jb2u's bio

  1. While in the Army, I read a book written by a nurse, Echo Heron. She wrote of her highs and lows in this wonderful nursing world. After reading this book and contemplating the end of my time in the service, I thought nursing sounded great. I went out of the Army, and instead of going right into college for nursing, I decided to go to medical assisting school to see if this is what I really wanted, without the expense and time of nursing school to find out that this is not for me. I only worked as a Medical Assistant for a very short time, had to get around NURSES! So, I got a job in a hospital as a CNA. I also worked in the hospital as a cardiac monitor tech and a unit clerk. Nursing was very interesting, but going to college for three years was not in the cards for me at the time. I had a son on the way!!!

    Eventually, I went to school to become a mechanic. It was short, six months. I still did not feel complete. It did not work out for me, but college was still not in my cards. I went on to work as a courier, warehouse worker, salesman, shipping/receiving clerk, etc etc...never feeling my true potential was met. The thought of becoming a Nurse never left my mind. Feeling that time was running out and life was not getting any easier, I came home one day to tell my wife that I wanted to leave my current job that I had finally worked my way up to $10.25 at, that was a lot of money for us, and work as a CNA while going to nursing school. Did I mention that she is a stay at home mom (I am the sole income provider) and this time my wife was pregnant with our daughter??? Yes, she thought I was crazy, but with all the faith and love she has for me, agreed that I could follow through on my "brilliant" plan. Now there was no guarantee that I would get into nursing school on the first try and to not get in would have "ruined" us, but I had to try!! I went out and found a free cna training class which ended with a job offer of $6.50, yes times were hard. It had been 13 years since I graduated high school, so I went out and bought a grammar and algebra book because I had to take a "compass" test to see if I had to remediate. If I had to remediate then I would not be able to go into the next nursing class (they only started a new class once a year) and so I would have been delayed a whole year, not in my budget!! After studying hard, I took and did fine on the compass test, NO remediation!! I did great in all of my classes and when the time came I found out that I got into nursing school on the first try!!!

    Things were begining to go my way for a change. While still a pre-nursing student, I found this great site. I loved every minute that I spent reading post. I never signed up until I received my acceptance letter from nursing school. "jb2u" was now a part of allnurses.com!!! Imagine my surprise the day that I received a PM from allnurses asking me if I would be interested in becoming a moderator. They wanted to have a CNA forum and wanted to know if I wanted to moderate it. Besides thinking that a CNA forum would be a great idea, I loved the idea of being a part of the staff here!! I quickly agreed before they changed their minds or realized that they meant to send the PM to "jC2u."

    I am now an RN. I work in a Med/Surg ICU. With the exception of about a week inwhich my computer was down, I've been on allnurses everyday. My wife is happy that WE have finally made it. WE made it through a lot of hard times and tight budgets. I look forward to people asking me what I do for a living now. I LOVE nursing!!! I look back on my short life so far. I remember the hard times. I still remember, with tears in my eyes, my son sitting on the floor watching cartoons because we could not afford a couch and did not have anyone to rely on. I remember only having enough money to buy my son fruits and vegetables while my wife and I ate ramen noodles. I remember sleepless nights and fears of not making it out of nursing school. I was working, going to school, and helping moderate this site. And yet, here I am today. Life did not break me!! I will provide for my wife and kids. I have always provided love for my family, but now I can give more. Now, I am complete!!!

    I hope everyone enjoys this site as much as I do. Also, I hope that when life seems like a dark bottomless pit, your wisdom will provide you light and your inner strength will give you the wings to soar out and above.

    Thanks for reading,
    Jay
    Last edit by jb2u on Nov 15, '07 : Reason: spelling
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