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Hey, welcome to the site! I really feel bad when I see all the threads from new people introducing themselves. There's just NO WAY that I could stop and post to each and every one of you! So I... Read More

  1. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Greeneys53
    Hello from Illinois:
    I just finally registered after years of "lurking"! I am a RN, BSPA, and just last year got my Masters in Health Services Administration. My passion is and always will be ER nursing..but got very worn out in ER and so decided that I wanted a change of focus and moved into Quality Improvement. After obtaining my Masters degree moved into a Coordinator position in Quality. Then the hospital, because of declining patient census closed. Now I'm working in a Physicians Office doing front and back office management. Working for a VERY busy Pulmonary M.D. and just loving every minute.
    In my "spare" time I love to travel, read and do needlepoint.
    Also, just got back from the American College of Chest Physicians Meeting in Montreal, Canada and enjoyed going to so many excellent seminars given by such a distinguished line up of speakers-M.D.'s and RN's alike.
    I am a Diploma Graduate from a Nursing school in Chicago, Illinois.
    I did my Bachelor's degree by distance education and went to St. Joseph's College in Standish, Maine and my Master's work was done at the Unviersity of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
    I very much enjoy reading the posts here and hope that I will get to know many of you.
    Greeneyes53

    Hi Greeneyes, I'm from Maine myself, did you have a chance to see very much while you were here? It's beautiful (in my humble opinion). Congratulations on your accomplishments!
  2. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from anothermadhatter
    Hello all...Just found this site a few nights ago doing online research into CRNA school. Isn't Google awesome?? Anyway, I'm an RN with 9 years experience...1 yr med/surg, 2 years ICU/Open Heart Recovery, the rest in ER with the last four years travelling. Now, I'm working toward my BSN with the intent to enter CRNA school. Nursing has been very good to me and my family. I remember back to my first year...I wanted out so bad I could taste it. I even went to see a Navy recruiter who completely dismissed my schooling and tried to get me to sign up in a completely unrelated field..."Nuclear Power"..LOL!! Then I found the key to nursing...mobility. You don't like a unit, try another. You don't like a hospital, go to the next. You don't like a town, move to the next. Most recently, I have logged 60+ hours/week for nine months on a contract in sunny California in order bank roll for school. Me and a fellow traveller opened our own "agency" and have worked for ourselves for nine months now (being your own boss is not all it's cracked up to be). However, despite long hours, lots of stress, and eventual burn out...this is a great career. It can be a starting point, a stepping stone, a life-time choice, or a mid-life career change. Any way you look at it, you can't go wrong! So to all the lifers I say, "It's been my pleasure working beside you and learning from you for all these years"...to the newbies, "Don't let us lifers get you down...some of us have simply simmered in the soup too long"...and to the students "Don't give up...school is simply a test of your will." And anyone who has advice or words of encouragement for a guy whose worked way too many hours in the past year only to attempt RN-BSN in a year and straight into CRNA...drop me a line. Lord knows the days of asking myself if this is really worth it are coming. Oh I guess a few personals may be in order as well. My name is Michael...I've been happily married for 9 years and we adopted our first child last year. He is the greatest thing since air...18 months old now. Watching him learn every day has inspired me to do more...be more...push harder. I believe children are the catalyst of life. That being said...take that blanket off the kid and give him some Tylenol for Pete's sake. Sorry, too many nights in the ER...LOL!! Enough about me, I'll be around. Thanks to those who started this site...great idea! I'm sure the good dead has not gone unpunished!

    Wow, you have great advice, especially to the newbies and the students, LOL! Really nice meeting you Michael! My advice: Don't forget to BREATHE!
  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from karefree
    Hi !
    I am new here. I am an RN with 13 years experience in various med/surg settings. Currently supervising in LTC but it is not my thiing......with no offense meant to those who do love this kind of nursing. My second baby is due in Jan and after I may return to acute care. I have had a "renewed" love for my profession and am excited about heading into academics at some point. I love teaching and helping nursing students and new
    grads!!
    I have been reading some posts and am very interested in the different discussions! I am looking forward to posting and getting into some great "chats" about nursing !!
    Have a great day
    Karefree
    Welcome to the board, enjoy your baby and your studies!
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from tatermama85
    :wink2: hi my name is suzi and have been an RN for 11years 13 yrs as an LPN after that i am a trauma junkie have worked in the ED for most of my practice tried other things but drawn back to the ed i am married one son 20 moved from ga just last month to indiana (sister lives here this is where i am from) marries husb suffered a ABI after a motorcycle accident 2 years ago (wearing a helmet for all who might be wondering) but comming alon nicely
    glad i found this site everybody have a great day

    Hey Tater mama, welcome. Hope all goes well in your new home, and hubby keeps coming along well!
  5. by   peanutsmom
    I'm a student LPN and glad to find a cool place to learn and vent!! I am soooo nervous about clinicals!! My instructor talks about test anxiety, but I think I have clinical anxiety! Don't know why??? I usually ace the tests, but the practical apps intimidate me Anyone have any suggestions?
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from peanutsmom
    I'm a student LPN and glad to find a cool place to learn and vent!! I am soooo nervous about clinicals!! My instructor talks about test anxiety, but I think I have clinical anxiety! Don't know why??? I usually ace the tests, but the practical apps intimidate me Anyone have any suggestions?

