Freshman Nursing 101

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.

12 Responses

  1. Rachel

    AMEN, Ashley! Take it from a junior nursing major, God is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to write this for the freshman. I wish someone had written something similar for me. Also, just a note of encouragement to you, sophomore year of nursing was one of the hardest things I have ever had to endure. It is a year full of new things, new teachers, new ways of testing, and new experiences as the health of a human being lays in your hands. Always remember that God is still faithful. Keep trusting in Him even when it gets tough.

    • Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. Sophomore year has been pretty crazy so far. However it is amazing to see just how much I have learned in just this short amount of time! I am still amazed every day at just how good the Lord is, and how He provides for my every need. I hope you have an awesome year!

  2. Micah L.

    I’m a senior nursing major, & i have had the same conversation with friends many times… it seems at least a couple times a year lol. I get to that point where I feel like I just can’t do it anymore and one of my friends steps in and says, “yo, man, God has gotten us this far. Do you think He would get us this far just to let us fail?” Huge challenge to keep your focus right with the stress that comes with all the work & CLINICAL, but God can use them to grow you if you let Him.

  3. Trisha

    I am a Junior Nursing major and I could not have said it better myself! It is very true and I keep discovering more and more as time goes by that God is the only one who can help you! You do what you can do, and God will do what He can do!! Thank you for writing this and being an encouragement to the freshman and future nursing students!

  4. Melissa Ford

    As one of the many Freshman students working towards being in the nursing program, thanks for the encouragement and uplifting verse! It’s a big help! 🙂

  5. Rachel

    thanks.. that was so encouraging.

  6. Katie Goolsby

    Thanks im gonna be a freshman in next September im gonna major in Nursing and get my Masters too.

    • Shannon Wood

      My too, Katie! Except I don’t know if I’ll get my masters. =) I’m so excited to be a nurse! and to go to PCC! Maybe I’ll see you next year? =)

      • Meisha Hadley

        I will also be there this fall! This is such a perfect post to help out!

  7. Amanda King

    Thanks so much! I will try remember that when I go next year. Good luck this year!

  8. Abe Haven

    Hats off to all you in the nursing program! Because of my work assistance position, I frequently interact with just about every nursing major on campus and can attest to the stress and fatigue the program can bring. But because of the grueling program, I would rather have my life in the hands of a PCC Nursing grad than a nurse from any other institution.

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