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I am on top of the world today. Back in January I was accepted to Portland Community College's and I found There is no greater feeling I can have for the GREATEST FAMILY of... Read More

  1. by   Mkue
    Way to Go Mario, you will be Super best of luck to you:hatparty:
  2. by   ktwlpn
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    . The confidence you ALL have given me can be interpreted as cockyness to the general nursing student class/group. At work, i am still humble around the nurses, but having worked all ready for 5 months on the floor and floated and is some great reality to realize. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Gl ad you realize that-you will do well to remember it...5 months is the blink of an eye-even after 10 and 20 years or more we are still learning new things every day...Keep your mind and eyes open-you can learn valuable stuff in any experience-even from the housekeeper.....
  3. by   bandaidexpert
    Way to go mario! But, you did this all by yourself. You will be a fine nurse.

  4. by   Love-A-Nurse
    mario, all the best to you!
  5. by   -jt
    <I wish there were more people who became CNA's while in nursing school>

    In NY it used to be a requirement of the schools. You went to class all day & you worked part time as a nurses aide evenings & weekends. Thirty years ago you didnt get paid for the work either
    - it was part of your training.

    Buona fortuna, "mariucci"! (thats a sicilian term of endearment for the name mario)
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Thank you very much everybody!!

    Karen, no one has EVER said such kind things to me in such a professional manner as you did! I would like to show your letter to my instructors, but they would feel upset, I think, to see you post. They may see me as someone who is a maverick because I consult But I am going to show it to my "nursing-godmother" and feel very proud. Thank you

    Swiftee - PCC uses a lottery. In this case is was a four to one shot for me, since 350 students applied for 80 seats. I was gonna traverse to Clark if I did not make the lottery, but good luck stung me hard in January 2002 when I made the class and got my CNA license/passed that certification. I achieved escape velocity when I got hired to be a floor CNA in April at Legacy.

    JP - Gracias - I'm familiar with the expression you call me, and it touches my heart. When I ws a kid, the old folks used to call me a [goo-Neil] (a rabbit). Also [bah-cha-ga-loop]. italians have a way with words and sounds. My people were all napolidan, and they told us to avoid the sicilian kids because they were dark and wild, and not really considered Italians, because Sicily is an island close to the African continent. You know how old italians kid around.

    And thank you to everyone for your thoughts. Now is the most likely time something can go wrong.....ust when everything is going so right. No fear.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Mario---Congratulations on your new beginning!! Your life will change in ways you can't imagine. Here are a few:

    1) You will find out that there are more ways to screw up something than there are to fix it. Don't sweat it; everyone is subject to this unwritten law (even doctors). The secret to getting through a bad shift is reminding yourself that you, and in most cases, your patients, WILL make it no matter what you do.

    2) You will come to hate doing care plans with a pink-and-purple passion....especially when you have to do new ones on the morning of clinicals, because the patients you researched last night have been discharged. It's OK. You'll probably never do another one once you graduate---unless you're like me and decide to become an RCM in a nursing facility. Then you'll be able to do 'em in your sleep (but who wants to??)

    3) You'll discover that you have more patience than you ever gave yourself credit for. And less.

    4) One of the first lessons you'll learn is that you will never know it all. There aren't enough years in any of our lifetimes to learn everything there is to know in this business.

    5) You'll find out that arrogance only works on TV. There's nothing wrong with a good dose of healthy self-esteem, but if you come across as a smart-ass, your patients won't like you, their families won't trust you, and your co-workers will want to get together and gang-slap you.

    6) Nursing is like the Peace Corps: It's the toughest job you'll ever love.

    Good luck to you, Mario---your heart is in the right place!!!
  8. by   adrienurse
    Hey man, tell us how your first week went!?
  9. by   -jt
    <My people were all napolidan, and they told us to avoid the sicilian kids because they were dark and wild, and not really considered Italians, because Sicily is an island close to the African continent. You know how old italians kid around.>

    Yeah yeah I know. They still say that - and it aint just the kids either! But that didnt stop my sicilian (aka african) mother from marrying my just-as-dark napolitan father. Ha ha.
    (and you my Napolitan friend are a helluvalot wilder than this sicilian ever will be!).
    What a great RN youre going to be!
  10. by   semstr
    Mario, great! congrats to you.
    How was your first week? Please post it.
    Whenever you need help, think of me, and ask!

    PS: Karen, very nice letter!
    Take care, Renee
  11. by   maizey
    Congratulations and good luck to you. Am sure you will make a fine and caring nurse.