From my journal Home Care Nurse Practitioner, New England, February This winter has had record snowstorms one after another. I have not seen the bare ground since the snow started in November. But today is a crisp clear day with brilliant blue skies. With no storms predicted and the roads cleared from the last storm,… Continue reading Buried in Snow
The following is a tribute to my sister who led me to Christ, became my first Bible teacher, and was my best friend. On February 4, 2016, the Cedarville University nursing students who Marsha Swinehart, RN taught, presented a plaque to the School of Nursing in honor of Marsha's life. Dr. Rachel Parrill, Marsha's colleague,… Continue reading Tribute to My Sister
Five years ago, the Lord took my sister, Marsha, home to heaven a few months after she retired from a full-time nursing career of over four decades. She led me to Christ when I was in high school (See Life Changing Letter) and became my first Bible teacher. Since our birthdays were one day apart, we… Continue reading God Comforts the Broken Hearted
From my journal Home Care Nurse Practitioner - November 1, 2011 Over the weekend twenty inches of heavy wet snow fell in a matter of hours taking down many leaf-covered trees. Nearly a million people lost power including my home and the Veteran's clinic where I worked. Monday morning I put on my down coat,… Continue reading Freak October Snow Storm
From my journal Hospice Visiting Nurse - February, New England, USA This morning, the thermometer on my deck read a bone-chilling -5 degrees F (-21 C). I wished I could stay home, but my patients needed me. I pressed the remote car starter on my key ring to melt the thick ice off my windshield… Continue reading Do Nurses Cry?
The Sandwich Christ said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever," (John 14:16 KJV). The emergency room stretcher made my backache. I tried to find a more comfortable position. The gentle beep of my heartbeat from the cardiac monitor made me drowsy in the darkened… Continue reading The Sandwich
From my journal Federal Home Care Nurse Practitioner - April 2005 Five months have passed since I began working at the Veteran's Affairs (VA) clinic as a home care Nurse Practitioner (NP). The VA assigned to me a car, laptop, cell phone, pager, and office. Completing the mandatory online continuing education and typing my lengthy… Continue reading Nurse Practitioner Stress
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - October 2009 The Veteran's Affairs (V.A.) offered me a job as a Nurse Practitioner in Home Care a month ago. They have begun the grueling credentialing process, more prolonged than any other NP job I've ever had. I passed my pre-employment physical last week. My depth perception was not good on… Continue reading Federal Credentialing Process
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - July 2009 I was glad to have a day off to relax and catch up on my chores. The phone rang and the caller said, "Pam, this is Dr. S. (my boss). I'm sorry to call you at home, but I wanted to make sure that you knew about the announcement… Continue reading Federal Home Care Nurse Practitioner?
From my journal Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - December 2008 "My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior." Luke 1:47 So much has happened since last April. After my concussion and the flu, I finally resumed parttime work at the nursing home at the end of April and increased to fulltime in May. By God's grace,… Continue reading God’s Grace and Provision