Where are all you SC nurses? - page 9

You never here much from nurses in SC. Are there not that many on this board or have I just missed you all? It would be nice to hear about experiences here in SC. Perhaps we should introduce... Read More

  1. by   momof4ndocswife
    Hey.. this is an update from me. I finally graduated in May from USC-Aiken's BSN program and have just begun a med-surg internship at Lexington Medical Center!

    It's been an [B]extremely long[B] journey for me since I graduated 30 years ago with a BS in biology and didn't decide to pursue nursing until after raising 4 children. I began the ADN program at Midland's Tech almost 5 years ago, but had to withdraw 1/2 way through in order to take care of my ailing mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer and lived in 100 miles away in Greenville. When she stabilized, I re-started my journey by commuting an hour away to Aiken for classes and into Augusta, GA for clinicals.

    Mom's cancer spread to her lungs and rib cage this past Spring, but she was insistent that I complete my degree. I drove between Lexington-Aiken-Greenville as I juggled family life and school, but graduated cum laude with a BSN in early May. I moved in with my parents to provide hospice care for my mother until her death 4 weeks later. After getting Dad settled, I began studying furiously for NCLEX, but had to cancel my test date because our 1st grandchild arrived a little earlier than expected on July 1st in Greer. After spending a couple of weeks helping our daughter and new granddaughter, I returned home to prepare for our middle son's August Alabama wedding. I studied for NCLEX while all of these juggling other family responsibilities and took it on Aug 8th in Asheville, before leaving town on Aug 9th for our son's wedding. I found out via computer in the hotel room that I'd passed just an hour before the wedding rehearsal!

    It's been a whirlwind of a summer filled with mixed emotions, but at 52 I'm finally signing my name with an "RN" after it. The responsiblity is a bit overwhelming and I have so much to still learn, but I simply love patient care!

    this forum has been a wonderful place of support as I've read and learned from others.

    'Just want to say thanks and tell everyone else to NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!
  2. by   RN Zeke
    Congratulations. Sometimes we go about our career choice and it just doesn't happen as we plan. Staying focused may help us to overcome many un-forseen obstacles.
  3. by   ebear
    Hey, everybody!
    I live just inside the SC line near Charlotte. Glad to find this local site! I worked in Charlotte (24 mile commute) for many years and recently became certified as a legal nurse consultant. I'm sick of the hospital systems and just needed to GET OUT!! Hope this is successful because if it's not, I really don't know what to do next... :uhoh21:
  4. by   britgirl
    hi sc nurses
    im living in texas and plan to move to charleston,can you fill me in about the area,is there plenty to do and which are the best hospitals and affordable areas to live
    many thanks:bowingpur
  5. by   RNSC
    Charleston is a great place to live.

    for general info. As for things to do, I've heard complaints that there's nothing to do here and there's too much to do so I guess it depends on your focus. Lots of history, arts, crafts, drama, minor league sports but no big college or professional sports close by. Personally I love the beach. The best part about being a nurse is you get to go when everyone else is working. Affordable housing can be a problem.
    Best places to work depends on what kind of nursing you want to do.
    PM if you want more specific info.
  6. by   TANUSHA
    Hi! I am LPN of two years experience in LTC and planning on moving to SC either to MB or Charleston. Love both, but Charleston especially. Need help deciding what would be a better location to move to. How is a job situation and pay in LTC facilities, and can I get a job in an agency? Also, where do I have a better chance in getting into ADN program? What would be a job situation for my husband who is a manufacturing engeneer. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  7. by   KathyRN2B
    Hi ya'll

    I'm originally from Summerville. Joined the Army after HS and met my hubby while stationed in Germany. Spent the last 17yrs. going where Uncle Sam told us. Hubby retired last year and we now live in Columbia. We have 4 children 17, 16, 13, and 8.
    Not currently a nurse, but start NS on Monday 5 Oct. at South University here in Columbia.
  8. by   P_RN
    Been here all my life. Where is here you ask? 'Tween Cola and Augusta. Commuted to USC back when gasoline actually went UP to 47 cents/gal!! Worked at Bapt. DHEC, Voc Rehab, General Practitioner' office and RMH finished me off. Yeah hurt my back and voila inactive license. Even proved to the legislature that back injuries are a repetitive motion disorder & not a one time happening. But had a rocking' 35 year long career.

