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Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers

Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers

by Marianna Crane


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Running a clinic for seniors requires a lot more than simply providing medical care. In Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic, Marianna Crane chases out scam artists and abusive adult children, plans a funeral, signs her own name to social security checks, and butts heads with her staff—two spirited older women who are more well-intentioned than professional—even as she deals with a difficult situation at home, where the tempestuous relationship with her own mother is deteriorating further than ever before. Eventually, however, Crane maneuvers her mother out of her household and into an apartment of her own—but only after a power struggle and no small amount of guilt—and she finally begins to learn from her older staff and her patients how to juggle traditional health care with unconventional actions to meet the complex needs of a frail and underserved elderly population.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631524455
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 1,123,999
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marianna Crane became one of the first gerontological nurse practitioners in the early 1980s. A nurse for over forty years, she has worked in hospitals, clinics, home care, and hospice settings. She writes to educate the public about what nurses really do. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Eno River Literary Journal, Examined Life Journal, Hospital Drive, Stories That Need to be Told: A Tulip Tree Anthology, and Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. She lives with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina. Visit her at

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Part 1 Getting Out

1 Dropping-In 1

2 A Difficult Decision 8

3 Getting Out 18

Part 2 Wild Goose Chase

4 The Senior Clinic 23

5 The Pigeon Lady 29

6 Home 34

7 Interfering 39

8 Ms. Henry and Delilah 45

9 Wild Goose Chase 50

10 B. J., The Canary 53

11 Visiting Ms. Henry 58

12 Dr. Braun Returns 62

13 Resurrecting Old Problems 69

14 Confronting Sanchez 72

15 At the Deli 79

16 New Clothes, Old Mattress 83

17 Planning the Funeral 88

18 The Video Guy 92

19 Dabrowski's Funeral Home 94

20 To the Bank 98

21 Good Friday 101

22 Easter Sunday 106

23 Have Dress, No Plot 111

24 Retirement Party 114

25 The Funeral 118

26 Pearlie Banks 121

27 Adopted Granddaughter 125

28 Thanksgiving 132

29 Chicago Conference 135

Part 3 Playing Sheriff

30 Inter generational Love-In 141

31 The Talky-Walky 149

32 Save One, Lose One 155

33 Josie and Margaret 165

34 The Faceoff 169

35 Dying Against the Rules 172

36 Checking the Taverns 183

37 Friday Night Blues 193

38 Playing Sheriff 203

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