Christmas, Family, My Dad, Nostalgia, Nursing Stories

Dad and the Bride Doll

  My father, a complicated man, was the oldest son of 10 children. His parents came to America from Naples, Italy via Ellis Island at the turn of the century, and settled down in Jersey City, New Jersey. He left school in the sixth grade to pick up bits of coal from the railroad tracks,… Continue reading Dad and the Bride Doll

Health Care Services, Heart Valve Surgery, Nursing Stories, Open Heart Surgery, Valve Replacement

Cardiac Advances Versus Patient Benefit: A Moral Dilemma

My story, Closing the Door, recently published in Stories That Need to be Told: A Tulip Tree Anthology, tells of the emergence some fifty years ago of cardiac catheterization, artificial heart valves and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how I, as a young nurse, had to make sense of the advancement of technology versus patient benefit. This… Continue reading Cardiac Advances Versus Patient Benefit: A Moral Dilemma