Imposter Nurse – The Beginning

Imposter Nurse a true storyAfter Angie, her husband, and their 4 children were settled into their new home in the quiet little New England town in the summer of 1973, she started missing the job she had left at their former location many miles away. She had been so occupied with selling a home, buying a home, moving, settling the older children in new schools, finding new doctors and dentists, and learning her way around the new territory that she hadn’t thought much about looking for a job.  But once they were into a routine, with the oldest children in school, and the youngest with playmates right next door, she realized that she missed interacting with the patients she had cared for when she as a nursing assistant on the evening shift at a hospital near their prior home.

She had many wonderful experiences there, working with very professional and caring nurses and aides. Some of the patients she met during that time made a lasting impression on her. As much as Angie enjoyed the time she spent with her children, she also liked being able to interact with other adults.  She wasn’t one who liked to join clubs but working part-time in a field where she felt she belonged, while supplementing the family income, made her feel like she was making a contribution. The time had arrived for her to start reading the want-ads in the local paper. She knew that working the 3 PM to 11 PM shift at a hospital would not make sense, as she no longer had reliable the help that her parents had provided to take care of the children until her husband got home from work in the evening.  But she thought that it might be possible to find a position in a nursing home where the hours she could comfortably work would be acceptable.  Although the Main Street Nursing Home was looking for part-time help on the 3 PM to 11 PM shift, she decided to ask if management there might consider hiring her from 6 PM to 11 PM.  She had worked in nursing homes previously, and she knew that was when the residents needed the most help. If she could work those hours, she wouldn’t have to leave home until after her husband had returned from work and the family had dinner together.  When she called to ask for an interview, she decided not to mention the hours she would prefer. That would come later.

The Main Street Nursing Home was located in the center of the small town. Angie remembered seeing it when she and the children had visited the Town Library shortly after they arrived there.  It was a lovely old New England home, white with black shutters and set way back from the road with an oval driveway in front, and large trees surrounding it. The wrap-around porch gave the large home a stately look. When Angie drove up for her interview, she noticed that there was an addition to the side of the home that was not easily seen from the street due to the many trees and hedges in front.

After she parked the car and opened the door, stepped out and saw a dime on the ground. She picked up the dime, smiled and held it thinking that she probably was meant to be there. She said, “In God We Trust,” to herself as she remembered her former patient, Bill. He was a young man who had returned from war with stomach trouble that he thought was a result of the poor diet he had eaten during the time he was deployed. However, when the problems persisted, he learned that his stomach trouble was really caused by cancer.  By the time the cancer was discovered, there is very little that could be done for him, but he was willing to try the various chemotherapy drugs recommended by the doctors who were treating him, even though they all made him extremely sick.  The way in which the young man accepted his fate, with tremendous faith in God, was something Angie had rarely witnessed in those she had cared for.

When Bill was first admitted, it was expected that he would die within weeks. However, to the surprise of everyone, he survived for many more months.  In all of that time, his demeanor never changed.   He was most grateful for anything that anyone did for him, always using the words please and thank you.  Angie was not the only one who thought Bill was a very special young man.  All of the others working on that floor were quick to respond when his call light went on.  The nurses who were responsible for giving him his pain medication tried to get to his room before he had to ask for it because they were all aware that he didn’t like to ask. If the usual nurses were not available and a different nurse was on the floor, the others were quick to let her know when his pain medication was due.

When an older man across the hall from Bill noticed that the nurses seemed to spend extra time in his room, he complained to Angie one day about the younger guy getting so much attention.  He wondered what the heck was so special about him.  At first, Angie didn’t know how to respond.  It really wasn’t right to talk to one patient about another, but it appeared to her that the older man was jealous of the attention that Bill was getting, and she wanted to let him know that he need not be.  She reasoned that if they had both been patients in a semi-private room, they would know just about everything about each other’s condition, so she took a deep breath and walked to the door and closed it before turning toward the man to tell him about Bill’s situation.

“I really shouldn’t be talking about other patients,” she started, “but since you asked, I guess I should tell you.  When he first came in, he had a lot of company.  He was a basketball player in a local high school before he joined the Army and went to Vietnam, so a lot of people know him.  I don’t know if people got tired of visiting or if they just didn’t like seeing him getting so sick, but most of them have stopped visiting.  Seems like only his parents and sister visit now.  I guess that is one of the reasons that we feel like we should spend more time with him. He is only 23 years old, and he’s going to die soon.  He has tried everything the doctors have offered, but we just don’t know yet how to cure stomach cancer.  I’m not sure that any of us feel sorry for him as much as we are kind of in awe of him, because he really never complains.”

