Announcing Publication Day: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic

 Immediate Release 


Retired nurse practitioner and Raleigh resident Marianna Crane’s memoir, Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers, has earned kudos for its depiction of the early days of gerontological nursing. Windy City Reviews called the book “important” and Kirkus Reviews praised it for being “thoughtful and compelling.” Released by She Writes Press this month, the memoir has been heralded for the valuable insight it brings to understanding the complex web of care required still today for this vulnerable population. 

Crane celebrates publication with events at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on November 11th at 2 pm, at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington on November 17th at 7 pm, and at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on December 5th at 7 pm. 

Crane loved her job working in one of the country’s first programs in gerontology. She felt a connection to her patients and valued her role in their care. But when she herself was not valued for her work, Crane decided to make a change and accepted a position coordinating a clinic that cared for poor, underserved elderly and which was located on the tenth floor of a Chicago Housing high-rise. 

Crane knew how to be a nurse, but what she didn’t know, and what her memoir so movingly recounts, is how much beyond her role as a nurse practitioner was required to assist older patients. She found herself planning a funeral, exposing relatives preying on the vulnerable, and hauling a mattress up the elevator. Also, she learned to offer medical care in people’s apartments even when people would not seek it —because care was needed. Most importantly, she learned how significant teamwork is in working with this population. 

In Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers, Crane offers readers a compassionate and insightful look into the world of nursing but even more so, she offers readers stories about endearing people, stories that remind us all what it means to human. 

Long an advocate for the importance for recognizing the invaluable work nurses perform, Crane uses her memoir to give readers a greater understanding of what nurses/nurse practitioners do each day, a perspective that she hopes will increase understanding of the nursing profession. 

MARIANNA CRANE became one of the first gerontological nurse practitioners in the early 1980s. A nurse for more than 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. She earned her Diploma in Nursing from Saint Peter’s School of Nursing; her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Governors State University; and her Master of Science in Public Health Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago. Crane lives with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network. Find her online at 

She Writes Press is part of SparkPoint Studio, LLC.    


Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: 

“…an important memoir detailing the complex needs of an aging population…” 

—Windy City Reviews 

In this thoughtful and compelling memoir, Crane’s keen eye for detail brings her stories, by turns heartbreaking and humorous, to life on the page. . . . Crane’s passion for helping others is obvious even as she struggles to figure out the best way to do that. An honest, compassionate look at what it takes to care for some of America’s most vulnerable citizens.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“Marianna Crane writes with compassion and insight about what it’s like to serve on the front lines of the medical profession—treating the most vulnerable among us. Her vivid account is moving and enlightening, a valuable contribution to the literature of social justice.”—Philip Gerard, Professor, Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, and author of The Art of Creative Research 

“The book is a case study on how nursing is so much more than caring for a patient’s medical needs. Nurses care for the whole patient including all of their medical, physical, mental, emotional and social needs. Being a nurse myself, I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know glimpses of the patients she saw in the clinic. This was a quick and easy read and really reminded me that we have such an impact on our patients’ lives long after we stop caring for them. I would recommend this book to any nurse or human-being who enjoys reading about human relationships and the bonds we form with one another.”—Nerdy Book Nurse 

Crane truly is an inspiration . . . Readers will see her compassion, heartache and ability to admit her mistakes in her emotional writing . . . I highly recommend Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic by Marianna Crane to all families, caretakers and those who work with the elderly.”—Reader Views 

“Nurse practitioners are well known for their willingness to be primary care providers for the ‘underserved’ . . . Society prefers that such patients remain invisible, because acknowledging their existence is too unsettling. It is my fervent hope that Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic will find a wide audience of readers who are willing to meet and care about the people nurse practitioners allow into their lives every day.”—Marie Lindsey, PhD, FNP, health care consultant and founding member and first president of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nurse 

“ . . . poignant and compelling . . . With empathy, compassion and wit Crane makes an important contribution to the literature of a frail population. We, who research these folks, are indebted to the author for her insights and unvarnished truth.” —Peter J. Stein, Ph.D. former Associate Director, Aging Workforce Initiatives, University of North Carolina Institute on Aging 

RE: Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers 

By Marianna Crane 



She Writes Press


Publication Date: November 6, 2018; Memoir: ISBN 978-1-63152-445-5; 5.5 x 8.5; Trade paperback; $16.95 U.S.; 212 pages 

E-book ISBN 978-1-63152-446-2, $9.95 

Part of the proceeds of the sales of this book will go to Erie Family Health Centers 

For more information, please contact: 

Caitlin Hamilton Summie, President 

Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC 

Phone/Fax: 865-675-3776        



Lynn Dow posted this on her Blog: Stories from My Life as a Nurse.

From time to time I plan to publish a post about an older nurse and his/her experiences that will add a richer appreciation of the evolution of our current practice. I hope you enjoy Lynn’s story.


Maggot wound repair Nightgale talesMr. T. came from Texas and while driving a gasoline tanker in upstate New York he had the misfortune of falling asleep and rolling the vehicle which quickly burst into flames. He was lucky to survive, however, his right leg was very badly burned and in need of a skin graft. He ended up on the unit I was working on that summer in 1958.In the early years of skin grafting  often the procedure used a pedicle flap graft which meant the skin being grafted was only partially detached and applied to the area in need of the graft .This was done to ensure there would be a viable blood supply.  In Mr. T’s case the graft to cover the area on his right shin was obtained from the back side of his left calf; his left leg was crossed over the right and the skin loosened but still attached was sewn over the area requiring the graft.  A delicate procedure, to say the least – limiting the patient’s activity to sitting with legs crossed and  sewn together either on bedrest or sitting in a wheel chair for several weeks until the graft took hold.

Mr. T followed his postop instructions to the letter, sitting in the wheelchair next to the window, barely moving, so not to disturb the graft. In spite of his attentive behavior within a few days an awful odor developed indicating the wound was infected.

It was the middle of August and hotter than hell.  There was no air conditioning in hospitals then but we did keep the windows open in hopes of catching a few breezes.  What we caught more often were flies and this became Mr. T’s good fortune – the flies dropped their larvae in the form of maggots onto his decaying wound.  The maggots loved it and ate until so swollen with matter they could not move, whereupon, Mr. T would take a clamp like a pincer and kill the little creatures.  The wound cleaned up in a matter of days with no signs of infection.  Remember this was before the use of antibiotics for wound healing.  It just required an open window, a few flies, a Kelly clamp and a vigilant Mr. T.

The graft took, his legs were separated and Mr. T. returned to his beloved Texas in time to celebrate Halloween with his children. He had only a slight limp to show for all of his discomfort.

Lynn wrote a book called Nightingale Tales: Stories from My Life as a Nurse, which I have highlighted on a past post: Nightingale Tales on November 15, 2017.

nightingale tales


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