About Me

I’ve been a nurse for over forty years. In 1981 I became a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. A couple of years later I was one of the first NP’s to be certified as a Gerontological NP, not by exam but by submitting a case study. My patient was one of the last World War I veterans.

Now as I enjoy sleeping late and controlling my own schedule, I do what I like. And my greatest passion is writing. What else to write about but my past experiences as a nurse and nurse practitioner in the various health care environments where I worked. I want to share the stories of patients I cared for and who taught me more than any textbook. I’ll also chime in on the craft of writing, getting older and the current status of the health care system.

Throughout my career I’ve felt we nurses don’t get the appreciation we deserve. One of the reasons for this is that we rarely inform the public about what we do. Once, I solicited stories from hospital nurses about what they did that made a difference in a patient’s life. I planned to put the stories in a brochure to distribute during National Nurses Week. I received minimal submissions. The most common reason I heard from the staff nurses for not sharing their stories was I don’t want to write about what I do. It’s too much like boasting.

My goal for this blog is to encourage nurses to boast.

Marianna Crane

20 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Just found this site and I love it! I’m 85 and a retired nurse and would love reading and sharing stories related to our profession. Thank you for this.

  2. Hello Ms. Marianna Crane,

    Thank you for this inspiring blog. I am especially touched by your “THE TIME IS RIGHT” post (https://nursingstories.org/2013/03/). Nurses do witness such touching moments with their patients because they are not just medical professionals – they inevitably, become a part of the patient’s family as well.

    As an editor for Nursing Explorer (www.nursingexplorer.com ), I know what it entails to finish a nursing degree and eventually build an impressive portfolio. This is a journey that is now open to many.

    Kudos to you and your blog! ‘Looking forward to reading more posts soon.

    • Thank you for visiting my site. Yes, we nurses are privileged to witness the deepest experiences of our patients. The authors of Final Gifts took this one step beyond by writing about the skill and ability of nurses so that the general public can appreciate what nurses “really do” and how we make a difference.

  3. How wonderful Marianna. I’m glad to have “met” you when you visited my blog.

  4. Marianna, I too am a retired nurse from 20 years in the ER. I wrote a book called 202 Most Memorable Patients in the ER and was published on Amazon last week. It can be viewed from the web site, kesgolf.wix.com/er-book
    For the past hour I have been reading your blog and the replies. It is fascinating and may occupy more of my time in the future.

  5. Nurses have all the right to boast. What an amazing profession it is:). RESPECT!

  6. Hi Marianna!

    I am a fan of your site! You have great content that is inspiring to read.
    I added your site to my list of favorite Nursing blogs.
    Thanks for all the great stories- I ‘m looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂


  7. Hi Marianna,
    I’ve looked at your site a number of times and each time was a catalyst to do more with my own writing. Your range is so broad and you’re so encouraging. Your influence has contributed much to my decision to start blogging. It’s not nurse-specific but it will have posts about Nursing. I’m participating in the WordPress sponsored Blogging 101 and just put up a reflection on nurses writing. I hope that you have time to read it. I would so much appreciate it. Thank you. I will continue to receive inspiration to waken my nursing muse!

    • Pat, I did go to your web site. Your are off to a great start. I am thrilled when nurses choose to write about their work, their life and their inner thoughts. And I am humbled that I have in some way contributed to your decision to begin a Blog. I wish you the very best as you grow your blog.

  8. alanakh said:

    Your blog is beautiful and a wonderful way to salute the world’s greatest profession! Thank you!

    • Thank you.

      • alanakh said:

        Yes Mam, that is truth. 24/7/365 – we are there. I only recently started blogging but I would like to invite you to meet one of my first patients in my career- she lives on today in my first blog post entitled, “The Woman With an Issue of Blood.” Her impact on my life and career has been far reaching and I would be honored to share her with you!

      • I read your post and was so impressed mainly because you did’t judge this lady but learned a great lesson from her. May all nurses learn to be as non-judgmental as you show yourself to be.

      • alanakh said:

        I believe we must meet people where they are, and as nurses we don’t meet people in “Sunday best” but people who are sick, scared, in pain… it is our sacred duty to treat all patients with respect. Sometimes people can be challenging but it is always worth it to give and do your very best.

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