Megan Allen, RN
June 19, 2014
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.
Entry Filed under: Uncategorized