Breast cancer, Memoir, Writing the Book

A Story You Won’t Soon Forget

For the past ten years, I wrote my book in isolation. Long hours in front of my computer at my home, or a coffee shop, library and on Amtrak traveling between our home in North Carolina to Washington DC or New York City, and in other spaces I can’t remember. Wherever the location, I rarely… Continue reading A Story You Won’t Soon Forget

Health Care Services, Memoir, Nursing, Nursing Stories, spinal cord injury, Telling Stories

A Broken Man Who is Hard to Forget

Richey rolled himself in a manual wheelchair into the exam room of the spinal cord clinic for the first time on a warm spring day in April. He managed to lift his quivering right arm to shake my hand. I was the new nurse practitioner in charge of his care. He had some ability to… Continue reading A Broken Man Who is Hard to Forget

Memoir, New Year, Nursing Stories, Writing blogs

Letting Go of the Life We Plan

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell I didn’t plan to write a book but that’s what happened. I had always wanted to be a writer and, even as I worked as a Nurse Practitioner, I took… Continue reading Letting Go of the Life We Plan

Memoir, Nurse Authors, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories, Writing the Book

Excerpts From My Book

  My book will be published on November 6, 2018 by She Writes Press. I have changed the title over the course of writing the book so many times that I can’t give you a count. The latest one, and I do hope the final one, is Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner… Continue reading Excerpts From My Book

Nurse Authors, nurses of a certain age, Nursing, Nursing Stories, student nurse

Nightingale Tales

My new project involves interviewing my classmates from nursing school. We “older nurses” are dying off. Who will be around to tell our stories? As I gear up to start this project, I’m educating myself in the art of interviewing. In the meantime, a serendipitous thing happened. Lynn Dow, RN, wrote about her long career… Continue reading Nightingale Tales

AGING, Geriatrics, Memoir, Nursing Stories

Out of the Blue (aka Mr. Foley)

My story was published in Pulse: Stories from the Heart of Medicine on August 18, 2017 Out of the Blue Friday, 18 August 2017 Marianna Crane ~ As I sit in the exam room waiting for my first patient of the afternoon, the phone rings. It rings four more times before I realize that Amanda… Continue reading Out of the Blue (aka Mr. Foley)