Hey Y'all!

  1. Or at least that's how the Director of Nursing would say it. I use hello.

    I am a 45 yo man currently deep into an ADN program on the central coast of California. I worked for a number of years in the computer industry thinking that was it. Not to mention names, but when you've got a job w/ the people putting the "brains" in just about every computer, you think you're in a pretty secure place. As I was to learn, even the most solid things in your life can change very quickly. The downsizing of American workers finally caught up w/ me. Fortunately, I managed to come away from that experience w/ my health & some of my wits intact but somewhat disillusioned & bitter. While I was wallowing in my pity pot my brother got sick. He had let his freckle turn into something off of the scifi channel & by the time he saw a doctor his melanoma had spread to just about every system in his body. Determined to fight, we sought out the best care we could find and in the nine months from his diagnosis to death I was exposed to experiences and people that changed my life forever. I have never met people with the quality of nurses. The men & women that devote themselves to this job are second to no one. I want to be like that. This industry is the most honorable on the face of the earth & I am going to be part of it. I have read a lot of threads w/ nurses complaining about workloads, schedules, low pay & the like & believe me I am right there with you, but do you realize what it is that you are really doing out there? Don't tell my boss, but I would do this for free in a heartbeat, & I'll bet I'm not the only one. You might be saying, "Oh yeah, but you aren't working the floor and you can't talk because you don't know." True enough, but I'm not a young pup w/ stars in my eyes or dreams of being Florence Nightingale either. I've seen life and death and joy and sadness and pain and hope and what I know is that we nurses are a gift to people that can never be repaid. So I say let's shout at the top of our lungs for better conditions but let's also be thankful that we are allowed to do what we do. I want what you've got and as God is my witness I'm going to be the best nurse that I can be.

    Thanks for letting me ramble. Other than that, I'm a Cali beach brat born & raised. Could not be in a better place....oh wait, that's not true. Anyone know what could make a city (the county seat that also has the highest population of any city in the county) classified as a "rural" area? That seems to be what has happened here and as a result we have lost 50% of our primary care physicians and nurses are stuck in a time-warped pay scale. I know nurses who are willing to travel 200 miles every day to work in a facility that will pay a competitive salary, because our city can't afford to. We have 2 hospitals and it seems that both are always on the edge of collapse. The 3rd hospital that had been here since 1897 and was the only facility that offered community care recently closed because they couldn't afford to keep the doors open. I don't get the "rural" as opposed to metropolitan thing. But this is for another thread.

    I am happy to be a member of this forum and look forward to a lot of insightful and educational discussions.

    Congratulations to us all, we are blessed.

    JSWANAHLP
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  3. by   Tweety
    Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Welcome to Allnurses!
  4. by   EricJRN
    Welcome! Enjoy the discussions.
  5. by   Daytonite
    hi, jswanahlp!

    sorry to hear about your brother. my dad suffered a cerebral aneurysm and had brain surgery back in 1966 when i was a teenager and didn't really understand what was going on. but, it piqued my interest. your computer background is going to be an asset more than you know. my back died a few years ago and i have been re-educating in health information management and medical coding because i just can't do the clinical nursing anymore. you have no idea, yet, of how computers are coming into the healthcare industry. the totally computerized patient chart is on the horizon. nanda, who you will hear a lot about in nursing school, is actually a computerized classification system of nursing diagnosis that has been programmed to blend in with other computerized classification and coding systems of healthcare records. medicare requires facilities to submit all kinds of data about the patients they furnish care to directly to them over computer programs as do many states as well. we are in the electronic age!

    check out the nursing student forums: http://allnurses.com/forums/f196/
    welcome to allnurses!

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