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Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses

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What nurses know about care giving is different from what doctors and families know. The nurses in this collection talk about inpatients, outpatients, and home patients; these patients' attendants are young and old, female and, increasingly, male. Some of the nurses are dispassionately efficient; others wickedly admit to the excitement of voyeurism; all have unusual access to the depths and shallows of human emotion. By unsentimentally translating our suffering into prose and poetry, the nurses in Between the ...
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Overview

What nurses know about care giving is different from what doctors and families know. The nurses in this collection talk about inpatients, outpatients, and home patients; these patients' attendants are young and old, female and, increasingly, male. Some of the nurses are dispassionately efficient; others wickedly admit to the excitement of voyeurism; all have unusual access to the depths and shallows of human emotion. By unsentimentally translating our suffering into prose and poetry, the nurses in Between the Heartbeats performs another enduring act of loving care. The forty-nine registered nurses in this brave, graceful, first-ever anthology represent thousands more. Their words expand the practice of nursing and the practice of language. By beating witness to the intimate details of nursing, from the mundane to the beautiful to the tragic, they reveal the epiphanies of life and death.
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“This volume of poetry and prose is written by nurses about their experiences of caring. It describes their disasters, their triumphs, their joy and sorrow. It is, quite simply, wonderful…Beg, steal, or borrow this book; if that fails, buy it.”—Nursing Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877455172
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,351,540
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of contents: 

Foreword, Joanne Trautmann Banks
Nighthawks, Carolyn Barbier
The Color of Protocol, Jeanne Beall
Angel from Pratt Street, Jeanne Beall
Why Not Me?, Janet Bernichon
Meditations on Death and Body Bags, Kaija Blalock
The First Rains of April, Geoffrey Bowe
Learning How the Bones Move, Carol Brendsel
Raiment, Carol Brendsel
Dear Alma Mater, Ruth E. Brooks
Hospital Flowers, Celia Brown
Daffodil Days, Celia Brown
Night off the Maternity Ward, Celia Brown
The First Hour, Celia Brown
Blue Lace Socks, Jeanne Bryner
Butterfly, Jeanne Bryner
Red Corvette, Jeanne Bryner
A Story, Richard Callin
Oldies, Richard Callin
Hospital Course, Sarah Collings
The Nurse's Pockets, Cortney Davis
What the Nurse Likes, Cortney Davis
This Happened, Cortney Davis
Night Nurse, Cortney Davis
The Body Flute, Cortney Davis
The Nurse's Task, Cortney Davis
Two Stories: 1944, Eva D. Debb
The Book of God, Theodore Deppe
Admission, Children's Unit, Theodore Deppe
Thallium Scan, Theodore Deppe
Gloria, Theodore Deppe
Gooseberries, Theodore Deppe
The Gift: La Cumbre, Guatemala, Elizabeth Desimone
Mr.Death, R. Eric Doerfler
First Night Duty 1950, Jane Farrell
In Common Darkness, Helen Trubek Glenn
justanurse, Chrisitine Grant
The Gift, Chrisitine Grant
Dehiscence, Amy Haddad
Thoughts on V-Tach, Mitzi Higley
Dead Dog Days, Nina Howes
Ricky T and His Cockatoo, Nina Howes
Miranda's Dream, Nina Howes
I Drive in the Lane, Georgiana Johnson
Cats, Georgiana Johnson
Christmas Time, Georgiana Johnson
About Nursing, Michael Kelly
While His Life Went on Around Him, Angela Kennedy
Tourniquet, Shirley Kobar
Gift, Shirley Kobar
The Lullaby, Jeanne Levasseur
Hospital Parking Garage, Jeanne Levasseur
Danny Boy, Jeanne Levasseur
Secrets, Jeanne Levasseur
What Abel Says, Patricia Maher
God and the Telephone, Veneta Masson
Pouring it Down, Veneta Masson
Snowbound, Veneta Masson
The Arithmetic of Nurses, Veneta Masson
Litany of Dolores, Veneta Masson
Night Walker, Lianne Elizabeth Mercer
Empty Swing, Lianne Elizabeth Mercer
Bea's Last Vacation, Muriel Murch
From Journey in the Middle of the Road, Muriel Murch
White Flame before the Long Black Wall, Madeline Mysko
Wisteria, Leslie Nyman
Instructing a New Mother, Dawn Ramm
The Demonstration, Dawn Ramm
Mr. Craig and His Wife, Dawn Ramm
Where are You Now, Elia Wade?, Joyce Renwick
Back Rub, Debra J. Sandy
Sounds at Night: 1960, Adele Germaine Sarrazin
Who Owns the Libretto?, Judy Schaefer
Medicine from the Wood, Judy Schaefer
Long Hospital Stay, Judy Schaefer
Sunday Morning, Judy Schaefer
Feather and Claw, Judy Schaefer
Rehab Nursing, Judy Schaefer
Black Stockings and Me, Elsie Schmied
Rhythms, Bethany Schroeder
Morning Visitors, Ellen Shay
Another Night, Another Customer, Ellen Shay
Vietnam Canon, Dana Shuster
Curandera, Dana Shuster
NICU, Dana Shuster
Rochester, Minnesota, Kelly Sievers
Between the Heartbeats, Kelly Sievers
Before Heart Surgery, Kelly Sievers
Breath, Kelly Sievers
The Journey, Rosemary Smith
Promises, Sandra Smith
Burnt-out Offerings, Sandra Smith
Bev Brown, Sybil Smith
Heroic Acts, Janet Tripp
From the Diary of a Clinic Nurse, Poland, 1945, Belle Waring
From the Diary of a Prisoner's Nurse, Mississippi, 1972, Belle Waring
Twenty-four-week Preemie, Change of Shift, Belle Waring
Baby Random, Belle Waring
Euthanasia, Belle Waring
Between Rounds, Belle Waring
I Couldn't Touch the Wall, Ellen Diderich Zimmer

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