Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care / Edition 1

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Overview

How do caring and compassion show up in the demanding, often chaotic experience of health care practice? This book, in full-color and supported by magnificent photography, seeks to answer that question and put caring and compassion back at the center of excellent health care in spite of the time-pressured, cost-conscious, high-tech focus of modern health care. Authors Alan Briskin and Jan Boller met with 20 registered nurses for a sustained dialogue at a California community hospital to work toward an answer to this very question. Telling stories and discussing key principles of caring, the group engaged in conversations that revealed the inner landscape of both caring and caretaker. Using principles of appreciative inquiry, reflective practice, generative dialogue, and the power of speaking in circle, the work was an affirmation that when people are ill, they need a team to care for them. Likewise, caregivers need to be part of a group that cares together. Illustrated with original photography by one of the authors, the book has a beauty and spaciousness that is reflective of the book's message and perfect for anyone who wishes to experience relationship-centered care as a lived experience.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This small book combines stories of nursing miracles with artistic photography.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to share stories, tools, and guiding principles which are "fundamental to healing the human spirit."
Audience: It is intended for the nursing community but would be a good read for any healthcare provider as well as lay persons who have been involved in healthcare either personally or with family or friends.
Features: This tiny book of 65 pages contains 11 short stories written by nurses about miracles that happen in day-to-day practice. Beautiful environmental photos are interspersed between the stories. It includes guiding principles and guiding questions to recognize and provide these miracles, as well as a philosophy of care surrounding excellent practice. The nurse authors show "the inside beauty of nursing and the inner life of caring."
Assessment: This is a book of visual beauty and small everyday happenings that become miracles. An example is a patient on a respirator who was not responding except to open his eyes. The nurse thought he had given up, but she learned that he was a professor, so the next time she entered the room, she said, "Hi, Professor!" He opened his eyes, grabbed her hands, smiled, and his eyes filled with tears. This was a small but meaningful miracle. The other stories are equally as touching. This is a "feel good" book that all healers should read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930538443
  • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 84
  • Sales rank: 943,470
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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