Dear Nursing Student,
I see you. Staying up late at night, missing meals, feeling absent from your family’s lives. I see you. Not understanding lectures, passing exams by the grace of God, feeling overwhelmed. I see you. I’ve been you. Most importantly, I haven’t forgotten. I still remember what it’s like to be you. I’m not blinded by the letters I sign behind my name. I know sometimes it can feel like no one understands. But, trust me, there are some of us who do. Some of us who see you…and we remember. We remember the 3 hour lectures and pages of notes. We remember the frustration of NCLEX questions and rationales that are as far from rational as your graduation date is away from today. We remember the stares, turned-up noses, and behind-the-back comments from nurses working on our clinical units. Nurses that our instructors told us to pay no attention to, nurses we vowed to never become. We didn’t all forget. I’ll take a leap of faith, and speak for all of us who haven’t forgotten. We believe in you. We believe that you can do great things. Hard things. Extraordinary things. It may take more than one try, but please don’t quit. Don’t give up. Nursing is the career of miracles. Miraculous things are happening every day. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Listen, learn, and trust yourself. You are so much more capable than you believe. Just like my daddy always told me, “You’re never as good as you think you are, but you’re never as bad as you think you are either.” You are going to do great things. Wonderful things. But…I need you to KNOW you can get there. You can and you will. We are cheering for you. We are in your corner. You have cheerleaders you don’t even know about. Our pom-poms are ready! The megaphones are out! We are ready to celebrate your victory with you! But to get there, you must NOT quit!