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Why I Write: How Reflection and Self-Expression Make Me a Better Caregiver

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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Theresa Brown became a nurse-who-writes quite accidentally:  she had a bad experience at work, wrote it down, and sent what she'd written to the New York Times. To her surprise, the newspaper published it, to great acclaim. From that column came the contract for Ms. Brown's first book, Critical Care, and she also began writing regularly for the Times, proud to have this chance to give voice to the often under-recognized nursing profession. Only lately, though, while writing her second book, The Shift, did Ms. Brown realize not just how much her nursing gives shape to her writing, but also how her writing influences her nursing. There's much to mull over in health care and usually not much time to do that. Writing forces Ms. Brown to reflect. She learns both positives and negatives about her nursing work in the process of putting that work into words. In this Medical Center Hour, Ms. Brown talks about how writing, which she loves, makes her a better nurse. The Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture of the School of Nursing Co-presented with the School of Nursing, the Virginia Festival of the Book, and Hospital Drive
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Fontaine, Dorrie K.
Brown, Theresa
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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