I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

by Lee Gutkind

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Overview

This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first "sticks," first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession. The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more "important" procedures, while another questions her ability to care for nursing home residents. An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS, and a home care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers, who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937163136
Publisher: Fourth Chapter Books
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 204,558
File size: 440 KB

About the Author

Editor Lee Gutkind has been exploring the world of medicine through writing for over 20 years. He is the author of Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation, and the editor of multiple anthologies about health and medicine: Silence Kills: Speaking Out and Saving Lives; Rage and Reconciliation: Inspiring a Health Care Revolution; Healing; Becoming a Doctor; and An Immense New Power to Heal. He is the founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary journal to exclusively publish nonfiction, and has also published the essay collection Forever Fat and two books on writing, The Art of Creative Nonfiction and Keep It Real, among other titles. Gutkind is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Anonymous, Irreplaceable Nurse Lee Gutkind 13

Foreword: The Art of Meeting Patient Need Karen Wolk Feinstein 21

Hitting the Bone Eddie Lueken 25

The Haunting Thomas Schwarz 35

Becoming a Nurse Laura DeVaney 47

Next of Kin Josephine Ensign 57

Healing Wang Jie's Bottom L. Darby-Zhao 71

Zeitgeber Denise Elliott 83

A Long Night's Journey into Day Theresa Brown 95

Don't Ever Forget Me Christopher Lance Coleman 105

Heart Lessons Diane Kraynak 113

Docking in Togo Jennifer Binger, as told to Ann Swindell 129

I See You Tilda Shalqf 143

Listening and Other Lifesaving Measures Karla Theilen 153

Careening toward Reunion Nina Gaby 167

Nurse Nora at Nineteen Nora Casper 181

Four Sticks Janice Dvorak 191

Messiah, Not Otherwise Specified Janet Gool 203

All Alone and Afraid: Becoming a Person through Nursing Anna German 217

Individually Identifiable Pamela Baker 229

Approaching Death Kimberly A. Condon 243

The Nurses Whispered Patricia A. Nugent 251

Becoming 259 Lori Mulvihill

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