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Welcome to my website. You’ll find stories that focus on patients I’ve cared for over the 40 years I was a nurse. My book: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers has launched me into an award-winning author in my retirement years.

My blog’s scope has shifted from the intense documentation of nursing practice when I first posted in December 2011 to a more global picture of public health care. I’ll be continuing to seek out stories about other nurses, especially those of a certain age. Soon, my cohorts and I will be gone and who will remember the “olden days of nursing”?

Interspersed with nursing issues, I will be highlighting other subjects that interest me such as, writing, growing older, art, and food.

I hope you enjoy my website. Please leave a comment or suggestion or, best of all, share your own story.

Marianna Crane








  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 ( 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 ( ), 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.


    1. 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. 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,
    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.


  4. 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!


    1. 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.


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


      1. 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!


      2. 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.


      3. 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.


  6. Just finding your site- sorry to hear that you didn’t get submissions! We need to boast far more than we do (is that a woman thing?) because if we did we’d be in a better place right now! Thanks.


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