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
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
What a pleasant surprise to read that nurses save lives (italics mine) in a news article yesterday, September 21. Unfortunately, the story was not a happy one. The Raleigh, NC News & Observer detailed the memorial service for the crew of a Duke Life Flight Air Ambulance that crashed on September 8 killing … Continue reading Nurses Save Lives
I came across this post on All Nurses. It's too lovely not to share. A Nurse's Hands by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide Mar 16 2016 I've been retired for over two years now, but in a rare contemplative moment, here are a few thoughts on what being a nurse meant to me. Lately I’ve taken … Continue reading A Nurse’s Hands
“It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again.”
I should’ve guessed that writing “in spite of myself, I persisted and finished” my book last year would have guaranteed that I would be rewriting my book yet again.
As of today, I’ve revived it, adding what I had left out, and changed the title for the eighth time.
As I reread that post, I am humbled by the process of writing but still remain determined in completing, and getting the book published—hopefully this year.
I have made the same New Year’s resolution as last year—to keep up my persistence and determination in getting published. I’ll keep you posted.
Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful New Year to you all.
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 to present and back to past again, deleting some stories and adding others. I went through seven titles.
I recognize now that I did everything to prolong that actual moment when I would let the book go. But then 2014 came along. A busy year of interviewing realtors, decluttering our old home, making improvements to increase the potential for the house to sell. And sell it did—quickly.
Somewhere in the midst of all this, I managed to keep writing, gave the manuscript to two more beta-readers and hired a line-by-line editor. And even settled on…
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This is from Suzanne Gordon's Blog. Ms Gordon is a journalist and stanch supporter and promoter of all things nursing. Recently she asked nurses to respond with their version of "Just a Nurse." I am delighted to see their feedback. May nurses continue to tell the public what they do and how important their job … Continue reading Just a Nurse
I couldn't write better coverage about Dr. Arnold Relman's comments about nursing, so I'm reblogging this Post. The comments he made are both "good" and "bad." Good: Dr. Relman, physician and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, stated "When nursing is not optimal, patient care is never good." Bad: Dr. Relman finally … Continue reading A Physician Finally Gets Nursing
NAKED IN THE LABOR/DELIVERY ROOM Written by Ruth Donoghue Time: December in the early ‘90’s. Place: Nursery in a Catholic hospital where 5,000 babies pass through in a year. The call came from unit secretary. A nurse was requested as soon as possible to pick up a baby in delivery/labor room three. (Every … Continue reading UNCONVENTIONAL NURSING
The American Nurse Project aims to elevate and celebrate nurses in this country by capturing their personal stories through photography and film. Photographer Carolyn Jones and her team traveled to every corner of the U.S. to record the unique experiences of nurses at work. The photographs and narratives shed light on what it means to … Continue reading THE AMERICAN NURSE PROJECT
I’m putting off making a pumpkin pie for our Christmas dinner to share my delight upon reading Theresa Brown’s Op Ed piece, Looking for a Place to Die, in the New York Times this past Thursday. It’s a sad story but it shows how one nurse can make a difference. If you doubt the significance … Continue reading A Nurse’s Op-Ed in the New York Times