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
September, 1997 I completed my one on one research course this summer with the Director of the Nurse Practitioner program, Dr. K. I learned about the different types of research broken into two broad categories of quantitative and qualitative research. Our small school does not have the staff to support doing quantitative research with labs… Continue reading The Final School Year
April 19, 1997 Show me Thy ways, O Lord, teach me Thy paths. Psalm 25:4 I am seriously debating whether or not I should continue with graduate school. They are raising the tuition to $380 per semester credit hour, and I have 29 hours to go to complete my Master's of Science in Nursing, so… Continue reading Continue Graduate School or Drop Out?
April, 1995 My interview for graduate school seemed to go well. I will learn next week whether or not I am accepted, so the waiting which began last September is almost over! I hope the fact that I did well in my first two courses at the State University will help with my admission. But… Continue reading Rejection and Sorrow
January, 1995 Over the next few days, I was assigned to work in the Mennonite clinic which was hosting us in nice motel-like rooms. I watched Dr Nancy examine patients all day long in much the same fashion as USA physicians do. She speaks some English and many of the medical terms are the same… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 4
January 3, 1995 It seems hard to believe that our trip is half over. Today, we returned 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 IV's in babies, unlike yesterday. She wore a… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 3
October, 1994 I have been enjoying my first semester in graduate school tremendously as I study Nursing Issues. It feels like my brain is coming out of mothballs, and the group discussions are very enlightening. Our professor is excellent and gives interesting lectures. I just went to the hospital library to do some literature searches… Continue reading Homework on Thanksgiving Day