I'll admit it; I'm addicted. I'm addicted to allnurses.com. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Mississippi, I found myself questioning my job helping to make even more money for a company that did not reap nor did it sow. I ached to help with more than gutting relatives homes and wiping away tears of 80+ year old aunts who lost their whole lives no matter how noble others think that was. I began looking at nursing schools and found the one from which I will graduate as a RN in May. I found that school through allnurses.com.
As I began posting to this site I found a student from the previous year, (on allnurses.com) who gave me her books and her notes with the stipulation that I share, and Tracy, I have shared. Every time I have had a problem with understanding a theory or a skill, I have searched for answers in this site and inevitably find the answer because, of course, the question I have has been asked before.
When we start a new class, whether it be Med-Surg, or Mental Health, I come here and look for the resources available because nurses share; of course they do. I find web site links in threads for Dosage Math, and IV theory, and 1001 uses for gauze pads. I share this information with the class which has helped this older lady be accepted in a class of twenty somethings. I read articles and cry; I read articles and laugh. Most of all I have a huge network of other people who understand me.
I have been edited
and I have been thanked. I have my favorite threads and follow post from certain people with anticipation and always I learn. I will be the best nurse I can and as I practice I will continue to post in the hopes that someday I will make someone else cry, or laugh, or learn.
Thank you for this website (allnurses.com).