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P/J
06-25-2007, 12:51 AM
This could be fun, but how about we have some intros. No personal details requried (and nothing that will link you to pt in the future, so no mentioning hospitals, universities, or towns if small)

Name and Sex (could be nick-name, handle, initials)
Location (City or State and Countrynot all of us are from the USA, we are nurses not geographers)
Qualification/s past and present (what your are studying now)
Bit about you.

So....
PJ (Male)
Melbourne, Australia
BASci, BNSci (present)
Worked as a Chemist/Microbiologist for 4 years, now doing nursing science and loving it. Work during the holidays are research assistant. So far my clinical placements have been in Oncology.

So tell us about yourself!

compu_nurse
06-27-2007, 08:33 AM
Hi,

I saw this link on KimRN's blog and it looks like a pretty neat place so I thought I'd join :)

I'm compu_nurse, a recent computer science grad from Canada that has just been accepted into Nursing for this fall. I'm really excited and a bit nervous, so any tips or stories would be greatly appreciated :)

TofuLou
06-27-2007, 09:14 PM
Hello all!
I'll follow the suggested format ;)
Name and Sex: TofuLou aka JessaLou... and sex? yes please! hahaha. just kidding. I'm a girlie.

Location: Currently living in SoCal but I'm a native Oregonian.

Qualification/s past and present: Currently studing to be a VN. I apprentice with a Nurse Midwife. I've attended about 8 births as either a midwife assistant or as a birth doula.

A Bit About Me: I'm very excited to be learning about nursing; If I had to take another Race and Racism or Physical Geography class I was going to go crazy! I love nursing because I love helping people; I like being someone they can count on.

And you?

Marachne
06-28-2007, 03:52 PM
Hi TofuLou,

While you won't necessarily have to take another "race and racism" class, you should be aware of the issue of health disparity and how it affects practice (as well as recruitment etc.) If you don't get good material in your program, may I suggest the Institute of Medicine's book: Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care http://www.iom.edu/?id=16740

Bottom line: even when things like socioeconomic status and health insurance are controlled for, there is still a huge gap in how whites and persons of color are cared for in the U.S.

TofuLou
06-28-2007, 10:12 PM
greetings marachne!
ahh yes. legal segregation and prejudice. i hear ya. i live in a predominantly mexican-american area and sometimes it's (what would be considered) reverse discrimination; i'm a student without health insurance so, when the white girl comes into the clinic, you hafta ask for them to repeat that in english. or, other people at the clinic come up to you asking questions. "sorry, i don't work here." oh. ugh. oh well. that's the way it goes, right? thanks for the reading suggestion... i'll peep that out.

Alittlenurse
06-30-2007, 12:53 AM
Name and Sex: Hi, I'm A., aka alittlenurse (and a girl)
Location: Ohio, USA
Qualification/s past and present: I'm in a Bachelor's in Nursing program at a state university, and I will graduate in December after 5 grueling years.
Bit about you: I'm old enough to know better, but still too young to care. I have 3 kids, two of which were born while trying to get through this nursing program! And I can't wait to get out into the field, as my family's current situation doesn't allow me to work outside the home. And I'm really hoping to get into a master's program sooner than later, but I'm not sure which specialty yet.

Oh, and I'm excited to be part of a forum like this!
Hi everybody!

A.
alittlenurse

KimRN
07-04-2007, 06:22 PM
Hi TofuLou,

While you won't necessarily have to take another "race and racism" class, you should be aware of the issue of health disparity and how it affects practice (as well as recruitment etc.) If you don't get good material in your program, may I suggest the Institute of Medicine's book: Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care http://www.iom.edu/?id=16740

Bottom line: even when things like socioeconomic status and health insurance are controlled for, there is still a huge gap in how whites and persons of color are cared for in the U.S.

