Junior in College of Nursing - Winter Quarter, 1976 Another quarter has passed with its joys and trials and my junior year is completed. Only three quarters to go before I graduate in March 1977. It's hard to believe I have completed three years of college. The Lord kept emphasizing to my heart again and… Continue reading Labor and Delivery Student Nurse
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod, the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him." Matthew:2:1-2 (KJV) Bethlehem,… Continue reading Babe of Bethlehem
December 25, 1981 - 2 a.m. Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse I returned to my other patient, Marie, and checked her progress internally. "You can push now with each contraction, Marie." She groaned from the exhaustion of 16 hours of painful labor. An hour later, I saw a patch of the baby's black hair peak… Continue reading More Christmas Babies
December 25, 1981 - 2 a.m. Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse I finished my night shift orientation in September and am feeling much more comfortable in my skills. Since this is my first Christmas in Labor & Delivery, I am required to work. Management assigned me to be the charge nurse since the Assistant Nurse… Continue reading Christmas Babies
Labor and Delivery Nurse - March 1982 - 12:50 a.m. I glanced at the whiteboard after we transferred the surprise twins to Neonatal ICU for observation (see Part I of the previous post). Bonnie, the health tech, had put a new admission in my other room named Wanda. Bonnie handed me her blood pressure and… Continue reading Surprise in Labor and Delivery – Malpractice Prevention
Labor and Delivery Nurse - March 1982- 11 p.m. Mary Lou, our assistant nurse manager, wrote our assignments for the night shift on the large whiteboard at the nursing station after we listened to report from the evening shift. We only had 5 women in labor so far, so she gave me Helen in the… Continue reading Surprise in Labor and Delivery!
March, 1978 - 11:30 p.m. I had just finished walking rounds with the night shift nurse, clocked out, and sat down beside the chart rack to begin my charting before I could go home. I usually was able to complete some of my assigned five patient charts during my shift, but it had been nonstop… Continue reading S-O-A-P Charting