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Aartteachr_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Mar 30 2005 - 13:33:47 PST


I will stick it out teaching art as long as I can. I LOVE it! In the
meantime, I paint so I can enter juried exhibitions.

I have a second career as an RN. I went for theRN degree when they started to
phase out art education in the 70's. I works as an nurse in surgery,
progressive cardiac care,  home health/ nsg. supervision, for doctors, hospice (my
best experience) and then for maternity/ women's services. I even had a stint as
a director of nurses of a 194 bed facility. Did I like it?  It was a love/hate
relationship. I loved taking care of people. It was the insurance red tape
and the "business of health" that drove me out. It was then that I decided to
return to teaching. That was 8 years ago and I love every day. I still keep my
nursing license current.

If I return to nursing, I will go back into hospice. Dying people are
sincere; no more masks and they are truly appreciative of my help. I agree that one
must have a calling for it. I never found it morbid. If I could make someone
comfortable for even one day and give support, I felt I did my job well = job
satisfaction.

Marsha in Disneytown

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