Emergency Nursing is an extreme experience in several directions simultaneously. Pat Colwell describes the good stuff, the bad stuff, the mystic, and the joy of working with great people in Emergency Nursing.
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By Jay Durivage
Aug 10, 2009
"A must read for aspiring RN's" Attention fellow SN's, especially those second or third career changers. Recently, I had the privilege of exchanging correspondence via my Blog with a former IT Refugee turned ED Nurse. This gentleman actually had the gumption to write a book about it; Bravo! I read it in a matter of days, in between studying for my last Micro Exam (can you say Oy Vey!). Turns out, this was not just another RN facts and data book, nor was it another tale of and RN on the job. This book provides a practical, well-rounded, and somewhat unique perspective; a former Systems Analyst, Father, and second-career ED RN. This is a memoir told from the heart. From the beginning, Nurse Colwell shares his experiences from making the decision to become an RN, to his first day on the job, until his very difficult decision to leave the ED for another department. Even more intriguing is his depiction of other RN's and Doctor's in the ER. He tells us of the strong bond... More > fellow ED Doctors, Nurses, and Techs all have in this "Front-Line" RN position. The relationships are what I personally found most interesting in the book. It is comforting to know this fellowship exists and that we, and newly minted RN's, will not (for the most part) be asked to stand alone through any difficult moment throughout our careers. I recommend this book to ALL SN's as it gives us a glimpse of what's to come, from a very practical and well-rounded perspective.< Less
"Mystic Nurse" I found Mystic Nurse to be a very interesting book with many ups and downs. The stories from the ER are both funny and sad. I found myself both laughing and crying as author Patrick Colwell shares his most intimate experiences in the ER. You will have a whole new respect for the medical profession after you read this outstanding book. It's both spiritual and natural in the sense that we see the truth of our fragile human existence. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the medical profession or just curious about life in the ER. The stories are well written and easy to read. I felt as if I was right there in the ER with Pat as he went about his daily work. Mystic Nurse is a transparent look into life in the ER. I really appreciated the author's ability to convey the heartfelt emotions as he takes care of precious human life as the Mystic Nurse. Rochelle Arnold Waterloo, Iowa
"An Excellent Read" I have read several books by physicians recounting their careers, but this is the first book that I have read written by a nurse recounting his career so far. I was not disappointed. I found this book to be an excellent read. It is in part accounts of patient encounters over 4 years and then the author's insights into all of this. He has the ability to bring you into each episode so that you can both visualize it and feel the emotions experienced. In his 4 years experience he pretty well covered the field as far as the variety of things seen in a busy medium sized city emergency room. Not only does he paint the pictures of the events he lived through, the author was able to have the reader look into the souls of the individuals involved, both patients and nurses, and perhaps us physicians. One difference between physicians and nurses, it seems that nursing brings a person closer to the patient. The only thing that may be closer is being a husband or... More > family care-giver to someone who is sick, a role which many of us may have to take. I have felt that one of the keys for success for a physician is to both respect and listen to the nursing staff that he or she works with. Again I commend the author that he took time and effort to put his experiences and feelings into print. We are all better off for his efforts.< Less
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