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Where / Here ? March 10, 2008 7:58 AM

Iam here. Where are you ? Are we there yet ?

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 March 10, 2008 7:50 AM

WHERE IS EVERYONE????????  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 24, 2008 5:12 AM

Hi everyone!

I am a new member. I am a Nursing student(RN) and will be graduating in June 2008.I am a hardworking mom of 4 kids and a dedicated wife. I am very excited and scared to become a RN. I am very proud of the professional and can't wait to be a part of it's growth.


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thank you March 18, 2007 5:41 AM

thank you, Brent.  Everyone, have a nice Sunday.  I'm getting ready to go Off to work now.

If an idea comes to mind, I'll be happy to post.  Thanks.

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 March 17, 2007 9:34 PM

Jean and Donna.........thanks for being here. It sounds like you both have a lot of experience and knowledge to contribute. Please start a new topic at any time or add to any existing topics.

Thanks again to both of you. 

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Hello March 17, 2007 11:13 AM

Hello, everyone. My name is Jean, an Rn for the past 12 years. I work in a hospital setting taking care of people who have had open heart or chest surgery. I do enjoy the commeraderie (sp) with the patients the best ! I am attending school for my MSN since I am starting to "physcially" feel my age on the hospital floor; I plan to stay in the healthcare arena and maybe teach new nurses entering this tremendous field !

I look forward to reading all about you and adding my two cents worth!

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Unit secretary March 10, 2007 11:03 PM

Hi all, I'm a unit secretary and have been working off and on for 22 years.  I started out in "69 when iv's came in glass bottles and nurses wore caps and no pants allowed!  I work on an IMC/Oncology floor in a major city now.  I know I'm not a nurse and never will be, but I consider nurses my friends and the best people to work with ever!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 09, 2007 5:28 PM

Karen & Brent, ty for the BD greetings.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Update March 08, 2007 3:30 AM

Hi every one have posted before about myself but just want to give you all an update.

Yep I am back behind the books again doing the final two years to become a RN. Is hard work and a lot of it, but I am sure at the end it would be worth it!!! Will be graduating jan 2009.

Have a great day

Hugs Marna

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 March 07, 2007 6:41 PM

Karen, Brent, & the gang. Gosh Karen, sorry to read about your injuries. How do you cope? I hope everything works out for you. Brent, I graduate in Dec '08. I'm an STNA on weekends and teach FA/CPR for the Red Cross. Karen, this summer we're taking geriontology, any advice? (notice I didn't ask "you're a nurse, right?"). LOL. I totally love the field, especially the biological end of things. Well, take care all. Let's keep posting!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 07, 2007 1:01 PM

Good eyes Karen.

Have a great birthday David. How much school do you have left?

Best of luck to you!!!!

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For David March 07, 2007 12:44 PM

   Hey David, I noticed that your B. day is the 9th and I  hope you see this! I wish you the best of luck in nursing school and a wonderful birthday as well!


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 March 07, 2007 12:38 PM

Thanks for the info David. That looks like a good site. It looks like I caught Karen on line. Thanks for being here, both of you. Karen, it sounds like you've been through the ringer. But I like your atttitude. 

Don't be strangers!!!

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Hi Dawn and Everyone March 07, 2007 12:20 PM

        After, seeing your group listed for so long, I finally decided to drop in and say . I graduated as a RN in 1975 and I primarily worked in psych., geriatrics. I ended my nursing career working for a couple of nursing agencies, in which I was assigned to go almost EVERYWHERE! (not real specialty areas though). 

I had a very bad car accident in '98, leaving me totally disabled and out of the work force. I'm ambulatory and not paralyzed but have several non-union fractures (a polite term for saying that my (l) humerus is broken clean through and one end is growing through the side of my arm..that is WITH a rod, mind you!) The first time they put a plate in and in a week the screws fell out. Actually, it hap'd again with this rod but they decided to let them "float" around, if they didn't cause too many problems. The rod in my(l) femur is fine! My (R) tibia is smashed at the ankle and despite the cast and physical therapy, it gets worse daily. I do need a cane for that. (R) radial Fx healed well, along with ribs and a collapsed lung. One big bummer is breaking my nose, so now I can't sleep on my (r) side, since I can't breathe. Plus there are a fair amount of sinus problems to deal with, which I never had before.

