Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care (Vol. 2)

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care (Vol. 2)

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: STORIES FROM THE POINT OF CARE (VOL. 2) by Sharon Hudacek, EdD, RN, Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International, 2004; 325 pages, $29.95

Nurses are wonderful storytellers, and their stories provide meaningful insight into the lives of patients and families. For this easy-to-read book, the author has gathered together stories of courage, joy, frustration, and sadness, as well as moments of satisfaction. The contributors represent a broad range of specialties, educational backgrounds, years of nursing experience, and work settings. These nurses are individuals. However, they speak with one voice as they write of their experiences as caregivers involved in the daily lives of others.

Divided into eight sections that address important aspects of nursing - work, caring, compassion, cultural competence, being there, providing comfort, crisis intervention, and going the extra mile - the unifying theme of this book is how nurses make a difference in the lives of others. Indeed, in the examples provided, there is evidence of how nurses consistently exceed expectations because of their commitment to helping others. The stories emphasize the mutually beneficial outcomes that result from the nurse-patient relationship.

The opening chapter on work establishes a framework for the rest of the book. In the following sections, the contributors explore their feelings about the work they consider ordinary. There are stories that illustrate the sensitive attention given to religious and cultural issues by nurses as part of their practice, and stories by community health nurses who are trailblazers, advocates, and risk takers as they employ creative and unique ways to meet patient needs. …

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