Friday, September 11, 2009

My Nursing Job and "How to Find Your Perfect Job in Nursing"

I worked at my nursing job today.

I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl—I gave ballpoint pen “shots” to my dolls and set them up with IV’s that were taped together straws. I’m so glad I went into nursing—I love taking care of people and it’s a career that offers so much flexibility in the way of jobs.

The job I have now is private duty, meaning I go into my patient’s home to take care of her. My “commute” is only about 15 minutes, mostly on country roads! Another nurse and I “share” our job; I work 1-2 days every week and she works the other days. We get to make our own schedule so it’s easy to work around our kids’ activities and days off and other appointments.

I enjoy my nursing career so much that a friend and I wrote a book called How to Find Your Perfect Job in Nursing. The co-author of the book, Martha Whited, and I became friends shortly after Tim and I moved back to Genoa and I got a job in the local nursing home, where she was the Director of Nursing.

Several years later we decided to write the book. We want it to encourage people who are nurses but not happy with their job, to look for a job that is perfect for them! The book is also ideal for people considering a nursing career—almost 100 different nursing jobs are described, along with techniques for determining during an interview and tour if that job might be the reader’s perfect job. How to Find Your Perfect Job in Nursing is just $15, including postage and handling, and would make a great gift for any nurse, or anyone considering nursing or entering nursing school!

For more information contact me at or call (402) 750-3496 or (402) 993-2467.

Where Were You?

I think we’ll always remember exactly where we were and what we were doing eight years ago when the terrorist attacks took place.

I remember being very sad that my children would never know a world where “terrorist” wasn’t a word they heard every day.

In the uncertain times after that day, I, like many, many people, wondered what to tell my children (at the time they were 7 and 9 years old), and how to reassure them. I told them the truth. “The likelihood of a terrorist striking in Nebraska are very small . . . the likelihood of it happening near us is even smaller. But if the very, very worst thing happens, we know that we believe in God, and we will be in heaven with Him.”

And the most reassuring thought to me during those turbulent weeks, and still is today; God is in charge. Not terrorists, not politicians, but GOD. Nothing happens that He does not allow to happen (we might not understand WHY He allows it to happen, but He still allows it to happen).

In your prayers today, please remember the people who were affected by the events of that day, and our service men and women who fight all over the world and in the United States, to protect us from threats, most of which we’ll never know about.