I don’t work in a Covid unit. I don’t have to wear an N-95 mask all day. But I do work in a hospital full of very sick people with rapidly increasing numbers of people with Covid 19. This month a friend, and church member died from Covid 19. At the hospital my nurse friends… Continue reading From a hospital nurse: We need to treat the community like a hospital right now
If wrinkled Boomers with diabetes and heart disease amputations and hemiparesis are random collisions of worn out atoms draining our society of valuable resources... If the cost of rehabilitating the Grey Tsunami, aphasic from stroke, requiring a hoyer lift to move their paralyzed frames from bed to a rolling shower chair so nurses’ aides can… Continue reading An argument for the costly care of the least of these
(Image Credit) It's a small army I see two or three days a week. While it's dark and cold we march in uniform, feet shod with shoes ready to keep a steady clip for the next thirteen hours. The building we raid looms tall and overwhelming, pregnant with arrhythmias calls for help to the bathroom… Continue reading Bedside nurse
It's hard for me to remain calm while thinking about the insanity behind bills like the ones in Virginia and New York that seek to make normal and acceptable the act of ending the life of a late-term, pre-born human baby; and in the Virginia case, a newborn infant. But I'm going to try to… Continue reading Thoughts on late term abortion from a labor and delivery nurse perspective
(image credit) I'm up late. Tomorrow I'll start working night shifts at the hospital where I work as an Acute Rehabilitation nurse. It's just temporary through the end of the year when I'll complete my BSN... finally ( it only took 18 years). I'm up late doing research for my Capstone project. It's about how… Continue reading Nursing : A ministry of dignity
I met him at the time clock. "How are you?" "Great, now." He smiled reaching for the barcode side of his badge to swipe out. It was the end of our shifts. He worked the observation unit where patients stay in the hospital for less than 24 hours. He admitted 4, discharged 4, so had… Continue reading I’m not a medication technician. I’m a nurse.
I'm getting nervous ya'll. On Monday I start the capstone class for my BSN. I've been trying to sit with this uneasiness and discern where it's coming from. I've decided it's just the discomfort of being stretched beyond my zone. I'm a comfort addict. And a chronic conflict-avoider. Those scriptures about God being the God… Continue reading Confessions of a comfort addict
(Image credit here) Amidst the cacauphony of I.V. alarms, bed alarms, chair alarms, call bells, overhead pages for code blue, code purple, stroke alert, ringing phones and the chatter of nurses, nurse's aids, doctors, therapists and social workers, a nephrologist walks up behind me at the nurse's station where I'm trying to get a handle… Continue reading A PSA from a short-of-breath nurse: Don’t go to the hospital to get pampered.
The idea of serving others in Christianity is unique in that it's not the lowly who are called to serve because of their low position. The call to serve is for those who would be the greatest. When Jesus was describing the unique way his people would lead, he said: "You know that the rulers… Continue reading Nurses, you’re doing God’s work!
In the days of the Norwegian awakening in 1850, the revival of faith in Christ among Christians sparked a birth of an order of service to the sick and poor. The Kaiserswerth deaconesses began serving their communities as trained nurses out of a renewed joy of their salvation in Jesus. Their renewed fervor for… Continue reading Will Christian nurses lead the way in providing healthcare for the marginalized?