Terry Duff, RN, BSN, Pre-Anesthesia Nurse

In Their Own Words

I knew at a young age that being a nurse is what I felt  the Lord was calling me to do. I was nine years old when my grandfather was dying with lung cancer and I watched my grandmother care for him and give him morphine shots to help ease the pain.  Granny Thomas was not a nurse but she was a caregiver. After my grandfather passed away, granny would help take care of others and would sit with the elderly and I knew I wanted to be like her. I have been an RN now for 30 years and still know this is my calling. My main area of nursing as been the peri operative area. For the past 20 years I have been in P.A.T. where we see and talk with patients preparing for surgery and this I feel, Is my ministry. I have talked with my patients, cried with them and even prayed with them if they wanted  me too. And yes , I have had some to say that they don’t believe in prayer but that doesn’t stop me from praying for them behind closed doors.
I had the pleasure of meeting Stoney, BJ and their families when my husband was asked to preach at Lights Chapel Baptist church where they all attended. We instantly fell in love with them all. Stoney had already been diagnosed with cancer but that didn’t stop him from coming to church when he felt good. Stoney always had a smile and was concerned more about others than himself and was a Refresher to so many.  His passing has left a big void in so many lives but I know that one day I will see him again, completely healed, walking and singing down the streets of heaven.
Being a nurse can be very challenging , and not to be taken lightly, but is also very rewarding. I praise the Lord that he has allowed me to be one of HIS servants in the Nursing field.

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