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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
9:46 pm
Psst, please pass this info along...

Now open for support, </a></b></a>queercancercare, a livejournal community for queer caregivers of folks with cancer.

You might be a queer caregiver of a person with cancer if...

You've had to explain to emergency room personnel that no, you're not sisters, but yes you are family.
You've been tempted to write a love song for Zofran.
You've overheard your parents tell their neighbors "oh she's just a little upset because her room-mate has cancer."
You're afraid that if one more person asks "what are you doing to take care of YOURSELF" you might commit an act of violence.
You've been ever been mistaken for "the one with cancer" because people think your extremely short haircut looks like you are post-chemo.
You've screamed "of course he's on a lot of narcotics. He has cancer!"

This community is for all queer caregivers of folks with cancer...whether that person is your spouse, partner, mistress, best friend, shortstop on your softball team, parent, child, however you define family. Also very open to straightfolks or allies who helping to provide care for queer family/friend with cancer.

The idea is to share strength, support, ideas, resources and a listening ear.

The full url is http://community.livejournal.com/queercancercare/
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
9:10 pm
So, do people still read this journal? Right now, I'm in the process of taking pre-reqs to get into a 2 year nursing program. I'd love to get to find "family" who have gone through school and are nurses now.

I don't update my journal, but my blog is at You Know You Wanna. I read my friends list several times a day though :)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
10:26 am
Hello all.

I've been following for a while and this seems to be the perfect place to ask for opinions on this.

I'm a transwhatever (if there's such a thing as male-to-intersex, that term would cover me pretty neatly, though I default to transwoman as term-of-convenience) in nursing school. I also work at a local hospital in a behavioural health unit as a nursing aide. I'm out both at school and at work, but have agreed to remain technically male for the time being in both settings (higher-ups are supportive, but after negotiation this seems the best course for the nonce -- I should move toward getting my "license" in the next couple of months).

The trouble comes with the fact that I don't reliably pass as either male or female -- and have been known to pass for intersexed -- and as a result some patients place me as female no matter what (in most people's minds nurses default to female). I don't contradict them, as that would be violating Rule One (don't tell an avoidable lie) and Rule Two (don't make an issue of it).

Still, there's a certain discomfort in rapid-cycling as I walk from one room to another (hmm, let's see, 617b has me as male and 623a has me as female, but that CNA Shamarra, whose help I'll need to ambulate both of them, has me as male ...</i>). And there's the issue of being read, which can be a little dicey, and the fact that sooner or later my praeceptor may (will) step in to introduce herself, and may well drop the h-bomb. It seems like the policy of let it blow by, which at one point seemed like a good way to defuse the potential conflicts, is starting to break down.

Who if anyone else here has had to manage transitionin clinical settings? Can you offer me any thoughts on the matter?
Monday, October 10th, 2005
5:19 pm
An intro

Hey everyone -- this community needs some more action. So here I am.

My  name is Beck and I'm a 28 yo slightly introverted dyke from Baltimore. I've been a nurse (RN) since 2003 and am working in psych right now. I'm buying a house (closing at the start of next month) on the eastern shore and have taken a job in a long term care/rehab center, so I'll be transitioning from working weekend option to working five 8 hour shifts per week, which will be an adjustment, but I'm looking forward to having a more human and socially friendly schedule.

Anyway, that's me. Glad to see there are so many queers in nursing schools.... we need more.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, October 7th, 2005
2:29 pm
What they don't train you for in school...
So, the other night, I am getting ready to place a texas cath (condom urinary catheter) on an older guy with parkinson's. He asked to be cleaned first, and as it would improve adhesion of the cath, I think nothing of it. As I start to clean the area, the bas*&#d grabs the back of my head and starts to pull it toward his lap. I pull away, think he's done being fresh, and go to place the cath, to which he grabs my forarm and starts moving it as if to pleasure himself. And this guy was strong (muscle weakness my ass!). That's when he started saying "please" and "orgasm." I go to pull my arm away to go get help, and he digs in, not letting go. I finally say "Sir let go of my arm right now." and manage to wrestle it out of his grip, throw the covers over him, and go get help.

I was traumatized...of course later, he says he's sorry to me(as*hole), then denies it to my supervisor (who does not believe him, as he says he hopes no one tells his wife or daughter). At least my DON is behind me, and even sent an email yesterday to check up on me.

I would expect this to happen to some cute little female identified nurse, but me??? Unless he's into people who look like 12 year old boys...

Sometimes I really hate urology.....

Current Mood: angry
Saturday, September 24th, 2005
10:47 pm
Hey everyone! I just cross-posted this in the "nursing" community, but once I found this community I thought for sure that maybe someone would be able to help. I'm sorry if this is a little long. My lj-cut skills are a little rusty:

In search of NANDA-approved nursing diagnoses for Gender Dysphoria.
-Steps onto soapbox-

Here's the part where I be a nurse.

