Archive | December, 2013

Two little letters to add to my name…RN

14 Dec

Well I’ve done it. Done and dusted. This week marked the conclusion of my Bachelor of Nursing studies, it was the week where I wore a funny hat. The week where they all say congratulations – you’ve done it… but really, the hard work is just beginning… I will endeavour to be the best nurse I can, to advocate for my patients, to give them the best possible care I can – all the time, every time. I’m going to be working at large Metropolitan Hospital in the New Year – I’m not yet sure which wards, I was successful in gaining a position on the ward rotation program so I’ll work on three different wards next year. I’m thankful for the position, and thinking of all my friends who have done all this work but so far have no position to go to. Guys I hope something comes your way soon!

I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to all those that supported me along the way – even though they kept congratulating me – I did not do this on my own!

Dave… where to begin… while initially the red pen on my assignments made me cranky, I know the value of your help. The “with Distinction” bit at the end of my degree wouldn’t be there without you. But it’s not just your proof reading skills, it was your support as we did day after day of 12+ hours, work and study for me but just really long work days for you. Thanks for supporting me, encouraging me and making sure I took the time to do the work when it had to be done. Thanks for understanding when yet another weekend disappeared in a sea of study rather than down time. Thanks for putting up with me when I was grumpy (too often) but also for celebrating with me when I saw a little 7…  So… thanks… it doesn’t cut it, but it’s all I can offer – love you to the moon and back.

Family… all of you… I love you all. Life has recently thrown us a few challenges, but I’ve never been more thankful for the example of faith and action in my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles. Thanks for taking/dragging me to church for all those years until I found a faith of my own. That faith has sustained me (and us) over the last month or two and I believe will continue to strengthen us. Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. I’m looking forward to celebrating a few victories in the not too distant future – God still heals – I believe it with all my heart. Thanks for always loving me, for your support, encouragement and also for the competition that has inspired me to always be my best (though I didn’t always thank you for that… 😉 ). I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Christmas – and I want more family photos for the fridge so be prepared to smile.

Work Colleagues… seriously – you guys are truly amazing. If I could find a way to thank you that actually went close to saying how grateful I am I would do it in a heartbeat – but nothing seems to come close. You’ve put up with me at the end of day after day of 12 hour days when I really wasn’t at my best. You’ve supported, encouraged and guided me. You’ve given me tips from theory to practice. You’ve been accommodating working around placement (and time off), exams, lectures and tutorials. You’ve cheered me up when it seemed overwhelming, encouraging me to keep going. You’ve celebrated my small victories with me. I literally would not have been able to complete this degree without your help. You’ve done far more for me than I deserve and I am so grateful to you all. Thank you seems so inadequate, but thank you. If I’m half the nurse of you guys I’ll be a great nurse indeed.I’ll see you around the hospital in 2014 – even if I’m not on your ward.

Friends… Thanks! For prepared meals when life has been super tough, to encouraging phone calls to cheer me up (or make me cry) or just say g’day. For constantly cheering me on from the sidelines and ensuring that I keep pressing on… I’m looking forward to paying you all back – now that I have time – but my cooking wont nearly be as good as yours. Thanks for reminding me to take some down time, for making me laugh when I really needed to, for your ongoing encouragement and support. Thanks for understanding when I let another catch up opportunity pass to finish an assignment… I appreciate you more than I ever tell you (sorry about that) – but thanks, again I couldn’t have done this without you. We will catch up in the new year – I promise!!

To the academic staff at QUT – you’re unlikely to ever read this, but it would be remiss of me to not include you in this list. Thank you for dedicating your time and knowledge to teaching and inspiring the next generation. Similarly, to all those nurses who endure student after student on placement, and those organisations willing to take on students – your patience with students, and willingness to continually educate is appreciated. It can’t be easy to continually have someone else around to get under foot and have to delegate too – but thanks – it’s been appreciated. I’ll remember you when I’m the one looking after students…

Last but by no means least, my thanks go to God… Well it’s only taken me about 20 years to get around to doing what I think it is You really wanted me to do… sorry about that, but thanks for Your patience. I’ve loved my placements and I’m looking forward to starting nursing in the new year – I feel like I’ve found where I belonged… should have listened to You earlier… Thanks for giving me the skills, abilities and knowledge you have – I look forward to using it all in the future – and giving you the credit along the way. Thanks for making me who I am today – warts and all. Thanks also for the last few months – it’s not always easy to say thanks when the going gets tough, but I wouldn’t be here without You and I’m looking forward to seeing Your power displayed in our family – thanks in advance!

So that about sums it up – I sure hope if you’re reading this you’ve fitted into one or more of the categories above (perhaps not the God category though…) – please accept this attempt at a blog as my sincere thanks – I really wouldn’t be the person I am without the input of all of you. You’ve helped shape who I am today. I hope I never have to nurse any of you, but if I do, know that I will be doing it to the best of my God given ability…


All dressed up with nowhere to go 😉


just some of my support crew – Mum, Dad and Dave


Spoiled by my colleagues!