Guest Post: Becoming A Nurse

Hey guys! Happy Monday :)

It is definitely a good day, indeed….I am currently on a house boat with my entire family!! (Minus a sister who just had a baby & my husband who had to work…..boo.) But really, life is good!

While I am away, I have some awesome blog posts lined up, if I do say so myself 😉 So bring the love to them!!

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Hello friends! I am flattered that Annette asked me to write a post on her awesome blog. As a way of introduction, my name is Caroline.

As a younger sister of Annette’s, I’ve always looked up to her and admire her zest for life. She is truly passionate about what she does. I too have a passion for health and strive to live a healthy lifestyle. However, my field of work focuses on a different population than Annette’s. She is more the preventative side of health and I work as an RN-BSN at a large university hospital with the treatment side of health.

Want to know my journey to becoming a nurse?

Caroline’s Journey To Becoming A Nurse

In high school my mom said she could see me as a nurse. Even though I knew in my heart that is what I wanted to do, I stubbornly didn’t want my mom to be right. I wanted to pick what I wanted to do. No one tells this girl what to do!

I went to BYU and wanted to be in the health field but wasn’t fully committed to becoming a nurse at that time. So I declared a Public Health major and took prerequisites for nursing on the side knowing in my heart one day I would go to nursing school. I loved my classes! I have a better understanding of the importance of health education but I didn’t feel fulfilled.

I met my sweetheart, we dated, fell in love, got married, graduated from BYU and moved to Iowa for my husband to go to medical school. (That was a really quick recap of 3 years.)

I became a nanny. Quickly realized that was not for me and started getting serious in looking for nursing programs.

Things started falling into place and I found a BSN program at a university that is an accelerated program. (Accelerated BSN programs only take those with bachelors degrees and a long list of prerequisites.) I got in!

One glitch. It was 4hrs away from my husband. With the full support from my husband we choose to live a crazy one year where we only saw each other every other weekend. It was one of the hardest years of my life but looking back, it was the second best decision I have made in my life. (The first would be marrying my husband.)

{my sister, Caroline! She’s a freakin’ cool nurse!}

I now work on a head and neck/ gynecology oncology unit and I love it!

Not every day at work is perfect but knowing that I followed my heart and did what was necessary to accomplish my goal feels like a million bucks.

And just because I like to laugh… The first time I had a patient who had a mastoidectomy was male. While I taught him how to care for his surgical site, I used the word “mastectomy” the whole time without realizing it.

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Thank YOU Caroline! Isn’t she just a gem?! We’re best friends (we did a marathon together), and I feel so lucky to have her in my life. :)

Have a GREAT day everyone!!

What is something YOU’ve done that YOU feel proud of?? What made YOU want to be in the career YOU are in?? What do YOU think, do Caroline and I look alike?? 😉

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Comments

  1. Yay, Caroline!! Awesome guest post and I know you’re an amazing nurse!! I’m pretty sure Mrs. Ahlquist made me become a teacher! :) :)

  2. This is beautiful!! I am so glad we got to meet your sister!!! :) Hey Caroline!!! <3 great post xo

  3. Great post!! i love that you followed your dreams even though it wasn’t necessarily easy and that your husband totally supported you 😀

  4. Loved this post! It is important that you ALWAYS follow your dreams.

  5. awww. This hits super close to home. I moved from California to West Virginia with my boyfriend for his job. Now I’m here going to nursing school that’s an hour and a half away. That’s 3 hours of driving 5 days a week. I still have 2 more years to go and I’m getting so burned out. It’s so good to be reminded that it is all worth it in the end. I lovvvvveeedddd this guest post :)

  6. Callie says:

    What a nice post!! I’m only 15 years old but I’m thinking of becoming a nurse when I get done with high school and so I found your post very informative! Thanks! :)

  7. Great post!!!! How inspiring to go for your dreams and achieve them!!! Caroline sounds awesome!!

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