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RESPONDING TO GOD'S CALL  I was introduced to Nicholas in the most contemporary of ways, via Facebook. An online friend had commented
on a site that caught my attention, “Pray for Nicholas.” My friend was Nicholas’ home hospital teacher. I was relatively new to Facebook and it was the first time I had seen the word “pray” in a profile....

Journal of Christian Nursing January-March 2014 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - pp E1-E3

SPIRITS SOAR AT CAMP BLUE JAY  For the past three years, Tehachapi resident Pamala McCarver has taken time off from her job at San Joaquin Community Hospital to volunteer as the camp's nurse. “The first year I have to admit that I wondered what have I gotten myself into,” McCarver said. But her hesitation only lasted a brief moment... MORE >

Tehachapi News Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nursing... Focused on Tasks or People? — by Pamala K McCarver  "I was a 35-year-old mother of three young children and the illness propelled me into crisis. During the course of treatment and, unfortunately, on many occasions, the lack of treatment, I discovered that simple caring is sometimes missing in the nursing profession... MORE >

Journal of Christian Nursing April - June 2011 - Volume 28 - Number 2 - pp 85-87

VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — by Pamala K McCarver  "A volunteer nurse was needed so children with special needs could attend summer camp, as I learned through my employer. Local television news and radio also reported that children wouldn't be going to camp if a nurse didn't commit... MORE >

American Journal of Nursing January 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 1 - pp 17-18

UNEXPECTED GRACE: A Case Study in Prayer — by Pamala K McCarver  "As often was the case, this was heartbreaking for the mother. Sometime after 4 p.m. the CPS social worker arrived on the unit. She met with the family and then made a call to her supervisor. I was charting when I overheard the social worker arguing with her superior regarding the decision to maintain the CPS hold... MORE >

I WANT TO WORK IN THE GIFT SHOP WHERE ONLY THE FLOWERS DIE — by Pamala K McCarver  "After more than 20 years of nursing, I was considering ending my professional career. In fact, as I was leaving the hospital one day, I remember thinking I would rather be working in the gift shop,
where only the flowers die.I wanted to be free from the bondage of policies, procedures, meetings,computers, paperwork, and all the tedious rules that have bogged down the purity of holistic medicine.”

Posted with permission from Beginnings, Vol. 27 (4) 2007 pp 20-21. Copyright 2007, American Holistic Nurses Association. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the American Holistic Nurses Association

HEALTHCARE MISSION: Receiving More than You Give — by Pamala K McCarver During my youth, I’d heard many missionaries speak and I’d romanticized the life of the missionary. As a young nursing student, I was motivated by the challenge of Christian mission groups who brought the gospel of Jesus Christ and needed medical care to people in third-world countries. Unfortunately, my young view of God... MORE >

Journal of Christian Nursing Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 212–215

LIGHT PENETRATING THE DARKNESS  Early on I served families in the beginning of life, working in labor and delivery. What I could not have expected as a young nurse was that I would conclude my nursing service in hospice. I was amazed to discover that serving families through hospice, I would experience the same deep personal satisfaction at the end of life as I did serving in the beginning of life.  MORE >

CAMP BLUE JAY, TEHACHAPI — KERO Ch 23, Bakersfield  Camp Blue Jay has been coming to Tehachapi every year since 1975, and this year, with the help of a new volunteer nurse, the community is also getting involved with this life-changing camp. First-time volunteer nurse Pamala McCarver said, "I think this is critically important for our community to have a camp where these kids can go for one week, feel like they are just like everyone else, experiencing nature like all the other kids.”  MORE >   VIDEO >

NURSING SPIRITUALITY SEMINAR, California State University Bakersfield  Pamala McCarver, president of the CSUB alumni nursing chapter and registered nurse, has organized the event for the second year in a row. "Those of us that help people daily with mental disorders struggle with finding ways to re-energize ourselves," she explained. MORE >

A STEEPLE OF HOPE IN BATTERED GULF COAST — by Pamala K McCarver Six weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, I traveled to Mississippi to meet my husband, who was a part of the FEMA operation center at Stennis Space Center. MORE >   VIDEO >

KATRINA FIVE YEARS LATER: Bakersfield Woman and Friends Helped Reconstruct Church It was six weeks after Hurricane Katrina ripped thousands of homes from their foundations and tossed many into the ocean. A registered nurse at San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield, McCarver traveled MORE >