Graduation from College of Nursing!

March, 1977 – Winter Quarter – College of Nursing

The final few weeks in nursing school have been so busy between clinicals, sending out resumes, and interviewing for jobs. My first job choice was to work in home care because that was my favorite quarter. I met with the director of nursing at the county board of health where I had my clinical last fall. She said they would be very interested in having me work for them after I gain at least one year of experience on a medical or surgical hospital floor. Because it is such an independent position alone in the patient’s home, they do not hire new graduates.

I also interviewed on a medical unit for evening shift at University Hospital where I have had many of my clinical sites. My third interview was at a 300 bed community hospital located downtown in a low income neighborhood. The head nurse on the diabetes unit seems very friendly, efficient, and has developed an impressive diabetes program.

I was offered both hospital positions, so after praying about it, the Lord gave me peace about accepting the evening shift position on the diabetes unit. Since I am rather weary of the huge 1000 bed busy University Hospital, I am ready for a smaller quieter place.  I hope the hours will be a good fit for me since I am not a morning person. Like all hospital nurses, I am required to work every other weekend and every other holiday. I will be able to attend morning worship at church every Sunday, but I am sorry I will miss every other evening worship and most prayer meetings on Wednesday nights. After I have some experience, I hope the Lord opens the door for me to work more regular hours.

I guess it paid off to go to summer school and graduate 3 months before the majority of my nursing class. I am very blessed to have had 2 good job offers since there is an overabundance of new nursing graduates presently.

My graduation was held inside at the 10,000 seat basketball arena. The graduates sat in rows on the basketball floor while our families and friends sat in the stands. It was a happy thrilling moment when they asked the 20 of us in the College of Nursing to approach the table where we were each handed our degree. I was so thankful all my family could attend. We had a nice dinner afterward and I showed them the hospital where I will be working.

Pamela Receives Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree!

Pamela Receives Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree!

My Brother tries on my Cap for size! He graduated 2 years later.

My Brother tries on my Cap for size! He graduated 2 years later.

Grad family

My family rejoiced with me

Dear Lord, Thank you so much for your grace and strength these past four years of college. I know I could not have completed my degree without your help. Thank You for the times of sweet fellowship with the brethren, and for the trials that pressed me closer to You. I pray for all the students from around the world who heard the gospel, and pray they would receive You as their personal Savior. I commit my nursing career to You and pray You will use me for Your glory and honor! In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Thou wilt show me the path of life. In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11

Reflection

The Lord has been so faithful to me these past 40 years. He has always wonderfully provided for me and given me so many opportunities to share the gospel around the world during my various travels.

My first pastor always taught us to record the number of gospel tracts we handed out and the books we read on the home Bible study program. As I was rereading my college journals, I was curious to total them. I was totally amazed that by God’s grace, He allowed me to hand out 2381 gospel tracts on campus and read 45 books in the home Bible study program during the four years I was also studying nursing. What a privilege to meet students from all over the world! I am so thankful that I was taught early in my Christian life to always put God first (Matthew 6:33) and to be “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

 

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Throw That Carriage!

Autumn, 1968 – Ninth Grade

“Class, place your fingers on the keys under the paper towel and keep your eyes on the document holder on your left while you type. As soon as you hear the bell ring, that means the typewriter carriage is at the end of the line. Quickly place your hand on the carriage lever and throw the carriage to the right as quickly as possible. Immediately place your hand back on the keys by feel. Don’t look at your hands!” said my typing teacher.

So that is how I learned to type. At the end of the ninth grade, I had progressed to 60 words per minute during our daily timings. When I became a senior in high school, I took one semester of advanced typing for college and one semester of college bound shorthand. At the end of the typing semester, I had progressed to 100 words per minute.

Smith Corona Manual Typewriter like I used in College

Smith Corona Manual Typewriter like I used in College

I received some money for high school graduation and used $50 to buy a solid steel Smith-Corona manual typewriter in a steel carrying case. I think it weighed about 20 pounds! I used it all through college to type my papers since the college would not accept any handwritten papers. It was quite a chore to correct my mistakes before I handed in my paper to the professor. I usually chose erasable paper and an eraser pencil. Liquid white-out or white-out papers were other options. Then after I erased the mistake, it was a challenge to roll the paper around the cylinder and align the paper perfectly in the typewriter to type the correct letter. I also had to change the typewriter ribbon when it came to the end of the roll.

