College Sophomore - Autumn 1974 "Class, after you finish making an occupied bed, put the side-rails up, put the bed in the low position, be sure the patient is comfortable and all desired items are within reach including the call bell. Answer call lights quickly so that patients learn to trust you and do not… Continue reading Trapped on the Stretcher!
Summer - 1976 - Midwest USA I started out the summer working as a Nursing Assistant at Children's Hospital where I had my clinical assignment last summer. They floated me one day to the burn unit and the nurse asked me to watch her do the dressings on a 2-year-old so I could do them… Continue reading Come Aside and Rest A While
March 1977 - Winter Quarter - College of Nursing The final few weeks in nursing school have been so busy between clinicals, sending out resumes, and interviewing for jobs. My first job choice was to work in home care because that was my favorite quarter. I met with the director of nursing at the county… Continue reading Graduation from the College of Nursing
February 1977 - Senior in College of Nursing It is hard to believe I am in my last quarter of nursing school before I graduate in March. This quarter my clinical site is the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital. I truly thank God that everything I learned the past 4 years is finally… Continue reading Graduate Nurse Banding Ceremony
Fall Quarter, 1976 - Senior in College of Nursing I had a wonderful quarter of working in Public Health with the County Board of Nursing. I was assigned to a family of ten Laotian refugees and a pregnant lady who needed prenatal care. The first visits were with my RN preceptor, and then I visited… Continue reading Home Care in the Cemetery
Senior Student Nurse in Psychiatry - June 1976 I drove through heavy iron gates and parked my car at the large state mental hospital campus on the edge of the city. After I studied the campus map my professor had given me, I walked toward the locked men's' ward where I was assigned for the… Continue reading Behind Locked Doors
Summer, 1975-Junior in College of Nursing After much debate with my parents, I decided to go to summer school so I could graduate in March rather than June. The job market is rather tight right now for new graduates, so I'm hoping there will be more openings available if I graduate ahead of my classmates.… Continue reading Pediatric Orthopedics