Stories From the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers by Marianna Crane is non-fiction collection of anecdotal stories from her time working as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in Chicago. I had the privilege of obtaining an advance readers copy from NetGalley, She Writes Press and Caitlin Hamilton Marketing. Marianna was one of the first nurse practitioners in the 1980's to specialize in gerontology and she was given the opportunity to run a Senior Clinic within a senior housing building, in a poorer part of Chicago. The stories track along, detailing various experiences with the residents of the building who become her patients. At first only wanting to tend to their medical needs, Marianna softens and is surprised the effect her patients have on her when she finds herself deeper into their social lives than she ever wanted to be.
The book is a case study on how nursing is so much more than caring for a patient's medical needs. Nurses care for the whole patient including all of their medical, physical, mental, emotional and social needs. Being a nurse myself, I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know glimpses of the patients she saw in the clinic. This was a quick and easy read and really reminded me that we have such an impact on our patients' lives long after we stop caring for them. I would recommend this book to any nurse or human-being who enjoys reading about human relationships and the bonds we form with one another.
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