Summer, 1974

“…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 

II Thessalonians 3:10

At the end of my freshman year of college, I asked my parents if I could remain on campus for the summer because I was enjoying attending the Bible church so much. They said I could remain if I could figure out a way to support myself to pay for rent and food. I went to my boss at the main library and asked if I could work full time during the summer, and she said “Yes!” I found a room at a rooming house a few blocks from campus for $50 per month where I shared a bathroom and kitchen with six other women. I rode my bicycle about one mile to the grocery store and loaded my food into my backpack to bring it home.

My job at the library was to type 3″ X 5″ cards of the title, author, and subject of new books and then file them in the huge card catalog alphabetically. It was the most boring job I ever had and the hours dragged. To make it more interesting, whenever I came across the name of a country in a title, I would start praying for the people of that country to receive Christ as their Savior and for the Christians there to be encouraged. The fellowship with the other believers that summer who also remained on campus was very uplifting and encouraging. I taught a Bible class weekly to Dee who was a new believer. The last week of the summer, Dee and I held a 5 day Bible club for the inner city children.

I kept a budget book and recorded that I earned $856.34 that summer, spent $547.34 and was able to save $309. I was thrilled to be able to support myself for the first time in my life with a little left over. Truly God always provides!

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Main Library where I was a typist for the summer.

Main Library where I was a typist for the summer.

Reflection

My typing skills have continued to be very beneficial throughout my nursing career. From the manual typewriter, I progressed to an electric one. It was so much easier to strike the keys and no longer have to throw the carriage! Then I bought a word processor which allowed me to see four words at a time on a minuscule screen just before they were typed.

When I entered graduate school in 1994, I broke down and bought my first computer and took a course on how to use “Word” at an adult education class. I started asking people at church who are computer experts to explain things to me which I continue to do to this day! I thank the Lord for their kindness and patience with me….  I was able to type all my own papers in graduate school, including my thesis, rather than hire a typist as most grad students did.

In my current government nursing job, I am required to type all my progress notes into the patient’s electronic medical record. In the private sector, I had dictation, but I’m afraid the government is way behind. I pity my colleagues who have to use the “hunt and peck” one finger method to type. They work many hours of unpaid overtime to complete their notes. I am so thankful that I took those two typing courses in high school, and I would advise any young person to learn to type as fast as possible!

I recently spoke with Dee on the phone. It was a blessing to hear how she and her husband are serving the Lord among the Navajo Native Americans during their retirement years. I praise God that she has faithfully walked with the Lord all these years since we had that little Bible class together the summer of 1974.

Graduation from College of Nursing!

March, 1977 – Winter Quarter – College of Nursing

The final few weeks in nursing school have been so busy between clinicals, sending out resumes, and interviewing for jobs. My first job choice was to work in home care because that was my favorite quarter. I met with the director of nursing at the county board of health where I had my clinical last fall. She said they would be very interested in having me work for them after I gain at least one year of experience on a medical or surgical hospital floor. Because it is such an independent position alone in the patient’s home, they do not hire new graduates.

I also interviewed on a medical unit for evening shift at University Hospital where I have had many of my clinical sites. My third interview was at a 300 bed community hospital located downtown in a low income neighborhood. The head nurse on the diabetes unit seems very friendly, efficient, and has developed an impressive diabetes program.

I was offered both hospital positions, so after praying about it, the Lord gave me peace about accepting the evening shift position on the diabetes unit. Since I am rather weary of the huge 1000 bed busy University Hospital, I am ready for a smaller quieter place.  I hope the hours will be a good fit for me since I am not a morning person. Like all hospital nurses, I am required to work every other weekend and every other holiday. I will be able to attend morning worship at church every Sunday, but I am sorry I will miss every other evening worship and most prayer meetings on Wednesday nights. After I have some experience, I hope the Lord opens the door for me to work more regular hours.

I guess it paid off to go to summer school and graduate 3 months before the majority of my nursing class. I am very blessed to have had 2 good job offers since there is an overabundance of new nursing graduates presently.

My graduation was held inside at the 10,000 seat basketball arena. The graduates sat in rows on the basketball floor while our families and friends sat in the stands. It was a happy thrilling moment when they asked the 20 of us in the College of Nursing to approach the table where we were each handed our degree! I was so thankful all my family could attend! We had a nice dinner afterward and I showed them the hospital where I will be working.

Pamela Receives Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree!

Pamela Receives Her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree!

My Brother tries on my Cap for size! He graduated 2 years later.

My Brother tries on my Cap for size! He graduated 2 years later.

Grad family

My family rejoiced with me!

Dear Lord, Thank you so much for your grace and strength these past four years of college. I know I could not have completed my degree without your help! Thank You for the times of sweet fellowship with the brethren, and for the trials that pressed me closer to You. I pray for all the students from around the world who heard the gospel, and pray they would receive You as their personal Savior. I commit my nursing career to You and pray You will use me for Your glory and honor! In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

Thou wilt show me the path of life. In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11

Reflection – 2014

The Lord has been so faithful to me these past 37 years. I am amazed that I am still able to work full time in nursing despite the number of health problems over the years. He has always wonderfully provided for me and given me so many opportunities to share the gospel around the world during my various travels.