So...I'm a nurse (LPN with a BA in psychology). And I'm in nursing school now (for my RN) and I've decided that for my Psychiatric Nursing paper, due in about a month, I'm going to write about gender dysphoria (aka male-to-female transsexuals and female-to-make transsexuals or anyone who is transgendered and seeking care) and the nurse's role in helping to treat those with gender dysphoria. My problem is, I am having a very difficult time finding NURSING articles from NUSRING journals about gender dysphoria, the related NURSING diagnoses one may use for those who have gender dysphoria, and the general role of the nurse in treating individuals with gender dysphoria. I am up to my eyebrows in regular medical articles, memoirs, poems, pscyhology articles, DSM what-not, conference transcripts, books, and other resources including many people. What I need is some information on how to translate this to NURSING.

Now, I'm a pretty smart bird. I can extrapolate from other articles pretty well and I know the nurse's main role in this situation is one of counselor, educator, and advocate. And I plan on coming up with a few diagnoses without any problem. Disturbed body image, ineffective coping, knowledge deficit, and a few others can all possibly be contributed to gender dysphoria. And of course there are all the associated nursing diagnoses that one uses following a surgery (constipation, risk for ineffective airway clearance, etc) that I could apply to a post-surgical transsexual, but does anyone have any ideas on diagnoses, aside from those listed above, that I could use for a pre-surgerical transsexual or one who does not wish to have surgery or hormone treatment at all? Or, can anyone point me to someone who might? Additionally, does anyone know of any good standardized careplans or NURSING articles from NURSING journals related to this subject? I need at least 2 or 3 for my paper.

If you do, please feel free to email me at Annatropolis@yahoo.com or reply to this message or both.

Thanks all. I really appreciate it.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
12:23 pm
Hello out there!!

I am an out RN at work. clearly this community needs some more members cause queers rule!! HEEHEE. I work on a Respiratory/caridac floor in a....get this...... catholic hospital!! My floor takes trachs, vents, chestubes, and cardiac arrythmias/surgeries. It is basically an ICU step down unit. Unfortunatly all the queers I know at work.. well lets just say I dont want to socialize with them after work..I am not proud of ALL of us.. But I do know a few queer RN students. I will talk to them about joining. I think this is important. I face the problem of the Little old lady asking me what my husband does ect.. and the decision as to whether I will correct them or ignore it cause they are gonna forget in about 10 minutes anyway Hee Hee. anyhoo... Maybe some new blood in this communtiy will help those that I see lurking interact. Community is important!!

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, August 19th, 2005
2:17 pm
I passed
I am officially an R.N. I took the boards last Saturday, and found out Tuesday while at work.


Current Mood: indescribable
Monday, July 25th, 2005
2:26 am
This online medical term. course is killing me... I'm so confused with a lot of these terms... and the way the questions are worded. Anyways I cross posted this... I just need help figuring out which one of these is the answer...

The word root for stupor is:

Any ideas? I can't find any of the words in my friggen index & I even tryed an online dictionary along with my medical dictionary with no success.

Myles Anthony

Current Mood: calm
Monday, June 6th, 2005
7:58 pm
I accepted an offer.....
So, after much stress today, I accepted an offer at Pennsylvania Hospital. It will be 7p-7a, 3 shifts a week, starting orientation July 18th. I didn't want to be in my current job that long, but this is the job I think I'm supposed to be in. This means we can now put a bid on the house we like in Norristown, and I can either drive in to the city ($45/ month), or take transit.

Yeah! Our celebration dinner??? Hoagies at Wawa! Ha...eating M&Ms now.....

I am so relieved!

Yeah....happy little job dance.....

Current Mood: bouncy
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
6:00 pm
Got an offer!!!!
So, after a marathon round of interviewing (4 hospitals in 2 days, meeting with anywhere from 2-5 people at each), I have 1 definite offer for Telemetry at Abington. So, at least I have a job!


I am holding out until Monday, though, for Pennsylvania Hospital. Even though it is Med/Surg, and I didn't really want to start there, it is at least Ortho/Neuro, and a city hospital (where they will be more like to be someone else who looks like me). Plus better fringe benefits...

Anyone who reads, please keep fingers crossed...though I am strictly guided by Karma. If Abington is the hospital I'm supposed to start in, then I won't hear from PA hosp. If I am supposed to be there, it will happen. I scheduled the NCLEX today...August 13th, 9am!!!!!

Shameless plug for great books, that have really helped me the past couple of years, and I wish they had been around before:

"How to Survive and Maybe even Love Nursing School" by Kelli Dunham, and its follow up "How to Survive and Maybe even Love your life as a Nurse" by Kelli Dunham and Staci Smith.

Both are chock full of great tips, advice, and some humor. A definite must read, whether you are just beginning school, or almost finished.

I figured since I started this group, I would put something helpful in here.

Well, off to enjoy the evening...

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
8:11 pm
Wow, I did it.
Well, I passed my exit exam, filed all my paperwork, and actually did it! It's over! I am now a NURSE!!!!!!

