College of Nursing, General Nursing, Pediatric Nursing

Exhaustion

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 she could watch me… Continue reading Exhaustion

Christian Nurse, College of Nursing, General Nursing

University Begins – Overwhelmed in Chemistry Class

College Freshman - September 1973 " When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 " ...and that Rock was Christ." I Corinthians 10:4 (KJV) I entered my nursing adviser's office and sat down. "Mrs. M, I signed up for pre-medicine chemistry rather than pre-nursing chemistry this… Continue reading University Begins – Overwhelmed in Chemistry Class

Christian Nurse, General Nursing, High School, International Nursing

Should I Become a Nurse?

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 science, art, and… Continue reading Should I Become a Nurse?

General Nursing, Holidays, home care nurse, Nurse Case Manager

Prayer for Our Veterans

Nurse Case Manager I called Mr. G. to introduce myself as his case manager from the veteran's clinic. He had returned to assisted living after his recent stay in the nursing home, so I asked him how he felt. "I wish I was still in the nursing home. They were so nice to me there.… Continue reading Prayer for Our Veterans

Christian Nurse, General Nursing, High School, Life Changing Letter, Marsha Swinehart RN

Life Changing Letter

Saturday, January 16, 1971 - USA I gazed out the window of our small stone home in the country and saw the postman drive away. "I'll get the mail, Mom." I put on my winter coat, hat, and mittens to brave the bitter cold. I ran down the gravel driveway, scooped the letters from the… Continue reading Life Changing Letter

Christian Nurse, General Nursing

Laughter is Good Medicine!

Saturday Evening The Sheriff stopped his car at the hospital entrance and two cowgirls stepped out with Pocahontas in tow. They entered the lobby, and Pocahontas raised her palm straight up to some lady visitors and said "How".  The visitors laughed and said, "Our hearts are heavy because our father just died. Thank you for… Continue reading Laughter is Good Medicine!

General Nursing, Psychiatry

Never Forget – September 11, 2001

Psychiatric Hospital, Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - New England I walked across the campus of the psychiatric hospital where I was working as a Nurse Practitioner to make morning rounds. It was my first day back from a week of vacation and I wondered if the workload would be extra heavy today. After visiting my… Continue reading Never Forget – September 11, 2001