Opinion: Is It Done Yet?

Christina Evans

(Edited by Brianna LeBlanc)

Being a senior nursing student is a unique milestone only a select few students on campus have reached. We’ve gone through ups and downs to get to where we are today, including many test, endless lectures, fun clinicals, stress, anxiety and let’s not forget the gallons of coffee consumed to keep us awake studying the night before a test. Although this sounds like the life of a typical nursing student, the crowning moment of our nursing school experience was going to be the long-awaited opening of the new nursing building.

The nursing class of 2019 left for our summer vacation excited about the new possibilities at our finger tips with the promise of a brand-new nursing building. We would have state-of-the-art equipment, new classrooms, and a quiet place to finish nursing school. Unfortunately, upon our return, we learned that our new building wouldn’t be ready until later in the semester.

This may not seem like a big deal, but this meant our classes, simulations, skills labs and testing schedules would be a little funky to start the school year. The running joke in the department is that we are homeless until they finish building our new home.

As students we were a little sad, yet we learn to adjust to the changes happening within our department to stay focused on our ultimate goal. That goal being graduation and becoming registered nurses that represent Christ the best way we can. It sucks that the building isn’t ready, and we are a tiny bit salty that our expectations weren’t met when we returned to school. Yet, despite this, we keep the morale high and adjust to our circumstances to continue pursuing success. Transitions take time.

Even when we are able to move into the new building, we will have to adjust to new challenges. The new equipment might not work, the toilets may act funny, the wifi may be out etc. But with each new step to success, patience and time are needed to get things right.

So until then, we press on in hope that the foundation we lay today will last for future generations.

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