Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America's Nurses Tell Their Stories / Edition 1

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Overview

They are compassionate voices, they are dedicated professionals, they are critical players in the health care system with worn pairs of shoes that have miles of stories to tell. They are America's nurses. Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America's Nurses Tell Their Stories is more than just a quick glance into the trials, tribulations, joys and rewards of nursing. It is a gateway to understanding what today's nurses are challenged with everyday. Irene Stemler, RN, BSN, goes beyond the research and gives a voice to the millions of nurses who directly or indirectly make a difference in the lives of patients. Each story opens with a photograph of the nurse's shoes and offers a unique, passionate, personal, and sometimes controversial perspective on nursing in today's health care environment. Each story offers a unique, passionate, personal, and sometimes controversial perspective on nursing in today's health care environment. Inside you'll find: Over 50 interview-style stories Each story is accompanied by a photo of the featured nurse's shoes Stories that reflect the breadth and diversity of today's nursing practice Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes also looks to be a springboard for spirited discussion about the future of nursing. When nurses read these reflections of the daily battle to provide quality healthcare to ordinary people, they are encouraged to act, taking a leadership position in transforming their profession and nurses' role in health care delivery as a whole. Do you consider your work to be heroic? The often surprising answer to this question makes Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America's Nurses Tell Their Stories a must-read for all nurses across the U.S. and those who know them.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a diverse collection of stories of nurses from differing backgrounds and areas of expertise that explores the many challenges nurses face and the rewards they experience. Each chapter begins with a picture of the nurse's worn shoes followed by the story of the miles the shoes have gone.
Purpose: The purpose is to give voice to nurses about their special relationships with their patients and the profession of nursing.
Audience: The audience for this book includes nurses, student nurses, or those who know them. The author also suggests that this would be a good read for Congress and our legislators.
Features: This book includes more than 40 interviews of nurses in many specialties who tell their stories of heroic acts in humble shoes. It can be used as a springboard for discussion about the future of nursing and the future of healthcare in this country.
Assessment: This is a wonderful book with stories of trials and tribulations, joy and happiness, and sometimes controversial dialogue. There is a story for every reader. The author asks each of us to ponder the following: "Do you consider your work to be heroic?"
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This is a diverse collection of stories of nurses from differing backgrounds and areas of expertise that explores the many challenges nurses face and the rewards they experience. Each chapter begins with a picture of the nurse's worn shoes followed by the story of the miles the shoes have gone. "
Purpose: The purpose is to give voice to nurses about their special relationships with their patients and the profession of nursing.
Audience: The audience for this book includes nurses, student nurses, or those who know them. The author also suggests that this would be a good read for Congress and our legislators.
Features: This book includes more than 40 interviews of nurses in many specialties who tell their stories of heroic acts in humble shoes. It can be used as a springboard for discussion about the future of nursing and the future of healthcare in this country.
Assessment: This is a wonderful book with stories of trials and tribulations, joy and happiness, and sometimes controversial dialogue. There is a story for every reader. The author asks each of us to ponder the following: "Do you consider your work to be heroic?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556429040
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Preface
Foreword by Katharyn A. May, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Introduction

SECTION ONE
Chapter 1 Perfect Score
Chapter 2 First In
Chapter 3 Just the Basics
Chapter 4 My Mother’s Gift
Chapter 5 High Tech—High Touch
Chapter 6 Paradigm Shift
Chapter 7 The Value of a Nurse
Chapter 8 Not Just a Piece of Paper
Chapter 9 Magnificent Little Steps
Chapter 10 In Step With the Future
Chapter 11 Like Father
Chapter 12 ….Like Son
Chapter 13 Patient-Centered Care

SECTION TWO
Chapter 14 An Open Window
Chapter 15 Master Artist
Chapter 16 A Message of Hope
Chapter 17 Making a Difference
Chapter 18 Grace Under Pressure
Chapter 19 Cheery and Contagious Enthusiasm!
Chapter 20 Somebody’s Hero
Chapter 21 Twice Called
Chapter 22 We See Amazing Things
Chapter 23 The Leg Bone’s Connected to the….
Chapter 24 Unwritten Benefit

SECTION THREE
Chapter 25 Making a Difference For Nurses
Chapter 26 Driven by Compassion
Chapter 27 Sacred Time
Chapter 28 Rebel With a Cause
Chapter 29 The Courage to Advocate
Chapter 30 A Walk Down the Aisle
Chapter 31 Raising the Bar
Chapter 32 Universal Caregiver
Chapter 33 Nice to Meet You
Chapter 34 I See Miracles Every Day
Chapter 35 Open Heart

SECTION FOUR
Chapter 36 Serendipity
Chapter 37 And the Oscar Goes to…
Chapter 38 A Little Luxury Called Time
Chapter 39 Fighting the Good Fight
Chapter 40 Hospital of the Future
Chapter 41 Honor and Opportunity
Chapter 42 Quality of Life
Chapter 43 Giving Back
Chapter 44 A Place at the Table

Afterword

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