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  1. Just want to start an international topic for all.
    If you live in the USA where did your family come from?
    Native Americans: Tell us what you know about your ancestors!

    Tell us about nursing in a foreign country (Texas included) (just a joke, 'Texas is a whole other country! advertisement).

    For instance, anyone who can explain the staffing ratios in the State of Victoria, Australia?

    http://www.laurasmidiheaven.com/International.shtml
    http://www.emulateme.com/anthems/
    http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/...hems/index.htm
    http://campfireusabayarea.org/patrio...eryone_to_.htm
    http://www.lib.vt.edu/subjects/slav/...l_anthems.html
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Jun 12, '03
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    Typical American mutt here!

    Great-grandparents from Germany and Poland!

    Of note is my great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was a Polish Princess. . . complete with maids and all. . . . before she and her family were forced to come to the states. She was young then, when all that took place. Don't know exactly what happened actually. All I remember is what my grandmother told me: "Be proud, Ted. Your blood has royalty in it." And then she'd tell me about great-grandmother Yacksac (sp?) who died when I was around 6 years old.

    So . . . everyone. . . there's royalty in these rooms.

    Please feel free to kneel down and kiss my ring. . . .

    or at least stop pointing that middle-fingar at me. . . .

    :chuckle

    Cheers!

    Ted
  4. by   nursedawn67
    My fathers side I'm indian and hillbilly

    My mother's side french, Italian and polish
  5. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by efiebke
    Typical American mutt here!

    Great-grandparents from Germany and Poland!

    Of note is my great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was a Polish Princess. . . complete with maids and all. . . . before she and her family were forced to come to the states. She was young then, when all that took place. Don't know exactly what happened actually. All I remember is what my grandmother told me: "Be proud, Ted. Your blood has royalty in it." And then she'd tell me about great-grandmother Yacksac (sp?) who died when I was around 6 years old.

    So . . . everyone. . . there's royalty in these rooms.

    Please feel free to kneel down and kiss my ring. . . .

    or at least stop pointing that middle-fingar at me. . . .

    :chuckle

    Cheers!

    Ted
    :kiss
  6. by   I_Love_Donuts
    Mom's side : french, italian, american
    Dad's side : austrian
  7. by   Mkue
    Italian

    From both northern and southern Italy.

    no connection to the Mob. that I can talk about
  8. by   Ted
    Originally posted by mkue
    Italian

    From both northern and southern Italy.

    no connection to the Mob. that I can talk about
    And if you did, you'd have to kill us???? :chuckle

    :kiss
  9. by   Mkue


    That's correct Ted. ci il ted corretto.
  10. by   prmenrs
    I always find this sort of discussion very interesting.

    One grandfather comes from New England--long line of English descendants, arrived in ~ 1640.

    His wife, my grandmother, the family emigrated in the mid 1800's from England and Belgium, and ? possibly Italy--had a hard time getting a straight answer from her.

    The other grandfather is the most recent immigrant--born in Ayr, Scotland, came w/his brother across Canada to Hawaii were he met the other grandmother--her parents came to Hawaii in the 1880's from Madiera, Portugal.
  11. by   gwenith
    Second generation Australian. Grandparents (3 of the 4), came over from England.

    Spacenurse I can't tell you about staffing ratio's in Victoria but I can tell you about Queensland.

    We have fewer "tech's and assisants" in acute care settings and what tech's se do have are not allowed to give direct care to patients. We are staffed by Enrolled nurses and Registered Nurses. We have a lower patient/nurse ratio but we have a broader field of responsibilities. i.e. Until recently it was the RN's job to clean the beds after discharging a patient. (Still in in one major hosital - told them I don't care I don't mind being the most expensive cleaning lady in the world).

    Most hospitals use a PND - patient nurse dependency system. It is a computerised system that has a simple checklist of "cares" i.e. independently mobile vs complete bed rest. These "care indicators" give time weightings to the amount of care a patient requires i.e. 1/2 hour - 10 hours direct care. The wards are then stafed on those numbers. This evens out the allocation as one ward might have a large number of low care patients about to be discharged and another with the same number could be frantic because they are all critical. Usually it averages 1- 6 patients in an acute area medical or surgical (we still keep the two farily separate) and we try for one to one in ICU where we have vents. As I said though we do not have respiratory techs or CNA's. We do have one Enrolled Nurse. Her job is really maintenance of the environment. Sounds boring? NO! this nurse ( who is fabulous) helps maintian not only stocks and equipment but she does the infection control audits and liases with infection control and trials new equipment etc.

    So, it is a bit hard to compare the two systems but if anyone wants more information just ask!
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    Very different.
    I am interested in the term "enrolled nurse"
    Two guesses could both be wrong.
    1. A student worker.
    2. Less training than a registered nurse. licensed or certified.

    How does your staffing seem to you? Safe? Unsafe? Varies by shift? I like how the staffing truly changes according to the needs of the patients.

    Any one else?

    Oh My ethnic background. Mongrel. If you count those adopted and married into the family we have ancestors from all continents except Australia and Antarctica. All parts of Europe, including Italian although that was a birth parent of an adopted cousin.
    Dad born in Canada. His Mother was from Scotland, father canadian of Dutch and English parents.
    Mothers mother adopted by German immigrants to Texas. She was told she was Irish and Indian but looked more African. Who knows.
    Her family never told her the 'facts of life'. Her father told her not to jump the plow horse she had ridden and raised from a colt. She dod jump over some bushes. When she went to the outhouse she had started her menses. She began to cry. Her Mother laughed as she explained the truth.
    Boy did she make sure we were ready. She was born in 1893 yet seemed up to date in the 1960s. She didn't look it though. Blue hair and stockings with seams.
    She said when my uncle was born it was the first time she knew a 'blood relative'. He looks like a male version of her.
    I am starting to get the most annoying traits of both strong wonderful grandmothers. Like talking too much.
  13. by   Tookie
    On My Fathers side - His Mum was 4th Generation Australian - (I'm 6th) My Grandfather (dad's side) immigrated from England - That is why l had entry into Britain with out a visa - think that is changed now

    On My mothers side Her Mum was I think 3 or 4 th Generation Australian - Not sure about her dad - but was born here in Australia.

    Now here to me is the interesting thing - My Mother was born in Saginaw Michigan in the early 1920's - My Grandparents went there following the end of the first world ware - Sadly my grandfather died when my mum was only 7 or 8 so my Nan who was without family support came back to Australia and had to live with her parents - She never remarried.

    So heres a question - am l half American ? If l wanted to immigrate could l and how would l go about finding that out?

    Good thread - will try and find out the staff ratios in the actue sector in Victoria - am in the aged care sector NSW - it is differant state to state and Very different (read less paid) in the aged sector.
    Cheers
    Tookie
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    on Mom's side they go back to the Mayflower.....on dad's my gramma came from Austria. I have so many Euro backgrounds, guess folks got around a lot in my ancestry.

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