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A Christmas Miracle

Sredl, Darlene R.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000167
JCN Online Extra: online only

ABSTRACT: Although lung transplants are miraculous, lifesaving options for terminally ill patients, the decision and lengthy wait for compatible organ(s) takes an enormous toil on the patient's family. This story concerns the multiple needs of a neonatal intensive care unit patient and her family awaiting lung transplant, as an organ finally becomes available during Christmas time. Her nurse's professional confidence and troubling doubts about her competence were gradually resolved with God's help when she called upon him. God's provision for the patient, family, and nurse were a Christmas miracle.

“To me, ASAP means, ‘Always Say A Prayer.’”

Darlene R. Sredl, PhD, RN, is the author of Evidence-Based Success Strategies for Nurse Administrators, Advance Practice Nurses, and Doctors of Nursing Practice; Pilot Quest, A Fictional Account of Learning to Fly; Airborne Patient Care Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Nurse Yourself; and Writing for Publication: Easy-to-Follow-Template Guides for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. She teaches at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and is a licensed pilot.

Accepted by peer-review 1/20/2014.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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