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    Nurses as sole breadwinners

    Yes... it can be done! I am a single Mom with 2 boys. I have a mortgage, a car, and we live comfortably, but by no means rich. I've been divorced 8 years, and have done it all myself for a little longer than that. Keep your chin up, and go for it!
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    Funny Names for Nurses

    The oral surgeon who removed my wisdom teeth when I was a teen... Dr. Carver My sister's former OB/Gyn - Dr. Felty My former OB/Gyn - Dr. Pickle
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    I am 34 and I want to be a Nurse when I grow up!

    Way to go! You WILL NOT regret your decision to go to nursing school. I graduated at 32, and love it! LVN/LPN's have alot of limitations, so I recommend going right through an RN program. There are alot of good ADN programs out there that train excellent nurses. Good luck!
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    Male nurse in the NICU?

    We currently have 2 male nurses in our NICU, and I have worked with 7 different men in the 2 units I've worked in. These guys are great! The parents like them, and all of the female nurses enjoy having them around. Work where you really want!
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    any single mom's out there obtaining nursing degree?

    After divorcing in 2000, I realized that I needed to finish my degree to be better able to support my 2 children. They were 1 and 3. I was working 30 hours a week, and started back by finishing up a few prerequisites. In Jan 2001, I started my nursing courses. While still working 30 hrs a week, I attended nursing classes & clinicals, averaging about 18-20 hrs a week. Somehow I still managed time with my boys. I graduated in December 2003, near the top of my class, and VP of the Student Nurse Association. I had also tutored other students in math, and worked a few hours a week in our skills lab. A word to the wise... get to know the people in your financial aid office. They were constantly calling me with new scholarships & grants available for single parents in Nursing school. I couldn't have done it without them, and my Step-Mother, who helped with my kids. After 4 1/2 years as a Registered Nurse, I look back at that time, still amazed that I pulled it off, and retained my sanity to boot! Keep your chins up, ladies. Determination, and love for your children will help you through this. IT CAN BE DONE!!! GOOD LUCK, LADIES!!!
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    To Filter or Not to Filter

    We only filter TPN and clear fluids. Meds & lipids are hooked up below the filter.
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    What age were you when you went to nursing school?

    I graduated nursing school when I was 32! Our class average age was 30... we had an age span of 20 to 56.
  8. Ok, here's one for the books. I was attacked by my stethoscope yesterday. It flew into my eye HARD. Jammed my hard contact into it. I now have a corneal abrasion & have to be off work at least 3 days, and can't wear my contacts for at least a week! A friend just brought me goggles, as a joke! Has anyone else pulled one quite so brilliant?
  9. To echo what these others have said... YES! I worked 30 hours a week at my job, worked in the lab at school, tutored other nursing students in math, was vice-president of the nursing students association AND was single Mom to 2 & 4 yr old boys! Where there is a will, there is a way!
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    Latex allergy but still want to be a nurse

    Yes, it is possible to work as a nurse with a latex allergy! I work in Neonatal Intensive Care, and most NICU are latex-free. Just make sure to check around for latex free hospitals, or nursing units. If your allergy is just a contact allergy, not a respiratory allergy, your hospital will provide latex-free gloves for you to use. They even supplied them when I was in nursing school! Keep in mind, that if you do work around latex, your reaction will increase with continued exposure. I have a contact reaction, as well as a respiratory reaction. Good luck!
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    Anyone have dogs and work 12hr shifts?

    I have indoor dogs, and have no problems whatsoever working long shifts. When I worked night shift, I gated them in the kitchen, still no problem!
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    Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

    I have PCOS, was a fertility patient, and have two beautiful, healthy boys! As a Neontal RN, I have never seen any defects related to PCOS.

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