“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
March, 1973, Midwest, USA – High School Senior
Ever since last year when the Lord gave me peace about becoming a nurse, I have struggled in deciding which nursing school to attend. I visited two small Christian colleges here in the Midwest that I really liked, but neither has a nursing program. So I would have to earn a bachelor’s degree in some other major and then continue on to get a two year associate degree in nursing. Six years total sounds way too long to be in school!
I left the Protestant Church where I grew up because the Bible was not taught verse-by-verse and I wasn’t growing in knowing the Lord better. My sister also left, which broke our parents’ hearts, especially Mom. We became members of a Bible church led by the Pastor who Linda met at the university her freshman year. A group of university students drive an hour every Sunday to attend. The pastor teaches a weekly Bible class on this university campus which is really growing!
They have a good nursing school at this university, so I decided to apply there as well as a three year hospital diploma nursing school in the same city. I have my interview tomorrow at the diploma school and will tour the University while I am in the city. The diploma students work many more hours of clinical in the hospital than the BSN students, but it is more difficult for them to obtain nursing leadership positions after graduation.
The next day I nervously entered the office of the Director of Admissions at the diploma hospital school of nursing. Mrs. L. greeted me warmly and gave me a tour of the nursing skills lab, classrooms, and dormitory. Afterward we sat down in her office and she asked, “So tell me why you would like to become a nurse?” I replied, “I like science and I would like to help sick people get better. I enjoy learning new things, and I think it would be fascinating to learn all about the human body and how it works.” She asked if I had applied to other schools, and I told her I was also considering the State University in the city here.
She advised, “After reviewing your high grade point average and ACT/SAT scores, I think you should go to the BSN program rather than our diploma program. Our program will probably be closing in the next few years, and I think you have real potential to go into management or research in nursing and earn your master’s degree or even a doctorate degree in nursing!” I thought to myself, “I am amazed that she thinks I have real potential to go far in my nursing career! I would just be satisfied to be a regular staff nurse, work a few years, marry a godly Christian man, quit work, have children, and be a stay-at-home Mom like my mother did.” I thanked her for her time and drove across the city to tour the State University.
I joined the walking tour led by a student that afternoon. This campus had as many students as my entire city where I grew up! It had over ten libraries, 30 dormitories, and countless classroom buildings. The 1000 bed University Hospital was about a block from the School of Nursing, so that would be convenient for clinical days. Despite all the buildings, it had green space and many beautiful trees, so it didn’t appear to be a concrete jungle. I am so used to living in the country, I hope I could adjust to living in a huge city.
When I returned home, I asked the Lord to make it clear to me which school I should attend, and He gave me perfect peace that He wanted me to attend the University. I registered and am so excited to start in the fall! It will be so wonderful to have fellowship with the other Christian students in the Bible class, and give the gospel to American students as well as the the international students who attend from every country in the world. In addition to the prerequisites for nursing, I’m looking forward to taking electives in a wide variety of areas since they offer so many majors. The class catalog is fascinating to read. I should also become very fit from walking all over the huge campus to my classes!
Reflection – 2013
The director of the diploma nursing program gave me excellent advice in steering me toward the BSN program at the University. As she predicted, the diploma school closed a few years later. After a 17 year hiatus from school, I made the plunge to return for my Master’s degree.
In God’s great sovereignty, He never gave me a husband or children. Little did I realize when I was in high-school that I would have a 40 year full time nursing career, but God knew all along!One of my favorite hymns is: Tis’ so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word, Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.” Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more. -by Louisa M.R. Stead