I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

by Lee Gutkind (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937163129
Publisher: Fourth Chapter Books
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 41,679
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lee Gutkind is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books and the founder of Creative Nonfiction, the first literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively. Lee is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Audie Award finalist Tavia Gilbert is a classical theater and public radio-trained actress who has earned AudioFile Earphones and Parents' Choice awards for her audiobook narrations. Tavia has narrated more than 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Anonymous, Irreplaceable Nurse Lee Gutkind 13

Foreword: The Art of Meeting Patient Need Karen Wolk Feinstein 21

Hitting the Bone Eddie Lueken 25

The Haunting Thomas Schwarz 35

Becoming a Nurse Laura DeVaney 47

Next of Kin Josephine Ensign 57

Healing Wang Jie's Bottom L. Darby-Zhao 71

Zeitgeber Denise Elliott 83

A Long Night's Journey into Day Theresa Brown 95

Don't Ever Forget Me Christopher Lance Coleman 105

Heart Lessons Diane Kraynak 113

Docking in Togo Jennifer Binger, as told to Ann Swindell 129

I See You Tilda Shalqf 143

Listening and Other Lifesaving Measures Karla Theilen 153

Careening toward Reunion Nina Gaby 167

Nurse Nora at Nineteen Nora Casper 181

Four Sticks Janice Dvorak 191

Messiah, Not Otherwise Specified Janet Gool 203

All Alone and Afraid: Becoming a Person through Nursing Anna German 217

Individually Identifiable Pamela Baker 229

Approaching Death Kimberly A. Condon 243

The Nurses Whispered Patricia A. Nugent 251

Becoming 259 Lori Mulvihill

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I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Heather_Wietz More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that really gets into the head of what it's like being a nurse on the front lines of care. Some of the stories are touching - such as experiencing a first birth. Others are very sad - such as experiencing a first death. All in all the writer keeps the narrative moving and creates a wonderful book. A five star book.
David_Bremmerton More than 1 year ago
My mother is a nurse, so this book really hit home with me. I could relate stories my mother has told me to the stories the various nurses tell in the book. It is a very honest, very informative book of personal stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm telling all of my co-workers to read this book. Well worth waiting for the "Back Order".
Anonymous 10 months ago
Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! It gives you an insight to the world of nursing an as a pre-nursing student it definitely helps to have different experiences and insight into what it's like to become a nurse and the challenges that are faced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing selection of essays written by nurses, ranging from fears of newly-trained nurses, to the reflections of those with decades of experiences. I will never look at a nurse the same again. That said by a physical therapist who has worked along side nurses and already appreciate their risking their own health and wellness while caring for others, usually in over-worked, under-paid environments. In addition, this book as a must-read, for patients, family members, and other caregivers so we can all improve in our care and comfort of others.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories really take you inside the complex and intimate world of nurses.
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Jack_Martin More than 1 year ago
Jack Martin Block: 4 The collection of true narratives reflects to us just how hard it is to become a nurse and all the diversity they are faced with everyday. They’re job is up for grabs everyday while they’re in training. This book is a story about coming of age for these writers because in a way they are so new to the field that they are working in, and eventually they finally get over that training plateau and become a ‘real’ nurse. People that are interested in nursing should read this book or someone who wants to change up the style of books they are reading. I wouldn’t suggest reading  this book if you’re not interested in a diary type writing style, it kind of feels like you’re just reading out of someone’s journal about all their hardships and peaks that they remember. The way the book was formatted was irritating because even though it was divided up in chapters, right when you wanted to hear more about the narrators story, it would just switch to the other narrator and you’d never hear from  the other one again. This book is too scattered around with a bunch of different stories floating around, it would be a hard movie to follow because it would have to jump from hospital to hospital, story to story. I would rate this book a 7 out of 10 only because I’m interested in becoming a nurse if I wasn’t I would probably set the book down after the first chapter. This could be useful for a schools curriculum only if this school carried some  type of medical classes.