Hello! I'm not only new to allnurses.com, but I am also new to the nursing profession, as well. I graduated from an associates degree program on May 11, 2006, was hired as a psych nurse intern on May 15, sat for the NCLEX on May 23, and had an RN license on May 25...whew! It's been a whirlwind, so far. And I'm loving every minute of it.
In my former life, I was in the Navy repairing shipboard weapons electronic systems for 6 years ('87 - '93) and then worked as an electronics repair technician until '99 when my wife became an RN and I "retired" to farming with my dad. The nursing bug bit me, thanks to my wife, my sister (also an RN), and one too many AJN articles. I went back to school in 2002 and completed my two-year associates degree in four-years.
Once graduated, I had to make the age-old decision: To meg-surg nurse first or not! Although I know there is MUCH to be said for choosing a solid background in med-surg nursing, I chose to go right for my dream and became a psych nurse. I wouldn't say that this would be the right choice for everyone, but it was the right one for me!
Anyway, that is my long-winded introduction. However, if you thought that was bad, please be thankful that I just gave you the "short" version!
I'm so thankful that there was a place for me in nursing and that I have a wonderfully supportive workplace with some truly super nurses and BHW's. I'm also very thankful to have found allnurses! I look forward to growing together with others in this profound experience called life.