Here is my speech I'm giving on Friday for my pinning ceremony. I have been praticing and I cannot get through it without crying. LOL I tried adding Funny things in to make everyone laugh but when I get close to the end I start getting teary eyed.
Anyhow, let me know what you all think of it. Have I mentioned how nervous I am.......eek!!!
Good Evening and Welcome to the 2008 Nursing pinning ceremony. Many of you may or may not know me, but I'm not the biggest fan of public speaking, and I have heard that picturing everyone in their underwear helps to relieve your nerves; so tonight I am picturing you all in hospital gowns with the backs untied. I hope you don't mind?!
I would first like to thank everyone for being here this evening to share this joyous occasion with us. I would also like to thank everyone's family and friends. The past year you have stood by us when we were too tired to socialize, take care of the kids , spend quality time as a family, clean dinner, or cook the house (wait, I must have been tired when typing this out).
We have been exhausted, stressed, worried, upset; we have cried and laughed for no reason, and I'm sure we have given you an ear full of "what happened today". We apologize, and thank you for standing by our side as we follow our dreams of becoming a nurse, if it was not for you all we would not be here today.
I would also like to thank all of our instructors and college deans for standing by us and teaching us, and dealing with us when days weren't so great. You have all been such great role models and our inspiration to be great nurses like you. Thank You very much!!
I am extremely pleased to be standing here today. Whoever would have thought the next year of our lives could be slow and painful, yet at the same time be flying by.
At times it seems like yesterday as we sat in our classroom wide eyed and frightened as the first few days of school made us realize the tough road we had in front of us. Nothing could have prepared us for the experiences we would encounter, not even the stories from nurses we know when they tried telling us what to expect while in nursing school. And whoever knew that the days could grow longer and nights shorter? If it weren't for coffee, mountain dew and frozen Mocha's from Panera bread, we would have been lying on the bed next to our patients. Thank God for caffeine!!!
We have all become more efficient, we learned things we never thought we were capable of, we have overcome boundaries that seemed impossible, have done things we never thought we could, and we have known our patients more intimately than we could have imagined.
We are not just women and men anymore, we are nurses and we have gone from using layman's terms when describing something, to using proper medical terminology when preparing our nursing logs and case studies. We now know that we do not use the words "Hole in neck" or "pussy"(purulent) to describe something when charting.
We have seen each other at our worst, and at our best. We have learned that we cannot change or fix everything, but how to get beyond what seems impossible. We have had to deal with family problems, deaths in our family, Many personal trips to the ER - even on days when we had just gotten home from clinical or even during clinical when fellow classmates pass out; we have even had a house fire- but we did not let that stop us. We pushed forward and did not give up. We have developed life long memories that will be talked about for years to come, and we have developed enduring friendships that will last a lifetime.
After today, many of us will go our separate ways, some may move to other states, many will start new jobs, or venture out job searching for that perfect job, and many plan on to continue their education. Of course the biggest thing will be taking and passing our NCLEX and becoming licensed. Then will we be relieved that we actually retained everything (well at least most of everything) we learned in nursing school.
Wherever life takes us, and wherever we work, we will be great nurses and will make a difference in each patient's life that we come in contact with. I would like to end with a quote I discovered, it is simple yet very meaningful, and as nurses we must always remember this when we are taking care of patients:
"To the World you might be one person........................... But to one person you might be the world".
Congratulations everyone we made it!!