My first pastor always taught us to record the number of gospel tracts we handed out and the books we read on the home Bible study program. As I was rereading my college journals, I was curious to total them. I was totally amazed that by God’s grace, He allowed me to hand out 2381 gospel tracts on campus and read 45 books in the home Bible study program during the four years I was also studying nursing. It was such a privilege to meet students from all over the world! I am so thankful I was taught early in my Christian life to always put God first (Matthew 6:33) and to be “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

 

“Real” Nursing Begins!

Junior in College of Nursing – Fall Quarter, 1975

What I thought would be my most difficult quarter academically with 18 hours of class, turned out to be one of my most enjoyable quarters. All my teachers were outstanding, and I especially enjoyed Nutrition and Pharmacology (learning about all the medications). I had clinical in the University hospital for the first time which was conveniently one block from my dormitory. I walked over the night before to the pulmonary unit and read the charts of my two assigned patients. Then I went to the library and wrote a care plan for each of them. At 7 a.m. the next morning after I listened to report from the night shift nurse and made minor adjustments, I handed my care plans to my instructor. The patients were very ill and receiving oxygen, breathing treatments, chest tubes, suctioning, and some were on ventilators.

My other nursing course was about skin, the largest organ in our bodies! I learned how to assess all types of wounds, do sterile dressing changes, and the best types of treatment for numerous skin conditions. The second half of the quarter, my clinical assignment was changed to a surgical unit. My patients had just had general surgery such as gall bladder removal, appendix removal, or surgery for cancer. I am actually starting to feel like a real nurse!

Surprisingly, my greatest trial was my violin lessons. It seemed like all my teacher did was yell at me during the lessons. He is the first chair violinist in the symphony, and a graduate student who has been my teacher since my freshman year. He is so temperamental that I was usually in tears of anticipation the night before my lesson, and again the hour after. I decided not to take violin lessons next quarter and feel such great relief! I don’t know if the Lord wants me to stop lessons permanently, or just for a short time, so I commit it to Him. I was so encouraged when I read Psalm 37:5, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”The margin of my Bible says commit means to “roll thy way upon the Lord”. It is so wonderful to give all my burdens to Him to carry!

I also continue to be richly blessed in the home Bible study program. I finished reading The Greatness of the Kingdom by Alva J. McClain, and was fascinated to learn what the 1000 year reign of Christ will be like! I also enjoyed the Gospel of John by G. Campbell Morgan and reading through the book of Jeremiah. After completing the biography of J. Hudson Taylor who founded the China Inland Mission in 1865, God has led me to pray for the people of China. When the communists took over in 1949, they forced all the missionaries to leave. I wonder how the believers are doing now 26 years later behind the bamboo curtain? I pray they will be strong in the Lord in the midst of persecution.Hudson Taylor

Here are some wonderful quotes from God’s Man in China by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor (Moody Press, 1965)

Move man through God by prayer alone. p. 29

If we are obeying the Lord, the responsibility rests with Him, not us! p. 163

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies. p. 171

But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One. p. 213

To substitute medicine for the preaching of the Gospel would be a profound mistake. If it is the means of bringing Christ and the soul into contact, then we are truly thankful for them all. Let us exalt the glorious Gospel in our hearts, and believe that it is the power of God unto salvation. p. 283 (He was a trained MD who used free clinics in the early years to reach the Chinese people.)

Reflection – 2014

As I reread my journal about my violin lessons, I was amazed that I was in tears over them! In my younger days, I was quite super sensitive to constructive criticism. Thankfully, God has helped me develop a little tougher skin over the years. I took some more lessons a few years ago and continue to enjoy playing hymns of worship to my dear Savior. Perhaps God will have me play some wonderful stringed instrument perfectly for Him in heaven through eternity!

God continued to give me a burden for the Chinese people and opened the door for me to visit China twice since I first read Hudson Taylor’s biography. In 1986, I took a nursing tour of China and visited several hospitals. One of our Nanjing nurse guides later moved to the USA,  and we have had the joy of meeting each other twice more over the years. After the 1986 trip, I asked the Lord if I should teach English or Nursing in China, but He did not give me peace, so I remained at my hospital job in the Midwest.

