Nursing Truths for a New Era: Author Interview with Marianna Crane

A serendipitous meeting with Michele Berger reminded me of the long road I traveled conceptualizing, creating, and finally completing my book. Many folks that I met along the way inspired and supported my efforts. Most I never had the chance to thank. Fortunately, now I can tell Michele that her creativity workshop and follow-up coaching encouraged me to stay on track.

Thank you, Michele.

Below is Michele Berger’s recent post spotlighting me and my book.

The Practice of Creativity

Happy new year, everyone! It feels especially poignant to begin the first post of the year with a special Author Q&A. More than a decade ago, before I formally began my coaching practice, I taught creativity workshops at UNC-Chapel Hill’s The Friday Center. They had a thriving adult enrichment program. My classes were popular and I met and coached people from all backgrounds. It is always a delight to run into people many years later and hear about their creative adventures.

Two months ago at the North Carolina Writers’ Conference, out the corner of my I saw a distinguished-looking woman. Her face looked familiar, but I only caught a glimpse before moving on to my next panel. To my great delight and surprise, this same woman came up to me at the reception. We immediately recognized each other. She had taken one of my classes at the Friday Center and…

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The Building as Character

This was originally posted on November 5, 2018   Memoir Writer's Journey   November 5, 2018  By Kathy Pooler The Building as Character by Memoirist Marianna Crane   “Home is a shelter from storms—all sorts of storms.” —William J. Bennett     As a family nurse practitioner, I read Marianna Crane’s memoir with great interest … Continue reading The Building as Character

Countdown to Publication Date: One Week

I have three readings scheduled at local books stores in the next few weeks. I will send out an e-vite tomorrow. It's both a stressful and exciting time. I have to remind myself to "have fun." The latest review of my book: Chicago Writers Association, Windy City Reviews: Stories From The Tenth Floor Clinic. Marianna … Continue reading Countdown to Publication Date: One Week

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION DATE: THREE WEEKS

This past week I promoted my book. Monday, after a class I attended on public speaking, I collared a woman who had also attended the lecture as she exited the ladies room. “How will you use the information?” I asked. She told me she had planned to start a class for widows on ways to … Continue reading COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION DATE: THREE WEEKS

Josephine Ensign (1960 – )

I am happy to see Josephine Ensign acknowledged by Nursemanifest. Ensign is an NP and her book, “Catching Homelessness,” tells not only about those without social supports but the role of the NP in helping those who fall through the cracks. The barriers we NPs face by the medical establishment is clearly documented in the story of her experience. She has also been helpful to me in developing my own nurse practitioner memoir.
Her book has been awarded the AJN 2017 Best Book of the Year in the Creative Works category. Congratulations, Josephine.

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Inspiration for Activism!

  •  Worked for three decades as a family nurse practitioner providing primary health care to homeless adolescents and adults in large urban areas on both coasts of the U.S.
  • Focuses her work on increasing understanding of the lives of marginalized populations, and developing ways to increase their access to effective health care programs.
  • Uses personal stories to highlight important public policy issues within an emancipatory framework.
  • Her essays have appeared in The Sun, The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Pulse, Silk Road, The Intima, The Examined Life Journal, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, and the nonfiction anthology “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse“, edited by Lee Gutkind.  
  • Her first book “Catching Homelessness: A Nurses Story of Falling thought the Safety Net,” provides a piercing look at the homelessness industry, nursing, and our country’s health care safety…

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Patients Change Us: A Formative Nursing Experience — Off the Charts

From boliston, via Flickr Many years ago, I was given the greatest gift by a patient who had no idea he would change my life and define my professional outlook as a nurse. While not every nurse will be fortunate enough to have such an explicit experience of the effect of the care they provide… via … Continue reading Patients Change Us: A Formative Nursing Experience — Off the Charts

Keeping Creative Juices Juicy

A few years back I took an acrylic painting class. Sometimes, while the ever-present radio played a Mahler violin concerto, an aria from La Traviata or Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, I would spin about whipping color on my canvas, feeling “in the zone.” My mind would disconnect from my hand, which moved independent of … Continue reading Keeping Creative Juices Juicy