When a nurse works the night shift in a hospital, it is filled with experiences that can be joyful, sad, frustrating, and mysterious. Follow the journey of one nurse from her student days as a "pinkie" to her time working on a labor and delivery unit, the couple who loses their first child, the newborn who is too little to survive but fights to the end. Live the moment when an ambulance brings teenagers into the emergency department or the moment a patient passes from this world to the next. Diane takes you on a meditative review of experiences and memories she will never forget. Each meditation is a reflection of emotional ups and downs, realizations of what we can control as nurses and what we leave in the Lord's hands. One meditation at a time, Diane Bouffard (Registered Nurse) reveals her feelings, thoughts, and prayers at individual moments in a nursing world filled with challenges, fears, frustrations, unexpected joy, and unrelenting sadness. These are night shift experiences many nurses have lived, loved, and shared with peers across the world.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.10(d)|
About the Author
Diane Bouffard is a registered nurse whose career spans 40 years of clinical experiences in military nursing, obstetrics, oncology, and other opportunities both in and outside the hospital walls. Diane lives with her family in Enfield, Connecticut. Her hobbies include writing, music, and her grandchildren.
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Midnight Meditations for Nurses: A Nurse's Soul Revealed based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Diane Bouffard does a magnificent job awakening her readers to the glory of the Lord. Journey with her through each meditation and be reminded of God’s presence in our lives. You won’t be able to put it down.
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite Midnight Meditations for Nurses: A Nurse's Soul Revealed, by Diane Bouffard, is sensitively written and worthwhile as it speaks to this under-appreciated group of people. My mother is in a nursing home and I have gotten to know some of the nurses there. They are so appreciative of family members who visit their parents or spouses and there are so many residents who don't get visitors. I can see how difficult their jobs are as their residents pass away, or lose their loved ones, or suffer from worsening conditions. Nurses can easily become attached to the residents and feel a real sense of loss if they leave or die. Still, they are required by their jobs to provide comfort and attend to needs. Diane Bouffard describes another problem nurses face, something I didn’t realize, in Midnight Meditations. It is the fear of doing something wrong, of harming a patient, or appearing insensitive with relatives. This little book provides godly comfort for the nurse as he or she experiences difficult circumstances on the job. Each “meditation” is short, and can be easily read on a break and even meditated upon. The meditations provide another perspective to whatever is going on by encouraging the nurse to think of what the other person may be feeling, such as their fears of the unknown, or their anger at hospital policies, or even just the seeming unfairness of life. By taking a moment to breathe, read, and meditate or pray, one can gather the strength to deal with whatever needs to be dealt with.