Megan Allen, RN

June 19, 2014 mommytoaheartkid

So, this post might have nothing at all to do with Ava, but in all reality it has everything to do with her.

I finished nursing school.  Then took my boards.  And, I passed.  So now, I have this pretty little addition to my last name.  The long sought after “RN.”


Many people over the years have commented on my blog asking me how I am going to nursing school with a kiddo with CHD at home… And I hope to address some of those questions here and now. 

You know that saying “It takes a village…”  Yup.  It’s true. 

I had help.  A LOT of help.  My husband was great.  He let me study when I needed to, he stayed up extra hours to do things I would normally take care of, and he has put Ava to bed almost every night for the past 3 years.  My mother in law lives about 2 miles from us, and kept Ava over night A LOT.  Clinical mornings meant I had to be up at 4 AM at the latest and in my car by 5:15.  My mom, who lives 2 hours away even made special trips to watch Ava when we just didn’t have anyone to do it.  I missed ONE lecture, my entire nursing school career.  Thanks in large part to the three aforementioned persons.

Looking back, I was severely sleep deprived.  And I only started drinking coffee in the last few months of nursing school.  I’m not sure how I did it.  Nursing school is HARD.  It is not for the weak of heart.  Neither is nursing.  So, if you’re queasy, easily irritated, can’t function on less than 4 hours of sleep a night, can’t go without eating/drinking or peeing for more than 10 hours, this isn’t for you.  If you can’t hold a puke bucket while reciting normal lab values, this isn’t for you.  If you can’t do daycare runs, gymnastics/swimming lessons, 3 hours of lecture, a 2 hour simulation, dinner, bath, bedtime, still study for at least 2 hours, write a paper and then wake up the next morning at 4 AM, nursing school is not for you.  IT WAS HARD.  But, it was so worth it. 

After all, Ava was my inspiration.  I did this for (to) myself, and for my family.  I LOVE nursing.  I love my profession.  I love caring for people, I love the science behind it, and I love that I now hold an Associate’s Degree in Science of Nursing.  I am so proud of myself.  I’m proud of my family for bearing with me. And I’m proud of my new name.



As a side note–Ava is doing well.  We had a check up in February and we don’t go back until next year.  Her holter monitor results were perfect, and we won’t do a cardiac MRI until she’s 12 or 13 years old and doesn’t have to be sedated. 



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