“Oh! My God! I had no idea!” the older man exclaimed, and thoughtfully followed with, “I’m glad you told me.  I think I needed to know that.”  For the remainder of the time that he was a patient, he asked what kind of a day Bill was having. Angie thought that breaking protocol was perhaps not a bad idea at times.  But she didn’t tell the other patient about the condition of Bill’s body after he lost so much weight that there was little flesh on his bones.  She didn’t think she could adequately portray how much his body had been ravaged or how much pain he endured, anyway.  The nurses worked constantly to keep bedsores under control by changing his positions frequently and putting fresh dressings on his wounds, and they all admitted to each other that his condition broke their hearts.

Instead of going to the break room when she had time for a break, Angie chose to visit with Bill, with the hope that some of his acceptance of the Lord’s will would rub off on her.  Sometimes she simply sat with him while he watched something on television or dozed off for a few minutes.  He thanked her for doing so.  One evening when he requested a cola drink, Angie discovered that there wasn’t any in the refrigerator on their floor, so she went to the break room and bought one for him from the machine.  When she brought it to him, he noticed that it was in the type of cup that comes out of a vending machine, rather than the usual hospital cups.  He asked her if she had bought it, and she acknowledged that she had done so because there wasn’t any available in their refrigerator.  He told her that wasn’t right, and he should pay for it.  She said that was nonsense.  They went back and forth for a few minutes when he declared that she had to at least take a dime out of his drawer, because his mother always told his sister that a girl should always have a dime on her, in case she needed to make a phone call.  Angie thought that was the sweetest reason to accept a dime. She thanked him and put it in her pocket, thinking that it was the kind of gift she would always treasure.

Bill died shortly after that.  She felt that she was most privileged to have been one of the last people to be with him before he drew his last breath.  It was a profound loss to everyone who cared for him. For many days there were no new patients in his room, which seemed to make his absence even more profound.  Angie believed that he was with the Lord, but she felt that she would be comforted if she would receive some kind of sign of confirmation, so she prayed that one would be given to her.  A short time later, she was on her way into the hospital with another nurse one day when she spotted a dime on the steps.  She stopped abruptly declaring, “That’s mine.”   As she bent to pick it up her thoughts were of Bill, and she smiled.  She looked at the words, “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the dime, and she smiled again.  It seemed like a sign… a reminder that although there were many things she didn’t understand, she knew that God was in charge, and she needed to trust.  The other nurse remarked that she never saw anyone so happy to find a dime. Angie felt that was her own personal connection, so she didn’t have any desire to explain her reaction.

As time went by, she noticed that she often found a dime here, and a dime there. Perhaps she had found money in the past, but she couldn’t remember ever finding dimes so easily. After a while, she didn’t find them as frequently, but it seemed that every time she was feeling troubled by something, or had a difficult decision to make, a dime would land in her path.  She would think that a girl should always have a dime on her, and that she needed to keep trusting in God.  Of all the patients she had cared for when she worked there and at other hospitals, Bill was by far the most spiritual one she had ever encountered.

With the newfound dime in her pocket, she approached the nursing home believing that she would get the job if God wanted her to.

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“Flight 3272” Book Available

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January 9, 1997. The day my life changed, but God brought me through. 

Family survivor Vanessa Davis tells the true story of losing her husband, Geoffrey, on their 15th wedding anniversary, in the plane crash of Comair flight #3272 on January 9, 1997 in Monroe, Michigan.  Geoffrey was killed, along with 28 other people, in the only domestic, commercial airline crash of 1997.

Vanessa’s life could have resulted in anger and despair, but instead she details how she overcame her tremendous grief. This is her story, about a life of triumph, and it will inspire you.

Flight 3272: January 9, 1997 is published in digital format by All Star Press – Books that Change Lives.  

About the Author

“Courageous, Strong and Anointed” best describes this powerful women of God. Vanessa Davis is a dedicated mother of two with adult sons Geoffrey and Joshua. Vanessa’s love for family and The Lord has conquered fear, pain, and loss. Vanessa is the widow of Minister of Music, Geoffrey A. Davis, Sr. 

The tragic and sudden death of her husband could have resulted in defeat, but instead, she RAN towards God, not away from Him. 

