Mars requires nurses

  1. I noticed on the news that NASA wants to establish a colony in about 30 to 40 years. I wonder how the nursing shortage will affect the colonies health status. But on the positive side a mars position would look great on the resume.
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  3. by   Lori RN_09_2b
    30 to 40 years? Gosh, that will give be just about enough time to finish up my degree! When you think about all the little green guys that'll be lining up for medical help, it puts a whole new spin on cultural diversity.
  4. by   Still Riding
    I think they are starting to advertise a little soon, I am just graduating and am fairly young too and am having a hard time decideng what i will be doing in a day/week/month/year... well you get the picture. In 30 years i will be 53, and in 40 63years old. I don't think that is when i woudl liek to be picking up and moving to Mars...

    but you never know if there is a colony on mars they might be able to rewind the clock on people.
  5. by   EmerNurse
    Quote from Lori RN_09
    30 to 40 years? Gosh, that will give be just about enough time to finish up my degree! When you think about all the little green guys that'll be lining up for medical help, it puts a whole new spin on cultural diversity.

    Will we have to retake A&P I and II for the lil green guys? Do lil green guys get medicaid cards? Is a toothache lifethreatening for the lil green guys? Anyone know of any CEU's I can start on now????

    <tongue in cheek>

  6. by   muffie
    sign me up
    i've just ordered my space suit
  7. by   ABQLNDRN
    Quote from EmerNurse
    Will we have to retake A&P I and II for the lil green guys? Do lil green guys get medicaid cards? Is a toothache lifethreatening for the lil green guys? Anyone know of any CEU's I can start on now????

    <tongue in cheek>

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!
  8. by   traumaRUs
    I wonder if they have dark spacesuits? Silver makes my butt look too big - lol.
  9. by   muffie
    we would be cool in navy
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Yes Muffie - I agree - Navy would be fine!
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    NASA today employs numerous occupational health and aerospace nurses who care for astronauts, their families, and other space program employees.2 Its RNs also contribute to research activities.
    If astronauts someday land on Mars, they’ll be exposed to microgravity and radiation for extended periods. That’s where today’s nurses can be of great help — by researching ways to protect astronauts from radiation sickness. They might also study the health effects of microgravity, which has been found to decondition the cardiovascular system, alter sensory and neurological systems and immune function, and cause bone loss, muscle atrophy, and respiratory changes.3
    And if the moon indeed becomes a launch pad to the outer planets, health providers will be needed on board to care for astronauts and conduct research on the health implications of living in space. Nurses could be an integral part of this effort. - Nursing Spectrum- Career Fitness Online

    I think one day people will live on the Moon and on Mars. People will need nursing care. For now the Iternationsl Space Station has people trained as paramedics in contact with a physician and/or MICN at all times. The shuttle would ambulance a patient to Earth ASAP if needed.
    There is the Space Nursing Society with an interesting newsletter: The Space Nursing Society


    Dee O'Hara, First Nurse to NASA's First Astronauts - :: NASA Quest > Archives ::
  12. by   imenid37
    As an OB nurse, I want to know who gives birth and how. Space nurse, that is so cool that you know all of this stuff. I am truly amazed. Just goes to prove there are some pretty diverse opportunities out there!
  13. by   traumaRUs
    I echo that - Spacenurse - how cool!
  14. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I wonder if they have dark spacesuits? Silver makes my butt look too big - lol.
    Quote from muffie
    we would be cool in navy
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Yes Muffie - I agree - Navy would be fine!
    As long as I don't have to wear white pants or cartoon scrub tops, I'm 'kewl!

    I'll even wear a nursing cap under my space helmet (but not one of the older ones with the fur-fur frills- the cute ones!) before I wear white pants on MARS...:

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