Diabetes Nurse, General Nursing

S-O-A-P Notes

March, 1978 - 11:30 p.m. After finishing walking rounds with the night shift nurse, I clocked out and sat down beside the chart rack to write notes on each of my five assigned patients before I went home. I usually completed some of my charts during my shift, but with the nonstop evening, I barely… Continue reading S-O-A-P Notes

College of Nursing, Diabetes Nurse

State Nursing Boards – Zzz…..

July 1977 - Midwest, USA Since my graduation over three months ago. I have learned much while working on the evening shift with my diabetic patients. I'm comfortable now with my skills and organization.  The most difficult decision is if I should call the doctor at home, or if the matter can wait until morning.… Continue reading State Nursing Boards – Zzz…..

Diabetes Nurse, General Nursing

CODE BLUE

April 1977 - Ohio, USA - Orientation I had just completed my class on handling emergencies including cardiac arrest when I heard the overhead page, "Code Blue, Tower 502, Code Blue, Tower 502, Code Blue, Tower 502!" I grabbed the Code Cart from the nurse's station and pushed it as fast as I could to… Continue reading CODE BLUE

College of Nursing, Diabetes Nurse

Graduation from the College of Nursing

March 1977 - Winter Quarter - College of Nursing The final few weeks in nursing school have flown by with work in the Intensive Care Unit, sending out resumes, and interviewing for jobs. I wanted to work in home care because that was my favorite quarter. I met with the director of nursing at the… Continue reading Graduation from the College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Graduate Nurse Banding Ceremony

February 1977 - Senior in College of Nursing By God's grace, I have begun my final quarter of nursing school before I graduate in March. During my clinical rotation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at University Hospital, I finally feel like the past four years are coming together. While spending hours making my care… Continue reading Graduate Nurse Banding Ceremony

College of Nursing, home care nurse

Home Care in the Cemetery

Fall Quarter, 1976 - Senior in College of Nursing This quarter I enjoyed 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 me do… Continue reading Home Care in the Cemetery

College of Nursing, Psychiatry

Behind Locked Doors in Psychiatry

Senior Student Nurse in Psychiatry - June 1976 After driving through heavy iron gates, I parked at the large state mental hospital campus on the edge of the city. As I walked toward my assigned locked men's ward I silently prayed, "Dear Lord, Please protect me and put your hedge around me. Give me wisdom… Continue reading Behind Locked Doors in Psychiatry

Christian Nurse, Labor & Delivery Nurse

More Christmas Babies

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

Holidays, Labor & Delivery Nurse

Christmas Babies

December 25, 1981 - 2 a.m. Labor & Delivery Staff Nurse I finished my night shift orientation in September and feel more comfortable with 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 Manager is… Continue reading Christmas Babies