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Gutsy life experience poems from a nurse-poet who knows "the forces that bend people like trees under a wet spring snow." Read these poems again and again to get the truth -- the whole truth of how her life was and how her life remains. Here in strong poems, is a complex life fully exposed.

The poems in A History of Nursing combine the professional life of a woman in the healing arts with the other aspects of her life. Just as she can never stop being the child of her parents, and adult woman, or a mother, a life in nursing colors everything she does and feels. When the nurse becomes a critically ill patient, all of those elements fuse, making her understand the impact she, as a nurse, has had on others.

About the Author
Anne Webster spent her twenty-five-year nursing career in hospital positions, ranging from float nurse in critical care and emergency departments to nursing administration for those areas. During those years, her poetry appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Intensive Care and The Poetry of Nursing. Webster has also taught business writing, consulted to communications firms on writing projects, and edited manuscripts. She conducts creative writing workshops in memoir and poetry and is currently completing a memoir and a novel. Webster lives in Atlanta with her husband.



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Kennesaw State University Press


Kennesaw, Georgia


nursing, poetry, patients, creative expression


Creative Writing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Poetry

A History of Nursing