Julie walking across the stage to get her nursing pin and diploma!
Friday night I attended a very special graduation for my good friend Julie McBride. Julie worked as the Nurse Secretary in the Nurse’s Office at Jenks West when I was the School Nurse. We shared a lot of great memories, and a lot of great laughs throughout the 4 years that we worked together. It was a very stressful, tough job for both of us, but together, we encouraged each other and made the days manageable! She was my right hand, my confidant, and my friend.
Somewhere along the way, Julie decided that she wanted to be a nurse- she might as well- she had already learned SO much about health, science, and medicine from working in the nurse’s office! I was SO proud of Julie for deciding to go back to school because it was such a huge sacrifice. She is a wife and mom to 3 school-aged girls. She was accepted to OU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (she already had a Bachelor’s Degree in a different area.)
It was a very intense 14 month program beginning last June and ending this July. We kept in touch sporadically throughout the process and it was so neat to hear the excitement in her voice as she learned new things or had awesome experiences in the hospital. While I could always hear the excitement in her voice, I could also hear the stress. Nursing school is very tough to begin with but to pack it into 14 months makes it almost psychotic!
I was SO excited to receive Julie’s graduation announcement in the mail a few weeks ago.
Caroline Curry (another good friend from Jenks) and I attended the ceremony on Friday night at the Victory Christian Center. I cried as Julie walked across the stage. I’m so proud of her for pursuing a career path that she will flourish in.
Julie has already accepted a job at St. Francis in the Children’s Hospital that begins this month.
Don’t ever let age, or life’s circumstances stop you from following a dream! Do you know what YOU want to be when you grow up?
Caroline, Julie, and Jill following the ceremony: