It doesn't seem real yet.
I'm done nursing school. I went to the pinning ceremony yesterday. I walked at graduation today. I feel like my life has no direction now! Every day for the past 18 months, I woke up and thought, "what do I need to study today? What do I need to read/type/research/procrastinate for this week? And I woke up these past few days and didn't have a dang thing to do.
Of course, I still have to study for the NCLEX. But that's an at-your-own-pace type study thing. And I won't fail anything if I only do 75 questions a day instead of 150. I won't get marked down if I skip a day, either.
It's very strange to not have my life dictated by school anymore. For the past 18 years it has. Now I'm a big girl! With a big girl job!
I'm really excited to move on in life and start working. I've got a job at the hospital I wanted to work at, in the ED like I had hoped for, on night shift like I enjoyed this summer. Everything is coming together perfectly. It still doesn't feel real that I'm a big girl now, but I'm looking forward to it sinking in.
I'll write later on how far I've come since I started nursing school and throw in some nice deep reflections for you, but for now let's just revel in the fact that I'm DONE nursing school and I have a job and I have a career! Hooray!