Random Musings on my Birthday - page 2

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Today is my 32nd birthday. . . Time seems to fly when you are busy doing other things. I registered as a member on Allnurses.com on February 20th, 2005. Wow! I have been a member of these forums for eight years! At that time,... Read More


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    Happy Birthday, you lovely, witty creature, you.

    Soooooo....I.....um...Look, I'll just say it. I couldn't spring for a stripper. Short notice and all that. But!

    I got you the next best thing.



    You're welcome.
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    Happy Birthday and thank you for all you do on these forums. Love to read your posts and articles!
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    Happy Birthday! I enjoy all of your articles and posts. Thanks for sharing.
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    I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT DAY!!
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    Happy birthday! (and G-d Bless Texas!)
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    Ah, just a baby! Give it another thirty years and we'll talk (if I'm still above ground)!

    Happy Birthday!

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    Woo hoo! Happy birthday! Go have some fun!
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    Today is my 32nd birthday. . .

    Time seems to fly when you are busy doing other things. I registered as a member on Allnurses.com on February 20th, 2005. Wow! I have been a member of these forums for eight years! At that time, I was a 24-year-old who had reached one of life's crossroads. I was asking myself, "What in the heck am I going to do with the rest of my life? Are things going to work out for me?"

    About six months prior to joining Allnurses.com, I took a risky plunge by resigning from my job at a paper products factory where I had been employed for three years. This job offered decent pay, full benefits, and a sense of security. I was leaving it all behind to chase a dream and turn it into a reality.

    I quit to attend nursing school full-time.

    When I registered to become a member approximately eight years ago, I was unemployed, residing in my home state of California, living off unemployment checks and my savings account, and had been attending a 12-month fast track vocational nursing (LVN) program located 95 miles away from my home. I was taking a calculated risk, because if I had been unable to secure a job as an LVN after earning my license, I could have lost everything for which I had worked so tirelessly.

    I ended up relocating to Texas six weeks after graduation, and after passing NCLEX, felt so very blessed to have found a job in my new state of residence without any connections or networking. I was grateful that someone decided to take a chance on me. My first year in nursing (February 2006 to February 2007) was one of the roughest, but I toughened up and somehow made it through.

    The move out of state has been good for me so far because I have thrived during my seven years of living in this place. I earned my RN license three years ago. I enjoy financial security, flexibility in scheduling, and a line of work that enables me to have sense of fulfillment that comes from helping others.

    I first entertained the idea of becoming a nurse back in 2000 when I was 19 years old and a student in a medical assisting program. Due to the realities of the local job market in the region where I was living at the time, I never got the chance to work as a medical assistant. Instead, I briefly worked as a direct care staff member at a group home where six developmentally disabled adult clients resided.

    My true inspiration for becoming a nurse came two years later. My mother was gravely ill with end stage hepatic disease in 2002 and would die without a liver transplantation. I was impressed and inspired by the professionalism, skill, and positive attitudes displayed by the team of doctors, nurses, techs, and others who provided the care. After several days in a hepatic coma, she received a liver transplant on May 31, 2002 and is alive 11 years after the fact.

    Today is my birthday. A couple of years ago I was frightened by the prospect of crossing the other side of 30, but it is not too bad now that I'm there.

    Thank you, Allnurses.com, for providing a source of support, knowledge, education, networking, and generosity along the way. Discovering these forums was one of the better decisions I have made in recent years.

    Happy Birthday, Commuter! We have all learned much from you - thank you my friend!
    Here's a Happy Birthday (((hug))) and wishes for many, many more. You know that the best is yet to come, right?

    mc3
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    Happy Birthday,,,your journey as a nurse and your life in general is very inspiring!
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Today is my 32nd birthday. . .

    Time seems to fly when you are busy doing other things. I registered as a member on Allnurses.com on February 20th, 2005. Wow! I have been a member of these forums for eight years! At that time, I was a 24-year-old who had reached one of life's crossroads. I was asking myself, "What in the heck am I going to do with the rest of my life? Are things going to work out for me?"

    About six months prior to joining Allnurses.com, I took a risky plunge by resigning from my job at a paper products factory where I had been employed for three years. This job offered decent pay, full benefits, and a sense of security. I was leaving it all behind to chase a dream and turn it into a reality.

    I quit to attend nursing school full-time.

    When I registered to become a member approximately eight years ago, I was unemployed, residing in my home state of California, living off unemployment checks and my savings account, and had been attending a 12-month fast track vocational nursing (LVN) program located 95 miles away from my home. I was taking a calculated risk, because if I had been unable to secure a job as an LVN after earning my license, I could have lost everything for which I had worked so tirelessly.

    I ended up relocating to Texas six weeks after graduation, and after passing NCLEX, felt so very blessed to have found a job in my new state of residence without any connections or networking. I was grateful that someone decided to take a chance on me. My first year in nursing (February 2006 to February 2007) was one of the roughest, but I toughened up and somehow made it through.

    The move out of state has been good for me so far because I have thrived during my seven years of living in this place. I earned my RN license three years ago. I enjoy financial security, flexibility in scheduling, and a line of work that enables me to have sense of fulfillment that comes from helping others.

    I first entertained the idea of becoming a nurse back in 2000 when I was 19 years old and a student in a medical assisting program. Due to the realities of the local job market in the region where I was living at the time, I never got the chance to work as a medical assistant. Instead, I briefly worked as a direct care staff member at a group home where six developmentally disabled adult clients resided.

    My true inspiration for becoming a nurse came two years later. My mother was gravely ill with end stage hepatic disease in 2002 and would die without a liver transplantation. I was impressed and inspired by the professionalism, skill, and positive attitudes displayed by the team of doctors, nurses, techs, and others who provided the care. After several days in a hepatic coma, she received a liver transplant on May 31, 2002 and is alive 11 years after the fact.

    Today is my birthday. A couple of years ago I was frightened by the prospect of crossing the other side of 30, but it is not too bad now that I'm there.

    Thank you, Allnurses.com, for providing a source of support, knowledge, education, networking, and generosity along the way. Discovering these forums was one of the better decisions I have made in recent years.
    Happy Belated Birthday
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