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Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina
Denise Danna (Author), Sandra Cordray (Author)
Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina takes you inside six New Orleans hospitals-cut off from help for days by flooding-where nurses cared for patients around the clock. In this book, nurses from Hurricane Katrina share what they did, how they coped, what they lost, and what they are doing now in a city and health care infrastructure still rebuilding, still in jeopardy.

I have read this book cover to cover, in fact I could hardly put it down. How proud I am of my nurse peers. It is humbling. - Ave

A Good Day in Hell
by Kellyann Curnayn, RN, BSN
Nursing Shortage an Indicator of a 'Broken System' Hospital processes and procedures hurt more than they help

While skyrocketing costs plague the American healthcare system, another crisis within the system goes quietly unnoticed by many-namely, the shortage of nurses. The very systems set in place to protect patients are actually hurting them by enslaving bedside providers to documentation and not the actual care of the patient. This nursing shortage will continue to rage until these systems are held accountable to the patients they claim to serve. A Good Day in Hell: The Flatlining of Nurses Across America - What Will It Take to Resuscitate Our Health Care System? (paperback, 978-1-60477-172-5) by Kellyann Curnayn, RN, BSN, gives a very unadulterated version of the diseased processes costing hospitals millions. The author hopes that every hospital employee in the world will have a reawakened call to service and to the problems that exist within the inpatient setting.

What are some of the problems that plague our health care system? Consultants continue to place the Band-aid on the blown artery while inpatient staff have surrendered to apathy, holding to the belief the system cannot be changed. Caring for the patient is secondary to documenting that care. Who will determine the allocation of inpatient beds? Who looks out for the patient?

"The nursing shortage will require nurses across the nation to begin systematically breaking down processes and procedures that hinder more than they help," says Curnayn. "The nation cannot afford not to fix this problem, and the patients within the hospitals deserve more than the system gives them. Bedside healthcare providers are slaves to a system that will not allow them to do the very job they set out to do. The nursing shortage is a symptom of a much greater problem. Everyone is having the same problems across the US; the system is broken."

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 4,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order A Good Day in Hell through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.



YES, SISTER MEMOIR OF A YOUNG NURSE
by Donna Yates-Adelman
Nineteen-year-old Donna Yates is ripe with idealism and dreams when she enters a grueling three-year training program under the supervision of the indomitable Sister Leclerc at Holy Cross Hospital, School of Nursing.

But her dreams are soon challenged as she comes up against the shocking realities of resident and hospital life. When physical and emotional strain of her first encounters with illness and death threaten to overwhelm her, Yates discovers undreamed of reserves of strength.

Her newly emerging strength gets an added workout when rioting mental patients threaten to turn a picnic into an orgy, and she discovers a fine line separates sanity from madness and comedy from tragedy.

Under strict rules and exacting standards of the French-speaking Grey Nuns, Yates learns the true meaning of "vocation."

Yes, Sister, is an intensely personal memoir with the pace and texture of a novel. Set against the sprawling beauty of western Canada, this coming of age story has a distinct subtext that cuts across gender, religion and politics.
"Holy Cross did more than turn out good nurses...it changed the lives of women who trained there."


Donna Yates-Adelman is a motivational speaker at Nursing Schools and High Schools. She is an advocate of hands-on hospital experience for student nurses and is devoted to giving nursing candidates the historic, emotional and practical background they need in order to make informed decisions about starting and building successful nursing careers

She is also a public speaker and advocate for nurses and the nursing profession.

For more information, visit http://www.yessister.ca/



Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities
by Donna Carol Maheady ARNP EdD
Nurses with disabilities work! - An answer to the nursing shortage

Donna Carol Maheady, winner of the AJN 2004 Book of the Year Award, did it again. Her new book, Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities was published by iUniverse, Inc.

In the midst of a national nursing shortage, many trained nurses who can and want to work are being denied the opportunity. They are being pushed out of jobs and turned away from unfilled positions, all because they have disabilities.

Eleven nurses who defied disability tell their personal stories of courage and determination in the face of stigma and discrimination, proving that nurses with disabilities have the ability to successfully fill the jobs that so desperately need filling.

A car accident. A fall. A stroke. Depression. Disability can happen to anyone and at any time. By knowing the ins and outs of disability laws as they relate to those in the nursing profession and taking the measures outlined in this book, you can ensure that you will be prepared should disability ever happen to you.

This book serves as both as inspiration and as a practical guide for nurses living and working with disabilities and for students with disabilities pursuing careers in nursing. Nursing with a disability is a challenge, but with proper planning, the right knowledge and perseverance, it is not impossible. The nurses who share their stories here are living proof of that.

For hospital administrators, human resource personnel and nursing educators, this book demonstrates that shutting out nurses and nursing students with disabilities out of the profession only does the profession and the patients who need them a disservice.

Lets try not to leave any nurse who can work and wants to work behind. The cost to society of underutilizing the hearts and minds of these professionals is staggering.

Dr. Donna Maheady is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. She is the founder of the nonprofit resource network, www.ExceptionalNurse.com, and author of Nursing Students with Disabilities Change the Course.


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