High School

Putting God First

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:10 (KJV). March 1972 - High School Junior My sister, Marsha, decided God wanted her to become a nurse rather than a veterinarian so she switched from the university to a nearby… Continue reading Putting God First

High School, Life Changing Letter, Marsha Swinehart RN

Life Changing Letter

Saturday, January 16, 1971 - USA I gazed out the window of our small stone home in the country and saw the postman drive away. "I'll get the mail, Mom." I put on my winter coat, hat, and mittens to brave the bitter cold. I ran down the gravel driveway, scooped the letters from the… Continue reading Life Changing Letter

Christian Nurse, home care nurse

Buried in Snow

From my journal Home Care Nurse Practitioner, New England, February This winter has had record snowstorms one after another. I have not seen the bare ground since the snow started in November. But today is a crisp clear day with brilliant blue skies. With no storms predicted and the roads cleared from the last storm,… Continue reading Buried in Snow

General Nursing, Marsha Swinehart RN

Tribute to My Sister

The following is a tribute to my sister who led me to Christ, became my first Bible teacher, and was my best friend. On February 4, 2016, the Cedarville University nursing students who Marsha Swinehart, RN taught, presented a plaque to the School of Nursing in honor of Marsha's life. Dr. Rachel Parrill, Marsha's colleague,… Continue reading Tribute to My Sister

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

geriatrics, home care nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Freak October Snow Storm

From my journal 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,… Continue reading Freak October Snow Storm

Christian Nurse, home care nurse

Do Nurses Cry?

From my journal Hospice Visiting Nurse - February, New England, USA This morning, the thermometer on my deck read a bone-chilling -5 degrees F (-21 C). I wished I could stay home, but my patients needed me.  I pressed the remote car starter on my key ring to melt the thick ice off my windshield… Continue reading Do Nurses Cry?

Christian Nurse, General Nursing, geriatrics

The Sandwich

The Sandwich Christ said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever," (John 14:16 KJV). The emergency room stretcher made my backache. I tried to find a more comfortable position. The gentle beep of my heartbeat from the cardiac monitor made me drowsy in the darkened… Continue reading The Sandwich

Christian Nurse, home care nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner Stress

From my journal Federal Home Care Nurse Practitioner - April 2005 Five months have passed since I began working at the Veteran's Affairs (VA) clinic as a home care Nurse Practitioner (NP). The VA assigned to me a car, laptop, cell phone, pager, and office. Completing the mandatory online continuing education and typing my lengthy… Continue reading Nurse Practitioner Stress

geriatrics, home care nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Federal Credentialing Process

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, more prolonged than any other NP job I've ever had. I passed my pre-employment physical last week. My depth perception was not good on… Continue reading Federal Credentialing Process