I just found this site yesterday as I was sitting on hold waiting for information from a doctor's office.
Although newbie to the the boardie, oldie to the profession.
Quick background info: I started out as a special education teacher for Jr. & Sr. High LD, although I was originally trained in Blind/Visually Impaired w/Deaf-Blind area of focus. Unfortunately, due to numerous changes in the education field, like budget cuts thanks to President Regan (yes, I'm that old), I needed to change fields. Enter nursing.
Started out as a Child Psych nurse. Not much difference than the classroom except now I could drug the kids if they became too violent. However, I left that field as soon as I became pregnant; I was not rearing my child on all the psychological theories out there. From Child Psych, I went to adult Oncology/Med/Surg and spent most of my time there. Did some telemetry and renal for a bit as well. Got caught up in hospital politics
and left hospital work for good after 18+ years. I love how the facility I worked at drove out all the older, experienced nurses.
Now, I work for a private case management company behind a desk. I'm learning everything there is to know about health plans that I didn't want to know as a floor nurse. I miss the techical, I miss the patient's, but I DON'T miss the politics!
As for past time enjoyment, I write novels (and am published), bowl, coach my 17 year old son's bowling league and travel bowling league, and am in martial arts.