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  1. What a great post, thank you so much for writing it. I start school in a few weeks and was worried about my choice, given all the negative posts that are usually published, I love allnurses.com, but sometimes it can be a real downer. This is certainly a breath of fresh air, I hope more nurses follow your example and focus on the positive aspects of nursing and share them with of us aspiring nurses.
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    Best Mattress for Heavy Soon-2-B Nurse?

    Hi, I'm not a nurse but I'd like to recommend a bed that's relatively unknown. My husband and I bought it because my in-laws have it so we got to try it for a whole summer, I can't be more sincere when I say I LOVE MY BED, it so comfortable. It is especially built for hospitals and people that need to spend lots of time in bed. Anyway it's an amazing bed, and worth every penny, we got a king an paid about 2000 for it.The website is the following http://www.satbed.com/index.php. Check out the video it explains the technology behind it better than I can. Good luck on your search.
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    I Made It

    What a wonderful story, I really like the way you wrote it couldn't stop reading. Good job and good luck with your career.
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    It's Just a Shower

    Great story! I have a lot of empathy for the way your patient felt about his shower, I feel water has such a powerful way of changing one's mood. I think about the ocean and how the sound, the smell, the waves just relax me and make me feel alive. I think about how the first 9 months of our lives are basically inside a warm water bubble and how much I loved my long calgon baths when I was 8 years old.Water is a powerful thing. If you like Psych, I think you would really enjoy some of Dr. Irvin D. Yalom's books.
  5. Thank you all who have commented and to those who will. I feel so touched by your responses:heartbeat. I want to write each and everyone of you, but I don't have the time. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I've always loved to write, since I was little and allnurses.com has given me the first opportunity to publish a story really close to my heart. I am very thankful for that. I come from a country (Venezuela) were freedom of expression is slowly being disseminated and I fear that along with that people's ability to change and grow. So keep writing and expressing, I love reading your articles and comments too!
  6. Thank you for your wonderful comments mmiriamasher and Kathylorraine246. I am very glad I posted this article what an encouraging and warm response. I hope you are both right about my heart :)
  7. Thank you emboss, no what you wrote doesn't sound mean at all. It's a question I ask myself repeatedly. Thank you so much for your feedback and comments. I didn't know about the ear plugs, it's funny because I have earplugs all over the house, I need them sometimes to disconnect from the chaos:p. Something to remember next time I visit the ED. I'll keep you posted, I love this blog site, I've learned so much from all of you.:)
  8. Thank you bipin_Sam and MichelleB34 for your comments. This is my story. I was nervous about submitting it but I'm glad you 2 liked it. I thought it would be good for anyone that is on the fence like me. I think of it as a way to thank Sandy and to express how valuable I think the work nurses do is. I am taking my pre-reqs and I hope I have the guts to apply for nursing school. Thank you for your words of encouragement!
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    Quest For Girls

    I am so happy for you, women are so fortunate to have the option of reconstruction now days. I think it's wonderful that you went for it and that you'll get to enjoy the rest of your life with a renewed sense of your beauty inside and out!
  10. A small cot was placed next to her bed, so I could sleep beside her. In the middle of the night, my mother's small voice called for me to get the nurses (no call button then), the foul smell invaded the room and it hit me hard enough to wake me out of my stupor, I walked down the hall and shyly called the nurses. As my mother wailed and cried in pain the nurses worked quickly cleaning the mess that would mercilessly come out of my mom's body. I sat in my little cot, not knowing what to do, I decided shortly after to go back to sleep with the confidence that the nurses would take care of my mom. This scene would repeat itself for what it seemed 2 or 3 times more that night, with me always falling asleep with the image of the nurses surrounding my mom. I vaguely remember the nurses commenting on the pointlessness of me being there, I don't really remember how many days we were there either. All I know is that my mom got better and nursing was the last thing I ever wanted to do. Flash forward 16 years; there I was lying on the hospital bed having my first child, 11 hours of labor and my baby refused to descend. Terrified of a C-section the only person keeping my family and me from losing all hope of vaginal delivery was Sandy. I am sure I wasn't her only patient that morning, but I felt like I was. She kept a close eye on my baby and I and her kind and warm demeanor compensated for the OBGYN's cold manner. My mom's face was full of anguish as well as my dad's, my husband feeling powerless to do anything for me. But there was Sandy giving me confidence, I saw concern in her face yet she seemed more in control than anyone else and that gave me peace in the middle of the chaos. I asked her if she had any children, she admitted to having 4, which made me feel even more at ease, unlike my doctor, she actually knew what I was going through, how I was feeling in that moment. She successfully convinced the doctor to give me more time to labor, thanks to this and the help of my husband and the medical team I was able to deliver a 9Lbs 8 oz baby girl who we named Isabella. I don't remember being so in awe of someone, I have never felt so vulnerable and safe at the same time and it was mostly due to Sandy's care. I left the hospital wishing I could be like Sandy someday and be able to give people the gift of compassion. The dream of being a nurse lingered on for a few years. My daughter Isabella had grown to be a beautiful and energetic 3-year-old, who out of the blue started throwing up uncontrollably, she had not urinated for about 12 hours when we decided to rush to the urgent care. Little did we know that for the following 12 hours the only one who would eat would be our six-month-old son Daniel who I was nursing at the time. After spending all morning in the urgent care, 4 hours in the E.R waiting area and 2 more in the E.R a resident told us Isabella needed to be catherized to rule out a UTI, we reluctantly agreed, after all, she still had not urinated after having gotten 500 cc saline that morning. A nurse and two aides came into the room to hold my daughter down, I leaned over her holding her chest and arms, whispering -it's going to be O.K, over and over again, our tears rolled down together as she fought and screamed, they inserted the catheter and took the sample. My daughter sat on her bed crying and shaking trying to make sense of what happened to her. Unable to console her, I ran to the nurse and asked for Motrin or something, anything to make my baby feel better. I must have seemed like desperate and overprotective mom, but the nurse did give her the Motrin, Isabella felt better and so did I. They sent us home with a prescription and instructions to come back if she continued to vomit. My husband and I agreed we would do everything in our power to keep her home. Hungry and exhausted I realized I could never be a nurse I could not put a catheter in a child, draw his/her blood, I just would not be able to do it. Fortunately, Isabella quickly forgot about that day. Today after many tears, screams, diapers and the execution of a lot of painful but necessary procedures on my children here I am 33 years old suffering from emotional amnesia and contemplating nursing again. Thinking I am insane for wanting to put myself through something like that. I have read book after book, story after story, blog post after blog post, riveted and disturbed, moved to tears and scared to death by what nurses and nursing students do every day. Yet the persistence of this desire is inexplicable to me and to anyone that has ever known me. Delusions of a desperate housewife? Calling? I don't know. I know that as a daughter I could not understand or value the work that nurses do, as a patient I felt blessed beyond measure, as a mother I could not deal with the reality of what it implies, as a woman my heart is drawn to it, even as my mind keeps telling me, I'm not kind enough, smart enough or strong enough to witness other people's pain without falling apart. I know there is nothing I can do now or in nursing school to be like Sandy. I can strive for it, in the same way, I strive to be a better wife and mother. Because what she had was not something she learned from a book or a class, it was something deeper harder to define, something that comes from experience, from life, from a heart that is unafraid of pain yet does not dismiss it. That is the kind of heart I want, even if it's only for one day that is why I think I want to be a nurse. Despite my fear, despite my weakness, despite the pain that is yet to come.
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    Tales from the ICF: Ed-EEEEEEEE!

