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Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses

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In Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses, sixty-five nurses from places as diverse as California and Alaska, South America and Europe, tell us in tough, revealing poems and prose what it's like to be on the front lines of health care. These nurses, both men and women, speak to us from intensive care units and operating rooms, from patients' homes and storefront clinics, from hospitals with the latest technology to small clinics in the steamy jungles of Nicaragua. They tell us what it's like to walk in ...

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In Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses, sixty-five nurses from places as diverse as California and Alaska, South America and Europe, tell us in tough, revealing poems and prose what it's like to be on the front lines of health care. These nurses, both men and women, speak to us from intensive care units and operating rooms, from patients' homes and storefront clinics, from hospitals with the latest technology to small clinics in the steamy jungles of Nicaragua. They tell us what it's like to walk in their shoes and see the drama of illness and healing unfold before their eyes.

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“Cortney Davis and Judy Schaefer, editors as well as powerful contributors to this book, have compiled a beautiful and important collection of writing. These are the people who keep us alive and bid us farewell—with unwavering sensitivity and grace. Not only do these nurses deserve to be heard, but it's also a privilege to witness their lives.” —Nell Casey, editor of Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877458388
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Medical Ward 1
A Moment in the History of Nursing 3
Night Shift 6
September 7
Thin Margin 9
The Dance 10
Does This Date Mean Anything to You? 11
Object of Desire 17
Chemo 18
Sunday 19
Mercy and Hemlock 20
Code Blue 21
Burn 23
Down the Hospital Corridor 23
Dar a Luz 25
Male Nurse Washing a Nun 27
Dark Lines and Words 28
Pick Up the Spoon 29
The Essence of Nursing: 1967 30
The Crickets Went On Singing 34
Forget-Me-Nots 35
School's Nurse's Journal 36
Mammography: A Word with Grandma's Ghost 38
Body of Knowledge: Remembering Diploma Schools, 1976 40
Call and Response 41
Standing There 42
Breathless 43
Miscarriage: The Nurse Speaks to the Baby 44
What Nurses Do: The Marriage of Suffering and Healing 45
The Radio 47
Slowly, Life Returned to Normal 49
Good-bye 58
What Nurses Do Best 59
In the OR 61
The Color of Blood 62
Career Day 67
The Swan by the Mall 68
Every Day, the Pregnant Teenagers 69
Water Story 70
How I'm Able to Love 70
The Other Side of Illness 72
Marisol 75
Counting the Children 77
What Thomas Wanted 78
Children's Unit Blues 79
One on One with Dylan Thomas 81
Autopsy No. 24722 84
The Shape of the Human Spine 85
Sarah's Pumpkin Bread 87
Rubbing Her Back at the Nursing Home 91
Premature 92
Eurydice in the State Hospital Laundry 93
Portrait 94
Edna's Star 95
Conversation with Wendy 100
Port-a-Cath 101
Ten Items or Less 102
Tet, Vietnam 1968 103
The Story of Mr. President 104
Age Garden 105
The Teacher 107
At the Beginning of Each Shift 109
Like a Night Watchman 110
The Facts of Lice in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua 111
Stethoscope 114
Mourning Coffee 115
Endurance and Faith 118
Four Men, Sitting 126
Not Mine 129
Old Man in Bedclothes 131
Redemption at the Women's Center 132
Arrival 133
The One 134
Shifts 135
Miss Smith 137
Charlie's Koan 137
Why We Wore White 138
The Nurse's Job 140
La Muerte 141
Negative Conditioning 142
Admission 143
Nurse in Neighborhood Clinic Disappeared 144
The Politics of Disease 147
Bataan Angels 148
A Nurse's Farewell 149
Mr. Tims's Morning 152
That Mystique 158
I Remember Vietnam 168
Change of Shift 171
Car Spotting 173
Pre-op 185
Covert of Zero 186
What Was Left of Summer 187
What Nurses Do on Their Day Off 188
A Pediatric Nurse over Time 189
Long Distance Call 190
A Bridge 191
Astronomy and Nursing 192
Terminal Nurse: Reflections on New Millennium Nursing 193
Eurycleia 194
Home Visits 195
On Switching from Nursing to English 196
Long-Term Companion 198
Girl 199
RX for Nurses: Brag! 203
Sailor Explains Kissing the Nurse 204
Army Nurses, Vietnam, 1966 205
Mercy 207
We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse's Story 221
The Door Locker 230
Nursing 101: Pediatric Rotation 233
Sixteen Standing Hours 234
Shots 235
The Forgery 236
It Was My First Nursing Job 238
Stuff I Learned in Nursing School 241
Doppelganger 242
Smile! You're in a Nursing Home 244
Neonatal ICU 247
Hands Beckoning 248
Afterword 251
About the Contributors 253
Permissions 261
Index to Titles and First Lines 265
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