervousness.  

2014 Is going to be a big year. The year I become a father. The year I become a nurse.

I’m nervous for it. I’m excited for it. I’m ready for it.


Congrats Frank. Since you started posting on the blog I have been following some of your posts. This one, and many others, are similar to the feelings I had when I went through school and finished up. Its been almost a year since I graduated and I have been working now in the CVICU for 8 months. Don't be worried about all of that stuff and feeling like you don't know anything. I felt the same way. I can see your dedication from your posts and everything will fall in place. One thing that I never realized was the amount of support you get from other nurses and your charge nurse. Ask questions everyday and your knowledge base will grow. Things are starting to come together for me, but its never just one moment that you get things you learn lessons everyday, every shift and you won't forget them again after that. Good luck with everything in the next few months! You'll do great.

Lorenzo Ortega November 29, 2013 9:02 PM

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