HOW MANY TIMES over the years have nurses exclaimed, “I could write a book!”? Well now, together, we have. Nurses from all over the world contributed their stories to Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul and the recently released Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul, Second Dose. In this new department, I'll share some of these stories with you—real anecdotes about the challenges and joys of being a nurse.
Forever, nurses have been sharing their stories at bedsides, break rooms, and nurses' stations to inspire and uphold each other. Stories from students help us recall why we entered this profession in the first place. Stories from seasoned nurses reveal why we stay. Some stories reflect on the “good old days”—many of which didn't seem all that good at the time! But all of them give us hope.