New Nursing Student says Hi.

  1. Hi,
    My name is Ken and I'm a new nursing student, beginning this fall. So, I am certainly open to any wisdom that might be offered on surviving this exciting and intense adventure.
    This is a career change for me. I lost my previous job to the overseas market. I'm 41 years of age. So, this is an opportune time for me to do something really beneficial with my life. I am approaching this entire turn of events with an open and positive mind set.
    I am looking forward to hearing from fellow students and those already practicing.
    Thank you.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   ARmickie
    Welcome aboard from a fellow newbie student.. There's always something going on here...
  4. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to Allnurses.com from sunny Bangkok........................
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
  6. by   trim36
    RUN RUN RUN while you can. Nah just kidding I love nursing. Been at it for 14 years. You have good days and bad but when you get that one who just really appreciates you it makes it worth it. Not to talk about all that pay! LOL!
  7. by   Kenneth Walker
    Quote from ARmickie
    Welcome aboard from a fellow newbie student.. There's always something going on here...
    Thanks for your reply. I am looking forward to learning as much as I can and to hearing from everyone. This is going to be very interesting.

    Ken
  8. by   Kenneth Walker
    Quote from suzanne4
    Welcome to Allnurses.com from sunny Bangkok........................
    :hatparty: Thanks for your reply, and advice. I am really looking forward to this new adventure. Hope to hear from you soon. What's it like in Bangkok? Living there must be a real adventure.

    Ken
  9. by   Kenneth Walker
    Quote from trim36
    RUN RUN RUN while you can. Nah just kidding I love nursing. Been at it for 14 years. You have good days and bad but when you get that one who just really appreciates you it makes it worth it. Not to talk about all that pay! LOL!
    Thank you for your reply, and advice. I'm sure that once I get through the educational process and start my career, I'll love it too. I certainly do want to make a difference. Talk to you soon.

    Ken
  10. by   Kenneth Walker
    Quote from CNM2B
    Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
    Thank you for your reply. I am looking forward to this new phase in my life.

    Ken
  11. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Kenneth Walker
    :hatparty: Thanks for your reply, and advice. I am really looking forward to this new adventure. Hope to hear from you soon. What's it like in Bangkok? Living there must be a real adventure.

    Ken
    Fabulous food and very fresh. The fruits and the vegetables were still on the farm the day before. No such thing as frozen vegetables over here, anywhere. You can buy food from vendors set up with carts all over. Lunchtime at my school: make brown rice and buy grilled chicken, a grilled fish, and about 10 different little goodies and I can feed about 10 people for about $4 total. Try doing that in the US. 3 bunches of orchids for $1.
    My students are really appreciative of learning, and it is hard to keep them away. Many work over 60 hours per week and they still find time to come to school. Not sure how they keep going as they usually have to work all three shifts in one week over here, and rarely have more than a shift off before having to go back to work. That would never fly in the US.

    Have a great day.
  12. by   Kenneth Walker
    Quote from suzanne4
    Fabulous food and very fresh. The fruits and the vegetables were still on the farm the day before. No such thing as frozen vegetables over here, anywhere. You can buy food from vendors set up with carts all over. Lunchtime at my school: make brown rice and buy grilled chicken, a grilled fish, and about 10 different little goodies and I can feed about 10 people for about $4 total. Try doing that in the US. 3 bunches of orchids for $1.
    My students are really appreciative of learning, and it is hard to keep them away. Many work over 60 hours per week and they still find time to come to school. Not sure how they keep going as they usually have to work all three shifts in one week over here, and rarely have more than a shift off before having to go back to work. That would never fly in the US.

    Have a great day.
    It sounds wonderful there. You can't go wrong with fresh fruit, and to buy a meal like that for so little money is incredible. Your students certainly have my admiration. You'd never find that kind of spirit and determination here in the states. God bless. They give me the inspiration to face whatever minute struggles I may encounter with my training. It sounds as though you have a challenging and rewarding career. Have you been in Bangkok long or are you a native born citizen? Do you just teach English or do you teach other subjects as well? I hope I'm not being too nosy. Talk to you later,
    Ken
  13. by   suzanne4
    I am actually Michigan born and raised. Fell in love with the country about 18 years ago after coming over to go scuba diving. Have had an apt here for the past six years and two years ago I made 9 trips in one year and decided it was just time to move over here. And I am definitely glad that I came.
    My school actually teaches "Conversational English to the Healthcare Provider." We are the only school of its type in the Kingdom. In addition to teaching the English skills, we also prepare the nurses that wish to work in the US with preparation for exams, paperwork, etc.

    They don't always make it on-time to class, but they are quite determined. And just to see the improvement in their English skills in a very short time is quite amazing. They are actually taught grammar in earlier schooling but never the speaking or listening skills. My students love to come in early and watch American movies on DVD, we also have a lending library of the DVDs as well as American novels. They all start off with a Danielle Steele book as their first novel to read and they are able to do quite well with it. Right now we have a better success rate than any other program around, and I am quite pleased with that.

    Thanks for asking.....................

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