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Old 10-13-2007, 12:47 AM
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Jojo said it before I could......"I wanted to make a difference"

Therein lies the answer for me.
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:02 PM
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How did I end up in nursing...?

I graduated with my BSc in Biology, and couldn't get a job with it. So I took two years off to work and travel, or that could be work while traveling as I lucked into a job on cruise ships doing the kids programs. I came to a point while working there that I had to decide either to stay on ships long term, or decide what to do with my biology degree. Unfortunately my biology degree was very broad, and I couldn't decide what I would want to specialize in if I was to do my Masters. Medicine appealed to me, but med school didn't. I did a bit of research and found some universities that had fast-track nursing programs for folks with a degree already and thought that I would apply and see what would happen. Three years later, I'm graduated and working... but miss traveling.
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:33 PM
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LittleBird,

Ever consider Travel Nursing? I hear they make good money!

I would do it if I wasn't a single mom...and I didn't already hate driving.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:08 PM
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I think travel nursing is definitely pretty neat, but I think one would need quite a bit of experience first.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:58 PM
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I ended up in nursing all because of a scholarship.

I never planned to go to nursing school or to be a nurse. I was going to be a veterinarian. Then I won a full ride scholarship through the Air Force to become a nurse (one I applied for on a whim as a "just in case"). I decided to take it for some unknown reason. Even when I did it I can remember thinking "I don't have the slightest clue why I'm doing this but sounds good to me and it's free."

I ended up dropping the ROTC scholarship after the first year and paid my own way through nursing school (yeah - I had that whole problem with authority thing going on). I still don't regret it to this day.

My first day of clinicals was in the ER and I was hooked. Never turned back.

Nursing is in my blood. I feel it is truly a part of my soul.

Plus I'm a little warped and I fit well in this career.
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Old 10-20-2007, 05:11 PM
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LittleBird,

Ever consider Travel Nursing? I hear they make good money!

I would do it if I wasn't a single mom...and I didn't already hate driving.
Yeah, it has crossed my mind. Right now, I want to get my legs under me before moving around too much. And it is kind of nice to not move every few months, and store all my stuff at my parent's house. I might look into nursing on a cruise ship someday. We'll see. I'm single, and my only significant other to worry about is my cat... so lots of options.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:35 AM
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I entered the health care profession as an EMT in the mid-1980s not out of any great desire to do good, but because I was a homeschooling parent who needed to get out of the house now and then. What I found while providing care in the homes, streets, back alleys, and wilderness areas of my district was profoundly satisfying. Along the way I also discovered a love for teaching adults.

One day my fire department suggested I become a registered nurse - and even offered to offset some of the expenses! With their help - and the help of another agency which provided a full scholarship to a university - I began to study. I did not know at that time that nursing would be how God would enable me to provide for my family.

My husband was critically injured a year later. He survived, but could not return to his profession. I completed the requirements for graduation, met the NCLEX for RNs, and began working in a good-sized stepdown unit. Although working with cardiac patients, including those pre- and post-CABG, was interesting, it lacked what was at that time an indefinable something. I then became a hospice RN, first as a staff nurse and then as a case manager. The freedom to practice holistic care was more satisfying, but still strangely incomplete.

Then came the day our son, Matthew, began to decline. When Matthew said he wanted to die at the coast, I began to look for a job, any job, from mid-California to the Oregon-Washington border. I was offered two jobs within twenty miles of each other on the cool, northern California coast: part-time house supervisor for a small hospital and part-time life flight RN for an air ambulance company. I accepted them both. And it was in that small hospital that I found my place in the world of nursing.

Everything I had ever done, from EMS to teaching, from critical incident stress debriefing to acute care, from hospice to flight nursing became the foundation for the work which began in that California hospital. That work is being furthered as I now serve as a Patient Care Services Supervisor in a medium-sized hospital in Oregon. What I am building upon this foundation is beautiful and immensely satisfying. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to act as clinical resource, to ensure the emotional and physical safety of staff so that they may perform well both the art and the science of medicine, to soothe and educate the public, and to defuse volatile situations.

Thank you for reading this missive.

Yours for the journey,

Joy
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:25 PM
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Wow, Joy... that was quite an answer. You sound like the kind of house sup that I could deal with, well, dealing with. Thanks for sharing how you got to nursing
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:06 PM
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Wow, Joy... that was quite an answer. You sound like the kind of house sup that I could deal with, well, dealing with. Thanks for sharing how you got to nursing
Thank you, Geena. I am humbled and often frightened when I consider the responsibilities I have as a House Sup. All I have ever really wanted was to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. To find myself employed full-time outside my home by necessity (as opposed to being employed secondary to interest or desire) is startling. The cognitive dissonance I experience is, at times, difficult to tolerate. Having said all that, let me also say this: I have benefited a very great deal from the opportuntities I have had and the people I have met. And I hope I have been - and continue to be - a blessing to those I meet.

Onward! The best is yet to come.

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Old 01-09-2008, 09:37 PM
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Joy, did you work in Mendocino by any chance? I adore Mendocino and have often thought of working in their small hospital and living on the bluffs....fantasy, maybe, but I LOVE the ocean!
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