Introduce Yourselves!


Hello Everyone. My name is Edwina and I live in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I am an RN for the past 41 years and business owner of a Costume, Gift and Balloon shop for 31. Not only have I helped patients heal their bodies, I have been able to bring happiness into the lives of others through costuming and ballooning. I think the Nurse’s Café is a great place to stop in for a chat.


My name is Shelley and I have been an RN for over 30 years and recently completed my BSN and will be starting to work towards my MSN in nursing education


Hello, I am Tammy from Houston Texas. I have been an LVN for 26 years. I am currently a Clinical Liaison for a skilled Nursing Facility . I have worked in many areas of nursing ,pedi,OB, HH, Acute inpatient rehab, med surg and clinics.
I used to as a child go visit my Grandmother at work. She was a nurse and that inspired me to go nursing school at a time in my life I needed and wanted more than just a job. I have always appreciated the flexibility it has given me.

I just came upon this community and have enjoyed reading everyone’s comments as there is always a kinship between nurse.
My fav show I am addicted to is Downtown Abby.


Hi, I’m Chris, located in the Southern Kettle Moraine region in Wisconsin. I am a semi-retired nurse, who now works part-time in home care. Formerly, I worked in an NICU in an “inner city” setting. I got my Masters of Science in Nursing at age 58!

I have 6 kids, the youngest adopted from the NICU (long story). I home-schooled some of them.

I am a 1st Don black belt, and I teach at my local Tae Kwon Do do-jang (school).

I am a news junkie and a political junkie–that is what I watch on TV. But mostly, I like public radio. We have a top-notch public radio service in Wisconsin–lucky for me!

One of my children is going into nursing as her 2nd career–nursing was my 2nd career, as well.
My first go-'round was as an English teacher. I’ve also been a home birth attendant . . . I am well on my way to 9 lives!


OMG, KIm! Medicine and politics right off the bat! I love it! My “goal” in my Masters pgm was to get invited to join a think-tank about universal healthcare. As far as I am concerned, we still need a think-tank or two in order to make health care available and accessible for all. Don’t you think?


Hi, I am a home visit nurse in a Mass Health program, supervising care givers and clients in the homes. I have been a nurse for 34 years, 20+ in home care, 8 yrs workers comp and three insurance and transplant case management. I garden , sang international barbershop , this spring have one sone married and one son college grad. Go US Navy.
At this time in my career I am coping and striving to adjust to all the changes in the field of nursing since I started, and keep my nursing life as a profession. I hope to retire and perform nursing ministry to my community. :slight_smile:


My name is Jen. I’m from central NY (Fingerlakes Region). I’ve been an RN for 11 years. Most of my background was in orthopaedics both in the hospital and office settings. I have recently switch gears to Maternity nursing and am back in the hospital setting after almost 6 years away from it. I have loved all my nursing roles but am glad to be back in the hospital again.

I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree through Keuka College and am planning to work on becoming an IBCLC in the near future.


Hello! My name is Kendra I am from Kentucky. I was an EMT for 12 years before deciding to finally go to nursing school. I have been a LPN for 1 year. I have been practicing as a nurse since June 2013. I am currently working in a nursing home. I have a strong desire to work I’m pediatrics. I am currently in my 2nd quarter to bridge to RN to make that dream possible!. I am excited about this website to see stories of encouragement especially on the days when I am feeling overwhelmed. I enjoy watching medical shows.


Hi Everyone I’m Mary, I’ve been an LPN for thirty years now, traveled for most of them, I currently work for a Rehabilitation Hospital in South Carolina, My first staff job in over twenty years. I moved here for the sunshine, being a native of the Portland, Oregon area. I’ve worked all units my favorite was the NICU for 4 years. My favorite shows are football and The Walking Dead


I agree with a think tank. I feel like I am climbing uphill in GA! It would be nice to hear how things are going in other states. I was born and raised in Athens GA. I live right outside Athens now. The land is beautiful out here! We are fortunate to have 11 acres with our house. I am certified in Maternal/Newborn nursing. I graduated from MCG (now called Regents University which is not popular) in 1995. I love nursing!


The first question to ask, with respect to universal health care, is “Do you believe it is a RIGHT?”
In my Masters pgm, many/most nurses did NOT believe that health care is a right. It is hard to get to the next step in providing universal health care if the big players (us and the docs) don’t believe it is a right.

