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These inspiring short stories are written by nurses, health care professionals, patients, patient's family members,
and others, whose reflections will allow you to experience the challenges, insights, and hard-earned wisdom at the heart of nursing!


Their Stories

Danielle Allen, RN

Am I Going to Be Okay?

Maureen Anthony, MSN, RN, CS, CDE

Nurse, Heal Thyself

Meredith Bailey, MSN, BSN, RN, PMH-NP

Making It Fit

Nancy L. Ball, RN

Who's the Fool

Tim Bascom

A Stone of Contention

Sam Bastian, MS, APRN,BC

In the Hand of Dad

Ann Fleming Beach, MD

A Smart Doctor Listens to the Nurses

Sally Bellerose, RN

Touchy-Feely Stuff

Carrie A. Bennett, MS, CNS-BC

A Place for Palliative Care

Ray Bingham, RNC

The Prospering of Cheaters

Michael M. Bloomfield, MD

My Turn

Claire Browen, BSN, RN

I'm Sorry, Mama

Nancy Cabianca, RN

A Change of Heart

Kelly Carroll, BA, RN

A Brief Respite

Susan Clements

Swabbing Tubby

Lisa M. Cook, BS, RN


Natosha Cramer, BSN, RN

The Blame Game

Lorraine Dale, RN


Cortney Davis, MA, RN, ANP

The Fine Art of Leaving / The Pain

Cheryl A. Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP

The Grief Train / A Moment of Grace

Dawne De Voe Olbrych, MSN, RN, CNS


Corina DeVries, RN


Donna Diers, PhD, RN, FAAN

Am I A Nurse? / A Nurse's Mother's Nurses

Jean DiMotto, JD, MSN, RN

A Mind in Search of Its Moorings

Jennifer K. Englund, MSEd


Alice C. Facente, MSN, RN-BC

At Her Mercy / The Dirtiest House in Town

Elizabeth Corso Falter, RN, CNAA, BC

Census of One, Staff of Five

John B. Fiddler, MSN, RN, ACHPN

Intensive Care

V. Jude Forbes, MSN, FNP

The Price of a Miracle

John A. Forrant, BSN, RN, CCRN

Last Rights

Lyssa Friedman, RN, BSN, MPA

Where's My Hospice Moment?

Marcia Gardner, MA, RN, CPNP, CPN

Big Love

Lois A. Gerber, MPH, RN

Two Nurses - One Old, One New

Susan L. Goff, MS, RN

What One Thing Will Make Today Better for You?

Diane M. Goodman, RN

Edna and the Bedside Tables

Amy Noel Green

Every Three Months

Bryanne Hickey Harrington, BSN, RN, CNOR

Socks and All…

Joyce Hislop, RN, OCN

Paper Chart Nurse

Suellen Hozman, BS, RN

The Other Cancer Story

Kathleen Hughes, MSN, RN, PNP-BC

Bed Bath

Cheryl Kane, MEd, BSN, RN

Hiding a Tender Soul

Marie F. Kerscher, BEd, RN

May I Have a Band-Aid?

Arlene Koch, RN

No Regrets

Joy Ladin

Intake Interview

Marie E. Lasater, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN

Heads and Beds

Evelyn Lawson-Jonsson, BSN, RN

Roger's Angst

Gail Lukasik, MA, PhD

A Passing Shadow

Shixlang Luo, MSN, RN

Skipped Two Times

Susan Luton

The Game of What If?

Emily Maloney, BA, EMT-B


Kathryn Mason, MSN, RN, PCCN

A Man of Few Words

Veneta Masson, MA, RN

Where's My Hospice Moment? / May I Have a Band-Aid?

Cindy McCoy, PhD, MSN, RN-BC

Ordinary Things

Linda Meierhoffer, MS, MPA, BA

Breathing Room

Andrew Merton

The Third Way

Dorothy Miller, RN

Tending Mr. Brown

Judy Morse, ASN, RN

Promises to Keep

Madeleine Mysko, MA, RN

The Sacraments of Sister Thecla

Lorraine Randall, RN,C

Florida Vacation

Robbie Ravert, RN, RNC-OB

Before the Signal Fades

Judith Reishtein, PhD, RN

My First Preceptor

Janet L. Richards, BSN, RN

A Special Kind of Knowledge

Amanda L. Richmond, BSN, RN-BC

The Hardest Decision

Beverly Rossiter, MSN, CRNP, CPNP

The Eyes of a Pediatric Nurse

Karen Roush, MSN, RN, FNP


Joan Schmidt, MS-MPH, RN, ACRN

To Mania and Back

Karen Schoonmaker, MSN, RN, CNL

At the Eye of the Storm

Elena Schwolsky, MPH, RN

Keeping Secrets

Kathleen L. Sitzman, MS, RN

The Ice-Bag Incident

Meg Sniderman, RN

At the Night Camp

Cynthia Stock, MSN, RN, CCRN

Final Connection

Sandra Stone

To the Child They Were All One Kind

Elizabeth Tillotson, BS

A Nurse? What Was I Thinking?

Tiana Tozer

The Brat

Peggy Vincent, RN, CNM

Morphine. Now.

Nancy Walters, RN

Coming Home to Nursing

Marilyn Wargo, BSN, RNC

The Enduring Self