Decreasing health disparities is a major strategic goal of the National Institute of Nursing Research! I just wrote that in my nursing history column on the Nursing Jobs.org Blog (http://www.nursingjobs.org/blog/nursing-research/national-institute-of-nursing-research-mission-possible.htm)

It's a great place for nursing students (and I'm back in school for my BSN) to learn about what nursing research is and how it's funded! :)

compu_nurse
07-05-2007, 09:19 AM
I have a question for everybody...what made you decide to become a nurse?

Alittlenurse
07-05-2007, 02:22 PM
I have a question for everybody...what made you decide to become a nurse?
That's a great question... I'm going to start another post with this as the topic!

Nurse2Be?
07-05-2007, 11:34 PM
Hi -
Saw this forum and it looked like fun

I am a 30 yo female nursing student in Massuchusetts.
I will graduate from an ADN program in December and I previosly worked as a business professional and with a BS in Business.
A little about me - I am so exited about the path I have choosen, but as graduation looms I am overwhelmed with the responsability of nursing and hope to alleviate it by hearing that other SN's feel the same.... Can't wait to hear more in this forum

Jax
07-12-2007, 11:33 PM
Name and Sex: Everyone calls me jax
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Qualification/s: Currently in first year BN, one year prep course (last year)
Bit about you: Took time off after high school and worked as a caregiver. Five years later got frustrated with wanting to do more so quit to go study. :D

KimRN
09-04-2007, 01:56 PM
Name and Sex: Everyone calls me jax
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Qualification/s: Currently in first year BN, one year prep course (last year)
Bit about you: Took time off after high school and worked as a caregiver. Five years later got frustrated with wanting to do more so quit to go study. :D

Hi Jax! The next Change of Shift is all about nursing students as it's theme! The info is on emeriblog.com, I just put up a call for submissions this morning. It is being hosted by a student nurse on her blog!

Jess
09-15-2007, 11:21 AM
Hi everyone! This forum is amazing!

I'm Jess and I'm from Canada! I'm currently a second year nursing student. :)

jojodow
09-16-2007, 01:05 AM
Hi everyone! This forum is amazing!

I'm Jess and I'm from Canada! I'm currently a second year nursing student. :)

Hi Jess!

Welcome! And good luck with your studies!:wave:

Jess
09-16-2007, 10:40 AM
Thank you jojodow! :) I'm sorry my introduction isn't very specific, but I have a weird thing with the internet + giving away too much information. ;)

Caroline
09-16-2007, 01:43 PM
Name: Caroline

Location: USA (sorry, I prefer to stay anonymous...)

Qualifications: I'm a 2nd semester student nurse with lots of drugs to memorize, but instead I'm procrastinating here. :) My first degree is in psychology and now I'm in an accelerated BSN program with estimated graduation of December 2008. My work experience is primarily in Corporate America. I've also worked professionally in technical theatre (scenic painting, costume design, etc.)

Bit about Me: I'm married to the most supportive guy ever. We have a one-year-old German Shepherd and two fat, sassy cats.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!

Jess
09-16-2007, 03:07 PM
Hello Caroline! Nice to meet you and hope to see you around! :)

miss-elaine-ious
10-12-2007, 01:59 AM
Hey everyone, here's a bit of my intro:

Longterm student in Ontario
2nd year of a 2-year compressed (= INSANE) BScN nursing degree
Wanting to work in the ER!

Here is my blog:

http://miss-elaine-ious.blogspot.com/ (http://miss-elaine-ious.blogspot.com/)

Julie
10-12-2007, 07:33 AM
Welcome to Nursing Voices miss-elaine-ious, great to have you aboard and looing forward to hearing more about you and your views.

Love the name you have chosen by the way!

