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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

Surviving the Tragedy

Published April 15, 2010 10:24 AM by Gail Guterl
I'm anxious to see what nurses think of the May/June ADVANCE Online Book Club selection Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King.

While the book is about the strength of human resolve - detailing how one family survived the death of their 18-month-old daughter due to a medical error - it is also about the persistence of a family to improve healthcare.

Nurses play a big part in the book, both positive and negative. King describes the boredom and disinterest of the nurse who administered the final lethal dose to her daughter, Josie, despite Sorrel's questions as to whether this was the proper medication for the situation. However, King also describes the passion of nurses who flock to her presentations today on how to improve patient safety.

And in a bow to the heavy burden nurses carry in their jobs, the Josie King Foundation created a Nursing Journal to help nurses cope with stress.

Josie's Story is a must read. Pick up the book and get ready for a moving video interview beginning May 5 with the author Sorrel King. The interview will be available at www.advanceweb.com/nurses through July 6.

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