Diabetes Nurse Educator - Midwest, USA -1980 I exited the elevator on the cardiology unit and asked the head nurse if they had any patients with diabetes they would like me to see? She said Richard was admitted with congestive heart failure (CHF), but also was newly diagnosed with diabetes. I knocked on his door… Continue reading The Atheist Physics Professor
September 30, 1978 - Midwest, USA Last spring, after I had completed my initial mandatory year of experience on a medical-surgical floor, I began asking the Lord for a position during the day time with weekends off so I could participate more at church. I so missed Sunday evening worship and prayer meeting, as well… Continue reading Promotion
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 assigned five patient charts during my shift, but with the nonstop… Continue reading S-O-A-P Notes
January 26, 1978 - 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 snow began to… Continue reading Blizzard of 1978
July 1977 - Midwest, USA Since my graduation over three months ago. I have learned so 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… 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
April, 1977 - Midwest, USA After one week of vacation visiting friends, I began orientation on the diabetes unit on day shift. The nurses have been very friendly and encouraging as they teach me about diabetes and how to care for the patients. This new hospital is a circular tower with 10 floors of 30… Continue reading Graduate Nurse Orientation