Jess
10-12-2007, 08:53 PM
Welcome to Nursing Voices miss-elaine-ious! :)

rnsomeday
10-14-2007, 06:55 PM
Hi there - I'm rnsomeday and a second year nursing student here in Connecticut. Nursing is my 3rd career and I am hoping that I will love it. I think I will :rock: I am about to pull my hair out these days as school is so intense. I'm sure many of you can relate. I hope to keep up with this board. I need some support. Take care everyone

Jess
10-14-2007, 09:35 PM
Hello rnsomeday! Welcome to Nursing Voices and I totally hear you! I'm a second year nursing student and it is crazy intense. Hope to see you around on here and I guess I'll talk to you later! :)

TheBean
11-30-2007, 08:50 PM
Name and Sex: Sandy. My husband calls me The Bean, hence TheBean. Female

Location: Metropolitan Washington, DC

Qualification/s past and present: I'm starting an accelerated BSN program in January. My first degree was a BA in Communications. EMT-B and 14 years as a vet tech. You'd be surprised at just how similar veterinary medicine is to human medicine.

Bit about you: I'm a little bit adrenaline junkie, a little bit Martha Stewart (minus the insider trading part), a little bit Dr. Doolittle, and a little bit of an insomniac - which is how I fit everything into a 24 hour day. I have two dogs, two cats, one very very patient and mellow husband :D

Julie
12-01-2007, 03:22 AM
Welcome to Nursing Voices Sandy, good luck with your nursing program. :D

Mother Jones, RN
12-01-2007, 08:55 AM
Welcome, TheBean

It's great to have another nurse from my neck of the woods posting on the board. I live just outside of the District in Maryland. I think we have a lot of things in common. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.


MJ :pepsi:

mollyd
12-12-2007, 11:56 PM
Hey all,
I'm new to the blog as well so here's a bit about me...

I'm a 30 yo woman, living in Seattle. I am in a Master's-entry program. So I'm finishing up my BSN portion now (we do it in 5 quarters, yikes), and then will start the Master's portion this Fall. It's very busy but I have great classmates, and Seattle is an awesome place to do clinicals, so that helps.

I was a Marine Ecologist before this and have BS and MS in Biology. I'm getting tired of school to be sure, but am finally excited about where my life is headed!

Kevin Who?
12-14-2007, 11:07 AM
Age/Sex: 32 year old male
Location: New England
Degree etc: Just received my acceptance letter to the nursing program yesterday (BSN).
Previous life: 9 years as an Information Technology Specialist, Modeling agent before that and there's a culinary arts degree somewhere in there. Both of my parents were nurses, so it took me a while to come to grips with the fact that it was what I wanted to do all along.

mofo
12-17-2007, 05:21 PM
Hi, I am Moira. Mofo is my nickname, cause I get called that sometimes, just by my friends.

I am 28 year old female who just finished my first semester of a BSN program at LaSalle University. 1 down 3 to go.

I currently work as a medical assistant in an Ob/Gyn office, but I just (today) got a job as a Clinical Associate (my hospital's version of CNA) on a Telemetry floor.

Shane
12-17-2007, 05:59 PM
Welcome, Mofo! :wave:

geenaRN
12-17-2007, 10:13 PM
Hello to Kevin and Mofo! :dancing2:

mystified
12-18-2007, 05:24 PM
hi. i'm mystified and i'm female.

I live in Los Angeles and am going to a university in the area starting in Spring.

I've worked the past 10 years in a number of different jobs, movies, coffee shop manager, full-time nanny, music industry, you name it, i've probably tried it. i current work in psych and plan to go into pediatrics.

i hit the ground running a year and half ago, have gone to school more than full time and worked, but have managed to get through it all and get accepted into a tough program. i just finished up ochem and am so excited to have a break for a few days. you don't realize how tired you are until you stop... (which is why i try and never stop. :)

Shane
12-18-2007, 05:29 PM
Welcome, Mystified! :wave:

Julie
12-18-2007, 05:39 PM
Welcome aboard Mystified!:party::party:

geenaRN
12-18-2007, 06:16 PM
Ah, organic chem. One of my favorite classes.

