Sunday, September 2, 2007

Shoulder Angel

I'm very proud of Lady Di. She has recently climbed the first rung on the ladder to nursing. She just completed an accelerated three week CNA training program. So now she is a certified nursing assistant. Her program had tests every day. She was so nervous about passing them that she studied like crazy every night. It paid off too. She graduated at the top of her class and was offered a job at the nursing home right away. Her instructor gave an award to each student at the end of the program. She cited Lady Di for being 'Most Meticulous'. At the beginning of the program, Lady Di's instructor told the students that she was going to be a little angel on their shoulders, whispering the correct way to perform tasks. She said that Lady Di's award signified that Lady Di no longer needed her shoulder angel, as she always strove for perfection and never cut corners when caring for residents.

She's not sure if she will work right away. She is also taking a college English class on her way to nursing school. Once her college general classes are finished, she can apply for nursing school. Her CNA certification and 4.0 grade point average should give her a little bit of an edge when they select students for nursing school.

It's not easy to go back to school after over fifteen years. I don't think I could do it. In fact, I'm sure I couldn't do it. My study habits involved a lot of procrastinating and cramming. Now with two kids, I don't think they would always be accommodating to the 'all nighter'. Lady Di doesn't have that problem. She does her work nightly and actually learns what she needs to know instead of memorization. I know Lady Di will do well. She really works hard and it will be worth it in a couple years when she is a nurse.

Nursing really does suit Lady Di well. She is the most caring and empathetic person I know. She works well with kids, seniors and everyone in between. I don't see any limit to what she will want to do. As long as she continues college, I will try to be there with help and support.

As long as she tells me where the 'college parties' are.


creative-type dad said...

Congratulations to her!

That quite an accomplishment, especially with a family.

delightful-d said...

Oh My! I had no idea you were writing this! You, once again, brought tears to my eyes.
Thank you for the beautiful words. I didn't think you were listening to all my "after school" stories.. but you were! :)
Without your love and support, I don't know if I could have passed this course - thank you!
Thank you for your strong support with the children these past few weeks. It was an adjustment for them as well.

I Love You!

PS: you forgot to mention your retirement plans .... you know, when I get a "real job" :)

Darren said...

Way to go, Lady Di! Congrats!

DJ Kirkby said...

Congrats Lady Di, nursing is one of the hardest professions to complete the training in. Only the cream of the crop do as well as you.

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