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  1. Hello. I have been lurking for about a month. I am 33 and have wanted to be a nurse since childhood. I was a CNA a few years ago, but never followed through until I applied for nursing school last month on my 33rd birthday. I am going to take my first general in January. I recently returned from 6 months in Africa where I worked in a remote orphanage and started a clinic there. It worked very different there. The pharmacies gave me access to antibiotics and any medicine I needed. The people would come from miles away with bad infections and various skin diseases. There was not much option for them medically. Many would visit the local witch doctors. I was able to help many just by asking important questions and giving appropriate meds or ointment. However there was so much that I had no idea about and realized I could be much more help if I actually was a nurse and knew what I was doing. :imbar So I plan on finishing school and working a year or so to get experience and then head back to Africa. The hospital there was so horrible. I took one of the orphans to get tested for HIV. I would watch the doctors and nurses take blood and perform their duties without gloves. There was a little disabled orphaned boy who was the hospitals property and lived under a bed on a foam mat. I can't wait to go back.
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from ejm
    hello. i have been lurking for about a month. i am 33 and have wanted to be a nurse since childhood. i was a cna a few years ago, but never followed through until i applied for nursing school last month on my 33rd birthday. i am going to take my first general in january. i recently returned from 6 months in africa where i worked in a remote orphanage and started a clinic there. it worked very different there. the pharmacies gave me access to antibiotics and any medicine i needed. the people would come from miles away with bad infections and various skin diseases. there was not much option for them medically. many would visit the local witch doctors. i was able to help many just by asking important questions and giving appropriate meds or ointment. however there was so much that i had no idea about and realized i could be much more help if i actually was a nurse and knew what i was doing. :imbar so i plan on finishing school and working a year or so to get experience and then head back to africa. the hospital there was so horrible. i took one of the orphans to get tested for hiv. i would watch the doctors and nurses take blood and perform their duties without gloves. there was a little disabled orphaned boy who was the hospitals property and lived under a bed on a foam mat. i can't wait to go back.
    hello and welcome to allnurses.com

    it is wonderful to have you join the family.

    where were you in africa? you are to be commended for what you did.

  4. by   GooeyRN
    Welcome to the forum! Good luck in meeting your goals!
  5. by   blueyesue
    Thank you for the welcome. It was in Swaziland, which is in southern Africa. It was a great experience and would recomend it for anyone even remotely interested.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Welcome to these forums and good luck to you!
  7. by   luvmy2angels
    Welcome, hope you find great friendships and support here! This is a great site to belong too!!
  8. by   smith_nurse2006
    that is so great to hear!!! good luck to you in nursing!!! hope that you acheive your goals and more
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  10. by   Jessy_RN
    [font=impact]:melody: :melody: welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.

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