Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated, and Remembered

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"I approached the study of historical and contemporary nurses with my sleeves rolled up, pencil sharpened, and camera loaded. What draws a person to those who are ill and keeps us at the bedside? Every question I asked the nurses, I asked myself. Heart first, I plunged into stories about historical nurses whose names I had never heard. Somehow, they chose me as the vehicle for retelling their remarkable story. As I conducted interview after interview, I found threads of sameness in the lives of my nurses. In childhood, illness and often death was a member of their family. They had strong female role models in their homes. They were independent thinkers and firm decision makers who were not afraid of change and saying the truth about mistakes in their lives. They had spiritual convictions about a well-lived life and made no-never-mind to passing from this world to the next. I listened carefully. Tenderly Life Me barely scratches the surface of who they are and what they have done for humanity." Author and poet Jeanne Bryner has gathered biographical sketches of remarkable nurses, each accompanied by poetry and photographs, and has created this multigenre presentation that is compassionate and complex. This is the first book in the Literature and Medicine Series that concentrates on nurses' voices and their experiences in providing health care. It enhances and broadens our perspectives on how health care is delivered and understood by the nurses who are our primary care givers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873388023
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Series: Literature and Medicine Ser.
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xvi
Part 1
Learning the Body 3
Standing There 4
Side Rails 5
Father Damien 6
To the Place of Orchids 7
Rose Hawthorne Lathrop 9
Covering Lilacs 11
Sister Elizabeth Kenny 13
Elsewhere Sparrows: A Note to Some Physicians 14
Rita Marie Magdaleno 16
Teaching Women to Speak 17
Part 2
Sandi Petek 21
Village 23
Carlyann Markusic 25
Story 26
Sue Zenko 29
What Has Happened 31
Joanne Fowler 33
One Nurse's Job: Eye Recovery on a Kindergartner 34
Rita Richards 36
Testimony 37
Pat Austin 39
A Boat They Float In 40
Elfriede Anton 43
Underground: A Note to My Brother, Kurt 45
Theresa Marcotte Kokrak 46
To Save What We Most Love 47
Terri Swearingen 49
The Evolution of Light: East Liverpool, Ohio, Site of the WTI Incinerator 50
Helen Albert 52
Juba 53
Esther Baker 55
Letter to Josephine, 1996 57
Part 3
Renaissance Sketchbook: A Woman's Story 61
Miscarriage: The Nurse Speaks to the Baby 62
Maude Callen 63
For Maude Callen: Nurse Midwife, Pineville, South Carolina, 1951 64
Holding Back the World 65
Helen Troy 66
Letter to Christine: Girl Baby Found, Ohio Hospital, 1958 67
Sylvia Engelhardt 69
How I Lost My Job as a Staff Nurse in 1969, Because I Was Pregnant 70
August Delivery 71
Part 4
Hope Chest: What the Heart Teaches 75
Carol L. Johnson 77
On My Gloves Blood Dries in a Pattern Like Faded Roses in Wallpaper 78
At Dusk, Two Women Trace a Heart's River 79
Jeannette Price 81
Letter to World War I Surgeon Dr. Henry Russell, from Nurse Jeannette Price, September 1929 83
Part 5
Nora Mary Carmody McNicholas 87
What It Cost to Cross the Atlantic 88
Jeanne Bryner 90
Becoming a Nurse 91
Breathless 92
Body of Knowledge: Remembering Diploma Nursing Schools, 1976 92
Letter from Ward Three 94
Avanell Arlene Sutherland 96
Loving Women 98
This Red Oozing 98
The Labor of Tenderness 100
After the Battle: In a Room Where We Have Tried to Save a Life 101
Part 6
Butterfly 105
Genevieve Schmitt 107
Mentally Traumatized Unit: Nursing Assignment, England 1942 109
Phyllis Fischer 110
To My Town Came a Snow Storm, Nurse's Diary, City Hospital of Cleveland, Ohio, November 24, 1950 111
Rebecca Ann Needham Anderson 114
Call and Response 115
Birch Canoe 116
Betty Jane Panchik 117
November 1963 118
Hortense Wood 120
At Thirteen, I Decide to Become a Nurse 121
Warblers 123
Jane Ball 124
What Nurses Do: The Marriage of Suffering and Healing 125
June Elizabeth Conolly 127
School Nurse 128
Helen Krier 130
Christmas Is Another Moon 132
Darrell Grace 133
When I Tell My Mother I Want to Be a Doctor 134
Judy Waid 136
Pentimento 138
Lynda Arnold 140
Begin Again 142
Part 7
The Sisters of St. Joseph's Hospitallers 147
Interview with Sister Denis of St. Joseph's Hospitallers Colony of Montreal, New France, 1694 148
Kate Cumming 151
Wait for Morning: From Kate Cumming's Journal 152
Jane Stuart Woolsey 155
Jane Stuart Woolsey, Union Nurse from Camp, near Alexandria, 1862 157
Nurse's Letter, May 30, 1864, Armory Square Hospital, WDC 157
Rebecca Taylor 159
A Tribute to Miss Rebecca Taylor upon Retirement after Thirty-Four Years 160
Edith Cavell 162
Houses Are Burning: Belgium, 1915 163
Part 8
If It Weren't For Ears 169
The Brain's Soliloquy 170
Clay Pigeon 172
In Praise of Hands 173
Permissions 175
Notes on the Text 177
Bibliography 179
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