One Nurse Universe

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Pub Date 10 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 08 Dec 2019

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My occupational memoir reveals one nurse’s bedside observations on where nurses come from, how we are educated, treated in the workplace and how we learn to do what can never be taught in a curriculum. When a patient vomits explosively onto your chest how you may unexpectedly vomit right back. How to explain to a deaf patient where a suppository goes while an audience of staff and visitors listen in from the hallway. How to collect your thoughts and make a plan when you arrive for a home care visit to find your elderly confused patient has ingested a full bottle of liquid laxative and left evidence of those results all over the walls, floor and Barco lounger in the home. It is where medical science meets nursing artistry. Where technology meets humanity. Where hearts open and wounds heal. Through selected vignettes, I recognize modern nurses’ courage to lean into discomfort and hard emotions. I acknowledge the power they hold in their healing hands and throw forward a lifeline of hope to renew their faith and joy in their vocation. And to my many non-nurse readers, come experience a nurse’s day; what we see, feel, hear and touch. Have a peek behind the bedside curtain.

My occupational memoir reveals one nurse’s bedside observations on where nurses come from, how we are educated, treated in the workplace and how we learn to do what can never be taught in a...

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The author wrote a great account of the personal journey they embarked on. The honest and detailed writing made it easy for the reader to feel invested in their journey.

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ONE NURSE UNIVERSE is a collection of anecdotes written by a retired registered nurse. These short stories run the gamut from heart wrenching and heart breaking to hilarious.

For a debut author to so skillfully write stories from her own life, it takes a knack for storytelling as well as an innate knowledge of which details need to be included and which can be left out.

I very much enjoyed the stories Nurse Susan has included in this memoir,  and, as was inferred by the author, she no doubt has many more tales to tell. I hope this means that she is already working on her next collection of true stories. If so, I know I will definitely buy a copy.

I admit to being a bit thrown off by the cover, but once I discovered it was a picture drawn many years ago by her son (at age six) it made perfect sense as to why she chose to use that illustration for her book cover. Unfortunately, that might not be apparent to potential readers and I worry it might put them off. If so, they will miss out on a terrific anthology.


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One Nurse Universe - Susan Turnage

Delightful book I received free on my Kindle for the purpose of review.

Not sure she would love nursing, she began first by volunteering at a local nursing home. Rather than turning her away she became very much interested and pursued nursing school after graduation from high school, much to her parents dismay.

Having attended her 18th reunion of her nursing school class in 2018, Susan was able to renew old friendships and grateful she was able to continue her job.

This author is funny and yet sad with some results of what she experienced during her working years. She was a nurse in pediatrics, oncology nurse in Denver's Children's Hospital, allergy specialist,
office nurse, charge nurse in Stuart Circle Hospital, rehab nurse, doctor's office nurse, home health nurse, Skills Lab Instructor, medical record retriever for instance company, Corrections RN in a jail (stayed six years, many stories there), telephonic Nurse Coach, (bored spitless), and now a Nurse Entrepreneur as a certified Yoga nurse in her local community.

Clearly she explains the ups and downs and emotional feels of each book. She does have two favorite words that are not acceptable in my world but she only uses them when nothing else does.

I came away with a greater appreciation for my nurse friends.

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