Reflections on Nursing: 80 Inspiring Stories on the Art and Science of Nursing

Reflections on Nursing: 80 Inspiring Stories on the Art and Science of Nursing

by American Journal of Nursing


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Offering life- and career-changing moments in nurses’ lives, the 80 true stories in Reflections on Nursing reveal nursing at its most demanding and fulfilling.

Written mainly by nurses offering care at home, hospital, or hospice, these first-person stories convey the professional burdens, personal growth, and inner realizations found in the course of patient care. Whether you are a new or experienced practitioner, or just fascinated by nursing care in action, these inspiring true stories show nursing as both professional and life experience, and often, as an inspired journey.
Experience the challenges and hard-earned wisdom of these real-life nursing moments:

· Written by or about nurses of all experience levels and in numerous care settings , including stories about memorable nurses written by patients, family members, and doctors
· Dive into these engrossing short stories, and go on a journey with:

• the nurse who inspires dignity and strength in a young soldier who is losing his wife
• the young nurse who stands up to a bullying preceptor
• the nurse who realizes her best friend, a fellow nurse, is stealing drugs from their unit
• the nurse struggling to give adequate care to seven patients at once on an understaffed unit
• the retired doctor who recalls the nurse who saved him, as a young intern, from mishandling a crucial situation with a dying patient
• the nurse who takes on an angry patient with a challenging case, to offer special help and encouragement
• nurses who become a patient

• The nurse/administrator who pushes hard for administrative decisions that will support nurses and improve patient care
the inspiring patients who help nurses remember why they became a nurse

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496359063
Publisher: LWW
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Edition description: First
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 788,860
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


1 The Grief Tram Cheryl A. Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP 4

2 The Hardest Decision Amanda L Richmond, ESN, RN-BC 6

3 The Price of a Miracle V. Jude Forbes, MSM, FNP 8

4 No Regrets Arlene Koch, RN 11

5 Florida Vacation Lorraine Randall, RNC 13

6 In the Hand of Dad Sam Bastian, MS, APRN, BC 15

7 Inseparable Dawne De Voe Olbrych, MSN, RN, CNS 17

8 Steven Karen Roush, MSN, RN, FNP 19

Colleagues, for Better or Worse

9 Roger's Angst Evelyn Lawson-Jonsson, BSN, RN 24

10 The Blame Game Natosha Cramer, BSN, RN 26

11 Who's the Fool? Nancy L Ball, RN 28

12 Ordinary Things Cindy McCoy, PhD, MSN, RN-BC 30

13 Deception Corina DeVries, RN 32

Career Is a Forking Path

14 The Fine Art of Leaving Cortney Davis, MA, RN, ANP 36

15 Making It Fit Meredith Bailey, MSN, BSN, RN, PMH-NP 39

16 Intensive Care John B. Fiddler, MSN, RN, ACHPN 41

17 Am I a Nurse? Donna Diers, PhD, RN, FAAN 43

18 A Moment of Grace Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, CRNP 45

19 Promises to Keep Judy Morse, ASN, RN 47

20 The Eyes of a Pediatric Nurse Beverly Rossiter, MSN, CRNP, CPNP 49


21 Before the Signal Fades Robbie Ravert, RN, RNC-OB 54

22 Paper Chart Nurse Joyce Hislop, RN, OCN 56

23 Final Connection Cynthia Stock, MSN, RN, CCRN 58

24 Chaos Lorraine Dale, RN 60

25 Heads and Beds Marie E. Lasater, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN 62

Lessons Learned

26 The Ice-Bag Incident Kathleen L. Sitzman, MS, RN 66

27 Nurse, Heal Thyself Maureen Anthony, MSN, RN, CS, CDE 68

28 The Pain Cortney Davis, MA, NR RN 70

29 At the Night Camp Meg Sniderman, RN 72

30 Skipped Two Times Shixiang Luo, MSN, RN 74

31 Tending Mr. Brown Dorothy Miller, RN 76

Getting Started

32 The Prospering of Cheaters Ray Bingham, RNC 80

33 Touchy-Feely Stuff Sally Bellerose, RN 82

34 Where's My Hospice Moment? Lyssa Friedman, RN, BSN, MPA Veneta Masson, MA, RN 84

35 My First Preceptor Judith L. Reishtein, PhD, RN 86

36 Bed Bath Kathleen Hughes, MSN, RN, PNP-BC 88

37 A Nurse? What Was I Thinking? Elizabeth Tillotson, BS 90

38 A Special Kind of Knowledge Janet L. Richards, BSN, RN 92

39 Coming Home to Nursing Nancy Walters, RN 94

All in the Family

40 Two Nurses-One Old, One New Lois A. Gerber, MPH, RN 98

41 Morphine. Now. Peggy Vincent, RN, CNM 100

42 At the Eye of the Storm Karen Schoonmaker, MSN, RN, CNL 102

43 Census of One, Staff of Five Elizabeth Corso Falter, RN, CNAA, BC 104

44 A Nurse's Mother's Nurses Donna Diers, PhD, RN, FAAN 106

45 A Place for Palliative Care Carrie A. Bennett, MS, CNS-BC 108

Doctor Jekyll and Doctor Hyde

46 Last Rights John A. Forrant, BSN, RN, CCRN 112

47 My Turn Michael M. Bloomfield, MD 114

48 A Smart Doctor Listens to the Nurses Ann Fleming Beach, MD 116

From the Other Side

49 Seized Jennifer K. Englund, MSEd 120

50 The Brat Tiana Tozer 122

51 The Game of What If? Susan Luton 125

52 The Third Way Andrew Merton 127

53 Every Three Months Amy Noel Green 129

54 Intake Interview Joy Ladin 131

55 A Passing Shadow Gail Lukasik, MA, PhD 133

56 A Stone of Contention Tim Bascom 135

57 Swabbing Tubby Susan Clements 138

58 To the Child They Were All One Kind Sandra Stone 140

59 Breathing Room Linda Meierhoffer, MS, MPA, BA 142

Tables Turned

60 To Mania and back Joan Schmidt, MS-MPH, RN, ACRN 146

61 At Her Mercy Alice C. Facente, MSN, RN-BC 148

62 Big Love Marcia Gardner, MA, RN, CPNP, CPN 150

63 A Mind in Search of Its Moorings Jean DiMotto, JD. MSN, RN 152

64 The Other Cancer Story Suellen Hozman, BS RN 154

65 The Enduring Self Marilyn Wargo, BSN, RNC 156

66 The Sacraments of Sister Thecla Madeleine Mysko, MA, RN 158

Making A Difference

67 Am I Going to Be Okay? Danielle Allen, RN 162

68 Socks and All… Bryanne Hickey Harrington, BSN, RN, CNOR 164

69 A Change of Heart Nancy Cabianca, RN 166

70 A Brief Respite Kelly Carroll, BA, RN 168

71 May I Have a Band-Aid? Marie F. Kerscher Veneta Masson, MA, RN 170

72 The Dirtiest House in Town Alice C. Facente, MSN, RN, BC 172

73 What One Thing Will Make Today Better Susan L. Goff, MS, RN 174

Memorable Patients

74 Hiding a Tender Soul Cheryl Kane, MEd, BSN, RN 178

75 Keeping Secrets Elena Schwolsky, MPH, RN 180

76 A Man of Few Words Kathryn Mason, MSN, RN, PCCN 182

77 I'm Sorry, Mama Claire Browen, BSN, RN 184

78 Convicted Lisa M. Cook, BS, RN 186

79 Edna and the Bedside Tables Diane M. Goodman, RN 188

80 Thomas Emily Maloney, BA, EMT-B 190

References 193

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