I promised to write a post after my first day of class. This is a pre-nursing class called “Introduction to Nursing.” Nursing school doesn’t start officially until January but the first of two required pre-nursing classes started today. You can only take these classes if you are admitted to the program and today they welcomed us to nursing school. Anyway, I don’t quite get that. Perhaps they don’t want to really admit that this ADN program lasts more than two years. Before class I wondered if the tone of this class day would focus on the excitement of starting the nursing program or if the focus would be on putting the fear of God into us because we have started nursing school. The campus coordinator for the program was able to do both simultaneously. It went something like this. “Congratulations for being here. Nursing is the most trusted and respected profession bar none. And by the way, you’re going to have to work really hard and there will be plenty of sweat and tears. You have to work hard because that’s what it takes to become a good nurse.” Forty-eight of us are in this class and it consisted of a refreshing diversity of people. At 49 I’m not even the oldest. This other student looked to be about 10 years older than I am and there were quite a number of students around my age and a large number in their thirties as well. There were about 6 men in the class, maybe 5 Asian students and about the same number of Hispanics. Surprisingly, no African-Americans but this is a pretty White part of the country. There was quite a diversity in terms of life experiences and why we were drawn to nursing although quite a few had had premature babies and the NICU nurses inspired them to become nurses. After hearing everyone introduce themselves and say something about themselves I felt very proud and happy to be a part of this class. I am very excited to finally start nursing school!