Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Ordinary Miracles in Nursing

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Ordinary Miracles in Nursing

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Ordinary Miracles in Nursing Winstead-Fry P and Labovitz D (Eds) (2006) Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Massachusetts; ISBN 076373814X; PB; xii + 279 pages; AU$42.68

REVIEWER

MORGAN SMITH

Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery

University of South Australia - City East Campus

Adelaide, South Australia

Ordinary Miracles in Nursing is a collection of stories written by nurses and each story reflects the humanity of nurses and nursing. While the stories involve a range of practice settings and clients, most of the stories explain how a nurse learned to see themselves, their life, career or society differently. This is the book that experienced nurses should read when they are wondering why they ever became a nurse - when nursing work is all too difficult! Alternatively, it is an excellent book for nursing students who want to know what nursing is all about in day-to-day practice.

The stories are uplifting, sometimes sad, thoughtful and often profound. Many are beautifully written, some brutally honest. Some stories concern everyday occurrences; others are extraordinary and may occur once in a lifetime, while others you may consider stretch the boundaries of nursing care too far! …

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