Sounds like you've been around, mystified! What made you decide to settle down into nursing?

Welcome! :shakehands:

KimRN
12-26-2007, 02:37 PM
Whoa! Look at all you knew guys to NV!!!

rnsomeday - I don't know why nursing school has to be so intense, but I am finally getting my BSN after 30 years and managed to have a few wisps of hair left. Going part-time, have about 3 semesters to go!

Bean - what's the pay like in vet medicine/animal tech? Is there a veterinary parallel to nursing in animal medicine?

Kevin - it doesn't matter how you got here, all that matters is that you got here! Welcome to the profession and to NV!

Mollyd - FIVE quarters? I'm getting palpitations just reading about it!

Mofo - love the nickname! :laugh"

Mystified - stopping is a killer. I get a whole three weeks off and for the first week I didn't know what to do with myself!

kotatsu
01-01-2008, 07:04 PM
Hi!
I'm male nursing student from Wroclaw in Poland and probably first voice here from my country.
:wave:

geenaRN
01-01-2008, 07:20 PM
Hi Kotatsu!! I think you may very well be the first one here from Poland. Welcome :wave:

MyOwnWoman
01-01-2008, 11:39 PM
Hi to all you newbies to Nursing Voices. Settle in and enjoy the ride!

Shane
01-01-2008, 11:47 PM
Welcome, Kotatsu!! :wave:

TheBean
01-02-2008, 01:47 PM
Whoa! Look at all you knew guys to NV!!!

Bean - what's the pay like in vet medicine/animal tech? Is there a veterinary parallel to nursing in animal medicine?



The nursing parallel in veterinary medicine is being a registered veterinary technician. As a vet tech, I worked very much on a level similar to a NP: I was able to initiate treatment, make diagnoses, prescribe medications, and perform some surgeries. I can neuter a cat in 3 minutes and 45 seconds! The vets also count on us more seasoned techs to do dental work, including extractions, administer and monitor anesthesia, and close up after some surgeries. We really did it all.

The pay bites (pun intended ;) ). As a hospital administrator, I would get into arguments with the docs about how little our techs were paid. I managed to fight enough to get something close to a living wage, but not quite. Some techs that I hired from other hospitals were only making $8.00 an hour. Ouch. Like nursing, there's a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into the profession. You really have to love it to be able to sustain it as a career. But when people aren't making a living wage (which in the DC area, it's calculated to be around $20 an hour), the turnover is unbelievable. :banghead:

Also similar to nursing, if you become good at what you do, the vets put you in supervisory roles. Stay in the profession long enough and *viola!* you're a hospital administrator. Oy. Most people don't become techs because they want to be an administrator.

With all that being said, I did love the job. I loved the physical aspect of it, the caring elements, and the satisfaction that my work made a difference. When I became an EMT, it sort of sealed the deal with my decision to move towards nursing for people. :nurse:

TheBean
01-02-2008, 01:51 PM
i just finished up ochem and am so excited to have a break for a few days. you don't realize how tired you are until you stop... (which is why i try and never stop. :)

I hear ya on the never stopping! I'm all about preventing inertia from setting in to begin with.

OChem make me want to :bawling: Heck, I may have even wept a little during finals.

P/J
01-02-2008, 05:34 PM
Yikes, I look away for a month and all these people arrive. Welcome to you all! Congratulations to all those who got acceptance letters recently. To any new students in Australia, good luck (acceptance letters arrive soon).

Remember that there is a special place for all of us students, so if you have a problem; I'm sure between all of us we can help you.

PJ

KimRN
01-03-2008, 12:35 PM
Yikes, I look away for a month and all these people arrive. Welcome to you all! Congratulations to all those who got acceptance letters recently. To any new students in Australia, good luck (acceptance letters arrive soon).

Remember that there is a special place for all of us students, so if you have a problem; I'm sure between all of us we can help you.

PJ

And just where were you for a month, P/J? :elephant: