Fall Quarter, 1976 - Senior in College of Nursing I had a wonderful quarter of working in Public Health with the County Board of Nursing. They assigned me to care for a family of ten Laotian refugees and a pregnant lady who needed prenatal care. My RN preceptor showed me how to assess them, watched… Continue reading Home Care in the Cemetery
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
Hospice Visiting Nurse - February, New England, USA This morning, the thermometer on my deck read a bone-chilling -5 degrees Fahrenheit. I wished I could stay home today, but my patients needed me. I pressed the remote car starter on my key ring to melt the thick ice off my windshield and warm the car.… Continue reading Do Nurses Cry?
Home Care Nurse Practitioner - November 1, 2011 Over the weekend twenty inches of heavy wet snow fell in a matter of hours taking down many leaf-covered trees. Nearly a million people lost power including my home and the Veteran's clinic where I worked. Monday morning I put on my down coat, winter boots, and… Continue reading Freak October Snow Storm
Federal Home Care Nurse Practitioner - April 2005 I have now worked at the Veteran's Affairs (VA) clinic as a home care Nurse Practitioner (NP) for five months. The VA assigned to me a car, laptop, cell phone, pager, and office. Completing the mandatory online continuing education and typing my lengthy progress notes are tedious.… Continue reading Nurse Practitioner Stress
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - October 2009 The Veteran's Affairs (V.A.) offered me a job as a Nurse Practitioner in Home Care a month ago. They have begun the grueling credentialing process which is more prolonged than any other NP job I've ever had. I passed my pre-employment physical last week. My depth perception was not… Continue reading Federal Credentialing Process
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - July 2009 I was glad to have a day off to relax and catch up on my chores. The phone rang and the caller said, "Pam, this is Dr. S. (my boss). I'm sorry to call you at home, but I wanted to make sure that you knew about the announcement… Continue reading Federal Home Care Nurse Practitioner?