“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”1Timothy 6: 18, 19
Well here we are, having completed the Traditional BSN program at Regis University!
Can’t believe it’s over! My sister shared this scripture with me; I thought it was most appropriate for commencement. The word “commencement” has double meaning for us. We think of graduating, completing our current educational endeavor and moving on. And yet to commence is to begin… So, while we are wrapping up an amazing time at Regis, we are unwrapping new opportunities as BSNs. I know most of my classmates are excited to move on to “real life”, and get working. I find myself drifting into contemplation.
We have so much and so many to be thankful for; our families who supported us through months of our semi-attention, as we plugged in our laptops and zoned out of conversations. For our children, who got us at the end of the day, when we had already attended to someone speaking for 7 hours, and couldn’t pay full attention for another moment. Our spouses, who helped study, reading words they had trouble pronouncing, so we could do well on upcoming exams. And our instructors, who made their subjects come to life for yet another year, as if it was their first! We are blessed, and we know it~
These last two years at Regis have been some of the most meaningful in my life. Our instructors are stellar – truly professional, giving, nurturing and caring. Just as we think the best nurses and teachers should be. They model for us how to resolve conflict, to put others first, to listen and work within groups, and to care for our patients with the best, evidence-based practice we can provide. This should instill confidence in us, and it does. It is still a little scary to think of the responsibility we will take on over the coming years. As it has been pointed out to us, BSN nurses are called on to be leaders. It is our destiny, and that is why we chose Regis. We know we have been taught by the best.
Pinning was a ceremony filled with poignancy and elegance. Our own Maggie Castro gave the invocation, and Margaret Riley, our Roles and Med-Surg instructor (and my counselor) was the Mistress of Ceremony. Our Jenna Smith and Alicia Jones won awards for Service learning. We had parents, children, spouses and siblings pin us. It was meaningful and warm!
Hopefully our paths will cross, and we will keep in touch. It’s hard to believe we won’t, as we have spent countless hours studying in class and out. Some of these classmates have spent all four years here at Regis. They’ve attended charity events, service learning hours and spring break trips abroad – all in the name of social justice and love. I am heartened that so many young people (and some of us older folks) still want to take care of people, to spend difficult hours with sometimes difficult people. There is hope for the human race! If you don’t believe it, or are feeling disenchanted with our youth, just come and meander onto the Regis campus. Check out the library filled with hard-working young people. Listen on the stairs of Main Hall, to the young musicians practicing their guitars, pianos or violins. Look at the photos of students through the years, applying their time and talents to serving mankind – to “do good, to be rich in good deeds…”
I am proud to have written this blog, both last year and this. I remember reading blogs from years ago, wondering what it would be like to attend Regis. I never dreamed I’d have the opportunity to do just that! Thank you for taking the time to read these ramblings. It’s easy to go on and on when you have so many wonderful moments to recount.
We are proud to be Regis alumni, and fully intend to apply the lessons we have learned here at this fine institution. We plan to stand firm, knowing we have been prepared by the best, to provide the best. Watch out world!
“And having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13