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herring_RN ASN, BSN

retired registered nurse

I'm a spicy (seasoned) retired hospital nurse with 42 years experience (counting two years as a CNA)


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    Before being a nurse, what other jobs have you had?

    As a 12 to 15 year old I did a little babysitting, but mostly mowed lawns, bathed dogs, and other odd jobs for neighbors. At age 16 I registered with the state Youth Employment and mostly cleaned houses and ironed. Later I worked as a waitress, a fry cook, and did lots at a health food juice bar. One summer I worked in the Capitol Records factory we made the Beatles "Revolver" album and Buck Owens "Tiger By The Tail". While working some of the above jobs I earned an AA in Early Childhood Education and another in Biology, but didn't use either for a few years. Then took an Adult Education CNA course for three units (20 weeks of five hours twice a week, one 5 hour lecture and testing class and one five hour clinical.) I worked at the VA learning a lot. It was so long ago that we cared for many WWI Veterans. The WWII vets were in their 40s, and the Viet Nam Vets were my generation. Then I married and worked at a department store lunch as a "sales girl" and then the buffet for 1 1/2 years until my pregnancy showed. They didn't let pregnant women serve customers, but they knew I was pregnant and it was OK until it became obvious. After we bought our home I ran a licensed home day care for three years. I was paid for four kids and had my two too. Those kids are now polite successful adults and are my friends as are their parents. One, whose father is a physician is nor a surgeon himself. One extra smart little boy grew up to be an RN who is now an NP. I devoted one year to LVN school on week days and working for Medical Personnel Pool as a CNA one weekend shift a week. Then continued with them on and off doing home care and staff relief as an LVN. When my kids were in High school I finished my associated earning my RN license. I had taken university critical care courses with RNs earning their Clinical Nurse Specialist. It was considered masters level, but admitted all licensed nurses. I joke that I was a grad school drop out before I had a bachelor's degree. Thanks to that I was hired as a new grad orientee into the CCU after many years as an LVN. Just before turning 50 I finally finished an RN to BSN program that was easy, but expensive.
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    In will do my best to vote for a candidate who will work for all Americans regardless of party. I hope we will have a president who obeys the law, communicates truthfully, and respects good law abiding Americans.
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    Hello Nurse Eileen! I think other members will be able to give better advice than I can. I was 40 when I earned my RN (from LVN) and nearly 50 when my BSN was finished. I am now 75 retired almost five years. Your post is like our Daily Diary which you may like. Look under "What's Happening and click "Clubs" and then "Daily Diary". You can then read post of the day or previous days.
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    Sunday 2-16-20

    Just things to do. Husbands 1994 SUV driver side door won't close. He tried the Ford dealer a few years ago and was told they couldn't get the parts. I think it is uncomfortable getting into and out of that big car.Now the parts are for sale on Amazon and an "auto parts geek" site. he doesn't believe it. I think he is just not feeling great with the hydrocele.. I've been dropping him off at his lodge and picking him up. Tomorrow I plan to go to the place where he had a new mirror installed. If they can get one or install the part after I get one I'll take his SUV there next week.
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    Saturday, 2-15-20

    Hurray! It was the same "error" message I got when the Yellow side was down. Good to have it back up.
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    Friday Valentine's Day February 14 2020

    Good morning Joe, BCgradnurse, Tweety, and you who will visit later. Nice sunny cool day. Husband has an appointment with a surgeon next month. The hydrocele is awkward, but no longer painful. Our doctor said to take Lasix 20mg twice a week. He WAS stable on three a week.
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    Thank you sirI!
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    The President Donald Trump Thread

    We deserve a president who tells the truth to us.
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    Tuesday February 11 2020

    Our doctor called and told us to see the nephrologist by Friday at the latest. He has an appointment early tomorrow afternoon. He still feels OK.
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    Tuesday February 11 2020

    Praying for No Stars' Hubby.
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    Do you think this is a scam?

    I'm sorry Fran.
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    Saturday February 8, 2020

    Thank you Ted!
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    Saturday February 8, 2020

    Husband still in the hospital. May come home today.
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    Kirk Douglas, the renowned actor, dies at 103

    He was an award winning actor, but I most respect his activism regarding the "Blacklist".
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    Thursday February 6, 2020

    I read you all. Last Friday my husband had a hydrocele drained. He never had it done before, but it was much worse. He was so happy with the normal looking scrotum and lack of even discomfort. Saturday he felt great. Sunday it was tender. Monday it was more painful and getting big again. He called the urologists office for three days. Monday and Tuesday he was told, "It's normal, take Tylenol. Wednesday he was told to go to the ER for an ultrasound. We were in the ER about 12 hours and then to a room. His WBCs were elevated, white cells in his urine, and GFR was the worst he's had. This morning, just 12 hours after starting antibiotics his labs are better. SO That was my day so fay. I stopped at the store and just got home. He called and is feeling OK unless he walks or touches it. I am very pleased that the ER and med-surg nursing staff have been great. I was glad to meet the "Break Relief Nurse" taking over so his RN could go to lunch. She likes her 10:00 am to 6:00 pm shift because she can get her kids off to school and have a late dinner with her family. My last couple of years still working I was did break relief. I could offer to work whenever I wanted, was second cancelled after volunteers, and had to be scheduled for at leat one 12 hour weekend shift. (I put my name for the 12 hour shift on a day or night there were already enough nurses unless acuities were extremely high.)

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