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

Flight nurses, grief, Health Care Services, Independent nursing practice, Nursing

Nurses Save Lives

    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

Nursing

A Nurse’s Hands

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

Memoir, Writing the Book

PERSISTENCE

“It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again.”
-Yogi Berra

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.

Marianna Crane

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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.images-3

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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Just a Nurse, Nursing, Nursing Stories

Just a Nurse

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

Doctors, Nursing

A Physician Finally Gets Nursing

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

Nursing, Nursing Stories

UNCONVENTIONAL 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