Author: Theresa Brown
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Release Date: 2015-09-22
“Compelling and compassionate human drama. If you want to understand how modern medicine ticks, fasten your seat belt and spend a day in the hospital with Theresa Brown on The Shift.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Doctors Feel In a book as eye-opening as it is riveting, practicing nurse and regular contributor to the New York Times Theresa Brown invites us to experience not just a day in the life of a nurse but all the life that happens in just one day on a busy teaching hospital’s cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, lives can be lost, life-altering treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Every day, Theresa Brown holds these lives in her hands. On this day, there are four. Unfolding in real time under the watchful eyes of Theresa Brown--a dedicated nurse and an insightful chronicler of events--we are given an unprecedented view into the individual struggles as well as the larger truths about medicine in this country. By shift’s end, we have witnessed something profound about hope and humanity. “This meticulous, absorbing shift-in-the-life account of one nurse’s day on a cancer ward stands out for its honesty, clarity, and heart. Brown . . . juggles the fears, hopes, and realities of a 12-hour shift in a typical urban hospital with remarkable insight and unflagging care. Her memoir is a must-read for nurses or anyone close to one.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama.” —Kirkus Reviews “I am filled with awe and gratitude for the work that the nurses like Theresa Brown do every day. She captures perfectly their central role in any patient’s life!” —Susan M. Love, MD, chief visionary officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, and author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book
Author: Mark Lazenby
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-01-12
Through an exploration of the ethical nature of nursing, Caring Matters Most asserts that the act of nursing itself embodies goodness. Nurses can develop this moral character in themselves by cultivating five habits: trustworthiness, imagination, beauty, space, and presence. Practicing these habits will sustain nurses as they meet the challenges of the workplace, the threat of automation, and the incivilities that arise within the nursing community. The volume concludes with thought-provoking discussion questions and exercises designed to help nurses apply concepts in the classroom or in practice. Each chapter combines highly readable explanations of moral theory with real-life examples that can guide nurses in day-to-day practice. Caring Matters Most is an ideal resource for academic or practicing nurses interested in healthcare ethics or philosophy.
Author: Chester R. Burns
Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn
Release Date: 2003
In 1881 the voting citizens of Texas located their state's first university medical school on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Some probably wished to keep sick people away from the mainland. Others knew that the residents of Galveston, the state's largest city at that time, had enthusiastically embraced the best traditions of American medicine throughout their city's history. Voters honored these efforts by granting permission to establish the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), a feat that required ten years of decisive struggles. The first medical students finally walked the steps of the Ashbel Smith Building (Old Red) in October 1891. After more than one hundred years, including the great storm of 1900 that ravaged Galveston and took more than six thousand lives, this pioneering institution is still flourishing as a major academic health center devoted to saving lives, training caregivers, and making discoveries that improve health care. Saving Lives, Training Caregivers, Making Discoveries is a comprehensive introduction to this institution's historical development. Grounded in meticulous archival research and oral history interviews, the book describes, ex
Author: Joseph T. Catalano
Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
Release Date: 2000
"This exceptional resource contains a comprehensive overview of the important issues and trends that are shaping the profession of nursing Use Nursing NOW! to prepare yourself for the challenges ahead. Its new title, new look, and even more comprehensive coverage make it a must-have resource to take you into the future of nursing."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Susan B. Frampton
Release Date: 2003-05-01
Putting Patients First is a complete guide to patient-centered care — the highly successful philosophy that has been championed and refined by the renowned Planetree Institute. This important volume explains the origins and uses of patient-centered care and provides a practical approach to implementing it in any health care organization. Step by step, the book clearly outlines the elements of the highly successful Planetree patient-centered care model and includes the validating research. This much-needed resource shows how to apply these methods to the larger issues of health care delivery such as managed care, workforce shortages, patients; "right to know" legislation, and hospital marketing and branding efforts. Putting Patients First is filled with illustrative case examples drawn from hospitals and health care organizations that have successfully implemented the Planetree model.
Initially, Gene's readers found his stories on the Internet. These travel tales were later collected into his first printed work, The Chinese Walking Stick. Now we learn more about him in his latest book, Lazarus. This is a unique volume of short stories compiled into his autobiography. A writer of exciting short stories, Gene assembles his life's tales with his characteristic warmth and wit. Lazarus begins when Gene is seven years old and is hit with the news of his father's untimely death in the midst of his mother's traumatic accident (Now you are the Man of the Family). His story continues with his WWII service and a near fatal train accident followed by a bout with pneumonia. Next we learn of his working career from butcher boy (My First Jobs) to Group President (My Most Memorable Moment). We are riveted by his many career adventures. His life changes drastically after his retirement and again when he is hit with cancer. The story Lazarus is a poignant tale of facing his fears at Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Later it becomes his salvation presenting him with the motivation to go on and we are introduced to a little grandchild (Three Days Young) who gives Gene a reason to live. The final group of stories shows Gene with his wife, Lila, as they celebrate milestones together. Read this autobiography and see how obstacles can be overcome.
In 1925 Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965) founded the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS), a public health organization in eastern Kentucky providing nurses on horseback to reach families who otherwise would not receive health care. Through this public health organization, she introduced nurse-midwifery to the United States and created a highly successful, cost-effective model for rural health care delivery that has been replicated throughout the world. In this first comprehensive biography of the FNS founder, Melanie Beals Goan provides a revealing look at the challenges Breckinridge faced as she sought reform and the contradictions she embodied. Goan explores Breckinridge's perspective on gender roles, her charisma, her sense of obligation to live a life of service, her eccentricity, her religiosity, and her application of professionalized, science-based health care ideas. Highly intelligent and creative, Breckinridge also suffered from depression, was by modern standards racist, and fought progress as she aged--sometimes to the detriment of those she served. Breckinridge optimistically believed that she could change the world by providing health care to women and children. She ultimately changed just one corner of the world, but her experience continues to provide powerful lessons about the possibilities and the limitations of reform.
Author: Rosa Jordan
Publisher: Brindle and Glass
Release Date: 2012-03-06
Celia Cantú, a pediatrician in Havana, is trying to live a regular life in today's Cuba. She is engaged to her childhood friend Luis and lives with her 16-year-old niece, Liliana. Celia's life is disrupted when Luis's brother, Joe, returns from Miami flaunting his American ways. Joe's arrival and Liliana's adolescent restlessness force Celia to examine the discrepancy between her country's revolutionary ideals and its reality. As this family drama unfolds, Celia is unnerved by moments when her mind and body seem to be taken over by Celia Sánchez, a heroine of the Revolution and long-time intimate of Fidel Castro. The turbulent past and an undefined future collide when Liliana disappears and Celia sets out into the Cuban countryside in search of her. The Woman She Was is a deeply moving novel that explores the aspirations, hopes, and fears of contemporary Cubans, as well as the challenges they still face.