Intensive care: more poetry & prose by nurses

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University of Iowa Press, Mar 26, 2003 - Literary Collections - 269 pages
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In Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses, sixty-five nurses from places as diverse as California and Alaska, South America and Europe, tell us in tough, revealing poems and prose what it's like to be on the front lines of health care. These nurses, both men and women, speak to us from intensive care units and operating rooms, from patients' homes and storefront clinics, from hospitals with the latest technology to small clinics in the steamy jungles of Nicaragua. They tell us what it's like to walk in their shoes and see the drama of illness and healing unfold before their eyes. The nurses in this anthology write to hold fast to a patient's memory, to say what it's like when a nurse becomes the caregiver to a family member, or to tell what happens when a nurse becomes a patient, suddenly confronting mortality from the other end of the stethoscope. They share with us what's almost impossible to talk about--how being present with a patient can transform not only that patient's life but the nurse's life as well. Like its companion volume, Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses, Intensive Care makes a valuable contribution to the medical humanities canon and to literature as a whole. Student nurses, medical students, and the general reader will find in this collection a unique window into the world of nursing--a world of the most primal human emotions: love, fear, the desire to survive, the desire to save.

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Cortney Davis is the author of three poetry collections, including Leopold's Maneuvers (2004), which won the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize and the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She has coauthored two anthologies of poetry and prose by nurses, Between the Heartbeats (1995) and Intensive Care (2003). Her memoir, I Knew a Woman; The Experience of the Female Body (2001), won the Connecticut Center for the Book Nonfiction Prize in 2002.

Judy Schaefer is a lecturer for Pennsylvania State University and a member of the Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at the Penn State University College of Medicine.