Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Big News!

I'm going back to school. That's right folks. Starting tomorrow, I will again be a student.
Zac decided that I need to do something productive with my life that will have some sort of retirement plan so he can be done at 55, or something like that. So, I've enrolled in a classes at ICC and I start Chemistry tomorrow. It's a 3 week mini-mester that I will do every day all day until June 7. Then I'll take 3 online classes this summer, Microbiology in the fall along with 3 more online classes. Once I complete those, I'll be on track to start the nursing program at Bradley (if they choose to accept me ;)
Bradley has a 2nd Degree Nursing Program for people who have a Bachelor's degree in another field (mine being art and Spanish...not much you can do with that). It's a 15 month program that will begin in May of 2011 and I'll be finished with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in August of 2012. I'm really excited about the whole thing. A little nervous to be going back to school starting tomorrow, but excited about the fact that I will be a nurse within 2.5 years.
Growing up, I always wanted to be a nurse, but life took me in a different direction once I got to college. I'll be the first to admit that I spent my college years focusing on the social aspect and finding me some good husband material. I accomplished both of those things, and now it's time for me to actually apply myself in school!
Although it was a childhood dream to be a nurse, I do give all of the credit for my future endeavors to Olivia and the nurses and doctors in the PICU. Caring for Olivia made me realize that I absolutely love being able to take care of people in a medical capacity. The nurses in the PICU completely inspired me everyday with their knowledge, compassion, and overall care for the patients and the families.
So, as I embark on this new chapter, a special thanks to our sweet little Olivia, and to the nurses we've been touched by. I'm so glad that our God has blessed us in such a way that we are given second chances and that he puts people in our lives that give us direction and a new purpose. It's so fun to see His plans unfold!
Well, that's the big news around here. If I need help with my Chemistry homework, I'll let you know... :o)


Judy said...

Oh that's so exciting!!! Wow this has been a big month so far!! Selling your house and starting school! Yippee! So proud of you! You're going to be an awesome nurse. You already have way more medical knowledge than most people, so I'm sure you're going to excell! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Yeah!! I am so excited for you. You will be a great RN, sad that you did not choose Respiratory but....LOL. Hugs to you and your family, as always you all are in my thoughts and prayers but even more so this month. Take care and good luck with your classes.

Amy S., RRT

Dana said...

Yah! Julie, I am so excited for you :) You have a great headstart knowing as much as you do!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Julie! That is great news. You will do wonderful. We will be recruiting you in 2 yrs!!!
Tara Osman

Anonymous said...

That is such good news. I am sure you will be an excellent nurse. Take care and know that you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. We need to get together to celebrate!!!

The Fulkersons

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you Julie! What a wonderful new journey God is leading you on...you will be great! You are an inspiration!
Many prayers are said for you every day!
Jen Weber

Kimberly said...

You will be an amazing nurse!!! So happy for you! Thinking of you and your family and remembering sweet Livs.

~ Kim, RN

Anonymous said...

Congrats Julie! That is very exciting, and the perfect occupation for you! Good luck with your classes, I know that you will do great.

Heather Turnquist

teresa said...

exciting to read that you are studying to be a nurse. Olivia helped prepare you in many ways for this new path. i think you might be surprised how you will also be able to use your spanish and art in your new career. God's blessings to the "college girl"

Heather said...

Awesome for you!! I have INCREDIBLE respect for returning students....you should be SO proud of yourself. Funny thing, we heard you were going back to school, but we were told you were going to be a teacher and were enrolled at Bradley. bahaha. The correct version sounds so much more like you....I can't help you with chemistry but if you have anything in the soc/psych field then maybe...hehe

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! I, too, found nursing a little later in life than others & it has turned out amazing! I don't think I would be the nurse I am today if I had done this right out of high school (I, too, found the social aspects & husband-hunting to be of special importance my 1st round of college!) You will be amazing in whatever field you choose to pursue!! Can't wait to see you around the hospital on you clinicals!! Best of luck to you Julie!

Erika Tibbs

Anonymous said...

That is soooo EXCITING!!! You will be a great nurse. I love your blog and keeping up with your family. I am so grateful to have been a small part of taking care of Olivia and getting to know her and your family. She taught me sooo much! Good luck with school! :)
Heather Wilkey