Moving Forward

3 Jan

As we embark on a New Year, it’s only natural that I make a commitment this month to write in this blog more often. To start here’s an update on what I’ve been up to:

This past summer I completed my Master’s of Science in Nursing (MScN) degree at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and I also started a full-time position as an advanced practice nurse in a tertiary mental health care setting. The shift, from being in school full-time and working three jobs to working one full-time job with absolutely no school, has been drastic. Though I still work casually as a frontline RN as well, its just not the same. I’ve also reduced my extra curricular involvement over the last 6 months leaving my evenings open to relaxation, experimental cooking, leisure reading, and watching television.

Am I just bored, or do I miss being in school and multitasking extra commitments? To be honest, I think its a bit of both. One of my UWO professors once stated that ‘graduate school is one of the only times when we have the pleasure of thinking leisurely’. I think she was right. Although I enjoy the free time I have when I get home from work, I miss the in-class discussions with my peers and my after class social life as well. Perhaps I’ll return to school sooner than I thought…on the other hand, who knows where this job will take me.

Yesterday, I purchased a book titled Managing Transitions: Making The Most of Change by William Bridges. It was recommended to me by one of my mentors when I was sharing some of these thoughts with him. I’ll be sure to share my reflections of the book in relation to my life once I’ve finished reading it. If you’ve read the book and/or have had a similar experience of transition, please post a comment. Thanks!

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