     I took breaks during my nursing career, being that I wanted to try so many other things. I joined the Army in 1980 but to be a German "listener" while the Berlin Wall was still up. When I got out, I went back to school but not for nursing. It was to get a BS in German!  Now how stupid was that? It wasn't like I could teach or anything with a lousy BS!  I should have furthered my nursing education and be an APRN or something!  

    Oh well, that's all behind me now. One thing I CAN'T stand is when someone who KNOWS that I am a nurse, asks me a medical question and they start out using these words, "Karen, you're a nurse, right?" ...Gee, ya think?

    I'm sure you folks are wondering by now, "Who IS this idiot?" Please be advised that I haven't had my cup of  yet!  Well, with this nice, long dissertation of my nursing career, car accident and all the rest, I had better say "adieu" and nice meeting all of you!

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Hi gang March 07, 2007 6:46 AM

I didn't want to start a new thread for this; I figure this is a good place for it. Here is a website that has normal and abnormal heart & lung sounds. A very good educational tool. Good luck.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous greetings from a Canadian nurse February 27, 2007 5:25 PM

Thought I'd say hello from Canada! I am an RN working parttime in the Endoscopy unit, steady days, weekends off, on call a few times a month....I have been nursing for 30 years ( I feel old writing that!),15 years on a pediatrics unit, 2 1/2 years surgical, 11 years surgical day care, now endoscopy. Am interested in all of your experiences.

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 February 16, 2007 2:40 PM

Hi Brent!

Roxton is about 2 hours from Denton. My sister lives in Lewisville, but I don't visit her that often, mainly because 121 is such a terrible road. Small world! 

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 February 16, 2007 10:38 AM

Hi Christy........glad you're here. I'm not sure where Roxton is. (We gotta BIG state don't we) I work in geriatrics too. Please jump in any time with new topics or add to existing ones. Thanks!!  [ send green star]
Hello Fellow Texans! February 15, 2007 2:06 PM

....and everyone else, too!

I have been an LVN for 9 years now, exclusively working in geriatrics.

I started working toward my RN starting last year, but recently I became very ill and had to withdraw from school.I guess it just wasn't the right time.

I have two children and two step-children.Only my daughter lives with my husband and me.

That's me in a nutshell.



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 January 02, 2007 10:51 AM

Hi Colleen,

It's good to hear from a fellow Texan. First of all, this thread has been "dead" because of me. I take full reponsibility for not making this group more active. I'm sorry. Maybe this will help revive things. My brother is a hospice nurse and loves it. Right now, I am looking for some prn work, possibly in hospice. I have worked with some really great hospice nurses. My brother once told me that death is the most intimate part of life, and it is an honor to be a part of that process. I agree. Bless you for what you do.

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 December 30, 2006 6:37 PM


I know this thread has been "dead" a while but thought I'd post anyway.  I am an LVN (Texas).  I started out in postpartum/newborn nursery.  Did that for 7 years, then worked in OB?GYN doctors offices for 5 years...switched fields and started working for a urologist for 7 years, which means I was dealing with mostly men, instead of women...facinating.  Then, this year I switched fields again and became a continuous care hospice nurse. It has been the most rewarding branch of nursing I have ever been in...other than newborn nursery.  I have had the distinct honor of being there at birth and at death.

Anyone else do hospice nursing?

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 May 06, 2006 7:47 AM

Thanx Brent. Looking forward to talk to all of you as well.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 May 05, 2006 1:14 PM

Hi Marna.......