The success of universal health care seems to be tied to political affiliation, as well. I know I don’t need to say that conservatives and Republicans are saying that the ACA should be revoked. Liberals and Democrats (not all) are behind the ACA–which is our current attempt at universal healthcare. In Red states, Medicaid has not been expanded–as in my own state, Wisconsin.
We have a Republican governor, Scott Walker, who would block universal health care and has blocked ACA (Obamacare) as much as he can.

I think that when Medicare was first enacted, there was similar opposition.

Nurses may want universal health care despite their political affiliation–because we see how much people need preventative and sick-care. But nurses do not seem to have strong voices,
in general. Do you agree?

Just this morning, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Drew Altman) wrote a reasonable piece about the ACA and addressed some of the objections. Altman stated, dispassionately, the how the ACA was designed to be flexible. I will go back to the article and link to it–and/or copy a paragraph or
two. Tomorrow–I have to go to work soon.

Hey, do you think this should be a new topic on this site: universal health care and the ACA?


My name is Monica, I have been a RN for 20 years. I live in Georgia. I work in a hospital on a medical/surgical floor and at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.


Hi! My Name is Becky. I live in Iowa. At the age of 40 I decided to pursue my dream of being a nurse. I graduated as an LPN 2 years later. Shortly after graduating I was offered a job as a 2nd shift industrial nurse at a local meat processing plant. I absolutely loved the job but with two school age children and a grand daughter we ended up getting custody of, it just didn’t work out! I had to make the choice of my career or see my grand daughter go to foster care. I chose family. I know that I will never be able to find a job comparible to that one ever again. I was in charge of CPR/ First Aid training, BBP training, Work Comp and Short Term DIsability claims, scheduling dr appointments, taking care of injuries as they happened, the list goes on. Future plans are to become a family practice nurse or get into the field of Psych. I am hoping to connect with other nurses that have had struggles over the years in this community. Favorite shows are NCIS, the Following, Bones, House.


My name is James I have been an LPN for 17 years now. Working in a nursing home in king george virginia near Fredricksburg virginia love it, wouldn’t change a thing. My plan to go back to school get my RN not just that my get my BSN will open a lot of doors. I think I have done everything a nurse can do I was a navy hospital corpsman for 12 years and did and seen a lot, so I’m hoping to get advice from here and maybe answer questions or 2 if need be so thanks


My name is Larry. I’ve been an RN for about 9 years now. Most of my experience centers around psychiatric and addictions. I currently work for Catholic Charities of Trenton New Jersey. I spend my days out in the community doing what I can to keep my patients out of the hospitals.
Happily married, father of two, with two dogs and one turtle.
I plan to further my education, just not sure where although I’m sure it will be in nursing. It took a long time to find my calling so I’m not the youngest in the crowd.
Looking forward to becoming part of this online community.


Hi. I’m Lisa. I’ve been an RN in Obstetrics for 11 years. I LOVE my job, but recently have had problems that I never had before. Three fellow nurses stabbed me in the back over something totally unforgivable. I’m not a disciplinary problem, but ended up with a six month final written warning. Devastated. Changed my whole outlook about my job. Put a bad taste in my mouth. Now after so many years there, I dread going to work. Any advice on how to get through this? Thanks :slight_smile:


Hi I,m Jeannie McCauley from Tulsa OK. I graduated in 1961 from a diploma program. I have & still am a practicing RN of 53 yrs. my experience starts with being a private scrub RN, Lt in USAir Force, hospital based nsg, Dr,s clinic for 7 docs.,LTC, lectured for Weight Watchers 8 yrs DON LTC ,home health industrial nsg., hospice ,traveled as RN for 6 yrs, was on a speakers bureau hospital based, agency RN locally,trauma RN , eating disorders hosp. & now psych nsg I would love to share my experiences opinions good & bad.


Hi, I’m Steve from Tonawanda, NY I’v been a practicing LPN for 2 yrs after graduating in 2010 I currently work private duty and have started classes for becoming a RN, I’m also a volunteer EMT and Firefighter


Hello everyone. Glad to be here. My name is Ana McMillan. I live in Southern California and work in the cvu department of a local hospital. I have been a nurse for approx 15 yrs.
Happy Nurses Week.


Hi Larry. I work cvu and have areal issue caring for psych patients. I find them to be liars and extremely manipulative as well as drug seekers. Can you give me some advise on how to overlook these issues and care for them with love in my heart instead of bitterness. Thx Ana

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