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
November 1991 I have now worked in the new dialysis center in the suburbs for about three months. It is going fairly well, although the thirteen-hour shifts three times weekly exhaust me. I have trouble recovering on my days off and feel as bad as when I used to work the night shift. I started… Continue reading From Dialysis to Home Care
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