Got 2 awards at Pinning and graduation!

And ended with a 3.94 GPA!

Whoo hoo!

Nw I just need a freakin job!

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
8:07 pm
The HESI Test
Wow that thing was hard! I think we only had 5-6 people pass the first time. I......was one of them. We needed a 850, which indicates a high likelyhood of passing the NCLEX (like 95%). I got over 1000! Whoo frickin hoo!!!!!

So, nothing more until Pinning!

Well, except for finding a job...

6 interviews, no offers yet....

Nursing shortage my ass.......

Hope everyone else is doing well.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, April 25th, 2005
9:45 pm
Sorry I've neglected this....
School has been so nuts for the last few months. But, I am ALMOST DONE!!!!!
No more papers, clinicals, internship (in the ER, it was so cool), dorky polyester uniform, care plans, teaching plans, or interacting with fellow students that annoy me. Only NCLEX review and HESI testing. I will have a 3.97gpa, and be outta here with my GN (temp liscence to practice in PA) in 3.5 weeks!

Needless to say, very excited.

Now if I could only find a freakin job!


Anyhoo, just thought I would put a few words down, as I actually thought I would have time to post in here, and senior year got nuts!

Hope everyone else is hanging tough, and we'll see how the new boards work our (with the new format questions.....)


Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
9:11 pm
Thought an Update was in order...
Talkative bunch we have here eh?

Anyway's I thought I'd say I just finished my 1st Nursing class. I got an A. (Yea!) And I start Clinicals for my CNA (I am working from CNA to LPN to RN through the colleges program) this November. Saturday I have my 3rd time over rescheduled CPR class. I broke my foot yesterday but such is life. Lets see I am going to be taking my 3 hour credits course for Med. Term. online over the summer months. Other than that everything seems to be falling in to place. I took te last of state testing until August for High School courses today as well.

Hope everyone is doing well. :)

-Myles Anthony <333

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, October 11th, 2004
2:29 pm
Havent Been Here In A While...
School. School. School. Honestly. That and my Boyfriend. I have maybe a grand total of 3 hours to sleep on average a night. So ill update on school. It is awesome I am having a blast and I can not wait to start my RN Courses. Right now im getting ready to start so im touching up on math and earning random highschool credits. I earned 2 credits in 5 weeks. And I have a 3.6 GPA. I am not pleased with this and will be working twice as hard until December to get it to a 4.0. Hmm. So yeah. There it is. Thats school in a nutshell.

A lot of people know I am trans. Either they guessed or ive told them. Ive basically decided im gonna let people know if they ask. Why not? Ive only been discriminated against 3 times, 2 of which the people were scared and confused and just needed me to clear some stuff up. And the 3rd time the guy was older. I dont want to change anyones oppinions I just want to be myself. No ones gonna stop me. Ok I think thats good for now. Mainly everything else (classes, friends, fam, etc etc) is in my journal if you wanna read ill add you of course ^.^

Hope everyone is well.

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Tranny_boy16 - Yahoo

Your best bet is AOL im signed on 24/7 if you wanna chat on a diff messenger comment and ill sign on. Moo. :)

Myles Anthony <333

Current Mood: hyper
Monday, September 27th, 2004
12:40 pm
My intro
Hello all,
I'm Alex, 21 (22 in Nov.) , I reside in Indpls. IN I identify as butch which terrifies all the little femmey girls that are way younger than me in class but oh well. I'm just starting my freshman year at IU and the program I'm in we start nursing classes as soon as you are a freshman. Clinicals unfortunetly dont start until I'm a junior. I work full time during the night and go to class early morning -mid day then sleep for 4 hours to start all over again. Ugh, it's a tough schedule but gotta pay for school somehow.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, August 27th, 2004
8:21 pm
Hey everyone. My name is Kalib and I'm an 18yr old FTM. I'm currently working on getting all of my shit together so I can enroll in college. I've wanted to be a CRNA since I was 9 and I think this community is pretty cool so here I am.
Tuesday, August 24th, 2004
8:52 pm
Ba da dum di dum!
Tehehe... Hello. Name is Myles, i'm 15, 16 in December. I start highschool on Monday. And I start college courses for my Associates Degree in Nursing in January. Blah. I am from Az, in Phx to be precise. And I am FTM. Hmmm what else was I gonna say? O'parently it isn't important. -_-

Myles Anthony <333

Current Mood: awake
8:11 pm
I'll go first
Hopefully I won't be the only one here.....

Shawn, 28, Philadelphia area. I am finishing up Nursing school (graduate in May). I identify as a gendervariant butch dyke for now, who presents as male in public. I was a Veterinary Technician for most of my time out of college, and I missed the medical aspect, so Nursing it is. I think I was nuts, because I am in the middle of an accelerated program and going nuts. I mainly wanted to start this community because I don't know any other "family" in the nursing profession.
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