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4/9/11 2:57 A

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Fate---meeting a girl 40 years ago (now my wife)---changed the course of my ship 180 degrees -- from engineering to health care!!! emoticon

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4/7/11 10:30 P

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I was always told I would be a school teacher when I grew up as my mother was a teacher. When my grandfather was ill in the hospital I saw how nurses cared for their patients and I decided I wanted to be a nurse. When I turned 16 I took a job as a nurses aide and loved it. This confirmed my desire to be a nurse. After 36 years of nursing, I have never regretted that decision!

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4/7/11 7:28 P

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i always wanted to be a nurse as long as i can remember.........and i became one after working for a few years to get enough money to pay for it...........

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
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maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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4/7/11 12:33 P

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Initially, I studied to be a secondary school English teacher, but my experience as a student teacher was so negative (unruly and abusive students) that I decided to look elsewhere. I became interested in nursing. I had taken care of my mother, who had suffered from severe bipolar disorder. Because of that and also my love of the sciences, I enrolled in a 2-year RN program. I went on to obtain my BSN degree, and practiced nursing (med/surg, oncology, nurse educator, OB/Gyn, home health, and nephrology). I have had 35 years of nursing experience. I feel so fortunate!

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4/7/11 12:19 P

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Super topic!

I originally wanted to be a high school math teacher.

Smartest class I took in community college was an observational class in which I returned to my high school and sat in to observe my former teacher running her class.

I was so appalled over how the behavior of the kids had deteriorated so (verbally abusive, disrespectful, out-of-control behavior) in the couple years since I graduated that I knew I couldn't even think of pursuing this. I wanted to teach, not be a police officer!

Anyhow, I have always been a good friend, good listener and continued to get so much positive feedback about this that I thought I should pursue being a therapist. Originally intended to be a psychologist (my undergrad major), but knew I didn't want to spend at least 4 more years working toward a PhD, so scooted over to Social Work as it was a two year Masters.

After 23 years as a social worker on the admissions unit of a state psychiatric hospital, I like where I am at right now (since 2006) as I work as an intensive case manager for the severe, persistently mentally ill during the day and have a part-time private practice as a therapist during evenings. Variety is the spice of life! :-)


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4/7/11 11:24 A

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I'm new to the team, so I'm trying to get to know everyone a little better. I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but if so - please indulge me by re-posting your stories :)

I'm wondering how everyone entered the health profession and what led you here? Where you interested in your own health first, or did being a health professional inspire you to become healthy?

For me - I was lead to the health profession by my own interests in becoming healthy and honestly a lot through spark people!

I graduated college in 2007 with two business degrees. I was working in corporate finance and miserable in my job. I was constantly stressed out and emotionally eating from the stress and unhappiness of my job. I joined spark people, started working on getting healthier and decided it was time for a career change so I could find happiness in my life again. I love to cook and love food, so becoming a Registered Dietitian seemed like a logical move for me! I've been back in school for about 1.5 years now, have another 1 to go for my nutrition bachelors (my third bachelors degree!). I quit my full time job last August and have never looked back! After graduating I'm going to apply for dietetic internships and hopefully get accepted to a program where I can complete a masters degree as well!

For me, it felt like if I didn't make health the #1 focus and priority of my own day and life - I would never be able to achieve proper health for myself. I'm a dedicated and ambitious person and knew that health and my job would compete for my time and dedication if they weren't one in the same!

Can't wait to hear all of your stories!

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