General Nursing, graduate school, Nurse Practitioner

My Nursing Thesis is Published

September 1998 - New England, USA After I completed my thesis in graduate school, my advisers encouraged me to submit an article summarizing my research findings for publication. The unwieldy title of my thesis was, "Coping Strategies of Successful Caregivers of Nonambulatory Family Members". Nonambulatory means that the person is unable to walk. My parents… Continue reading My Nursing Thesis is Published

General Nursing, Holidays, Life Changing Letter

Happy New You!

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!

Christian Single, General Nursing, Nurse Practitioner

Becoming a Patient

July 1996 My most difficult semester of graduate school is history. The pathophysiology class, taught by a physician from Russia with a heavy accent, was challenging to understand. She gave us a great review of physiology and took us much deeper into what goes wrong in the body when disease occurs. The second course was… Continue reading Becoming a Patient

General Nursing, graduate school, Holidays, International Nursing, Nurse Practitioner

Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 4

January 1995 Over the next few days, Dr. Elaine assigned me to work in the Mennonite clinic which was hosting us in comfortable simple motel-like rooms on their campus. I watched Dr. Nancy examine patients all day long in much the same fashion as US physicians. She speaks some English and many of the medical… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 4

General Nursing, graduate school, International Nursing, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 3

January 3, 1995 - Labor and Delivery With our trip half over, we returned today to the city hospital to work as a group so Tammy could translate for us. We made rounds in the pediatric ward and watched a skilled nurse easily start several IVs in babies, unlike yesterday. She wore a cap with… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 3

General Nursing, home care nurse, International Nursing, Labor & Delivery Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nursing

Transcultural Nursing Course in Dominican Republic – Part 2

January 1995 - San Juan, Dominican Republic After awakening, I began reading my English-Spanish Bible in my Pan Dia village home, when Maria, a ten-year-old girl came in and shyly started reading over my shoulder. I gave her a Spanish gospel tract to read, and she was thrilled.  Before we said goodbye, the cute children… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course in Dominican Republic – Part 2

General Nursing, Uncategorized

Altitude Sickness

The previous post, I shared my experience with altitude sickness at 7000 feet on the rim of the Grand Canyon. After I returned home, I did some research on altitude sickness. The experts advise sleeping at lower altitudes, going up high during the day, and then returning to the lower altitude. In retrospect, I should… Continue reading Altitude Sickness

Christian Nurse, General Nursing

The Grand Canyon – From the Top – Part 2

June 2010 Ever since I rafted through the Grand Canyon in 1993, I have wanted to see it again from the rim and the comfort of a hotel with hot showers, flush toilets, and a real bed. (See the previous post.) I was invited to visit dear friends who live in Utah near Bryce and… Continue reading The Grand Canyon – From the Top – Part 2

General Nursing

The Grand Canyon – from the Bottom – Part I

May 1993 A couple of years ago when I went white water rafting with some friends in the mountains of the state of Washington, I fell overboard and nearly drowned when I was caught in a whirlpool. Even though I am an excellent swimmer and was a lifeguard when I was in high school, I… Continue reading The Grand Canyon – from the Bottom – Part I

General Nursing, Psychiatry

Never Forget – September 11, 2001

Psychiatric Hospital, Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - Connecticut I walked across the campus of the psychiatric hospital where I was working as a Nurse Practitioner on my first day back from a week of vacation. I wondered if the workload would be extra heavy today. After visiting my family in Ohio, I caught my connecting… Continue reading Never Forget – September 11, 2001