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  1. you know, if this doesn't work, I'll have to take your temperature. And I don't mean orally. Get it... All right then, what do we need this ultrasound for, anyway??? You pregnant, Again? Hey, Father Time over here...come on, now. This is getting old....
  2. Hey, wake up. I didn't really put this on Facebook.
  3. wait a minute, wait a minute... I know there's got to be WIFI in here somewhere, I've GOT to check my email..
  4. I am so glad to have found this topic on here today, because I have already studied all of those careers and was once a nursing student. In fact, I also have an adult disabled son who is home all the time, is not able to drive or leave the house (severe social anxiety and other serious emotional disorders) and I was also concerned about the added stress, the long work days, and the possibility of there not being a long term nursing shortage in this area. I feel sure there must be many others thinking along the same lines, wondering which career path to follow: medical office assistant, healthcare administration, medical billing and coding, RN, LPN, Nurse Practitioner, pharmacist technician, pharmaceutical copywriter, phlebotomist, physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, massage therapist, and the list goes on and on, unfortunately. The online degrees offered are so numerous, the schools themselves are so aggressive, and the good and bad points about the medical profession are also just as numerous, it is very difficult for me to decide what to believe, where to invest or apply, and what to study that actually offers a realistic chance of obtaining a good job. Every one of these questions causes me to question whether the health care field is the right choice, and also causes me to wonder if all these schools advertising with degrees for various careers are truly trying to help those seeking work, or simply trying to make a profit. It certainly seems that the educational benefits of a degree don't necessarily guarantee any occupation, no matter how these institutions try to hype their expensive programs. I myself have been wondering about all of these professions, have taken numerous classes in health care and science, and have also studied many other things not related to healthcare at all. I would be very interested to find out how your quest turned out and if you ever decided on a career path that you have found satisfying. At one time, I thought becoming an RN was the best and most logical choice for me but after one semester in a nursing program I quickly discovered that I was not capable of such a strenuous, stressful, demanding, highly skilled occupation and I have since completely changed my direction, and am now studying something I adore. Art, design and Writing. Unfortunately, none of these offer any guarantee of employment, but all are totally rewarding in their own way. Thank you for posting this thread.
  5. Hmmmm, now what was that color again? Code black? Code Red? Code White????
  6. ashley10

    New Lessons

    You have all helped me to feel so much better. Thank you from my heart. One day at a time, I am trying to do my best - one day at a time. So grateful for your kind words...
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    Merry Christmas Mr. J

    I love this story. I think it is wonderful of you to share it with others. I never realized (before attempting to learn "nursing") just how many "Mr. J's" there are in the world. You truly expressed the spirit of Christmas, and much more than that, not only for him but also for everyone who reads this. Thank you.
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    New Lessons

    I don't know what to do first. Mop the floor, wash the clothes, read the assignments, study math, start something for dinner, or just sit down and say a prayer, and another, and another. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and even a few happy birthdays in between. This is one of the most unusual, mixed up, chaotic, exhilarating, and stressful times of my life. Nursing school and eggnog. Quite a combination. Thank you, Jesus. In the few short months since starting this highly complex study of healthcare, I have learned more than I ever knew possible about the human body, and this is just the beginning. I think what impresses me the most is that we are all made up of intricately intertwined molecular substances and yet within these material structures mystically resides our intangible spirit. Our personality. Our thoughts, feelings, senses, ideas, memories, preferences, likes and dislikes, and so very much more. Aren't we amazing? I am truly in awe of our distinctly human characteristics. The question remains, though, am I capable of handling this enormous endeavor I have begun to pursue with such fervent angst, fear, and intrigue. I am, after all, only human, and the requirements to complete such a daunting program are at times absolutely overwhelming, to say the least. But right now, I don't know where to begin. I got in! I was there! I wore the uniform, passed the tests, read the chapters, went to clinical, even met and cared for some real patients! I listened to their heart rates, heard their lung sounds, palpated their abdomen, saw their pain, felt their sorrow, and did what I could to help make them more comfortable. I tried, I really tried. I did my best - but it wasn't good enough. I have so much more to learn, but not this time around. So many lessons, in so little time. I hope I can figure this out and finish the program. I may be a little slow at learning new things, but then again, I have already learned so much! Perhaps there is a reason for this sudden setback. Like other times in my life when I didn't understand the reason and rhymes of everything, I somehow managed to keep going, like it or not. There must be a lesson to be learned in all this, as difficult as it is not knowing what lies ahead. Anyway, I hope to find some time to regroup, reorganize, study, focus and thoroughly understand the ins and outs of the many demands in this mightily intriguing profession. The few patients I have met, so far, have already left an unforgettable impression in my now highly matured mind. I would like to thank them, but that is not possible. The only thing I can do now is hope and pray that I get the opportunity to complete this journey, attain my license, and thereafter become the skillful, competent, confident, and compassionate RN I have set my sights on even at this later stage of my life. Merry Christmas everyone, and happy holidays, too!
  9. ashley10

    3rd Quarter Article Contest Results

    Thank you all so very much !!! Congratulations to all the winners! :redbeathe
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    Study & wait ? Study & wait? Study & Wait ...

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful words of wisdom, and for every encouragement! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help. I am just starting this journey after deciding back in 1990 that I wanted to be a nurse, but you know, eventhough I'm now in my fifties, I'm still excited about this fascinating choice. I am in a much different position at this age, not only divorced, but a grandmom! I guess I can stand the suspence, I've waited this long to really pursue something without hesitation, so why not nursing? I may be an older student, but that's not so bad. I just wish I knew if I will really be in a nursing class, or am I just studying these sciences for my own interest? We'll see, but I am really anxious to find out which way this road will take me...
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    Study & wait ? Study & wait? Study & Wait ...

    You're right, itsmejuli, I appreciate your advice...thank you.
  12. ashley10

    Study & wait ? Study & wait? Study & Wait ...

    I'm really enjoying the classes, and I'm fascinated with the science and critical thinking. This is what makes it all seem so challenging, and there's not a patient in sight, yet! Wow! Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement. Hey, a "lesson in patience" in more ways than one!
  13. This is already making me more than a little crazy, I guess I really want to study nursing! How can it be we are supposed to sign up for classes like: anatomy & psyiology I & II, biology, microbiology... Ok, maybe this isn't so bad. Is this true, though, we have to take these classes, not only pass them but pass them with excellent grades, and at the same time prepare for the entrance test, and do all this without knowing if we will even be accepted into the program at all??? I have to say, so far this whole nursing idea is turning out to be extremely fascinating, and frustrating, at the same time. Is this just the beginning??? Or is it all for nothing??? Unbelievable...I don't remember ever being so intrigued, and stressed out, just thinking about a new career. Thank you so much for all of these interesting messages, this place is incredible, even if I don't get accepted I'll always remember the way it felt before I knew what was going to happen. I guess I really do want to study nursing, how do you like that. And it only took me until my early 50's to realize it. But I want to get in, I want to get in, I want to get in....this is really hard.