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
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
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
“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
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner - December 2008 "My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior." Luke 1:47 So much has happened since last April. After my concussion and the flu, I was finally able to return to work at the nursing home parttime the end of April and then return to fulltime in May. By God's… Continue reading God’s Grace and Provision
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!