March, 1978 - 11:30 p.m. After finishing walking rounds with the night shift nurse, I clocked out and sat down beside the chart rack to write notes on each of my five assigned patients before I went home. I usually completed some of my charts during my shift, but with the nonstop evening, I barely… Continue reading S-O-A-P Notes
January 26, 1978, Central Ohio, USA - 10 a.m. My ears perked up as I watched the TV weatherman predict a record-breaking snowstorm with high winds. We usually only get 10-15 inches of snow all winter, so this was unusual. Currently, it's a balmy 50 degree Fahrenheit day. The wind began to pick up, the… Continue reading Blizzard of 1978
July 1977 - Midwest, USA Since my graduation over three months ago. I have learned much while working on the evening shift with my diabetic patients. I'm comfortable now with my skills and organization. The most difficult decision is if I should call the doctor at home, or if the matter can wait until morning.… Continue reading State Nursing Boards – Zzz…..
April 1977 - Ohio, USA - Orientation I had just completed my class on handling emergencies including cardiac arrest when I heard the overhead page, "Code Blue, Tower 502, Code Blue, Tower 502, Code Blue, Tower 502!" I grabbed the Code Cart from the nurse's station and pushed it as fast as I could to… Continue reading CODE BLUE
March 1977 - Winter Quarter - College of Nursing The final few weeks in nursing school have flown by with work in the Intensive Care Unit, sending out resumes, and interviewing for jobs. I wanted to work in home care because that was my favorite quarter. I met with the director of nursing at the… Continue reading Graduation from the College of Nursing
February 1977 - Senior in College of Nursing By God's grace, I have begun my final quarter of nursing school before I graduate in March. During my clinical rotation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital, I finally feel like the past four years are coming together. While spending hours making my care… Continue reading Graduate Nurse Banding Ceremony
Fall Quarter, 1976 - Senior in College of Nursing This quarter I enjoyed working in Public Health with the County Board of Nursing. They assigned me to care for a family of ten Laotian refugees and a pregnant lady who needed prenatal care. My RN preceptor showed me how to assess them, watched me do… Continue reading Home Care in the Cemetery
Last year a dear friend texted me a Bible verse in the morning that really encouraged and blessed me. She said she and her husband each sent a verse every morning to about 30 people and then each person sent a verse to her. She asked if I wanted to participate? I agreed and began… Continue reading Share a Bible Verse
Senior Student Nurse in Psychiatry - June 1976 After driving through heavy iron gates, I parked at the large state mental hospital campus on the edge of the city. As I walked toward my assigned locked men's ward I silently prayed, "Dear Lord, Please protect me and put your hedge around me. Give me wisdom… Continue reading Behind Locked Doors in Psychiatry
December 31, 2020 I thank God that He made me a new creation when I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1971 (See Life Changing Letter). Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17 I'm… Continue reading Happy New You!