July 1978 - Midwest, USA My apartment mate, Jane, and I drove separate cars to evening worship at church followed by a sweet time of fellowship at the Pastor's house with the other young adults. Since Jane left a few minutes before me, she left our front door unlocked for me when she arrived home… Continue reading Terror at Night
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 charts during my shift, but with the nonstop evening, I barely… Continue reading S-O-A-P Notes
January 26, 1978, Central Ohio, USA - 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… Continue reading Blizzard of 1978
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
Last year a dear friend texted me a Bible verse in the morning that really encouraged and blessed me. She said she and her husband each sent a verse every morning to about 30 people and then each person sent a verse to her. She asked if I wanted to participate? I agreed and began… Continue reading Share a Bible Verse
December 31, 2020 I thank God that He made me a new creation when I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1971 (See Life Changing Letter). Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17 I'm… Continue reading Happy New You!
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?
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
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