December 25, 1981 - 2 a.m. Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse I returned to my other patient, Marie, and checked her progress internally. "You can push now with each contraction, Marie." She groaned from the exhaustion of 16 hours of painful labor. An hour later, I saw a patch of the baby's black hair peak… Continue reading More Christmas Babies
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV). From my journal. March 1973, Midwest, USA - High School Senior Ever since last year when the Lord gave me peace about becoming a nurse, I have struggled in… Continue reading Which Nursing School?
From my journal... High School Junior, USA, 1972 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go" (Psalm 32:8 KJV). The past year I asked God to show me what career He wants me to pursue. Before I became a Christian, I considered oceanography or landscape architecture because I enjoy… Continue reading Should I Become a Nurse?
Midwest, USA - April 2, 1969 - 13 years old Dear Angie, As you can see by the cover, this is supposed to be an autograph album, but I am going to use it as a diary. Friday, President Eisenhower died at the age of 78, so on Monday we missed school in honor… Continue reading The Diary of a Young Girl
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
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 - 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?
September 2007 I just saw a new podiatrist for my continuing heel pain. Since physical therapy and two cortisone injections haven't helped, I need to immobilize my foot with a boot, use crutches so I am non-weight bearing, and take three weeks off work. He said I could try acupuncture which two of my friends… Continue reading Heel Pain Continues