Vanessa Davis is a 1998 Graduate of Word of Faith International Christian Center’s Pistis School of Ministry. Vanessa’s Heart is to put people on notice that God never fails, and He loves us and wants the very best for us all.

Related Book

“Angel Gabriel – A True Story” by Joy LaPlante is another story related to the crash of Comair flight 3272.

Brand New Release Hits #1 in the Amazon Kindle Store

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All Star Press – Books that Change Lives – just released the digital versions of Denise Crompton’s compelling look at 13 families who received the diagnosis no parents ever wants to hear.  “Diagnosis: Rare Disease” provides a heartbreaking exposé of what life is like for families that have a member with a rare disease. Crompton details the journey of each family, including her own, who has one or more children with a rare disease called Mucolipidosis. The stories wade through the erratic diagnosis process, medical muck-ups, endless pain, a plethora of medical appliances and home modifications, special education, multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, unrelenting stress and the ever-present fear of death.

“The book highlights how stoic, resilient, strong and resourceful these families are,” explains Carolyn Paisley-Dew, ISMRD Board Member, Australia. “It underlines the importance of networks to allow these isolated families to support each other and to give them a sense of belonging. Denise Crompton presents these stories in a style that is compassionate and easy to read.”

“Diagnosis” is a must-read for medical professionals who wish to learn how to work with families in these difficult situations.  Families dealing with a rare disease will recognize themselves in this book that is destined to be a classic in its field.

“Diagnosis: Rare Disease” is currently available in the Amazon Kindle Store and in all digital ebook formats through Smashwords.  Within 24 hours of being released, Crompton’s book hit the #1 spot for paid books in the Genetics category of Amazon.

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The True Story of Angel Gabriel Now Available in Paperback

Angel Gabriel bookThe printed version Joy LaPlante’s Angel Gabriel – A True Story is now available from publishing house All Star Press.

It was January 9, 1997 and icy weather in Michigan caused the only major, commercial airline crash in the United States that year. This is the true story in the aftermath of Comair crash 3272,  and the first incident following the crash of TWA 800. Originally written and self-published in 1999 by author Joy LaPlante, “Angel Gabriel – A True Story” was updated and re-released in all e-book formats last year.  It is now available in paperback.

“When I wrote the book, I just sat down and wrote it,” explained Joy.  “I just told the story of my experience with the Angel Gabriel.  I never thought in a million years I would write a book and become a published author.  It is just something that happened.  I am just a simple woman who told my story, in my own words, to help spread the message.”

Offered at the introductory price of only $7.97, the updated version of “Angel Gabriel – A True Story” is now available  for the first time in paperback.

Book reviewers and bloggers should contact the publisher at allstarpress@verizon.net to request a copy.

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The book is also available through Amazon.

What Others Are Saying About this Book:

Angel Gabriel is an exquisite account of an amazing angelic encounter. It will captivate you from beginning to end. A unique story that will become a cherished heirloom I think.”
~ Paula Hunter, Devon, England UK

Reading this book to my children was an awesome and thoroughly spiritual experience for all of us. What a wonderful teaching tool about Angels and their heavenly work. One of the most valuable times I’ve spent with them. Thank you and God bless you.”
~ Kellie Schaub : Monroe, Michigan

Your story was fascinating. I found myself devouring the pages and relating many of your experiences to my own. Although I’m not a very religious person, I am a deeply spiritual one. Your book found a place in my spiritual center and has added its wisdom to my heart. Your gift to the firemen will be felt by many, because you gave it from your heart and felt the love pour from your soul while giving. You yourself have the courage to forsake vanity and follow your heart such actions will change the world. Thank you so much for sharing your bravery with us. Having an angel appear and give you instructions is certainly what I call a defining moment in one’s life. You are courageous to write your story so candidly and are to be congratulated for making it such wondrous reading. ”
~ Ace Starry Author of : The Magic Life

 

About All Star Press

All Star Press is a print and digital publishing firm based out of Tarpon Springs, Florida with a specialization in e-books.  Founded in 2011, All Star Press is the publisher of 22 books, including “Sleep Great for Life,” “The Road to Recovery” and “Getting Seen.” The firm publishes in both print and e-book formats. Learn more at www.allstarpress.com.

“Sleep Great for Life” Now Available in Print

Sleep Great for Life

Sleep Great for Life now available in paperback

Every night millions of people throughout the country suffer with some type of sleep disorder. It may be difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of night with the inability to resume sleeping, restless sleep in general, or a combination of these difficulties.

