Looking For Other Pa Nurses!!!! - page 16

Hello all, I'm taking this chance to meet other nurses in PA. Who knows, maybe I've meant some of you. I graduated a year ago, and meant a lot of other nursing students in clinicals, and such. ... Read More

  1. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from johnbearpa
    i have no clue about the football games, because i wasn't born up here. i'm originally from carbon county, a little town called lansford. nice to see another career tech grad tho.
    scranton is making a comeback tho. parks are nice and green and clean, they even want to do a handicapped-accessable treehouse in nay aug now. downtown is being re-vitalized, and it's a fairly nice place to live now. i'm still moving to fl in sept or oct tho! lol
    johnbear, i live in football city. it's the home of the penn state nittany lions. they are a big 10 conference team. some people call it paternoville here in state college, and you should see the growth here!!!! we have new 4 lane highways here, there, and everywhere, and brand new student housing, and malls galore. our newest one is not far from here. new eating places; everything from a - z.
  2. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from steelcityrn
    Congrats to the Penn State Lions!!!! Have family that was at the game in Miami, awesome game and good luck to Michael Robinson, awesome job Joe Pa!!! Man do I love State College....... And of course GO STEELERS!!!!!!
    A nurse after my own heartDid you know Joe Pa lives close to campus, and still lives in the house he had built in 1974? And he walks to work and to the home games when they are played here. That's one of the reasons he's still head coach at Penn State, and is either 79 or 80 years young. You go Joe!! You have one loyal fan here.
  3. by   FranEMTnurse
    [quote=nataleern;1203664]
    Quote from Gator,SN
    I just graduated from Penn State Unversity in May. I am working in CCU at a local hospital. I went to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for some of my clinical rotations. (NICU and PEDS, and outpatient psyche) I was able, last summer to "ride along" with Life Lion too. Several of my classmates have started their in the MICU and SICU.
    Are you or did you work at Mount Nittany Medical Center?
  4. by   mango111
    Looking for Student Nurses in VU,,or in Philadelphia
  5. by   annaedRN
    Hello. I live in Gettysburg. I just graduated in May from HACC Gettysburg doing the LPN-RN program. Now working for VNA. Let me know if you have any questions on the bridge program.
    Last edit by annaedRN on Nov 18, '07
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    i have been following this thread for a long time, and am amazed that noone is from central pa. are you all in the big city areas?

    state college has grown by leaps and bounds the last few years, and our hospital has even turned into a medical center with a trauma center just 40 minutes from here in altoona.

    i graduated in 1997, and even though i'm disabled, i'd like to talk to some of you folks. i have lived here since 1996. i'm a transplant from new york state.


  7. by   annaedRN
    Hi Fran. As I said I live and work near Gettyburg but we have property near Raystown Lake and go there frequently on weekends. That's getting close to your neck of the woods. I love it there. In 10-15 yrs or so, my husband and I may move there permanently. I love VNA but I think that all of the mountain roads there would make it a difficult job. I would consider Huntingdon, Altoona, or State College then. Anyway, what kind of nursing do you do? Deanna
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from banana1
    Hi Fran. As I said I live and work near Gettyburg but we have property near Raystown Lake and go there frequently on weekends. That's getting close to your neck of the woods. I love it there. In 10-15 yrs or so, my husband and I may move there permanently. I love VNA but I think that all of the mountain roads there would make it a difficult job. I would consider Huntingdon, Altoona, or State College then. Anyway, what kind of nursing do you do? Deanna
    Hi Deanna, I know where Raystown Lake is. Did you know that I99 is now nearly complete up to State College, and that we now have 4 lane highways everywhere here? It's totally different from when I first moved here in 1996.
    My last assignment was helping an elderly lady who had a CVA and a very bad heart.
    I'm now unable to actively do nursing, but do know several of the nurses at our hospital. I have been in and out of it so many times I have literally lost count. It all began after I graduated from nursing school.
    I knew my cholesterol was high, so wanting to keep my perfect attendance that I received an award for while in school, I bought some niacin at the local drug store.
    Knowing that it's a water soluable vitamin, and looking up in my drug book for the lowest possible dosage to treat high cholesterol, I began taking them. After about one third of the bottle was gone, I had an anaphylactic reaction that kept me in and out of the hospital all summer long. That was back in 1997. That was the beginning of my health problems, but after I was well enough, I did go to Weight Watchers and began exercising again. I walked all over State College, and managed to get myself back in shape.I did get my license though, and kept it current.

    Then in April 2001, I was hospitalized again with status asthmaticus. I was there nearly a week, and doing well until Palm Sunday. That day as I was doing one of my regular 3 walks, while pushing a wheelchair that contained an oxygen tank for my breathing.

    I suddenly felt breathless, so I sat in the wheelchair until I got my breath back. But by the time I got to the end of the hall, it happened again. I didn't know a doctor was watching me. He walked down to where I was sitting, ordered a stat x ray, but nothing showed. Anyway, I managed to get back to the nurses desk and asked for the rest of the day free since I felt like I weighed a ton, and felt like I ran a marathon.

    The next day, after many different tries at different methods to find out what was wrong with me, a PE was found. During steroid therapy again on Solu Medrol, I also got steroid induced myopathy. I had my med book and learned the PE was caused by the Prednisone too.

    It took about 9 months before I was back to where I was able to get around normally.

    Then in March 2002, I was hospitalized again with pneumonia. I was in there for 5 weeks due to my respiratory failure and being placed on a vent. It was then that I was diagnosed with Chronic asthmatic bronchitis, and I was hospitalized x4 that year. Twice I crashed in the ER and was placed on a vent. The second time, I was also septic.

    So now I'm in endstage COPD with hypoxemia, and also have CHF, and chronic lung pain due to pulmonary hypertension. I'm taking strong meds to counteract the effects, and my new physician has me stabilized.

    Other than the OA that is a constant pain, I am in fine shape.
  9. by   TRAMA1RN
    I am from Jersey Shore PA just 45 min. north of Happy Valley.
  10. by   annaedRN
    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I had to work but that means I'm off the hook for Christmas and New Years! Fran - It sounds like you have been on quite the ride with your health. But, I admire your attitude about it. What are you doing to keep yourself busy?
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from evilnightwitch
    I am from Jersey Shore PA just 45 min. north of Happy Valley.
    Where do you work?
  12. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from banana1
    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I had to work but that means I'm off the hook for Christmas and New Years! Fran - It sounds like you have been on quite the ride with your health. But, I admire your attitude about it. What are you doing to keep yourself busy?
    I'm glad you'll be off for Christmas and New Years.
    To occupy my time, I'm on Allnurses a lot, and I do both email accounts. When I get tired, I take a nap, sometimes I read which I love to do, and at night I watch TV.
  13. by   sammie1
    Hi! I'm Jamie and am kinda a new grad 06' I'm from pittsburgh and work in an inpatiemt psych unit

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