More and more lately, I am realizing the power of making dreams happen. In hindsight (and even as I was saying the words), my proclamations of not wanting to be a nurse anymore was fueled by the fact that I couldn't find employment. Had I fell into a job right after graduation, my feelings would have been vastly different.
With that said, I feel that now that the wait is over and I have finally found a job, I am now looking at friends of mine from nursing school who did fall into positions with their employers quite easily and assuming the role of registered nurse almost over night. Examining the fact that they were absorbed into units that they didn't necessarily see themselves working in as student nurses (we all have our dream units!), but having the ability to hit the ground running compared to me: I had a baby and several years of searching high and low, experiencing stress and anxiety I didn't even know were possible due to high student loan debt, but securing a job in the unit I've always been drawn to, even from when I was a child.
Which is better? It's hard to say. All I can say is that for me, the wait has been worth it.