Musical selection: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, K. 492, courtesy of Classical MIDI Archives, © 1999 Pierre R. Schwob

(aka "The Hard Knock Cafe")

The Unofficial Student Nurse Web Site of the New Millennium!

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Welcome! You're visitor # to the Student Nurses' Lounge!

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Welcome to the revised, revamped, redone, and completely remarkable new homepage of THE STUDENT NURSES' LOUNGE! This is where we "nurse wannabes" can hang out, relax, grab a cuppa Java java, meet other nursing students, enjoy some of the world's greatest classical music (from Classical MIDI Archives, © 1999 Pierre R. Schwob), or swap stories. Most of all, it's a place to share experiences and ideas, help each other out, and draw strength from each other. Or think of it as sort of like the nursing school version of the Smithsonian Institute -- all kindsa stuff, little nooks and crannies, and it takes at least a week to see it all.

Let's face it. No one knows what it's like to be a nursing student like another nursing student. Friends and family members don't always give us the support we need, and sometimes even instructors and experienced nurses forget what it was like to be a student -- scared, excited, hands shaking as we prepare to give our first injection or insert our first catheter (which automatically confers membership in the exclusive Catheter Club). Not to mention ugly uniforms, instructors from Hell, care plans, test questions where all the answers seem to be wrong -- in short, all the things that make nursing school the wonderful adventure that it is. And all leading up to the dreaded NCLEX!!

This is YOUR site and I'm still looking for your contributions -- poems, essays, jokes, stories, etc. Just e-mail or snail mail 'em to me and I'll get 'em in ASAP!

Just a few words about myself: My name is Diana Bitritto, LPN, Diva Nurse, at your service, and in Jan. 1999 I graduated from the 2 yr evening LPN program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Toms River, New Jersey (home of the 1998 Little League World Champions and water that makes you glow in the dark). Before I became a nurse I worked in banking for 11 years. Going to school in my late 40s was my response to mid-life crisis. I couldn't afford a face lift or a convertible, and I couldn't be bothered with having an affair. I've been working as an LPN since April 1999 and I LOVE it (usually)! But let me tell you, pals 'n' gals, real nursing ain't NUTHIN' like nursing school! (But then, ain't NUTHIN' like nursing school anyway).

I'm 54 (yipe!), have a husband, 2 adult (at least legally) children, a dog, 2 tattoos, and 5 bicycles. I live in North Bergen, NJ, which is about a half hour bus ride out of midtown Manhattan. Northern New Jersey is highly multicultural, and it's not unusual to hear English, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Arabic -- all on the same block. My passions include nursing, bicycling, my home state of New Jersey, old cemeteries and other historical stuff, flamingos, and classical music (especially Beethoven), not necessarily in that order. And my classic, all-American, hopelessly dysfunctional family, when we're not fighting and yelling and screaming at each other and generally driving each other crazy. My e-mail address is (I call myself JerZFox because it's a helluva lot easier to type than JerZFatTiredOldDog.).

But, going back to the Lounge, have you had a particularly rewarding or aggravating clinical? Feeling discouraged? Have a question about a subject, medication, or procedure? Want to share a joke or two? Whether you're seeking information, support, a cyber-shoulder to cry on, or just wanna say "Hi," your fellow SNs are waiting to hear from you. Please feel free to put an entry in the guestbook, e-mail me with your comments, or just chill out.

I'm also looking for Guest Authors to contribute to this site. We welcome essays, poems, research papers, etc. on any nursing (or non-nursing) topic. Did you got an A in your Alzheimer's paper? Don't keep it to yourself; share it with us! Got any tips on dosage calculations (ugh!), writing nursing processes (HELP!!!), or doing a procedure? Did you have a particularly memorable patient? What's your view on (mis)managed care or the role of nurses in the future? How 'bout you seasoned pros -- any words of wisdom to impart to us eager newcomers (besides "Go into another field")? Here's your chance to share your wisdom and impress your fellow SN's with your literary or poetic talents! E-mail or snail mail your contribution, along with a brief bio and your e-mail address (optional) and I'll include it stat, and maybe even sooner.

I'd like to hear from nursing students (as well as instructors, experienced nurses, and anyone else) with different perspectives -- "recycled students" like myself, young students, male students and nurses, international, gay/lesbian/bi/transsexual, disabled, whoever. Whatever your background is, you're welcome in the Student Nurses' Lounge anytime! So take a break from the books and SMILE! And if I convince just one of you to get on a bike, listen to classical music, visit New Jersey, or most of all, to realize that nursing school can be fun and rewarding, then all this effort I've put into this site is worth it!

Other stuff from the fevered mind of yours very truly:

Requiem for an Amusement Park New Jersey is a State of Mind Ewe's The New Jerseyese-English Dictionary Camp Lochbrae
Dead Man's Lane

The Pride of the Yankees?

My Favorite Places in My Favorite State

Miss Adele's Hotel of Memories

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Orange Blossom

Black Cherry


Vanilla Musk

Christmas Cheer

Apple Pie


Floral Musk





Blue Bonnet

Morning Dew

Sea breeze




Maple Syrup

Pina Colada

Sex on the Beach

Summer Wind









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    Goodbye, Murphy Brown; Hello, June Cleaver?
    Reflections on the Romance of Bicycling
    Chip 'n' Dip
    Virtual Food
    Nutritional Correctness
    So You Wanna Go to Nursing School
    The Recycled Student's Survival Guide to Nursing School
    Miss Irina's Music

    Notes from the Trenches: What They Don't Teach You in Nursing School
    Dear Flabby: Advice to the Nurselorn
    The Student Nurses' Cookbook
    Sing Along with the Med-Surg Songbook!
    Helpful Hints from the Pros
    Nursing School Survival Rules
    The Catheter Club
    Nursing School Follies 1
    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's Got the Dorkiest Uniform of All?
    Save Your Sanity in Half an Hour
    Nursing Classifieds
    I'm a Guy. I'm a Nursing Student. You Gotta Problem with That?
    Odds 'n' Ends, Vol. 1
    Odds 'n' Ends, Vol. 2
    Odds 'n' Ends, Vol. 3
    What is Class?
    I Took the NCLEX -- and Lived to Tell About It


    The Real Thing by Kim B.
    Million Nurse March by Julie
    Nina by Joel Hart
    Seven Nurses Contributed by Rebadee
    You Know You're from New Jersey If... Contributed by JULIECR
    And God Created New Jersey Contributed by Marcie
    Male Nurses, Men in a Female Dominated Profession: The Perceived Need for Masculinity Maintenance By Christopher Neighbours, New Zealand
    Application to Live in New Jersey Contributed by my classmate, Laurie Stauffer, LPN
    Mija's Legacy by Sue Angelo
    Poems by Vera Johnston, RN

    Danielle Welzig
    The Student Nurse's Prayer by Meredith Joyner, Nash Community College, NC
    20 Things I've Learned from Being a Nurse by Sally P. Karioth, RN, Ph.D,, Associate Professor of Nursing, Florida State University
    Poems by Michele Paterson, EN, West Perth Australia
    Circle of Life - a poem by Jeff Reichardt, RN

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    This site was created 1/98 on TRIPOD. Copyright© 1998 by Diana Bitritto