Christian Nurse, General Nursing, High School, International Nursing

Should I Become a Nurse?

From my journal... High School Junior, USA, 1972 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go" (Psalm 32:8 KJV). The past year I asked God to show me what career He wants me to pursue. Before I became a Christian, I considered oceanography or landscape architecture because I enjoy… Continue reading Should I Become a Nurse?

General Nursing, High School, International Nursing, Life Changing Letter, Marsha Swinehart RN

God Comforts the Broken Hearted

Five years ago, the Lord took my sister, Marsha,  home to heaven a few months after she retired from a full-time nursing career of over four decades. She led me to Christ when I was in high school (See Life Changing Letter) and became my first Bible teacher. Since our birthdays were one day apart, we… Continue reading God Comforts the Broken Hearted

International Nursing, Panama 2020

Health Care in Panama

Friday, March 13, 2020 "You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." Psalm 32:7-8 Boquete, Panama I had just fallen asleep when my… Continue reading Health Care in Panama

International Nursing, Panama 2020

Coast of Panama

March 7-9, 2020 In light of the Coronavirus that is quickly spreading through the world, I packed a travel medical kit with nitrile gloves, masks, bleach wipes, salt to gargle with at night, powdered Vitamin C, digital temporal thermometer, my worn stethoscope, and my pulse oximeter to check my oxygen level in the mountains. I… Continue reading Coast of Panama

Christian Nurse, International Nursing, Panama 2020

Adventure in Panama

March 2020 Dear Readers, I'm taking a little break from my usual historical narrative of my nursing career to tell you about my recent trip to Panama this month in light of the Covid 19 pandemic and my encounter with the impressive health care system in Panama. For security reasons, I have changed the names… Continue reading Adventure in Panama

Christian Single, General Nursing, International Nursing

Mary Slessor of Calabar (Nigeria) – Pioneer Missionary

Free Book Recommendation! Dear Readers, I rediscovered an old favorite missionary biography on Kindle which was free, so I downloaded it even though I have the hardback copy in my personal library. It is easier to read it off my mobile phone during free moments compared to carrying the hardback around. It has probably been […]

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 USA 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 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 IV's in babies, unlike yesterday. She wore a cap with a blue velvet band,… 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

International Nursing, Nurse Practitioner

Transcultural Nursing Course in Dominican Republic – Part 1

December 28, 1994- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic By God's grace, He opened the door for me to take my second course in graduate school over the next two weeks in the Dominican Republic. I was short three days of vacation time at work, but Marge RN, who is retiring on December 31, kindly gave me… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course in Dominican Republic – Part 1