The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing

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What is it like to be a student nurse washing the feet of a dying patient? To be a newly graduated nurse, in charge of the Intensive Care Unit for the first time, who wonders if her mistake might have cost a life? Or to be an experienced nurse who, by her presence and care, holds a patient to this world? Poet and nurse practitioner Cortney Davis answers these questions by examining her own experiences and through them reveals a glimpse into the minds and hearts of those who care for us when we are at our most ...
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Overview

What is it like to be a student nurse washing the feet of a dying patient? To be a newly graduated nurse, in charge of the Intensive Care Unit for the first time, who wonders if her mistake might have cost a life? Or to be an experienced nurse who, by her presence and care, holds a patient to this world? Poet and nurse practitioner Cortney Davis answers these questions by examining her own experiences and through them reveals a glimpse into the minds and hearts of those who care for us when we are at our most vulnerable. The Heart's Truth offers the joys, frustrations, fears, and miraculous moments that nurses, new and experienced, face every day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606350034
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 625,710
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

The Other Side of Illness 1

Washing Mrs. Cardiff's Feet 4

The Evening Back Rub 9

Being at the Bedside of the Dying 11

First Night in Charge 15

Talking to No One 20

Nursing and the Word 25

Beyond Scientific Explanation 31

Weekly Rounds 34

Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner 37

First, Do No Harm 46

Hearing the Stories behind Our Patients' Words 49

Body Teaching 54

Tattoos 59

Breaking Bad News 63

Becoming Flora 69

Raped 74

The Heart's Truth 76

Watching ER 78

Feeding the Deer 81

When Their Rhythms Become Mine 83

I Believe in Grief 86

Human Feelings, Human Experiences 88

Conscious Suffering 91

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    For Nursing School

    I only bought this book because it was a required reading material for one of my nursing classes. The stories were short and sweet and easy to read making it simple to write papers about them. Would never read this book for fun but overall its an okay read.

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