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. Her book: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers is available where books are sold. She lives with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina.