I know I’m not the only Nurse Who fan (meaning nurse who likes Doctor Who) but I haven’t found that many yet. That’s ok. I’m doing this for my own entertainment with the hope that someone else likes it too.
I received my new Nurse Day dress in the mail today. I’m not going to spoil it with photos right now, but I’m tickled that I will have a new look to commemorate the occasion and to share the pride and professionalism I have in my vocation. The email discourse that occurred with my order was interesting. The size I ordered was out of stock and the representative informed me so. I asked for a smaller size as she indicated they run big. Lucky me! The smaller size was in stock. Then she congratulated me on graduation. (Apparently, many graduates where dress whites to their pinnings or commencement.) I never attended either. I was uninvited to my pinning because I was failing the on-campus class. Two years later I graduated from another school and they didn’t have pinning ceremonies. Nor did I want to travel to the commencement in New York as I lived in a southern state and had two little babies at the time. This was for my associates in applied science of nursing (AASN), which allowed me to sit for my state boards as an RN.
Now I’m a BSN (didn’t go to that graduation either), about to embark on my graduate studies. I’m what some may call a non-traditional student. Distance and on-line learning is far more common than it used to be, but it is still looked at with skepticism and incredulity by some. Quite unfortunate, really. My opinion is that it doesn’t matter the route, as long as the destination is reached.
So, congratulations to those whose graduations are upcoming, or who is undertaking their journey (at any level and by any means). I applaud you and encourage you to keep your spirits high. It’s a tough journey but well worth it.
Dang, but we’d make great companions to The Doctor, wouldn’t we?
And I plan to do it with a professional style of my own, next Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, as I celebrate the vocation with the emblem of our profession: my dress and cap.