Overview

A nurse feels she is fulfilling a tiny bit of her grandmother’s ongoing dream.

A traveling nurse realizes she doesn’t have the emotional tools to survive as a clinician.

A nurse in a psychiatric rotation learns that the patient is always someone more than just the patient.

A student nurse fantasizes that her mistakes might kill a patient.

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Call to Nursing

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Overview

A nurse feels she is fulfilling a tiny bit of her grandmother’s ongoing dream.

A traveling nurse realizes she doesn’t have the emotional tools to survive as a clinician.

A nurse in a psychiatric rotation learns that the patient is always someone more than just the patient.

A student nurse fantasizes that her mistakes might kill a patient.

A nurse turned priest reflects on the similarities between his professions.

 

In this far-reaching anthology, nurses speak about the joys and the challenges of their chosen careers. Reflecting on their experiences as nurses, Anne Caston, Sallie Tisdale, Judy Schaefer, Elizabeth Tibbetts, and a host of other talented writers draw from different experiences to speak openly and compassionately about their decisions to become nurses and the paths that followed. From this balanced perspective, they reveal the joys and the difficulties of life as a nurse.

 

Poignant and illuminating, A Call to Nursing provides new insight into why some remain while others choose to leave the profession.

 

Paula Sergi, BSN, MFA is a writer who has worked as a staff nurse at University of Wisconsin Hospitals, as a public health nurse, and as visiting nurse in Portland, Oregon.

Geraldine Gorman, RN is a hospice nurse and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago who studied English literature in a former life.

 

 

ISBN13: 978-1-4277-9863-3

US: $14.95

CAN: $16.95

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607146513
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Series: Kaplan Voices: Nurses
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 608,302
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Paula Sergi, BSN, MFA, was selected by the Hessen Literary Society as the Wisconsin writer to act as the 2005 Cultural Ambassador for the Hessen-Wisconsin Writers Exchange. She is the author of Family Business, a collection of poems, and she co-edited Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation, University of Iowa Press, 1999. Sergi received a Wisconsin Arts Board Artist Fellowship in 2001. Her poetry is published regularly in such journals as The Bellevue Literary Review, Primavera, Crab Orchard Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review and her writing has been featured recently in the American Journal of Nursing. She worked as a staff nurse at University of Wisconsin Hospitals, as a public health nurse with various county departments, and as a visiting nurse in Portland, Oregon. Now she focuses her time as a teacher and writer. She teaches creative writing at Ripon College, and lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

 

Geraldine Gorman, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Nursing, both from Loyola University, Chicago. Before coming to UIC in 2002, she taught at Western Michigan University. Prior to entering the nursing profession in 1991, she taught writing as a teaching assistant at Loyola University. She also worked in direct social services, living in community at the Little Brothers of the Poor and participating in all aspects of their service to low-income elderly, including meal delivery, relocation services, and holiday and vacation celebrations. In this capacity she also facilitated poetry workshops in nursing homes, resulting in two small anthologies of collected work. She was a founding member of a small grass roots organization in Tempe, AZ, which served the needs of the many relocated elderly and she organized the local university community to provide, among other services, respite care for the spouses of Alzheimer victims. Before beginning nursing school, Gerry served as the volunteer coordinator and editorial assistant to H.O.M.E, a nonprofit housing organization for Chicago’s low-income elderly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    I had great hope for the book when I read the back cover. I tho

    I had great hope for the book when I read the back cover. I thought I would be inspired and encouraged, I was wrong. I could not even finsh the book and have no idea how the last 1/3 is. After the 2/3 I put it down and could not bring myself to pick it back up. 90% of the stories I read I could not see anything that I could refer to as "a call to nursing", more like a call to quiting and giving up. Very poor and misleading title. If you are burnt out and want to give up then read this book and you will give up your RN for sure. I for one look for reasons to keep working hard and would like to read encouraging stories about how fellow nurses continue to make a difference in patients lives!!!

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