The Oakleaf Club is the officer's club at NMCP. Apparently, there are roughly 300 officers at this command. Anyway, the social was held at the admiral's house (on the hospital campus). I was a bit nervous going since I hardly know anyone, but that didn't prove to be an issue at all. Everyone was so kind. I even met the admiral and she is a gracious hostess. When I got there, I didn't know just what to do, so I sat down at this table and started talking with this officer...come to find out, he is a Captain and the Deputy Commander of NMCP (kind of like the person 2nd in command). When he said who he was, I remembered...since his and the admiral's pictures are all over the hospital. It's really hard to tell who people are when out of uniform. He was super nice and easy to talk with...and even introduced me to this other lady (a Captain, I believe) who was really encouraging and helpful. All that to say...I met lots of senior officers who had great advice for me and who had wonderful stories to tell. One officer I met, offered to be my mentor. Once I am done with residency, I may just take him up on the offer. There is an official mentorship program that I am eligible to go through and it is an honor for someone to offer that to me. I do feel a bit overwhelmed since there are so many opportunities, but am very thankful also. The night ended nicely with my winning a door prize (Starbucks gift card) and making several new friends. I didn't even have to walk home since this lovely Christian girl offered me a ride. What a small world since we both used to attend Eastlake Community Church (in different states, but same church). It was a good evening and I felt quite blessed by how things turned out!
That I grow in my role as a nurse and always do my best.
That I would follow the Lord wholeheartedly.
I'm Carolyn...am so excited to be starting my nursing career in the Navy. Who knows where this all will take me?!