Chinese child with doll - 1986

Chinese child with doll – 1986

baby w scalp IV

Baby with scalp IV – 1986

Man receives acupuncture in the base of his scalp - 1986

Man receives acupuncture – 1986

3 boys play

Three boys play! 1986

Pam sits on a camel at the Great Wall! 1986

Pam sits on a camel at the Great Wall! 1986

Sweet Marie- who was born with a serious heart defect. 2004

Sweet Marie- who was born with a serious heart defect. The Lord took her to heaven several months later.

In 2004, I returned to China for a couple weeks to give respite to the caregivers of some orphans. I was blessed in worshiping with a house church during that time. After China was closed to the West for decades, we discovered that the believers were faithful unto death and millions received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior through their testimony. Praise God that no one can stop His Word from going forth!

“What shall separate us from the love of  Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:35-37

 

 

Throw That Carriage!

Autumn, 1968 – Ninth Grade

“Class, place your fingers on the keys under the paper towel and keep your eyes on the document holder on your left while you type. As soon as you hear the bell ring, that means the typewriter carriage is at the end of the line. Quickly place your left hand on the carriage lever and throw the carriage to the right as quickly as possible. Immediately place your left hand back on the keys by feel. Don’t look at your hands!” said my typing teacher.

So that is how I learned to type. At the end of the ninth grade, I had progressed to 60 words per minute during our daily timings. When I became a senior in high school, I took one semester of advanced typing for college and one semester of college bound shorthand. At the end of the typing semester, I had progressed to 100 words per minute.

Smith Corona Manual Typewriter like I used in College

Smith Corona Manual Typewriter like I used in College

I received some money for high school graduation and used $50 to buy a solid steel Smith-Corona manual typewriter in a steel carrying case. I think it weighed about 20 pounds! I used it all through college to type my papers since the college would not accept any handwritten papers. It was quite a chore to correct my mistakes before I handed in my paper to the professor. I usually chose eraseable paper and used an eraser pencil. Liquid white-out or white-out papers were other options. Then after I erased the mistake, it was a challenge to roll the paper around the cylinder and align the paper perfectly in the typewriter to type the correct letter. I also had to change the typewriter ribbon when it came to the end of the roll.

Summer, 1974

“…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 

II Thessalonians 3:10

At the end of my freshman year of college, I asked my parents if I could remain on campus for the summer because I was enjoying attending the Bible class and the Bible church so much. They said I could remain if I could figure out a way to support myself to pay for rent and food. I went to my boss at the main library and asked if I could work full time during the summer, and she said “Yes!” I found a room at a rooming house a few blocks from campus for $50 per month where I shared a bathroom and kitchen with 6 other women. I rode my bicycle about one mile to the grocery store and loaded my food into my backpack to bring it home.

My job at the library was to type 3″ X 5″ cards of the title, author, and subject of new books and then file them in the huge card catalog alphabetically. It was the most boring job I ever had and the hours dragged. To make it more interesting, whenever I came across the name of a country in a title, I would start praying for the people of that country to receive Christ as their Savior and for the Christians there to be encouraged. The fellowship with the other believers that summer who also remained on campus was very uplifting and encouraging. I taught a Bible class weekly to Dee who was a new believer. The last week of the summer, Dee and I held a 5 day Bible club for the inner city children.

I earned $856.34 that summer, spent $547.34 and was able to save $309. I was thrilled to be able to support myself for the first time in my life with a little left over. Truly God always provides!

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Main Library where I was a typist for the summer.

Main Library where I was a typist for the summer.

Reflection – 2014

My typing skills have continued to be very beneficial throughout my nursing career. From the manual typewriter, I progressed to an electric one. It was so much easier to strike the keys and no longer have to throw the carriage! Then I bought a word processor which allowed me to see four words at a time on a miniscule screen just before they were typed.

When I entered graduate school in 1994, I broke down and bought my first computer and took a course on how to use “Word” at an adult education class. I started asking people at church who are computer experts to explain things to me which I continue to this day! I thank the Lord for their kindness and patience with me….  I was able to type all my own papers in graduate school, including my thesis, rather than hire a typist as most grad students did. I must admit, it was quite a challenge last year to switch to Windows 8.

In my current government nursing job, I am required to type all my progress notes into the patient’s electronic medical record. In the private sector, I had dictation, but I’m afraid the government is way behind. I pity my colleagues who have to use the “hunt and peck” one finger method to type. They work many hours of unpaid overtime to complete their notes. I am so thankful that I took those two typing courses in high school, and I would advise any young person to learn to type as fast as possible!

I recently spoke with Dee on the phone. It was a blessing to hear how she and her husband are serving the Lord among the Navajo Native Americans during their retirement years. I praise God that she has faithfully walked with the Lord all these years since we had that little Bible class together the summer of 1974.