Friday, July 22, 2005


I graduated this morning and am now officially a "graduate nurse" (the "RN" only comes after passing the NCLEX). The graduation itself was lovely and so much more meaningful than the average graduation since it was only my 120 classmates and I. I am also the very proud recipient of the Edna Schoen prize for "excellence in clinical nursing." The prize was a total surprise and I was so pleased. I was flattered to be noticed for my nursing strengths (v. academic ones).

I had to say "good-bye" to my friends at the reception following graduation as Daniel and I are leaving to go back to Chicago tomorrow morning. Maybe I would have made it through the year without these friends but I don't think I'd have been half as happy or half as un-anxious without them.

PS: I lied about this being my last post - I'll write something a bit more conclusive when I'm back in Chicago and have been able to catch my breath and my thoughts.


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Congratulations. :)

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Anonymous marj said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation! May your move to Chi-town be a smooth one... :)

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Blogger Gypsybobocowgirl said...

Congratulations! What next other than moving to Chicago?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the graduating. I hope to be there as well in December... I hope "the Unlikely RN" continues in SOME form...

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Blogger HypnoKitten said...

I agree with John! Maybe a new blog, or re-name this one or something, but you've got a lot of good stories here, and I'm sure we'd all like to continue hearing more about how you do on the NCLEX, how your interviews go, how orientation goes.... you know there are going to be a lot more stories to tell. But yeah, if you need to take a few weeks off to study for NCLEX, I completely understand. I took mine on Monday and passed (yea!) and I'd completely recommend the Kaplan course and book/CD. -HK

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Blogger micah said...

congratulations emily! i look forward to seeing you in chicago.

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Blogger Third Degree Nurse said...

Please don't quit posting! I need all of your tips for the NCLEX even though it's still 2 years away.

Congratulations! You deserve a new car, at least :)

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Anonymous marj said...

Took the NCLEX on Saturday (had 75 questions) and found out today that I passed! Definitely use Kaplan (I have the regular book - not from the course). You can have my book if you want!!! :) I need to get it OUT of my house!

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Blogger Wendy, S.N. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Best of luck to you.

W. :)

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Blogger Nurse2B said...

Congratulations. But please, consider continuing your blog... I am sure you will have even more to write about now! The Likely RN? This is another beginning....

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Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

Well done.

I'll miss the blog, tho.

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Mazel tov! Congratulations! That's fantastic!


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Congrats!! I hope you enjoy your new status and prosper!

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Congratulations! I am so happy for all who pass the NCLEX and move on to what can be a very rewarding career...way of life.

BTW-I had to move, so if you still want to keep me in your links, you'll need to update. The front page explains my absence:

Again, congrads!

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