    That's awesome! My husband and I read the shack and He loves me and So you don't want to go to church anymore too and since have been avid listeners of the GodJourney. We met Wayne at small group gathering here in Phoenix. We don't belong to a church but we had friends that have a home church in Gilbert and the pastor is good friends with Wayne and invited him last December, it was awesome. The room was crowded with people, the majority were not part of the homechurch itself. My husband is a family therapist and says the same thing you wrote, if he didn't live loved, he would not be able to do his job. Thanks for your reply, I just find your post really refreshing and hopeful, the way you see people is very compasionate, I hope I can have that kind of compasion when I become a nurse and not get sucked into the I'm not loved mode" as often.:)
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    Tales from the ICF: Ed-EEEEEEEE!

    I love your stories viva you have such a heart for your patients!. I've seen the "living loved" line on your profile I was wondering if it had to do do with Wayne Jacobson and the Godjourney, if not never mind. Great stories keep'em coming.
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    male nurse sexism? L&D in the ICU

    Alsmedic, I'm not a nurse I'm in pre nursing) but I did allow a male student nurse to assist when I delivered my first child. He was was very confident, very respectful and very competent. I still have a picture of him and my L&D nurse (who was awesome btw). I absolutely agree with your point of view, I don't understand why people treat male nurses different than a male OBGYN, the resident that I had (male) for the first 8 hours of my labor was absolutely clueless, I won't go into details but let's just say I don't know how he passed anatomy, he also had no idea how to talk to me. My husband and I kinda of felt sorry for him more than anything. I think if nurses have the :redbeathe to take care of someone, it shouldn't matter what their sex is, I was just glad that there was someone there to do that very hard job .
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    Pre-req's at Rio salado community college in az

    Hi there! I'm currently taking Bio 156 at Rio I've got a B so far. It's true what everyone says, there is a lot of reading and writing involved and also the lab and the lab report you have to turn in every week. Some weeks you have a lab, an online quiz (open book) and an essay to turn in. Some weeks just 2 of those three. So far I have only had one week where I only had one assigment. I am taking the 16 week course, I don't think I could manage doing the 8 week. I studied like crazy for the midterm they will not pass you if you do not get a least a 62 in each the midterm and the final, even if you get A's in all your other work. And when you get to the mid point and have to study 8 chapters, it can be overwhelming. I was putting 3 to 4 hours a day for a week and got 80%. I have 2 little ones that keep me busy all day, I manage to get at least a couple hours of reading during the day and try to get another 3 hours of work done after they go to bed. If you are self disciplined about your study schedule you'll do great. I think the biggest enemy of online learning is procastination. My instructor is pretty specific about what she wants especially when it comes to writting she gives really good feedback too, and is always checking in with you, so far it's been good. But I have seen on the forums people droping the class becuase they really do better with the class room enviorment. I hope this helps:D
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    From a happy and lucky Nurse

    I love your attitude. Your nursing experience is what I truly hope in my heart mine would be someday. It so easy to get discouraged by the negative stories but like they say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" I hope some day I get to see nursing through your eyes. Eyes of hope, gratefulness and love. Thank you
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    Banner Bilingual Nurse Fellows Program

    Thanks for your reply Irish, I see how it works it makes a lot of sense. I guess that's what they meant about multiple exit points:imbar. I think reading all this info online is turning my brain to mush. Thanks again, W2BANU