nurses of a certain age, Nursing, Nursing Stories, Telling Stories

No Edit Too Mundane

This is the week we spend our annual family vacation at the beach. While I have enjoyed the ocean and sand, I took some time to complete an assignment. One of my stories had been accepted by Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, a digital journal. It could be published as soon as this… Continue reading No Edit Too Mundane

Memoir, Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

PERSISTENCE

In 2014, I finished my memoir. In spite of myself, I persisted and finished. Ten years ago, I left a full time nurse practitioner job and began to write in earnest. The book I just birthed is not the one I started then. It has been configured many times: moving chapters, changing tenses from past… Continue reading PERSISTENCE

AGING, Memoir, Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

WHAT I LEARNED

  I am writing my memoir because of what I learned when I ran a clinic on the tenth floor of a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) high-rise twenty years ago. All my patients were over sixty years of age. I was an inexperienced nurse practitioner and new to working with older people. I learned that… Continue reading WHAT I LEARNED

Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

OUT OF THE DRAWER

Stephen King, On Writing, suggests after your book is written put it away.  Don’t look at it, or think about it for six weeks, or more. Then pull it out of the drawer and read it all in one sitting, if possible. So after the designated time frame, while the crowds shopped on Black Friday,… Continue reading OUT OF THE DRAWER