The other thing is the name badge: Sjuksköterska is the Swedish word for Nurse, and means a registered nurse. It is by law a title only to be used by those who actually are registered nurses. You can however call yourself sjuksköterska if you have one semester left at nursing school (but you’re then working under restrictions) or before your application with the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare have been approved. You can not, however, have Leg. (short for legitimerad – authorized) on your name badge until you have had your license from the SNBoHaW. The day I got to use my name badge with the title Leg. Sjuksköterska on it for the first time was also special to me – and it was a thing noticed by the other nurses at work – I was now a real RN.
I know pride is not a good thing, but I think I may be a little proud of myself for holding on to my goal and getting through university, when I’m not really an academic person. That I have returned to school to specialize in paediatrics is still a surprise to me at times, but it will be worth it – working with children and families is what I want to do. And no matter what happens, and what I do in the future, I will always be a Nurse at heart – it is forever part of my identity.