1. Hello everyone,

    I'm new here. I've been reading the threads for a few days now and everyone seems real supportive. That helps alot, especially since one of my instructors made the comment the other day about how nurses eat their young. I'm hoping that's not true once I hit the floors.

    A little history. I think I'm older than most of you. I'm 38 yr old with two teenage sons. I spent 6 yrs active duty military until after I married and had my second child. I stayed with the kids until I hit 32, then I started college. My husband is active duty Coast Guard, so college has taken me a long time what with transfers and all. I graduate from my program this May (knock on wood, everyone pray for me!) Right after I graduate we will be transferred again, this time to Boston, MA. I looking forward to the move except I would really have liked to work here in town for a while before I moved. So I'm a little nervous about that.

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing from you ladies and gents.
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    Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 36


  3. by   Mary Dover
    Hi Paula!
    Welcome to the board. It is great here! Some folks may think we do a lot of griping sometimes and wonder why we stay in the profession, but I have found this to be a wonderfully supportive place, and the support one can find here is perhaps one of the things that keeps (those of) us (who get so frustrated at times)going. As an RN for 12 years - I've learned that with the job - there's lots of bad with the good. But ya know what - I wouldn't change careers for anything.
    Hang around for a while. I think you'll like it.

  4. by   paula4ms
    Thanks Mary,

    For the encouragement, I'm up now trying to get a couple of different assignments done at the same time. Take care.
  5. by   StudentSandra
    Welcome Paula, I'm even a little older than you, 43, and did 6 1/2 years active in the Navy. Congrats on coming this far and continued good luck with the rest of your program.
  6. by   GPatty
    I'm Julie, 39, and does being married to military count? He's ex Army.
    Welcome to the board, and enjoy!!!!
  7. by   moni rn
    welcome, paula!

    you are definitely a strong woman! keep up the hard work! :d
  8. by   paula4ms
    thanks for all the replies. it was great hearing from you guys.

    sandra, we live out the back gate to nas pensacola (home of naval aviation and the blue angels) and we did a two year tour in va bch, my hubby was on the only coast guard boat stationed at nab little creek. we love being near navy bases. the services (commissary, exchange, etc.) are great. normally, coast guard units are off in little coastal communities with no base close by. the coast guard only has about 4 bases, the rest are small units we call groups or stations. it's like being married to a fireman and policeman all rolled up into one guy. did you enjoy your time active duty?

    julie, married to prior service army absolutely counts. my husband's dad is retired army. he grew up in fayetteville, nc (fort bragg). i think that's why he went cg, so he wouldn't have to wear bdu's. :d

    sorry, i get carried away sometimes. :chuckle

    thanks again mona and mary for your posts. it was really nice of you.
    Last edit by paula4ms on Mar 11, '02
  9. by   ggfifirn05
    Hey Paula! Glad to meet a fellow Floridian. Spent a little bit of time in Pensacola during my husband's last few months of active duty...he was on the Forrestal for the brief time it was there and also worked at the Naval Aviation Museum as a staff modeler. He's a navy brat, and his brother is retired Coast Guard. We definitely have alot in common. We live in Jacksonville, but I married my husband right as his last hitch was starting, so I didn't get the "thrill" of relocating...He spent the last ten years of his career here (except for the Pensacola part).

    Anyway, glad to chat with you, and looking forward to sharing some posts.