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Book and Media Reviews
July 5, 2006

Nursing, Poetry

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(1):100-105. doi:10.1001/jama.296.1.103

In this anthology, 15 gifted nurse-poets show their talent for poetry and prose, their love of the nursing profession, and the magic of the written word. The poems are born of nurses' skillful probing of seemingly ordinary experiences—changing a dressing, admitting a patient, or simply assessing behavior or the body's hums.

From their observations and insights, the writers give structure and meaning to experiences that defy explanation. They help nurses and physicians to relearn what many forget: that patients are our greatest teachers, that there are always lessons to be learned, and that our work matters.