Sleep deprivation can spiral out of a control, lasting for months or years while wreaking havoc on a person’s overall well-being. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Author Rich Nilsen has written a new book, Sleep Great for Life, which offers 14 critical steps for proper sleep hygiene, before laying the foundation for the heart and soul of the book: the easy-to-apply Sleep Great method. The book had previously only been available in e-book formats but is now available in paperback for the first time.

“I suffered with debilitating insomnia and it was wrecking my life,” explained Nilsen. “It pains me to see anyone else suffering with a sleep disorder because I know how difficult it can be, how it can affect one’s personal and work life, and the depression it can cause. Insomnia is a vastly underrated health problem.”

Sleep surveys indicate that fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more.  The impact of poor sleep results in numerous health and personal issues, including depression, increased blood pressure, irritability, difficulty concentrating, lack of sexual desire, just to name a few.

One of the goals of the Sleep Great method is to teach readers that they do not have to rely on sleeping pills to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.

“Despite what the pharmaceutical companies would have you believe, the truth is that you can’t buy a good night’s sleep,” explained Nilsen. “The Sleep Great method works extremely well, without the need of any drugs, and readers can begin to apply the concepts the first day they dive into the book.”

Nilsen empowers readers to take back their nights and sleep time by teaching them:

  • To fix any of the missing 14 sleep hygiene steps in their life
  • How to get off all prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids
  • To spot stress factors that bring about insomnia
  • To understand how to lay a proper sleep foundation for life
  • How to properly attack their sleep issue and overcome it once and for all

“I read this book a while back, but wanted to give it a chance to see how well it really worked before reviewing. As a family man that has a full-time job and freelances from home nightly, good sleep has always been an issue. I would go to bed exhausted from the day, but so wired I couldn’t keep my eyes shut. These techniques to achieve a restful night’s sleep really delivered! The concepts and plans are presented clearly without a lot of unnecessary filler making it a quick read. Also, knowing that the author had gone through some of my same sleep issues made it easy to relate with. Great book for a great night’s sleep.” — Donald Shofner, Lexington KY

e-Book and Print Available

Sleep Great for Life is a five-star rated Kindle book on Amazon.com. The book is now available in print for the first time from publisher All Star Press – Books that Change Lives. It is available in print and e-book wherever books are sold, including on the publisher’s website at allstarpress.com. E-book available here for instant download.

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To put your sleepless nights behind you, order the paperback edition of “Sleep Great for Life” by Rich Nilsen. Click the “Easy Checkout with PayPal” to order today with any major form of credit card. The book is only $12.97 with FREE shipping within the United States and Canada.  [International customers will be invoiced an additional $4.97 for overseas mail].

Sleepless nights? “Sleep Great for Life” from All Star Press is your answer

Are you dealing with insomnia? Do you feel that no one or nothing can help with your insomnia, and that friends and family who do not have sleep disorders simply can’t related to your problem?

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Solve Your Sleep Disorder Today

In a 2007 study approximately 64 million Americans regularly suffer from insomnia each year, and there is little doubt that this massive number has grown in the past four years. Fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more. This is a serious problem and you are not alone. The painful fact is the prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids are not a good long term solution, and in too many cases, not even a good short term solution.

Fortunately there is a break-through new book that can get you on the path to eliminating insomnia permanently from your life.

In the new book “Sleep Great for Life” published in June by All Star Press, you will learn:
Proper Sleep Hygiene – Laying the Foundation for a Great Night’s Sleep (Chapter 4). Here you will learn 15 different factors that can negatively affect your night’s rest and prevent you from getting the sleep your body needs.

The Step-by-Step Solution for Great Sleep for Life (Chapter 8). This is the heart and soul of the book, where you will learn how to take a serious problem and turn it into a positive aspect of your life. Sleep will no longer be a thorn in your side. Instead, sleep will offer the restorative hours that your mind and body needs each day.

Please note that, although this book is jam packed with great information about sleep disorders, this is not a medical guide or study.

Don’t go another night without giving yourself the best chance at overcoming your sleep disorder. If you are sleep deprived, this book is for you. Order “Sleep Great for Life” today, the latest publication from All Star Press, Books that Change Lives. This ground-breaking work is now available in all e-book formats through Smashwords and the Kindle from Amazon.