    SC is a beautiful place. Life is slower once you get away from the mega-Chicago-wannabes of Chas, Cola and Greenville. Anywhere in the state is a 2 hr drive. Mountains to the west, beach to to east. Salary is slightly lower, but it seemed to me promotions were easier to get. Yankees be prepared for a lot of y'all, and where you from? Then Be prepared for some of the best friends you ever came across.
    It doesn't snow-well hardly ever. So be prepared to stock up on bread and milk if one snowflake appears.

    We're having a spot of difficulty with our Governor and his surreptitious flights to South America to see "someone special."

    I went to high school with the Supreme Court Senior Justice, and the Attorney General. But never mind they're honest as the day is long. C'mon down. You WILL like it.
  9. by   tanjaccurn
    Hello; I'm a Rn here in the upstate of S.C. I graduated in 2003 with my nursing degree at the ripe 'ol age of 42, just a few months shy of my 43rd birthday! Outside of miltary bootcamp when I was barely 19, attaining my nurse's degree was by far the most challenging, but the most rewarding that I've experienced in my life thus far.....and I'm now just a few months away from becoming 50! I wasn't the "typical" college student, to say the least. Hahaha!
    When I first seriously considered becoming a nurse, I knew instinctively that it wouldn't be an easy or cheap goal to undertake and achieve. I wanted to 'test the water' so to speak to see for myself if I thought that it was something that I could really do; so, I went to Tri-County Tech taking the night courses required to get my CNA certification to work as a nurse's assistant. I worked during the day and went to the night classes too durning the week and studied in all of my free-time. I went to work as a CNA at OMC's LTAC facility, Lila Doyle where I worked one year before I began my pre-req classes toward my nursing degree at Tech. I had to subsequenly quit my job as a CNA because they wouldn't work around my class schedule. I didn't think that there would ever be an end to all of the classes and studying that I was having to do over the next few years. But it did and finally the day came where I "took the walk" and received my reward for all of my hard work. My nursing degree. I was blessed that my mother got to share that moment in time with me because she had always wanted me to go on to college after graduating from high school. And I did; only 20+ years later! It was the last photograph taken of me and my mom..................I made her proud. And isn't that the greatest joy of any child no matter what their age; to make your parents proud of you?
    I am blessed to be working in critical care. It was/is the area of nursing that I've been most interested in and fascinated with. My first year as a RN, I worked on a telemetry unit in a small rural hospital before moving into critical care. SO much to learn! But fascinating and intense. It keeps you on your toes. For the most part and the majority of the time I love my job. And there are naturally those times when I don't and wish there was something else that I could do to earn a living at doing. It's those times when I feel as if my heart just can't take seeing and feeling the heartbreak, suffering and loss of patients and their families........I feel as if my heart will burst and there is nothing that I can do "to make it better" for them.....except feel their pain......
    But then I think of what an honor it was for me to be there to care for that person in the last moments, days of their lives and my attempt to give comfort to their grieving families. I feel their pain. I recognize it because I have lost my family to disease, death.........it's harrowing pain that slices through to the core of your being.....you never forget it. You never forget it because it brings your own mortality and the fragility of life to the forefront of your concious thinking.....we are here but a brief time.....
    Life is precious. I'm blessed to be reminded of that fact every day/night that I work in critical care. I can't imagine myself working anyhere else......I'm that friendly though tired smile you see as my patient......I'm a nurse.
    I always try to keep in mind the thoughts of how I would like to be treated if I had my patient's disease or illness.....it's just that simple and easy.
    I welcome all new Rn's into the field/profession/career.......you are the future of caring for mankind's health. There isn't any glamour to it, there's a lot of sweat, bruises, tears on this job. You will work the majority of your 12 hour shifts with barely enough time to run to the restroom; forget eating as you've known it.....sharing chocolates with your fellow co-workers though, sometimes gets you past the whole "hungry" thing. You aren't going to get rich either. You will begin to wish that nurse's were really paid what the general public thinks that we earn. That would be a major pay raise across the board for nurses!! You will have to continue to study and read new nursing/medical protocols/procedures or get left behind eventually. Change is a big part of nursing. As technologies grow and expand, so will nursing. The ability to adapt is the most important quality of anything that is to survive.