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Old 12-18-2007, 06:24 PM
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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.
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Welcome, Mystified!
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:39 PM
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Ah, organic chem. One of my favorite classes.

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

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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!
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I'm male nursing student from Wroclaw in Poland and probably first voice here from my country.
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Hi Kotatsu!! I think you may very well be the first one here from Poland. Welcome
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:39 AM
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Hi to all you newbies to Nursing Voices. Settle in and enjoy the ride!
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Welcome, Kotatsu!!
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:47 PM
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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.

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.
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