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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.