Hello! My name is Ashley. I am a sophomore nursing student here at PCC, and I am excited to be able to share some of the things going on around campus and in the nursing program.
The first year of the nursing program here at Pensacola Christian College can be a bit intimidating and intense; however, it is very rewarding.
I remember when I first heard that the Florida Board of Nursing regulates the number of students who can participate in clinicals; therefore, the grades we received freshman year (and the scores from the Kaplan Entrance Examination that nursing students take in the spring of freshman year) would be the main means of deciding who would make it into the nursing program as sophomores. I really wanted to make it into the program! So my main focus became getting good grades.
Well one day I had just gotten back my chemistry test and was really perplexed about my grade. Noticing my anxiety, my friend pulled me aside and asked what was wrong. As I started to explain, she quickly stopped me. “Wait, hold on! Who exactly is it that called you to be a nurse?” It took me about a second before I answered, “God is the one that called me to be a nurse.” As soon as I finished, she quickly interjected, “Well then, if He called you to be a nurse, don’t you think that He is going to provide everything you need to become a nurse?” I hadn’t really been thinking about that. In fact, I had been trying to do it all on my own and was failing miserably.
The next morning after that encounter, I was reading in James when I came upon the verse that God gave me to help me through the rest of my freshman year. The verse was James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” After that day, I finally realized that I could not do things on my own and that if God had called me to be a nurse, then He would provide everything I needed. All I had to do was to rely on Him. Needless to say, the rest of my semester went so much better.
At the end of the second semester, all of us nursing students were waiting to see who had made it into the nursing program. It was almost unreal how calm I was, and it wasn’t because I knew I would make it into the program, but because I knew that the final outcome was all in God’s control. And if you are wondering, the Lord did grant me the blessing of being accepted into the program.
For those of you who will be coming in the future to be a nursing major here at PCC, remember that as long as you do your best, God will take care of the rest. Nursing classes will be hard, but the blessings far outweigh the short time of hard work and perseverance.