I am new to this Discussion Board and am eager to say Hello to all my fellow nurses. Maybe I can answer some of your questions and maybe someone can answer some of mine. I have been reading some of the threads this morning and have enjoyed some laughs already (especially about the tazer gun fiasco sent in by a male reader). Let me intro myself. I graduated in 1985 from Regent's College, the extended degree program now known as Excelsior College. I have 20 years experience as a RN, 15 of those as an ICU/CCU nurse and 7 of those as a traveler for Cross Country Nurses and American Mobile Nurses. I added 4.5 years as a PACU nurse and now have accepted a new post as the Head Nurse of an Oral Surgery Clinic, located in a small area of a large Dental Clinic. I have worked as a GS or civilian in an army hospital here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) for the last 5.5 years. I love my job and choice of work and I have no regrets what-so-ever about my choice of nursing schools
. Have been wondering though, do any nursing associations or groups exist for Oral Surgery Nurses?? I have researched the ANA and ADA websites (as well as many others) looking for some group of nurses with whom I can talk about my new job but, none exist I can tell. So, if any of you readers are working in an Oral Surgery arena, and especially if you are civilian in the DENCOM world, I have some questions for you and am eager to talk to you. Otherwise, If I can help some one else out, let me hear from you. Thanks and again, Happy 2005 New Year!!