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Nothing exciting happening today.

Weather is kinda fair. The kids are struggling to get arcade ROM games to function with MacMAME.

I went to R's school yesterday. He seems to be making great progress. Yesterday he was even comforting a new classmate who was crying presumably because of missing his parents. R had his hand and arm over the crying lad's shoulders and was offering tissues and comfort. It was a proud moment for me. I read part of a story to the class and found out that it coincidentally was Read Aloud Day 2001, in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday.


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Mar. 4th, 2001 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hi, I wrote you a message a while back and I hadn't recieved a reply in the yea or nea, so I thought I'd pose it again, in case you were busy earlier.

I read that you are an ER nurse and I was considering trying out nursing as a side job. I just got a job as a firefighter/paramedic out here and I love the medical aspect. I have a lot to learn yet, but the atmosphere in the ER I experienced while interning at UCDMC was FANTASTIC. Care to talk about what it takes to become a successful ER nurse? Thanks =)

Mar. 6th, 2001 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: =)
Oops! Sorry I was so slow getting back to you. Uuh... checking credentials???

Anyway that is my lame attempt at both an apology and humor.

I would LOVE to "talk about what it takes to become a successful ER nurse."

*looks around*

Oh you mean me. ^_^

Mar. 6th, 2001 07:09 pm (UTC)
YES *you*
Hehehe... No worries, I understand that people are often very busy and don't have a whole lot of spare time. In any case my story's a simple one. I went to college in good ole Berkeley but became disillusioned with Mechanical engineering as a boring and very unrewarding line of study. I got into Cals peer health education and enkjoyed the heck out of it, being able to help people in a very real and concrete way. Somehow this transitioned over to firefighting a weird hybrid of medical aid and cheap thrills running into places sane people don't want to be anywhere near. I got my medic lisence several months ago and, while a bit nervous and ambivalent about it, love it to death now. I still have LOTS to learn as a rookie medic but love the time spent on the box solving problems and bringing smiles to peoples faces.

I loved the ER time I spent at the very busy UCDMC (level 1 Trauma as well as just the place to be on weekends for you name it!). I had a lot of respect for the nurses who, oftentimes, seemed more in touch and more grounded than the docs. The base level of knowledge was awesome as well and as someone who LOVED Bio and MCB in school I think I'd like this field as well.

My questions for you are how did you find out about this field? What drew you to it? Now that you are in it, is it anything like you thought it would be? What sorts of studies did you have to do? Did you find the work to be challenging? Was finding a job hard as a nurse? Was it harder to become an ER nurse? Those are a few of my basic starter questions =) If you'd like to save some space you could e-mail me back at my priv mail (whoizrob@yahoo.com).

Again I appreciate the opportunity to be able to speak with you and look forward to hearing your responses!

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