New user...this site is great!

  1. Hi all! I have been reading posts from this site for a week now and I love it. I am starting Nursing school this Fall and feel that this site is totally prepping me for it. I especially like the threads that give advice/opinions regarding the best stethoscopes, shoes, ect!

    I am a 33yo soon-to-be-single mom of two girls, 11 and 6 1/2. I was originally doing pre-pharmacy work in college when my youngest was born, figuring I'd take a year off school and go back...didn't happen. My youngest daughter was born with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a grape-fruit sized tumor in her abdomen with mets to the liver, mesentary, and microscopically to the bone, going back to school was the least of my worries!

    I am enternally grateful to say that she has been in remission for close to six years now () , and so far the late effects from chemo have been managable. She had some AMAZING nurses, and I was inspired to go into nursing when I finally did go back to school.

    I hope I am not being overly confident in thinking that my previous experiences in caring for my daughter will give me a sort of headstart on nursing school. I figure that knowing how to drop NG tubes (babies LOVE to rip 'em out), give subQ injections, do sterile dressing changes on a broviac, program a feeding pump,do ostomy care, and give meds q2h ATC...before I even start Nursing school has to be a plus! I figure that if I can do these things to my own child I can do tham to people I am not related to, right? Please let me know if I am totally kidding myself!

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    About NBMom1225

    Joined: May '07; Posts: 253; Likes: 173
    RN; from US
    Specialty: Surgical/MedSurg/Oncology/Hospice


  3. by   EricJRN
    Welcome aboard, Tricia. We're glad to have you. Many of us here have been driven toward nursing by our own experiences within the healthcare system. Best of luck to you!
  4. by   Tweety
    Great story. I'm glad you were inspired by nurses. Welcome!