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The Poetry of Nursing

Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse-Poets

Judy Schaefer

206 pages
The Kent State University Press

So much written about literature and medicine has been from the perspective of physicians. But in the last few years nurses have found their voices and are making important contributions to the field of biomedical and nursing humanities. These men and women professionals see different things and experience patients and health care issues in different contexts.

Judy Schaefer has compiled this anthology of contemporary nurse-poets’ work, which is accompanied by their commentaries about their poetry, their work, and their lives. She has gathered contributions from some of the best-known nurse-poets as well as from those who deserve to be. The Poetry of Nursing will add significantly to the ever-growing body of literature that connects medicine, nursing, and the humanities.

Author Bio
Judy Schaefer, R.N.C., M.A., is a part-time lecturer for Penn State. She coedited Between the Heartbeats (1995) and Intensive Care (2003), anthologies of creative writing by nurses.