General Nursing, Labor & Delivery Nurse

Job Rejections and Offers

Float Nurse - 1980-1981- Midwest, USA I handed in my resignation as Diabetes Nurse Educator because the head nurse micromanaged my every move. I also became very bored with teaching the same thing in class every week and started feeling like a robot. Needing a new challenge, I decided to work as a float nurse… Continue reading Job Rejections and Offers

Diabetes Nurse, General Nursing

The Atheist Physics Professor

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

Christian Nurse, General Nursing, Rehabilitation Nurse

Amputations – “Thy will be done!”

Midwest, USA - 1978 The phone rang and I answered. My dear friend Enid who lived an hour away said, "Pam, One of my former coworkers, Jack, is a patient at your hospital. Would you visit him and share the gospel with him? For many years he chauffeured one of the wealthiest men in the… Continue reading Amputations – “Thy will be done!”

General Nursing, International Nursing, Psychiatry

Terror at Night

July 23, 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… Continue reading Terror at Night

General Nursing, Holidays

Happy Birthday, Florence Nightingale – May 12

Today we celebrate the life of Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing who was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. Her wealthy family did not support her choice of career. One doctor told her father, "Some of the nursing is done by drunken prostitutes who were given the option in the police… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Florence Nightingale – May 12

Diabetes Nurse, General Nursing

S-O-A-P Notes

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

Diabetes Nurse, General Nursing

Blizzard of 1978

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