Well, hello to all! I just signed up and am looking forward to making some nice e-friends who have a passion for the best career in existence (of course, I say that with bias... but I'm sure the majority will agree).
I am, currently, a nursing student at Arizona State University East Campus, and it is a really fun and exciting time. I will be finished with the professional program in May of 2006.
I really don't have any specific interests in nursing, because I want to get my hands into as many areas as I possibly can during my brief moment in this world. I can say, however, that I am pretty sure I would like to teach something related to nursing someday.
I got interested in nursing within the past two years. At that time, I was a disgruntled philosophy major (the philosophy department wasn't very encouraging). I wanted to teach it someday, but that was a long and arduous road to travel. So, my mind was swimming in doubt. It was apparent in my attitude, as well as my actions.
One day, my wife and I were driving to visit her parents. We were listening to NPR (National Public Radio). On NPR, there was a segment on one of the shows (All Things Considered, I think) discussing the great nursing shortage. Now, at that moment, I hadn't thought twice about what I was listening to, but my wife's ears were focused intently on the subject. She interrupted the segment, exclaiming, "You should be a nurse!"
"I could," I replied with indifference. She said this because of the fact that I had prior experience in the U.S. Air Force as a surgical technician.
"You would be really good at it," she said matter of factly.
On that trip to her parents, we began discussing it further; and we continued to discuss it for the next few months. Eventually, I walked into the College of Nursing at ASU. I met with one of the advisors and was really blown away by how friendly she was. Without hesitation, I changed my major to nursing. I need to mention that the nursing department has been the best department I have ever dealt with; and let me tell you, I have dealt with many a department during my expedition in college.
I was accepted into the professional program at ASU in October, and then began it on January 3rd. The professional program, while challenging, has been absolutely enjoyable; and the more I learn about this profession, the more I realize how amazing it is. Call it a skill, a talent, an art... call it what you like, it definitely takes something special to do it well. I am going to do as well as I can make my self.
So, here I am writing to a community of my academic peers, as well as future peers. Who knows? Maybe I will be working with a few of you, in the future. I do hope to have some wonderful conversations along the way, and I'm sure I will need some advice during my journey through nursing school
That's all for now! Probably too much.
All the best to all of you!