Sara began her endeavor in the Registered Nursing program when she realized she was at a dead end job that would not be for very much longer. That was nearly five years ago. She evaluated her passions at that time and it was very clear that she was meant for the medical field. Her compassion for others is unsurpassed. She is ever curious, eager to learn, and her demeanor is nothing short of professional. She wanted to be a nurse, so she began her student career at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC).
Sara progressed quickly into her student career at FVTC. She was delighted to have teachers and mentors that realized her potential and that would push her to new heights. They were honest with her. They encouraged her. They were the best kind of brutal. There were others that that tried to poke a pin in her aspirations. Maybe they were just trying to be realistic when they told her she could not work full time, raise a family, AND be successful in the nursing program. They apparently did not know my wife. She is unstoppable, so of course she did not agree with that assessment. Instead, she embraced those that inspired her. You know the kind...the people that leave you feeling more energized than you did when they arrived.
I am so proud to say, after years of blood, sweat, and tears, Sara has not only graduated, but has also lined up a nursing career for herself! This is greatly in part to the professionalism she has portrayed during her tenure within the system she currently works. She worked her way through the ranks and, in doing so, has gained great respect for all positions leading up to the registered nurse. She has been recognized by colleagues, her superiors, and, most importantly, her patients for her quality of care and professional work habits. In my opinion, she is the epitome of what a nurse should be. Biased or not, I would not want anyone with standards lower than her own caring for me.
The goal of our college educators is to deliver the best to the industry. They did that with Sara. They did that with her peers, but they did not do it alone. It was the drive of the students that got them through. It was support from their equals, their friends, and their family. All it all, it was group effort that was sustained by those that wanted it most, the students.
I'm looking forward to seeing my beautiful wife more. My children are eager to get to know their mumma, who has been more absent than present for the benefit of their future. Together we will continue to foster the support system that we have built so that I can finish my education without the worry of my family being neglected. It's onward and upward from here. We will run for the hills and not look back. It's time to breathe.
Don't forget, honey. Boards are January. ;-)
We love you and could not be more proud!
Sara getting ready to speak at her R.N. Pinning Ceremony