graduate school, Holidays, Nurse Practitioner

Homework on Thanksgiving Day

October 1994

I have been enjoying my first semester in graduate school tremendously as I study Nursing Issues. It feels like my brain is coming out of mothballs, and the group discussions are very enlightening. Our professor is excellent and gives interesting lectures. I just went to the hospital library to do some literature searches on my ethical dilemma for my paper. I have chosen to write about Euthanasia. I was surprised to learn that euthanasia (ending a person’s life) is legal in the Netherlands. We need to use the American Psychological Association (APA) format to write all our papers. I have a large textbook with all the writing rules for this format which is a bit overwhelming to learn. I also decided to invest in a personal computer to help me write my papers, so I am trying to learn this also. During my lunch break at work one day, I stopped at the local library and the librarian showed me how to use this pointer called a mouse to find my place on the screen. I am clumsy with it so I will have to keep practicing.

The "mouse" was difficult for me to use at first!
The mouse was difficult for me to use at first.

Thanksgiving Day, November 1994

I turned in my paper on Euthanasia and my professor handed it back to me without a grade. She said I totally missed the point and told me to rewrite it. She said I did a report rather than addressing both sides of the ethical dilemma, stating my viewpoint clearly. I feel disappointed and discouraged. I also must finish writing my final paper on Prescriptive Authority for Nurse Practitioners. I discovered the laws are different in each state. Some states allow NPs to prescribe all medications including narcotics independently without a physician on site, while others require an MD co-signature, and still others don’t allow NPs to write for any prescriptions.

No one at church invited me to Thanksgiving dinner this year, and I live too far away from my family in the Midwest to go home. One of the single fellows in the career group, George, does not have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving day either. He asked if we could eat together at my house? I said I could take a three-hour break from writing my two papers. He is bringing the turkey and pie, and I am making the side dishes.

We had a pleasant meal together, sharing what the Lord has been teaching us lately.

I took a three-hour break from homework for Thanksgiving dinner.

I finished both papers after working on them the rest of Thursday, all day Friday, and all day Saturday. Thank You, Lord, for helping me finish on time.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not (ungrudgingly); and it shall be given him. James 1:5 (KJV)

Reflection

I rejoiced after my professor accepted both my papers and gave me an A- for my first course in graduate school. I had difficulty getting back into the study mode, learning how to write using the American Psychological Association format, and learning how to work a computer while working full time as a visiting nurse.

George and I sometimes laugh about our Thanksgiving dinner together when I gave him three hours of my time. He later married a dear friend of mine from church, and they are both growing faithfully in the Lord.

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