Convocation: Gaining confidence and trust

This is the third of three college convocation addresses given last week.

Disbelief, doubt, uncertainty are antonyms for one of the most significant words in the English vocabulary. Confidence, expectation, and hope are all synonyms that build the compelling foundation for this motivating force. It is called trust.

How has trust factored into where we are today? How have we, as a class, after countless “learning moments” specifically when taking into consideration the very first IV we ever started and where we are at now, come to be wearing caps and gowns today?

It seems that a combination of that confidence, expectation and faith have led us to trust that we would. Barbara B. Smith once said, “Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish.” Now with trust in God and our education, what kind of potential does our nursing career hold?

As I have progressed in the nursing program, I have learned that possession of this value opens the doors of treatment. As this well-known hymn illustrates: “in the quiet heart is hidden, sorrow that the eye can’t see.” In order to get to the place of optimum healing, to truly see what the “eye can’t see,” trust provides “a foundation, upon which more can be built.” Trust from patients in our skills combined with our trust in God and ourselves will loosen the tight chambers of the human heart allowing the nurturing light and love of God to enter.

Mary Raymer speaking at the August college convocation.
Mary Raymer speaking at the August college convocation.

I had the opportunity this summer to volunteer at a health clinic that provides free services. Day after day I interacted with individuals, young and old, whose faces betrayed their worry and stress. As they watched their funds drain and their body’s break down, they came to the clinic, sometimes, in desperate need.

I began to see that my simple foreign language skills and limited understanding of the patients’ cultures, were not nearly as important as the fact that they trusted me. As I sat down with patient after patient I realized that their faces were changing from worry to relief because they knew they were being cared for by confident and compassionate health care professionals. Trust in God and our abilities allows us to see through a clearer lens and to practice the Healer’s Art as it should be done.

Have you ever coaxed a child to jump into your arms while they were standing in a high place? I think most of us have experienced the trust of a child in this way. However, it is our turn now.

We are taking that leap of faith into the work force, leaving behind our phenomenal instructors and loving family members, to get to a new place. There will be times where we will look back to the ledge from which we jumped wondering if that leap was a good decision, and in those moments I say to us all, that trust in the enabling and refining power of God will allow us to keep moving forward.

As Rosemary M. Wixom once said “As individuals we are strong. Together, with God, we are unstoppable.”

I trust that BYU’s incredible nursing program with its remarkable staff has adequately prepared us to take this step. I trust that God will never, ever leave us, especially as we strive to “Learn the Healer’s art”. And I trust that as age begins to add to experience and fine tune our lives that we will begin to embody the theme of our graduation: “You can achieve what you believe you can. Trust and believe and have faith.” Thank you to our friends, family and faculty to whom we owe so much.

Congratulations class of 2015.

By Mary Raymer—A December BYU College of Nursing baccalaureate program graduate that spoke during the August college convocation on Friday, August 14.

Published by BYU Nursing

Guided by the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exemplify the Healer’s art by: leading with faith and integrity; advancing the science of nursing and healthcare; promoting health and wellness; alleviating suffering; and serving individuals, families, and communities. The mission of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University is to learn the Healer’s art and go forth to serve.

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