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Praise for Reflections on Nursing

"Reflections on Nursing is a deeply moving compilation of stories about nurses, a gift to the profession that offers hope and inspiration. The stories remind me why I became a nurse. My favorite story was, 'What One Thing Will Make Today Better for You.' An elderly man in the hospital was asked just that question. His nurse was shocked when the patient asked for rice pudding because he had been on orders for nothing by mouth (NPO) for weeks. The twists and turns of this terrific tale, of a wonderful nurse who truly focused making today better for her patients, had a touching ending. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.I would strongly encourage you to get this book. It’s the most moving collection of nursing stories I’ve read. It’s a great tribute to our profession."
Amy Berman, BSN, LHD, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation

"This book is for anyone who wants a peek inside the real world of nursing. I like that the stories are 1-2 pages long, like savory bites of food. I highly recommend, with one tip- I forced myself to read it more slowly than usual, so it would last."
Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC, Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Blogger at

"I love the format of Reflections on Nursing, it offers the reader the opportunity to read a few stories at a time, which is a great way to experience them and all that they have to teach us. The stories are profound and moving and I can see once again that nurses have the ability to tell a story that draws us into the drama of being alive. And that’s powerful stuff for sure. This book is a treasure."
Carolyn Jones,

"Reflections on Nursing is a book of 80 engaging short stories that can be read in one or two sittings. Organized around twelve major themes, nurses wrote the majority of the stories. Its readers will probably be nurses and students of the professions. However, the book deserves a wider audience: patients, their families, members of the health team and the general public … I have been a nurse and a teacher of nurses for many years. I find myself thinking about my periods of indecision about changing jobs or returning to school. I would have been encouraged to know that I was not alone in these professional deliberations. All nurses can relate experiences with patients that they will never forget. Sometimes these narratives describe challenging and difficult experiences, patients who are in situations that are unfamiliar and perhaps frightening to nurses, or patients that inspire and encourage nurses in their practices."
Sr. Rosemary Donley, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations, Duquesne University