The Heart's Truth

Winner of the 2010 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and a 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal in Non-Fiction

"'The Heart's Truth: Essays on the art of Nursing' should be required reading at every nursing school in the country. In writing of the highest quality, it offers a powerful and moving portrait of what it means to be a nurse."
                         —Richard Selzer, surgeon and author

"Cortney Davis has an uncanny ability to give voice to the profound act of everyday nursing and its power in transforming people's lives. Somehow, she sees the shadows and ghosts that fill our bodies and souls and makes sense of them, showing us that the divide between patient and provider is an artificial one that can get in the way of true understanding. 'The Heart's Truth' reminds us of the power of reflection and narrative, and challenges us to reclaim these ways of knowing in the interest of healing our patients---and ourselves."
                         —Diana Mason, Editor-in-Chief,
American Journal of Nursing

"In her breathtaking collection of essays, Cortney Davis reveals 'the details of flesh' that comprise the core of a nurse's experience. Writing with the power, precision and careful observation of a seasoned clinician with the sensitivity of a poet, Davis guides the reader along the challenging path of her career. She pulls back the bedside curtain to allow us to witness the intense drama of patient care---the suffering, pain and fear as well as the power of the nurse to heal with words and touch."
                          —Richard Berlin, poet and physician, author of "How JFK Killed My Father" and editor of "Poets on Prozac"

"This collection of essays resurrected with deep intensity the embodied memories of my own experiences in becoming a nurse, such as giving my first bed bath, starting my first IV with trembling hand, or touching the forehead of a dying patient. With a poet's touch, Davis has perfectly captured the broad arc of movement from awkward, insecure novice to competent clinician. Her deeply personal descriptions of patients and how they transformed her reminded me of patients who left their indelible marks on me. These stories also serve as a rich source of personal reflection for those who want to understand what it means to be a nurse."
                           —Amy Haddad, PhD, Director, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University Medical Center