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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This one-of-a-kind book is a compilation of stories about the lives of ordinary nurses who touch people in extraordinary ways. These stories of nurses depict their walk with the sadness and joy of the human experience and relate how these experiences affected their lives.
Purpose: This book explores the art and power of storytelling by providing insight into the unseen and often unnoticed parts of nurses' lives. It goes beyond nursing's high tech world and "highlights the caring, nurturing side of the nursing profession...." (p. x)
Audience: It would be of great interest to any nurse or any person who knows a nurse or for whom a nurse has cared. The stories are about real people touching others, not only through their jobs but also through their personal humanity.
Features: The book features 107 stories and is divided into six parts: Nurses Respecting Each Others' Stories, Families Knowing that their Nurse's Story is Special, Friends Listening to Nurses' Stories, Nurses Defining Themselves through Patients' Stories, and Nurses Reflecting on their Stories. Part six is a blank page with the title Tribute to a Special Nurse, The Story of ——. Here readers can record their own special story of a nurse. Each story is personalized with pictures of the nurse and aspects of his/her life and career. The stories are diverse, written about men and women from different ethnic groups and different generations.
Assessment: This is a true collector's item that really tugs at the heartstrings. Readers will see themselves or their families in the stories that are portrayed. These stories provoke varying emotions ranging from laughter to tears. The stories from earlier generations include information and pictures depicting the growth and changes of the nursing profession. The stories give all nurses "a cause for celebration." (p. 218)