In case you haven't heard...I'm a freaking nurse. Licensed by the state of Tennessee. I push meds like candy, I stick tubes in any place I can find, I'm responsible for lives (& narcotics), I chart millions of words a day, and I sign my name with two beautiful letters behind it.
It's a great feeling.
In all seriousness, I'm loving my job as a registered nurse. Everything's coming together, and I see the difference I make in patients' lives every day. I feel independent, responsible, and like I've finally made something of myself. I guess it's about time after 5 years of school and 2 Bachelors degrees. I have a career... a REAL career. And a paycheck that can pay the bills with plenty to spare (it doesn't hurt that the government pays well when your husband is sitting in a war zone for the next year). I'm proud to be a nurse, and I'm proud because I'm a great nurse. I still have a lot to learn but I've mastered the most important skills- really listening to my patients and their families, providing comfort and security, and bringing smiles to their faces when they're going through terrible pain and suffering (and sometimes just a lot of whining). I don't ever want to forget why I chose the career I did, or become so burnt out that I lose the compassion for others that I feel every day in the hospital.
To sum it up, being a nurse ROCKS.