The Story of 33 Nurses, Part 1

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I have some very exciting news to share: My book, 33 Nurses: Insights, Inspiration, and Stories from the Field, was released on December 10, 2020! The book’s timing and importance have turned out to be more relevant and meaningful than I could have ever guessed. Nurses have always been heroes, but with the arrival of a worldwide pandemic, hearing their stories has become far more meaningful.

One of the questions I’m often asked is “How did this book come about?” So I thought I’d share the story with you…

I remember the arrival of the idea very clearly. I was in my car, driving to my daughter’s house. In my mind, I can still see the exact location where this all happened. I was at a stoplight listening to the news on the radio. The reporter was announcing an art exhibit in Charleston, South Carolina, by artist Mary Whyte, called We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America. The exhibit was opening in honor of Veterans Day in early November 2019. Whyte’s exhibit honored 50 veterans, one from each state in the US.

As I was sitting at the light, listening to this news story, an idea floated into the car and tapped me gently on the right arm, whispering “Hey, you can do that by creating a book to honor nurses in different states.”

I’m always open to divine inspiration, and this definitely seemed like a good idea. I’d already written a few self-help books about stress management, and one specifically written for nurses. This book idea was a completely different style for me and I was excited. The thought of connecting with nurses across the country to learn more about their stories was very appealing.

Over the next few weeks, the idea began to take shape in my heart and my mind. The year 2020 had been designated as the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” by the World Health Organization. It was also the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthyear. It was all coming together, and in January 2020, I started connecting with nurses from different states and collecting their stories and advice!

In Part 2, I’ll tell you more about how the process unfolded, and how it almost didn’t!


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