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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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?"