I had my pinning ceremony last night, in nursing school its a traditional ceremony where you are given a pin to wear on your uniform as well as exhorted to "be the best nurse you can be" ;) It was a nice ceremony, nothing fancy, but memorable. I think the reason why it's taking time to "hit" me that I'm done is because I'm done with this journey, but there are so many more to come! The boards, my critical care course at the hospital, precepting under a nurse on the PICU where I will be working, and taking care of my first patients on my own (yikes!). Fortunately these all come one at a time, so I won't be overwhelmed. But I guess I am just realizing finishing this program is really just a start to a whole new realm of learning. Maybe not quite as structured, but as a nurse you are ALWAYS learning!
Here are some pictures from the ceremony:
Mom and Dad ;)
Rissa and Grandma
Filing into the ceremony
Getting "pinned" by professor Schuler
Finally pinned ;)