    This is really really common! Try the student nursing forum and you will find others who are saying the same thing!

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f196/

    I was pretty nervous the WHOLE TIME I was in clinicals, eeeeek! The only thing I could do to combat it was to take 20 Valiums before I went. JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING! LOL!

    Seriously - the more preparation I could do ahead of time (knowing my patients, diagnosis, medications, etc) the better!

    Good luck!
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Nov 4, '05
  7. by   jojo007
    hello everyone, i'm not a nursing student just yet.. i'm having the hardest time in the world trying to get in!!! since taking my prereqs i've tried and i've tried but have had absolutely no luck... i already have a b.a. in psychology but i didn't get the best grades. i recently finished my cna program and will be taking my exam soon. hopefully my cna experience will strengthen my application. i'm really very depressed about all this, but i'm not going to give up! while i continue to apply to schools, pretty please wish me some luck.. i just need to get in, and then i can begin.. i can't wait!
    Last edit by jojo007 on Nov 4, '05
  8. by   jai100
    Hey everyone,

    The name's Joni: My friends call me Jai so feel free. I am graduating from nursing school in about 5 weeks and boy am I happy! Enjoyed school a lot but the time has come to pay all of my bills not just the ones that I need in order to sleep, eat, bathe and study.

    I am a regular on this site but never posted so here goes. Thanks for all the laughs, advice and encouragement gained through someone else's post who was feeling the same way I was. Hope to return the favor in the future
    -jai
  9. by   joiejoie
    Well hello! I haven't felt this old in a long time!!!! I was coursing through (yikes 139 pages?) of notes from all the new "guys" and everyone is so young!!!! Everything is relative, I am 57....so even the 40-year-olds are young now. Anyway, I am new here, graduated from a diploma school in 1970. Have had lots of different nursing jobs, and even returned to school to get a math education degree so I could teach high school. Presently, I am not working, which is why I had the time to "find" this site. I look forward to exploring it. It was wonderful to read some of the introduction notes that were written. I could feel everyone's enthusiasm and it felt good.
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from jojo007
    hello everyone, i'm not a nursing student just yet.. i'm having the hardest time in the world trying to get in!!! since taking my prereqs i've tried and i've tried but have had absolutely no luck... i already have a b.a. in psychology but i didn't get the best grades. i recently finished my cna program and will be taking my exam soon. hopefully my cna experience will strengthen my application. i'm really very depressed about all this, but i'm not going to give up! while i continue to apply to schools, pretty please wish me some luck.. i just need to get in, and then i can begin.. i can't wait!

    That would have been my only suggestion, to work as a CNA which would help you get into school. ("Initiative" "sincere interest and desire")

    Great job, let us know how it works out, k?

    Bless you!
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from jai100
    Hey everyone,

    The name's Joni: My friends call me Jai so feel free. I am graduating from nursing school in about 5 weeks and boy am I happy! Enjoyed school a lot but the time has come to pay all of my bills not just the ones that I need in order to sleep, eat, bathe and study.

    I am a regular on this site but never posted so here goes. Thanks for all the laughs, advice and encouragement gained through someone else's post who was feeling the same way I was. Hope to return the favor in the future
    -jai

    Congratulations on school, and I know, that first check seems like it will solve EVERYTHING LOL!
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from joiejoie
    Well hello! I haven't felt this old in a long time!!!! I was coursing through (yikes 139 pages?) of notes from all the new "guys" and everyone is so young!!!! Everything is relative, I am 57....so even the 40-year-olds are young now. Anyway, I am new here, graduated from a diploma school in 1970. Have had lots of different nursing jobs, and even returned to school to get a math education degree so I could teach high school. Presently, I am not working, which is why I had the time to "find" this site. I look forward to exploring it. It was wonderful to read some of the introduction notes that were written. I could feel everyone's enthusiasm and it felt good.

    Hi Joie and welcome! There are LOTS of senior-ish (LOL) nurses here - as well as some STUDENTS your age who are just starting out! Maybe you could start a thread in the break room for "over 50's" -

    In any case, enjoy yourself!
  13. by   lisabeth
    I am fairly new, and I havent posted a lot. I am just now fixing to start my pre-requisites in January. I have several behind me, but I still have about a years worth.
    I am planning on attending a community college very near. I have been hearing a lot lately about nursing students being turned away, due to lack of instructors or whatever reason. If that were to happen, I guess online classes would be a good option, but what online colleges are best? I am really overwhelmed by the thoughts of online classes. Did anyone else feel that way? I wish they would send info through the mail, but all I have gotten is lots of pressure to answer questions, fill in an application, etc.

    Any suggestions would be great.

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