More than one makes a group, so let's get started!
Welcome to newcomers. This is the post to introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your nursing and personal background.
I've been an RN for a whole 7 years. I work in long term care. I love the work. Since graduating (as a mature student), my life focus changed. I had my third child. Nursing and the energy required just didn't fit anymore. She's eight now and I'm still trying to figure out how to transition from nursing to doing something more fulfilling, more in alignment with my family life.
Writing is my passion and so is self-development. I am hoping Tools will help me learn to focus my energies where I need them to be for me to become all that I am.
I am Canadian and have lived in BC all my life. Mom of three, in relationship with the love of my life (who I finally found after much heartache!)
Wed, Feb 25 08:03 PM
I am new to Tools for Life and just beginning to make my way around the computer. I am a nurse working in Critical Care - ICU, I am also a nursing instructor at one of our universities. I have many stories to share - some inspiring, some sad, some horrific and some that are just funny.
I have been nursing for over 20 years and I'm getting tired - which is why I branched out and started some teaching a few years ago, until then I had worked full time. My spine is almost toast - large herniated disc and a long recovery to what I'm told - will never be the same. I often wonder what else I could be doing - there is more to this profession than just at the bedside.
I'm upgrading my education and hoping to find another aspect of the profession to put all of my experience into. Any suggestions?
I look forward to being part of the group!
Fri, May 02 06:22 PM
Hope spring is beautiful in your area - mine is great!
Mon, Jan 07 12:00 AM
Hi, I'm glad there's a group of nurses here! I've been an RN for 2 years, and work on a med/orthopedics floor. I was pregnant when I graduated and started training, so I HAD to take my breaks. It turns out to be a good thing I started that habit, because I notice a lot of nurses will skip their meal if it is really busy. Of all people, you would think nurses would be taking care of themselves!
Thanks for starting this group!
Sun, Dec 30 12:00 AM
My name is Lisa and I am an ER nurse in a level one trauma center in Chattanooga, TN. I love what I do. I have tried other areas of nursing but keep going back to the ER. I have recently had to take care of my mother-in-law (who lives with us) after a lengthy hospital stay. When she came home I began to realize how much I didn't know about nursing. I am used to working on the front end and am not used to working with long term care. Wound care and dressing changes are not what I am used to. I know I learned a lot about this in nursing school but haven't used it much since I have been working in the ER. The ER is about stabilization and then we send people to other appropriate areas. That is the wonderful thing about nursing. There is so much out there and so many choices.
I am the mother of 4 grown children and have one granddaughter. My children are 26, 21, 19, and 18. Two boys and two girls.
My husband and I love to travel and have had many opportunities to do so. I have just recently found this site and am greatful for it.
I am looking forward to positive changes.
Hi Lisa, welcome to the group. I must admit I have been quite remiss in doing much of a job moderating this group. Busy, yeah, but that's just an excuse.
Nice to hear an the nursing tables are reversed as well. I work in long term care and there are times I feel so inadequate when it comes to knowing some of the medical side of life. I think we all have to be more gentle to ourselves and just accept, appreciate and celebrate what we DO know instead of focusing on what we don't know. Nursing is great for that and we mustn't judge ourselves nor each other when we don't know all the answers. It's quite impossible to know it all. One characteristic we all likely possess is that of resourcefulness. When we don't know the answers, we usually know how to ask.
Thanks for your post.
Sun, Dec 02 12:00 AM
I graduated from L.P.N. course in 1974 and took 10 years off and babysat children in my home for 10 years while the kids where little.When I went back it was like starting a new career because so much had changed. I find the stress level quite high but there is something about the hospital that seems to be in my blood, Worked in British Columbia for 15 years and in Nova Scotia for16 years.Because nurses tend to put eveyone else first we tend to sometimes not get around to us at all some days. I know the days my back teeth are floating cause I didn't take the time to pee.Must change my thoughts to if I don't look after me ther will be no me to look after others. Have a great day
Fri, Oct 05 12:00 AM
Hi I'm so busy lately I'm precepting a student nurse and I have several palliatives on board. I haven't been to this site for weeks. Focus energies did you say? I also need HELP to do same. Joan
Thu, Oct 04 12:00 AM
Hey Crazy painter (Eliz?)
Send me a note and we can discuss hospice and palliative care book.
I am writing one also.
Thu, Aug 16 12:00 AM
I observed how many nurses there are on this site when I first joined. Maybe nurses really aren't so bad at taking care of themselves?
My story follows.
Sat, Aug 11 12:00 AM
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This is not an ad, just more info I don't want to type again. (the web site is my retirement plan)
Looking after the terminally ill, from wee babes to those in their hundreds has been a learning curve beyond belief. I have discovered that although someone is apparently barely here they have an incredible power to control their circumstances.
I cared for a woman my age and we had the most interesting talks. We made a deal 2 days before her death that she would let me know that she was ok. I told her I wanted a carp to deliver the message. The deal was an experiment to see if we could be more specific about delivering/receiving such a message. I'd told her about all the messages I have received from others after their death, but it is hard to determine if they were just coincidences or me reading what I wanted to see in things. I was visited by a great big old carp while out with the canoe (which was part of the deal). The behaviour of the carp left no doubt in my mind that Mer had sent it.
Affirms what I have long suspected. I don't know what exactly it is or where we go, but we have a lot more power than you know.
When I retire I'd like to put a book together with everybody's stories in it. I'm sure there are lots of people out there who have had something happen after someone's death that was unusual and unexplained
Rambling I am. Don't know why. I don't usually carry on like this, but lately if this happens I just let it. Did someone ask for this?
Has anyone else got such stories.
I also want to know what other nurses do to take care of themselves. It's not something we're known to be good at.
I must stop
More, but not quite so much, later.