I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out

True Stories of Becoming A Nurse

Book - 2013
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This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first "sticks," first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession. The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more "important" procedures, while anotherquestions her ability to care for nursing home residents. An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS, and a home care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers, who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.
Publisher: Pittsburgh : InFact Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781937163129
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gutkind, Lee - Editor


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Oct 03, 2016

I was a nurse up to 30 years ago and I really enjoyed this book. The nurses of today have many more responsibilities than we had back then.

May 28, 2014

In a world where nurses depicted in shows like Grey's Anatomy, House, Private Practice, and even Nurse Jackie, the world has an egregiously wrong idea of what nursing really is. From the mouths of actual nurses come the stories we rarely tell - the ones that talk about what we really do, why we matter, why we shouldn't be forgotten or fired or underplayed.
I also found this book cathartic because we, as nurses, often don't say these things even to each other and it's a relief to know that how I feel is the norm.
Written with thoughtfulness, honesty, and a somewhat dark sense of humour (what did you expect?) this collection of stories is a great read. I recommend it to both nurses and non-nurses, realizing that the former will probably enjoy it more.

Apr 05, 2014

This book is seriously awesome. Okay, so I'm a nurse, but I think that nurses don't tell our stories often enough. Reading this book was cathartic for me; I was alternately choked up or laughing. Many of these stories focus on patients dying; it's not that all of these nurses work in areas where dying is all that common, but it's both one of the hardest and most rewarding parts of our job. Highly recommended.


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