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Yes! A Hardback by a R.N!

on October 6, 2019

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I always take the Barnes and Noble entrance to the Mall knowing I’ll be inspired to keep writing. How can you not? Best Sellers to your right -new releases on the left.

A few weeks ago a hardback on one of the center tables slowed my steps. How to Treat People subtitled A Nurse’s Notes by Molly Case.

I’ve never seen a book like this, front and center, in a large chain bookstore.

Molly Case trained in southeast London. She writes of her experience as a student, then as a clinician, embedding patient anecdotes with her personal reflections , giving enough patient information to emphasize the critical nature of their fragile health while stile respecting patient confidentiality.

The prose is poetic, never lapsing too deep into clinical descriptions. They are there, but just enough to lend credibility to the author.

I’m more than halfway through this book, growing more and more attached to her story. It helps that she begins by sharing a high risk surgery she needed prior to entering her teens. She understands her patients’ pain.

Her compassion is a coat Miss Case never takes off.

All you nurses out there (and the other wonderful WordPress friends who support my blog), check it out!

5 responses to “Yes! A Hardback by a R.N!

  1. Beth says:

    Compassion, mercy, dedication, all wrapped into one good book would seem to be at the top of every nurses and patient’s list of good reads. What a blessing for everyone today when we all need encouragement!

  2. Nancy Riley says:

    Sounds like a good read!

  3. ohh its so rare to find books written by nurses about nursing. i feel like they always get overshadowed by books written by physicians. will look for this one!

    • Susan says:

      Eh, yeah…the last book I read by a doctor was Mere Mortal – Dr. Atul Gawande. I think his garnered attention because he took an out of ordinary view on the matter of medical students not having an education on how to let people go when it’s time. Before that, my read was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. He died from cancer before finishing it.

      A little eerie, bestsellers with death as the topic tip-toeing through each page.

      • i haven’t read Mere Mortal but I read half of his first book.. I can’t even recall the title now. I also read When Breath Becomes Air and I think I liked it better than Gawande’s books because its more vulnerable and introspective (as opposed to analytical and theoretical.) When Breath Becomes Air made me bawl my eyes out by the end;it made me remember all the times I stood at the bedside next to my dying patients. =(…

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