Thank you for joining the group. I REALLY like the fact that this is an international group. I'm hoping to learn about differences in nursing practices in other countries. I look forward to hearing more from you.

Thanks again.

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 May 05, 2006 8:40 AM

Hi every one!! I am a staff nurse and I live in South Africa am 33 years old. Went to nursing college after matric but left after two years was to scared of the responsibility. 5 Years ago started again from scrached and never been hapier looking forward to hear all your stories bet there is a lot of them!!!!!    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  January 30, 2006 1:58 AM

well, according to most of the nurses I speak too, it's changed for the worst! in fact i'm off to talk to my mentor today about the student paperwork! ahhh! wish me luck!  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 January 29, 2006 9:23 AM

Welcome Looney.  There is a good link for student nurses in the "links" thread.  I look forward to your posts from a student's perspective.  I wonder how things have changed, if at all, in nursing school.shine

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anonymous  January 28, 2006 2:23 AM

Hi all! I'm a mere 1st year student nurse in England! so I'm overworked and underpaid

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 January 24, 2006 5:13 PM

Welcome Mary.  26 years in Newborn ICU.  That's a high pressure job.  I can see why you haven't had time to take on your RN studies. 

We have quite a collection of professionals now.  I'm what would be most helpful to members from this group.  Of course it's a place to keep each other informed, or call to action on a particular issue.

But, is there a way that this group can work for us?  Any suggestions?

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 January 22, 2006 2:11 AM

Hi, I'm Mary, I too started as an L.P.N.....and still am, tried to get my R.N. 3 times now, but raising kids on my own, working FT,  I was unable.  I have worked 26 years now in N.I.C.U. and I still love it!!  At this point in my life, I could go back and get my R.N, but I still have to work FT, I would most likely end up on nights, did that 13 years, no thank you, and the only real difference in job duties would be more responsibilities, and take care of the sicker infants,  I don't think so, not now.   Oh, yea, and double my pay, yes, that I could handle.  I am proud of my accomplishments, I have so many rewards daily!
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Phil January 19, 2006 3:42 PM


I'll bet that you have some stories to share with us.  I look forward to hearing about some of your experiences.  Thank you for stopping by and for introducing yourself. 

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anonymous I became a nurse while in my January 19, 2006 2:47 PM

mid 40's after having been a patient for well over 20 years with multiple operations and too numerous admissions to count.  Before starting nursing school a Sister from St Vincent's told me that there was two criteria for becoming a nurse:

  1. you must have had an operation
  2. you must have a deep sense of humor

An elderly neighbor who had been a psych nurse for 40 years in NYC laughed at me during a discussion regarding nurses and retirement.  She assured me that "old nurses never retire!  They simply die".

After I had ten wonderful years of nursing experiences ranging from Neuro-Trauma, SICU, Med-Surg, and Home Health Case Management.  I enjoyed all of it and could only say that if I had to make a choice in retrospect it would be towards the field of Home Health Case Management.

My last position as a Staff RN for UTMCK was where the vision of myself as an older nurse convinced me that it was time for me to walk away from the field of nursing.  My health had continued to go south and I awoke one morning with a vision of myself walking the hallways with a case of "early onset Parkinsons" and walking into my patients room to only hear him call out "what are going to do with that needle old man?" 

I knew it was time that if I was to ever enjoy the golden years of my life I had to now before it became an impossibility.  I am now retired on a Veterans Disability pension and I am truly enjoying life.  I do however, miss my patients, my peers, and the challenges of helping someone onto the road towards recovery.

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Getting to know YOU! January 10, 2006 4:30 AM


Please tell us something about your specialty, or background. 

I started out as an LPN, when my children were young.  But, I went back to school and got my MSW/CSW. 

I worked in a Med-Surge unit until my youngest was born, and than I went to a psychiatric hospital initially after getting my Master's degree.  I worked for a while at Syracuse's "ground zero", handing out food baskets while assessing mental health needs. And, finally I worked for the county DSS, before my back "went south".

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